Outstanding Archives Awards Program
Winners For the Period of 1993-2003
For Excellence In
Archival Program Development
GAMMA Project (Georgia
Archives and Manuscripts autoMated Access Project)
Emory University and the
Georgia Archives coordinated a two-year innovative project of the Special
Collections Committee of the Library Council of the University Center in
Georgia, now ARCHE, to prepare descriptions of the archives and manuscripts
within the state of Georgia. About 3000 descriptions from 32 participating
institutions were entered into the two major national bibliographic databases,
the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) and OCLC's WorldCat.
The records illustrate the variety
and scope of the collections held by Georgia’s archival and manuscript
repositories. They are rich in documenting the social, economic, literary, and
political history of Georgia and the Southeast.
Steve Engerrand of the
Georgia Archives and Virginia Cain of Emory University served as directors of
the project. The project archivists
were based at Emory University but traveled to all of the participating
institutions. Susan Potts McDonald was the Project Archivist and Beth Bensman
the Assistant Project Archivist. The
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
provided initial funding for the project. In 1997, the Georgia Historical
Records Advisory Board granted additional monies to expand the project.
Thomaston-Upson Archives and Upson
Thomaston-Upson Archives and Upson Historical Society initiated a joint project
in 2002 to document the history of Thomaston Mills.
They sought and obtained grant assistance from the Georgia Historical
Records Advisory Board to process records collections in their custody dating
from 1899 to 2001. The timing of
their project was important because a declining economy was forcing the mill to
close, jeopardizing their records and scattering the employees who could assist
in documenting the history of the mill. This
project allowed the organizations to process the records while the mill
employees were there to help identify documents and photographs.
The initiative and
community leadership shown by these organizations documented the rise and fall
of one of the most influential textile mills in the southeast.
It also serves as an exemplary example of the “era of mills and mill
villages” in America. This project made a vast collection of over 115 cubic feet of
historical records available to researchers, the public, and future generations
Student Research Using Historical Records
National History Day in
Georgia is a history education program for students in grades 6-12. In
conjunction with a national theme, students research topics and present their
findings in papers, performances, exhibits, or documentaries. The Georgia
Humanities Council sponsors National History Day in Georgia, in partnership with
nine organizations around the state that sponsor regional competitions.
The theme for this past year's History Day was "Rights and
Responsibilities in History."
Adam R. Barnett
Barnett, of West Side Magnet School in LaGrange, received the "Outstanding
Junior Entry From Georgia" award at National History Day (June 15-19 at the
University of Maryland) for his individual exhibit, "The Tuskegee Syphilis
Experiment: a Violation of Rights and Responsibilities in Medical
Research." He previously had taken first place at the state and
regional contest levels. Mr. Barnett's research included work at the
Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multi-Cultural Center and oral history with
Mary Lu Funk
Mary Lu Funk, of Shaw
High School in Columbus, received the "Outstanding Senior Entry from
Georgia" award at National History Day (June 15-19 at the University of
Maryland) for her research paper "American POWs in Vietnam: Their
Rights Through the Geneva Convention and Responsibilities Through the American
Code of Conduct." She had previously taken first place at the state and
regional contest levels. Miss Funk's research included work with the oral
history collection at the National POW Museum as well as personal interviews
with other former POWs.
For Excellence In
Archival Program Development
Columbus-Muscogee County Regional Records Center
The Columbus Consolidated
Government began enhancing its records management program in 1997 through grant
assistance from Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board to inventory records
of all consolidated government offices and develop records management training.
Through these efforts, they heightened awareness of both proper
application of information management techniques and technologies and made
records available for staff and citizens in a more efficient manner.
Liberty Records Services Center
Liberty County began
building their progressive records program in 1997 with grant assistance from
both the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Historical Records
Advisory Board. They set about
consolidating records storage for the Liberty County Board of Commissioners,
Liberty Regional Medical Center, Liberty County School System and Board, City of
Hinesville, and the District Attorney and Child Support Enforcement of the
Atlantic Judicial District of Georgia to create a modern multi-jurisdictional
records management services center. Consolidation
allowed these organizations to address their records needs and improved the
quality of their individual programs.
City of Savannah Municipal Research Library
The City of Savannah Municipal Research Library showed
leadership and excellence in requesting and obtaining grant funds to support the
intellectual documentation, physical care, disaster preparedness and
electronic accessibility of historical local public records under its
jurisdiction. The Library completed
a multi-year project between 1996 and 2002, establishing a sound archival
program that positions its historical public record resources as a contributing
asset to the State's historical tourism economy.
Dunaway of Atlanta has been a tireless advocate for
the preservation of historical records in Georgia through her involvement in
hereditary and patriotic organizations and the assistance she has provided in
countless research and preservation projects in the state.
Her willingness to
help protect and disseminate Georgia’s historical records is legendary and has
created many admirers among researchers, genealogists, and members of the
various historical organizations.
Mrs. Dunaway spearheaded the re-boxing project that
protected the collection of Confederate Pension Records at the Georgia Archives.
She has personally overseen
the collection of historical records for organizations such as the Georgia
Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the First Families of
Georgia. She also compiled Huguenot Historic Sites and Burials
Volume 1 for the National Huguenot Society.
Frank Parker Hudson
Parker Hudson of Atlanta has provided significant support for Georgia’s
historical records through his landmark Wilkes County publication and the
creation of a trust fund to raise awareness about preserving “loose”
courthouse records in Georgia. The
two-volume set, Wilkes County, Georgia, Tax Records, 1785-1805, contains
47,000 returns with full name index to Returns, adjoining Landowners, Polls,
Defaulters, and original Grantees. Over
forty-five percent of all free people living in Georgia were residents of Wilkes
County in 1790.
