|Title:||Stephens and Erwin family papers|
|Quantity:||2.25 Linear feet (4 boxes and 3 oversize folders)|
Roswell Powell Stephens (1874-1954), son of Roswell Americus and Sarah Frances Brown Stephens, was born in Barnesville, Ga. He received his A.B. (1896) from the Univerisity of Georgia and Ph.D. (1905) in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University. He returned to UGA in 1907 as Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, eventually rising to department head and Dean of the Graduate School. Additionally, Stephens helped to found the Georgia Academy of Science; installed a chapter of the mathematics honor fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon; served as secretary-treasurer of the Georgia Cooperative Association; and chairman of the Executive Committee of Graduate Deans of Southern Universities. He retired from the University in 1945.
On October 28, 1913, Dr. Stephens married Mary Bell (Mabel) Chadwick (1875-1952), daughter of Winfield Scott and Mary Thompson Chadwick, of Beaufort, North Carolina. They had two daughters, Mable Chadwick who later married Robert P. Jacobson and Corinne Chadwick who married Howell C. Erwiln, Jr. Mable Chadwick Stephens was active with the University Womans Club and a charter member of the Athens, Georgia branch of the American Association of University Women.
The collection primarily consists of the correspondence between Roswell Powell Stephens and Mable Chadwick between 1911 and 1914; several of Dr. Stephens writings and sunday school sermans; four letters written by Mary Ann Cobb, including two to her husband Howell Cobb; genealogical research regarding the Stephens, Chadwick, and Bell families compiled by Corinne Chadwick Stephens Erwin for her D.A.R. application; and certificates recieved by Howell C. Erwin, Jr.
Stephens and Erwin family papers, ms 3791, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.