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Descriptive Summary
Collection Description
Administrative Information
Related Materials and Subjects
Series Descriptions and Folder Listing
Series I. Harmony Grove Mill 1849-1953
Series II. Business 1949-1953
Subseries A. Commerce Office Files 1880-1950
Subseries B. General 1887-1937
Subseries C. Finances 1916-1942
Subseries D. Ledgers 1915-1944
Subseries E. Lamartine G. Hardman Jr. 1929-1949
Subseries F. J.M. Griffin 1909-1915
Series III. Political 1894-1928
Subseries A. General 1894-1928
Subseries B. County Files 1926-1928
Series IV. Legislative 1898-19101902-1910
Subseries A. Correspondence 1902-1908
Subseries B. Bills 1901-1908
Subseries C. Speeches 1902-1905
Subseries D. General Information 1898-1907
Series V. Governor 1926-1933
Subseries A. Personal Correspondence 1926-1927
Subseries B. Office Correspondence 1927-1933
Subseries C. Subject Files 1927-1931
Subseries D. General Correspondence 1927-1931
Subseries E. Patronage 1927-1930
Subseries F. Working File 1927-1930
Series VI. Medical 1849-19351883-1935
Subseries A. Journals 1909-1918
Subseries B. Ledgers 1900-1918
Subseries C. Notes and Correspondence 1849-1924
Series VII. Family 1900-1953
Series VIII. General 1890-1944
Subseries A. WWI Activities 1917-1918
Subseries B. Personal 1890-1926
Subseries C. Personal Interests 1914-1937
Subseries D. Vault Papers 1904-1905
Subseries E. Publications 1894-1944
Series IX. Scrapbooks 1881-1953
Series X. Photographs 1860-1953
Subseries A. Griffin Family/Griffin-Hardman Courtship 1870-1938
Subseries B. Hardman's Family/Griffin Residences/Hardman Vacationing 1860-1946
Subseries C. Hardman's Immediate Family 1875-1953
Series XI. Artifacts 1891-1953
Series XII. Maps and Architectural Drawings 1884-1946
Series XIII. Audiovisual Materials 1915-1931
Series XIV. Books [CLOSED] 1849-1953
Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers: Collection Summary

Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers: Collection Summary

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers: Collection Summary
Creator: Hardman, Lamartine Griffin, 1856-1937
Inclusive Dates: 1849-1953
Bulk Dates: 1926-1933
Language: English
Extent: 385 box(es) (148 linear feet, 63 reels of microfilm, and 75 items)
Collection Number: RBRL/137/LGH
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Lamartine Griffin Hardman was a doctor, businessman, manufacturer, farmer, and politician. He served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1902 to 1909 and as the Governor of Georgia from 1926 to 1933. Hardman's papers document his political, business, and medical careers and also include papers about his family.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Reputedly one of the wealthiest men in North Georgia at the turn of the century, Dr. Lamartine Griffin Hardman was a man who had diverse interests in a number of areas. Physician, businessman, manufacturer, farmer and statesman: Hardman's versatile career embodied the full spirit of the Progressive Era in the South. He was truly a Renaissance man.

One of eleven children, Lamartine Griffin Hardman was born on April 14, 1856 in Harmony Grove (now Commerce), Georgia to Dr. William Benjamin Johnson and Susan Elizabeth Colquitt Hardman. His father was a physician and Baptist minister. Hardman inherited his political aspirations from the Colquitt side of the family, which counted among its members four governors in Georgia and Texas.

Hardman first followed his father's footsteps by attending medical college. He graduated from the Georgia Medical College in Augusta in 1876 and opened his own practice in Commerce later in that year. He then furthered his medical training at Bellevue Hospital in New York, and pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the New York Polyclinic and Guy Hospital in London, from which he received a second degree in 1890.

Returning home after nearly a decade and a half out of the South, Hardman opened his own medical practice in Commerce, and later joined his brother, William B. Hardman, in establishing the Hardman Sanatorium in 1899. "They introduced into the hospital advanced apparatus," claimed journalist Louie Newton, "and before 1900 Dr. L. G. Hardman was a nationally known physician." The sanatorium served a large numbers of patients throughout northeast Georgia until 1945.