August 1996, Mr. Hudson provided for purchasers of his impressive work to donate
a portion of the purchase price to help bring unbound or “loose” records in
Georgia courthouses under secure control. Recipients
of the donations were the Augusta Genealogical Society, Georgia Genealogical
Society, and Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
Mr. Hudson’s contributions have been far more than material.
This example of his generosity means much to all who labor in the fields
of Georgia history, genealogy, and archives.
Kenneth H. Thomas Jr.
H. Thomas, Jr. of Decatur, has had a long career of research and writing on
historic preservation, genealogy, and local history. As the principal historian in the state’s Historic
Preservation Division, Mr. Thomas has been integral to the documentation of many
properties and the preparation of over 1,500 National Register nominations.
He has written a popular weekly genealogy column in the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution since 1977. The
author of several books, Mr. Thomas is also a prominent leader in many of the
state’s academic, history, preservation, and genealogical organizations.
For Legislative Advocacy
The Honorable George
Hooks of Americus, Senator in the Georgia General
Assembly since 1991, has been a strong advocate for documenting and
preserving the history of Georgia. He
has worked tirelessly to support the missions of the Georgia Archives, the
Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, and other state historical agencies
Senator Hooks was
instrumental in creating the Governor’s Commission on History and Historical
Tourism in 2002 and the Joint Legislative Committee on Local Government
Historical Records in 2000. In the
early 1990s he was a leader in the effort to preserve the State's collection of
historic flags. Senator Hooks
serves on the boards of both the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia
Trust for Historic Preservation. He
also actively participates in local historical projects, such as working with
the Sumter Historic Trust to preserve the History of Americus and Sumter County.
His leadership and support has improved the condition of Georgia’s
historical records across the state.
The Honorable Louise McBee of
Athens, Representative in the Georgia General Assembly since 1991, and The
Honorable Hugh M. Gillis, Sr. of Sorperton, longest serving state legislator
in the nation - 55 years, have worked tirelessly through the years to improve
the condition of Georgia’s historical records.
Representative McBee and Senator Gillis sponsored the Georgia Historical
Records Advisory Board’s enabling legislation, which was unanimously approved
by the General Assembly in 1993. Georgia
had not had an active state historical records board for the previous ten years.
The advisory board mechanism allowed Georgia to participate more fully in grant
programs under the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and
to obtain almost $600,000 in federal funds to help preserve and make accessible
the State’s historical records.
McBee and Senator Gillis have actively supported records projects across the
state from small historical societies to libraries and local governments. They
understand the need to preserve Georgia’s documentary heritage and to make it
accessible to all citizens and are committed to continued efforts to protect
For Excellence In Documenting Georgia's History
The R. J. Taylor Jr.
Foundation, created in 1971 under an
irrevocable trust established by Mr. R. J. Taylor Jr. in Atlanta, promotes
genealogical research and study in Georgia. His own extensive personal research
gave Mr. Taylor a deep concern about the loss of Georgia’s early records and a
keen appreciation for the valuable information they contained.
His consequent creation of the R. J. Taylor Jr. Foundation has
contributed significantly to the location, preservation, and publication of the
valuable information contained in the state’s records.
The Foundation’s primary
emphasis is on the collection, procurement, indexing, recording, preserving, and
publication of genealogical data concerning citizens of Georgia who were
residents prior to 1851. Since
1984, the Foundation has granted $1,424,718 for 331 publications that contain
significant genealogical information for historians, researchers, and the
citizens of Georgia.
Excellence In Research Using the Holdings of An Archives
James O’Toole, Professor of History at Boston College,
courses in the history of American religion and the history of American
Catholicism. He is the author of Passing
for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920 (published:
2002), which describes a remarkable Georgia family.
writing the book, Mr. O’Toole made extensive use of historical documents from
the Georgia Archives and the Genealogical and Historical Room at the Washington
Memorial Library in Macon, Georgia.
Mr. O’Toole’s interests lie
in the history of religious ideas and in popular devotional practices.
He is presently writing a general history of the American Catholic laity
and is also studying the history of the practice of confession in America.
A former archivist, he also teaches and publishes in the fields of
archives and information studies.
Individuals and Organizations Instrumental in Moving the Georgia Archives
to the City of Morrow, Clayton County
efforts and support of the following local governments, legislators,
institutions, and organizations made it possible for the Georgia Archives to
build a new facility and move to the City of Morrow in Clayton County.
This tremendous accomplishment will bring about many positive benefits
for the Archives and for Georgia’s historical records.
Senator Terrell Starr
Mayor Jim Milirons, City of Morrow
Senator Valencia Seay
Mayor Willie Oswalt, City of Lake City
Clayton County Board of Commissioners
C. Crandle Bray,
Representative Gail M.
Virginia Burton Gray
Representative Virgil Fludd
Representative Joe Heckstall
Representative Victor Hill
Representative Bob Holmes
Clayton College and State University
Dr. Thomas K. Harden, President
Representative George Maddox
Dr. Bryan P. Edwards, Vice President for
Representative Joe Heckstall
Representative Victor Hill
Development Authority of Clayton County
Representative Bob Holmes
Roland O. Downing, Chairman
Representative Darryl Jordan
Emory Brock, Director of Economic Development
G. Robert Oliver, Legal
Representative Jo Ann McClinton
Representative Howard A. Mobsy
Gateway Development Services, Inc.
Representative Georganna T. Sinkfield
Mack Reese and David Tyndall
The University Financing Foundation, Inc.
J. Frank Smith, Jr., Director & President
Thomas H. Hall, III, Director, Vice President & Treasurer
John E. Aderhold, Director & Vice President