University of Georgia Centennial Alumni Catalog, 1901

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In 1901, to celebrate 100 years of classes at the Athens campus, the University of Georgia assembled the Centennial Alumni Catalog, containing, "as far as possible, a full but concise account of the life and services of all alumni during the century." Although the word "alumni" was used, the project attempted to collect biographical data about anyone who matriculated at the university during that first century, whether or not they graduated.

A four-page questionnaire was mailed to known matriculates or their families and an impressive 1,749 completed forms were returned. These were placed in alphabetical order, bound into several volumes, and deposited with the University Libraries. Eventually they came to be housed in the University Archives unit of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia Libraries, where they have proved to be a valuable resource to historians and genealogists. Included are biographies of many prominent men of 19th century Georgia and the South, sometimes written in their own hand.

In 2006 the fragile documents were removed from their bindings, at times revealing information long hidden beneath the stitching. The forms then were scanned and here are presented online by the Digital Library of Georgia.