During this period, Hardman experimented in the field of anesthetics. He had completely anesthetized an animal by injecting tincture of Indian Hemp (cannabis indica) into the femoral vein of a dog. This work brought him into close touch with the earlier work of Dr. Crawford W. Long. Long was well known in medical history as a pioneer in the use of ether as an anesthetic during surgery in the 1840s in nearby Jefferson.

Besides his medical practice and research, Hardman was committed to creating manufacturing enterprises to stimulate economic growth in rural north Georgia. In 1893, Hardman founded the Harmony Grove Cotton Mills. He later established the Hardman Roller Mills, also in Commerce.

While he was creating a local manufacturing boom in Commerce, Hardman was also investing in farmlands. By 1900, he was among the largest farmers in Georgia, owning land in seven counties and in Florida. From walnuts to livestock, Hardman was an example of a successful scientific farmer. He conducted a variety of experiments on his produce, and if successful, shared his new methods with his neighbors. His commitment to agriculture innovation was reflected in his active service as a trustee of the Georgia State College of Agriculture in Athens. This would later become the Agriculture College at the University of Georgia.

As if such enterprises did not fully consume his time and energies, Hardman accepted the challenge of political life with encouragement from his friends and colleagues. He was elected to the Georgia legislature in 1902 as a representative from Jackson County. He served in the House until 1907, when he was elected state senator, an office he held through 1908. He returned to the House for a final term in 1909. During his tenure in the General Assembly, Hardman introduced considerable legislation, including a bill requiring public schools to offer basic agriculture courses; a measure petitioning the United States Congress to authorize a commission to conduct a drainage survey of Georgia; an act furnishing free treatment for hydrophobia, utilizing the Pasteur method; and legislation establishing the State Board of Health.

In 1907, Dr. Hardman, along with W. A. Covington and W. J. Neel, authored the prohibition bill banning legalized whiskey in Georgia. Upon its passage, he received much acclaim, with favorable mail from around the country congratulating him on this early victory for the Prohibition movement. As both a physician and son of a Baptist minister, Hardman believed that alcohol was destructive to the human body and that no good could come from its use.

For more personal reasons, 1907 was also an important year for Hardman. At the age of fifty-one, he married the twenty-five year old Emma Wiley Griffin, from a socially prominent family in Valdosta. They had met in 1901 when introduced by W. W. Landrum, an Atlanta preacher. On a bet, Reverend Landrum promised to introduce the matrimony-proof Hardman to a young woman in Valdosta if on their wedding day he would give the Baptist mission $1,000. After six years of courtship they married, and had four children together.

During World War I, Hardman served as the U. S. Fuel Administrator for Georgia. After two unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns in 1914 and 1916, he was finally elected governor in 1926 (at the age of seventy-four) in a run-off election over John Holder, who had generated controversy for fiscal improprieties as head of the state highway board. In 1928, he comfortably defeated E. D. Rivers in his bid for re-election as the state's chief executive.

Governor Hardman promised to give the state a businesslike administration, eliminating waste and extravagance. In his second inaugural address in 1929, he declared: "It is apparent in our state, and indeed in most, if not all the states in the Union, that there is a need and a demand for a more modern, businesslike arrangement of operating the state's affairs." He went on in that speech to recommend the creation of an agriculture college as part of the University of Georgia, and the preservation of the "the majesty and enforcement of the law."

Unfortunately, Hardman proposed this ambitious agenda just before the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression. Given the ensuing climate, the legislature was in no mood to embrace dramatic changes of this sort. Nevertheless, Hardman could claim more minor achievements for his administration. During his governorship, the state capitol was remodeled, the Rhodes home in Atlanta was accepted as a depository for the state archives, and a plant to produce license tags was established. His most significant achievement was in laying the groundwork for a comprehensive reorganization of the state's government, the Allen Commission on Simplification and Coordination, headed by Ivan Allen, Sr., that would be put into effect by Hardman's successor, Richard B. Russell, Jr.

Hardman was seventy-seven years old when he relinquished the governor's office in 1933. He returned to Commerce, where he lived the last four years of his life. He died of a heart ailment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on February 18, 1937.

