|Creator:||Athens-Clarke County (Ga.). Charter Commission.|
|Title:||Athens-Clarke County consolidation collection|
|Quantity:||2.4 Linear feet (6 document boxes)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of records of the Athens-Clarke County Charter Commission to formulate a workable charter for consolidation of city and county governments. The collection includes: correspondence, general material, minutes of charter commission, public hearings, vouchers, receipts, draft copies, preliminary organization material, audits, tax levies, newspaper and magazine articles and miscellaneous printed material. Note: The question of consolidation was defeated in a referendum on May 24, 1972.|
Athens, home of the University of Georgia (UGA), is located along the north Oconee River in Clarke County, in the rolling Piedmont of northeast Georgia. Athens and Clarke County combined to form a unified government in 1990. According to the 2000 U.S. census, Athens-Clarke County had a population of 101,489, making it Georgia's sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area. Chosen in 1801 as the site for the first chartered state university in the nation, Athens is known for its culture and diversity. Georgia's "Classic City" has preserved many of its historic neighborhoods and landmarks, and its largely intact nineteenth-century townscape abuts the historic North Campus of UGA. Today Athens is the center for commerce and trade, health services, and cultural arts for all of northeast Georgia. The city struggles to maintain its distinctive sense of place in the face of rapid growth and development.
Arranged in chronological order.
Athens-Clarke County consolidation collection. MS 782. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.