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About the Web site: 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.

The questionnaires provide information on residence; nativity; collegiate activities and accomplishments; marriage; occupations; civic, military, religious, and other public service; writings; relatives who attended the University; and death date.

Unfortunately the questionnaires representing alumni whose names begin with the letter "I" were not included, although the bound volumes were numbered with a gap to accommodate them if there were ever discovered.

Creation of the Web site:The following Hargrett Library and Digital Library of Georgia staff contributed to the production of the Centennial Alumni Catalog Web site:

  • Linda Aaron
  • Steven Brown
  • P. Toby Graham
  • Mary Willoughby

Publisher: The Digital Library of Georgia, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA 30602

Date: 2006

Publication status: This work is the property of the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

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