Scope and Content

Hardman's papers document his political, business (including mills and agriculture), and medical careers and also include papers about his family. The papers include correspondence, legislative files, financial records of his businesses, and published materials. Common subjects include agriculture techniques and education, reorganization plans for the Georgia State Government, health care, and education.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into 14 series: Series I. Harmony Grove Mill, Series II. Business, Series III. Political, Series IV. Legislative, Series V. Governor, Series VI. Medical, Series VII. Family, Series VIII. General, Series IX. Scrapbooks, Series X. Photographs, Series XI. Artifacts, Series XII. Maps and Architectural Drawings, Series XIII. Audiovisual Materials, and Series XIV. CLOSED.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research with the following exceptions:

Series XIII: Though the series is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Series XIV. Books is closed.

Preferred citation

Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as a "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Adriane Hanson and Jordan Graham (student assistant), September 2016.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Agricultural industries -- Georgia.
Commerce (Ga.)
Georgia -- Governors.
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Georgia. General Assembly. Senate.
Georgia. Governor (1927-1931: Hardman)
Hardman, Emma
Medicine -- Practice -- Georgia.
Physicians -- Georgia.
Valdosta (Ga.)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Georgia.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Harmony Grove Mill, 1849-1953

21 box(es) (13.5 linear feet, 13 reels of microfilm)
The series contains correspondence, orders, informational bulletins, ledgers, production records and other materials from the Harmony Grove Mills, Inc. The majority of papers document daily production-related correspondence between cotton brokerage firms and Harmony Grove Mills between the years 1927-1947. Also included are correspondence and circulars from the Cotton Textile Institute. Additional material in the series documents the activities of Harmony Grove workers during the General Textile Strike of 1934. All material is arranged chronologically.The mill records appear to have been kept in a separate file from other business records, except for a few folders which are located in Series II Business, A. Commerce Office; Series V Governor, B. Office Correspondence; Series V Governor, D. General Correspondence; and Series VIII General, E. Publications.Daily mill production records from the 1940s have not been microfilmed.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series II. Business, 1949-1953

106 box(es) (54.25 linear feet, 50 reels of microfilm)
Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, II. Business files consist of Governor Hardman's business and personal papers from 1880 to 1956. The Commerce Office files subseries include such topics as temperance, the 1904 Jackson County primary election returns, Hardman's campaign expenses for 1914, Georgia State College of Agriculture finances, dam and water mill specifications, land surveys, tuberculosis treatments, and monthly reports from the Hardman Roller Mills. The General correspondence files feature miscellaneous materials related to Hardman's multiple business and personal interests. Highlights include a petition for a wage increase by Harmony Grove Mills workers in 1917, papers documenting Hardman's medical experiments with Indian hemp (cannabis indica) as an anesthetic, and correspondence concerning the planning and subsequent dedication of a monument to Dr. Crawford W. Long. Finances includes cancelled checks, tax returns, and asset reports. The Ledgers subseries contains business ledgers for Harmony Grove Orchards, Lake Alcoyne Farm, the Hardman Estate, and the Hardman Plantation. The Lamartine Hardman, Jr. papers document his activities at Harmony Grove Orchards, personal correspondence, and minutes from the Sarepta Baptist Association. The J. N. Griffin files contain correspondence and bills relating to mutual business interests held by Governor Hardman and his father-in-law, Mr. J. N. Griffin.
This series is organized into six subseries: A. Commerce Office Files, B. General, C. Finances, D. Ledgers, E. Lamartine G. Hardman, Jr., and F. J. N. Griffin files.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Commerce Office Files, 1880-1950

