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Georgia Bicentennial Commission documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS833f

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents pertaining to the Georgia Bicentennial Celebration, and includes a budget report, event programs, meeting minutes, plaque design plans, and speech drafts. There is also correspondence between Mrs. Joseph R. Lamar (Clarinda) and other members of the executive board with the English Speaking Union in London inviting the descendants of the original 71 trustees to the celebration. In addition, there are pamphlets with information on the English Speaking Union and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.


  • 1921-1934


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Georgia Bicentennial Commission was formed in 1932 to commemorate James Oglethorpe's (1696-1785) establishment of Georgia as a British colony in 1733 and to highlight the state's history and development. Members of the executive board came from across the state: Pleasant A. Stovall (1857-1935), president, from Savannah; Willis A. Sutton (1879-1960), vice president, from Atlanta; John E. Drewry (1903-1983) from Athens; Mrs. Julian C. Lane (Janie) (1883-1965) from Statesboro; James H. Boykin (1878-1945) from Lincolnton; and Jack Williams (1879-1957) from Waycross. Activities ran from February 12th to Thanksgiving Day, 1933, with the bulk of the events between April 15th and October 15th. Some of the more notable events included president Franklin Delano Roosevelt's visit to Savannah where he gave an address on November 18th, and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque honoring those who played vital roles in Georgia's first 200 years.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2011

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Georgia Bicentennial Comission documents
Hallie Lonial
February 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305