J. Lamar Merk collection

J. Lamar Merk collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Merk, J. Lamar
Title: J. Lamar Merk collection
Dates: 1948-1950
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 flat box)
Coll. Number: ms3477

Biographical/Historical Note

The Muscogee (Creek) people are descendents of a remarkable culture that, before 1500 AD, spanned all the region known today as the Southeastern United States. Early ancestors of the Muscogee constructed magnificent earthen pyramids along the rivers of this region as part of their elaborate ceremonial complexes. The historic Muscogee later built expansive towns within these same broad river valleys in the present states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The Muscogee were not one tribe but a union of several. This union evolved into a confederacy that, in the Euro-American described "historic period," was the most sophisticated political organization north of Mexico. Member tribes were called tribal towns. Within this political structure, each tribal town maintained political autonomy and distinct land holdings. Muscogee (Creek) Nation History -- Muscogee (Creek) Nation website http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov/ (Retrieved November 29, 2010)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one copy of "Early Georgia" volume 1, Summer 1950, no. 1 and thirteen Muskogean clay pot sherds, Lamar or Etowah period (1200-1300) A.D. The pot sherds were collected in February 1948 in the Etowah River Basin near Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Antiquities (object genre)
Creek Indians--Georgia--Bartow County--Antiquities.
Creek Indians--Georgia--Etowah River--Antiquities.
Indian pottery--Georgia--Bartow County--Specimens.
Indian pottery--Georgia--Etowah River--Specimens.
Indians of North America--Georgia--Antiquities.
Pottery (object genre).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. Lamar Merk collection, 1948-1950. MS 3477. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11"Early Georgia" volume 1, no. 1, summer 1950
2Framed item containing thirteen Muskogean clay pot sherds