( 19 box(es) (8.75 linear feet) )
The Commerce Office files subseries is divided into seven sub-groups. Included in the correspondence files are multiple letters from U.S. Senator A.O. Bacon, U.S. Representative Thomas M. Bell, Colorado Governor Henry A. Buchtel, Georgia Governor A.D. Chandler, George Foster Peabody (on the subject of prohibition), and Richard B. Russell, Sr. (asking for support as Superior Court Justice). Topics discussed include temperance, the 1904 Jackson County primary election returns, Hardman's campaign expenses for 1914, Georgia State College of Agriculture finances, dam and water mill specifications, land surveys, tuberculosis treatments, and monthly reports from the Hardman Roller Mills. Bills and receipts date primarily from 1921 to 1924 and are for hardware, medical supplies and other expenses. Bills, telegrams and titles includes bills of lading and freight bills for cotton shipments, private correspondence from 1901 to 1905, telegrams, titles to property owned by the Hardman family, and documents pertaining to bonded employees from the period 1888 to 1918. Contracts, correspondence and receipts features correspondence from 1910, business receipts from 1901 to 1918, and various contracts with employees, tenant farmers and independent contractors for the years 1900 to 1915. Commerce High School contains documents on new building construction, school board policies, finances, and applications for teaching and superintendent positions for the period 1922 to 1924. The Harmony Grove Mills papers in this subseries span the years 1922 to 1924 and consist of correspondence relating to audits, equipment purchases, and the hiring of a plant superintendent. Finally, there is registration information on Berkshire hogs, Jersey cattle, and Duroc-Jersey hogs--as well as records of cattle and hogs dead or sold--contained in Bills paid and cattle.
The files are in chronological order within alphabetical arrangement.



Subseries B. General, 1887-1937

( 56 box(es) (26.5 linear feet) )
This subseries is further divided into two sub-groups. The correspondence files feature miscellaneous materials related to Hardman's multiple business and personal interests. Highlights include a petition for a wage increase by Harmony Grove Mills workers in 1917, papers documenting Hardman's medical experiments with Indian hemp (cannabis indica) as an anesthetic, and correspondence concerning the planning and subsequent dedication of a monument to Dr. Crawford W. Long. Additional items include Baptist Church records, tenant rent correspondence, crop reports, and monthly production reports from Nacoochee Dairy. The bills and receipts files contain correspondence and information related to business, farming, and household expenses. With the exception of some stray correspondence from 1920 to 1927--including letters from Hardman's niece, Mrs. Wilda Hardman Poteat, Jr., a Baptist missionary in Kaifeng, Hunan, China--bills and receipts are not on microfilm.
The files are in chronological order within alphabetical arrangement.



Subseries C. Finances, 1916-1942

( 10 box(es) (5.5 linear feet) )
This subseries is further divided into cancelled checks, tax returns, and asset reports. Arrangement is chronological. Cancelled checks (1916-1929) have not been microfilmed. Income tax returns (circa 1890-1937) and all asset reports and audits have been filmed. Asset reports and auditor's reports are for the Hardman Drug Company, Harmony Grove Mills, Commerce Telephone Company, Georgia Military Academy, and the city of Commerce.
Arrangement is chronological.



Subseries D. Ledgers, 1915-1944

( 3 box(es) (7 linear feet and 4 volumes) )
This subseries contains business ledgers for Harmony Grove Orchards, Lake Alcoyne Farm, the Hardman Estate, and the Hardman Plantation. There are also salary ledgers and inventories of farm equipment and property.
Arrangement is chronological.



Subseries E. Lamartine G. Hardman Jr. , 1929-1949

( 11 box(es) (5.5 linear feet) )
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1930, Hardman Jr. gradually began to take on more responsibility for the Hardman family business interests. Included in this subseries are correspondence and bills pertaining to the Harmony Grove Orchards, personal correspondence, and minutes from the Sarepta Baptist Association. Only the correspondence files and previously unfilmed portions of the Sarepta Baptist Association material have been microfilmed.
Arrangement is chronological.



Subseries F. J.M. Griffin, 1909-1915

( 1 box(es) (25 linear feet) )
These files contain correspondence and bills relating to mutual business interests held by Governor Hardman and his father-in-law, Mr. J. N. Griffin. These files are not on microfilm.
 

Series III. Political, 1894-1928

44 box(es) (20.5 linear feet)
This series contains the political papers of Governor Hardman from 1894 and from 1914 to 1928.
This series is organized into two subseries: General and County files.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. General, 1894-1928

( 4 box(es) )
General files include correspondence, speeches, financial records, and newspaper clippings relating to Governor Hardman's gubernatorial campaigns. There are also fragmentary accounts of the 1894 campaign for State Senator. The most prolific records are from the 1926 and 1928 gubernatorial campaigns. Telegrams congratulating Hardman on his heated 1926 campaign and subsequent run-off election victory over opponent John Holder are included in Box 3A. News stories and editorials accompany the correspondence.
Arrangement is chronological.



