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Materials from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Digitized manuscripts, diaries, maps, and photographs related to the history of Georgia from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia. Overviews of each collection appear below.



Manuscripts Photographs

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Collection Overviews

Barnard's Photographic Views of the Sherman Campaign, ca. 1866 Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign, Embracing Scenes of the Occupation of Nashville, the Great Battles around Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, the Campaign of Atlanta, March to the Sea, and the Great Raid through the Carolinas. From Negatives taken in the field, by Geo. N. Barnard, Official Photographer of the Military Div. of the Miss. 589 Broadway, New York.

The Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864 - 1865 is the Civil War diary of Lt. (later Capt.) Cornelius C. Platter, of the 81st Ohio Infantry Volunteers, from November, 1864 - April 27, 1865. Platter's diary details Sherman's march through Georgia from Rome to Savannah and the march north through the Carolinas. He gives dates, times, and lengths of marches and describes the weather, locale, scenery, and food as well as orders, rumors, positions, troop morale, and administrative duties. The diary also includes a description of the burning of Columbia, South Carolina, the news of the Confederate surrender, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Historic Images of Athens Georgia includes a variety of important historic images of Athens Georgia owned by Hargrett Library. Selections include: notable people of Athens, The University of Georgia, maps of Athens, and other historic images of Athens, Georiga. (From the Hargrett Library Website.)

Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers, 1821-1862 The digitized selections from the Joseph Henry Lumpkin family papers consist of letters dated 1850-1861 (the bulk of which are from 1852-1856) to Callie Lumpkin King, wife of Alabama lawyer and plantation owner Porter King and daughter of Joseph Henry Lumpkin. Correspondents include Sallie (Baxter) Bird, wife of Hancock County plantation-owner Edgeworth Bird; King's husband Porter; Thomas Read Rootes Cobb, her brother-in-law; and other Lumpkin family members. The letters touch on family life, local and national politics, marriage, and the social life in Athens, Georgia. Eventually, the site will include images and transcribed text for the entire Joseph Henry Lumpkin Family Papers collection.

Rare Map Collection The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia maintains a collection of more than 800 historic maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century. The collection heavily emphasizes the State of Georgia and the surrounding region. (From the Hargrett Library Website.)

Robert Toombs, Letters to Julia Ann DuBose Toombs, 1850-1867 consists of correspondence from Robert Toombs to his wife, Julia Ann DuBois Toombs in Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia from 1850-1867. During 1850-1859 his letters come from Washington, D.C. while he served in the U.S. Senate. During the Civil War, he wrote from Virginia (1862) and Atlanta, Georgia (1864). Following the war, letters are written from Paris (1866-67) while he was in exile. The correspondence generally discusses current events; his land holdings in South Georgia, Alabama, and Texas; people; other soldiers; and his wish to be with his wife and family.

Robert E. Williams Photographic Collection: African-Americans in the Augusta, Ga. Vicinity (Richmond Co.), ca. 1872-1898 Robert E. Williams (d. 1937), an African-American Photographer, operated a photography studio, R. Williams and Son, in Augusta, Georgia, from 1888 until around 1908. This collection consists of 86 Glass plate negatives and positive prints of African-Americans in the Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia area. The photographs depict dwellings and domestic chores, rituals of baptism, harvesting and transporting cotton, vehicles and transportation, and children and family life.

Work Progress Administration (WPA) Projects in Georgia, 1935-1943 This collection of photographs chronicles the various WPA projects which took place in Georgia from 1935 to 1943. (From the Hargrett Library Website.)

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