Subseries B. County Files, 1926-1928

( 40 box(es) )
The County files were kept in the campaign years 1926 and 1928. The majority of correspondence consists of mass-mailings to the electorate. There is also some correspondence between the candidate and his supporters. There are thick files from relatively small counties where the races were hotly contested, and there is a file on Milton County (Alpharetta, county seat) which is no longer in existence.
Arranged alphabetically then chronologically by county.
 

Series IV. Legislative, 1898-1910 (1902-1910)

4 box(es) (1.75 linear feet)
Hardman was very active during his tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives and the State Senate. Co-authoring Georgia's Prohibition bill and sponsoring the Conner Act, which established the Georgia College of Agriculture, are among as his primary accomplishments. However, Hardman also introduced or sponsored other important legislative measures. He sponsored legislation creating the State Board of Health, petitioned Congress to authorize a federal commission to conduct a drainage survey of Georgia farmlands, and introduced a bill making rudimentary civic and agricultural education mandatory in Georgia public schools. The files in this series contain correspondence relating to these and other legislative matters from Hardman's terms in the House (1902-1906; 1909-1910) and State Senate (1907-1908). Papers from his last term in the House are not included.
The series is comprised of four subseries: correspondence, bills, speeches and general information. Arrangement is chronological.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Correspondence, 1902-1908

( 2 box(es) )



Subseries B. Bills, 1901-1908

( 1 box(es) )



Subseries C. Speeches, 1902-1905

( 1 box(es) )



Subseries D. General Information, 1898-1907

( 1 box(es) )
 

Series V. Governor, 1926-1933

93 box(es) (42.75 linear feet)
Lamartine G. Hardman was elected governor of Georgia in 1926 and again in 1928 (term 1927-1931). The Governor series consists of correspondence and material pertaining to political appointments, bills, speeches, and miscellaneous information used by Governor Hardman. In these files researchers can locate information relating to the initial phase of reorganizing the state government (a process completed under Hardman's successor, Richard B. Russell, Jr.), health care issues, education, and Governor Hardman's interest in fingerprinting and phrenology. For additional information on Hardman's gubernatorial years, the researcher should also review Emma G. Hardman's diaries (Series VII. Family) and Scrapbooks (Series IX.).
The series is divided into six subseries: Personal Correspondence, Office Correspondence, Subject Files, General Correspondence, Patronage, and Working Files.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Personal Correspondence, 1926-1927

( 3 box(es) (1.5 linear feet) )
This subseries consists primarily of letters congratulating Hardman on his successful campaign for governor, requests for appointments to various state positions, and letters pertaining to personal business.
Arrangement is alphabetical.



Subseries B. Office Correspondence, 1927-1933

( 48 box(es) (23 linear feet) )
These are files that Governor Hardman maintained while in office. Material to be found in this subseries includes correspondence, maps, minutes, speeches, contracts, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous printed matter. Letters vary widely in content. Some are official inquiries and others are of a personal nature regarding Hardman's other businesses. There is correspondence concerning other states' administrative and fiscal reorganization plans, the Georgia State Highway Board resignation controversy, general election strategy, and the remodeling of the State Capitol building. Major correspondents include Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. Senators Walter George and William J. Harris, former Georgia Governors Clifford Walker and E.D. Rivers, Louisiana Governor Huey Long, Virginia Governor Harry Byrd, Commissioner of Agriculture Eugene Talmadge, Rear Admiral Robert E. Byrd, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Also included is correspondence between Hardman and his children.
Arrangement is chronological by year and thereafter alphabetical.



Subseries C. Subject Files, 1927-1931

( 15 box(es) (7.25 linear feet) )
This subseries contains files relating to various boards and commissions, legislation, and other issues relating to the Hardman administration. Included are correspondence, speeches, printed matter, newspaper clippings, and programs. Of particular interest are documents detailing the Stone Mountain Memorial controversy, the Extraordinary Session of the Legislature, and state loans for schools and teachers.
Arrangement is alphabetical.



Subseries D. General Correspondence, 1927-1931

( 15 box(es) (7 linear feet) )
This subseries consists of correspondence, reports, bills, printed matter, bank statements, newspaper clippings, and speeches. Topics vary from state-related matters to personal business interests. There are also files relating to Harmony Grove Mills and Hurricane Shoals and Nacoochee Power Company. The majority of material detailing the daily operations of Hardman's farm and dairy enterprises has not been microfilmed. Samples of this material have been filmed with II. Business, B. General and V. Governor, B. Office Correspondence.
Arrangement is alphabetical and thereafter chronological.



Subseries E. Patronage, 1927-1930

( 8 box(es) (3.75 linear feet) )
Many friends and political acquaintances sought Governor Hardman's patronage for positions within state and county government. This subseries contains correspondence relating to requests for assistance by citizens seeking appointments as county solicitor or asking to be considered for posts on state commissions. Other requests are from financial institutions seeking to be named a state bank depository. There are miscellaneous requests for lesser positions filed by county. These latter requests have not been microfilmed.



Subseries F. Working File, 1927-1930

( 1 box(es) (0.25 linear feet) )
Arrangement is alphabetical.
Governor Hardman maintained open files on the state budget, proposed bills and speeches to the General Assembly.
 

Series VI. Medical, 1849-1935 (1883-1935)

5 box(es) (3.5 linear feet)
Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Series VI: Medical consists largely of journals and ledgers kept by Governor Hardman during his years as a physician. The earliest material in this series dates from his period as a post-graduate medical student in New York City and London, England (1883-1890). Also included are medical journals and ledgers, patient expense books, and miscellaneous notes from Governor Hardman's private medical practice and the Hardman Sanatorium, one of the first fully equipped medical centers in northeast Georgia, founded by Governor Hardman and his brother Dr. W. B. Hardman in 1899.
This series is organized into three subseries: A. Journals, B. Ledgers, C. Notes and Correspondence.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Journals, 1909-1918

( 2 box(es) )



Subseries B. Ledgers, 1900-1918

( 3 box(es) )



Subseries C. Notes and Correspondence, 1849-1924

( 1 box(es) )
 

Series VII. Family, 1900-1953

13 box(es) (9.5 linear feet)
Mrs. Hardman (nee Emma Wiley Griffin) maintained the majority of family-related papers in this series. Included are early photographs of Governor Hardman, genealogical information, courtship letters, and marriage congratulations. This series also contains various family letters from 1908 to 1953, letters and cards of sympathy on the death of Hardman in 1937, Mrs. Hardman's household financial papers, material documenting her world tour in 1953, and cards received during her illness in 1953. Her obituaries from several newspapers were added to the file. Additional family correspondence for the years 1927 to 1933 can be found in Series V. Governor, B. Office Correspondence.The early diaries kept by Emma Griffin Hardman (1901 to 1902 and 1904 to 1905) offer a rare glimpse into the life of a young woman in turn-of-the-century Georgia. Mrs. Hardman and the governor's secretary also kept very detailed diaries during Hardman's gubernatorial years, 1927 to 1931. In addition to chronicling Georgia politics, these diaries also record trips, visits by dignitaries, and everyday life at the Governor's Mansion.Emma Griffin's yearbook and diploma from Southern Home School in Baltimore, along with other large documents, have not been microfilmed.
Loosely arranged by topic.
This series is open for research. use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series VIII. General, 1890-1944

5 box(es) (2.25 linear feet)
Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Series VIII: General series consists of five subseries. World War I activities includes papers concerning Hardman's role as U.S. Fuel Administrator for the state of Georgia from 1916 to 1919. Personal Correspondence contains a wide range of material from the 1890s to 1926, including a folder of courtship letters from Rosa Taylor, correspondence concerning the unveiling of the memorial to Dr. Crawford Long, contracts, and speeches. Personal Interests contains miscellaneous publications, agricultural brochures, maps and church-related documents. Vault Papers consists of bank deposit books and financial statements. Publications includes information on public schools, speeches by others, and miscellaneous pamphlets. The 25 May 1944 issue of the Commerce News contains a feature on the 50th anniversary of Harmony Grove Mills. There are papers on prohibition, agriculture and education mixed throughout the series. Further documentation on these subjects can be found in Series IV. Legislative and Series V. Governor.
This series is organized into five subseries: World War I, Personal Correspondence, Personal Interests, Vault Papers, and Publications.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. WWI Activities, 1917-1918

( 1 box(es) )
World War I activities includes papers concerning Hardman's role as U.S. Fuel Administrator for the state of Georgia from 1916 to 1919.



Subseries B. Personal, 1890-1926

( 1 box(es) )
Personal Correspondence contains a wide range of material from the 1890s to 1926, including a folder of courtship letters from Rosa Taylor, correspondence concerning the unveiling of the memorial to Dr. Crawford Long, contracts, and speeches.



Subseries C. Personal Interests, 1914-1937

( 1 box(es) )
Personal Interests contains miscellaneous publications, agricultural brochures, maps and church-related documents.



Subseries D. Vault Papers, 1904-1905

( 1 box(es) )
Vault Papers consists of bank deposit books and financial statements.



Subseries E. Publications, 1894-1944

( 1 box(es) )
Publications includes information on public schools, speeches by others, and miscellaneous pamphlets. The 25 May 1944 issue of the Commerce News contains a feature on the 50th anniversary of Harmony Grove Mills.
 

Series IX. Scrapbooks, 1881-1953

13 box(es)
Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Series IX: Scrapbooks consist primarily of newspaper clippings kept by Mrs. Hardman and office staff on Governor Hardman's political career. The earliest scrapbooks contain clippings on the Hardman family, Hardman's medical career, and his early political career in the House and Senate. Later scrapbooks document Mrs. Hardman's activities as first lady and her interests after her husband's death in 1937. Mrs. Hardman's personal scrapbooks contain nuptial announcements for her four children and souvenirs from her 1953 world tour with the General Federation of Women's Clubs. There are also duplicate, loose newspaper clippings.
Arranged chronologically.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series X. Photographs, 1860-1953

9 box(es)
This series consists of 624 images, 20 of which are framed. The images date from the mid-1800s to 1953. The series begins with early images of Hardman's wife's family - the Griffins, from Valdosta, Georgia - and ends with photos taken during a world trip by Mrs. Hardman in 1953.Subjects of the photos include the Griffin immediate and extended family, Griffin family vacations, and Hardman and Emma Griffin's courtship. The series also includes photographs of Hardman's immediate and extended family, Hardman and Griffin family residences and property, and Hardman family vacations. Included are formal portraits of Governor Hardman and informal photographs of Hardman engaged in medical, agricultural and leisure pursuits. Of particular interest are photographs of Hardman iwth New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Calvin Coolidge, and aviator Charles Lindbergh.The photographs have been separated into three groups and organized in chronological order within each group. The three groups are the Griffin family; the extended Hardman family and property; and the immediate Hardman family, including images of Governor Hardman. Each photograph has been identified by a brief description, including date and names where available, as well as by size. All photographs are black and white, with some sepia-toned images and daguerreotypes also included. An index to the photographs is available at the Russell Library. There are also duplicate, matted photographs located with Series VII. Family.
The photos are organized in three series: A. Griffin Family/Hardman-Griffin Courtship, B. Hardman's Family/Griffin Residences/Hardman Vacationing, C.Hardman's Immediate Family.
This series is open for research. Use of microfilm recommended.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Griffin Family/Griffin-Hardman Courtship, 1870-1938

( 4 box(es) )



Subseries B. Hardman's Family/Griffin Residences/Hardman Vacationing, 1860-1946

( 6 box(es) )



Subseries C. Hardman's Immediate Family, 1875-1953

( 9 box(es) )
 

Series XI. Artifacts , 1891-1953

20 box(es)
Series XI: Artifacts consists of personal effects, wardrobe items, and assorted medical equipment. Material includes campaign and convention buttons, calling cards and miscellaneous printed matter, and a variety of loose personal items--address and memo books, eyeglasses, coins, pipes, gavels and small plaques. Additionally, there are two dresses belonging to Mrs. Emma G. Hardman, a plaster head used for phrenology, and plaques that hung in Harmony Grove Mills honoring those who served during World War II.
The artifacts are loosely grouped by item type.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XII. Maps and Architectural Drawings, 1884-1946

69 item(s)
Series XII: Maps and Architectural Drawings consists of six large maps of Georgia. The architectural drawing blueprints consist of sixty-three separate items. Included are blueprints and plats for the Hurricane Shoals Water and Power Plant, the State Capitol in Atlanta, the Hardman residences, and the land holdings of the Hardman family. A very rare lithograph, Bird's Eye View of Pelham, Georgia, published by Fowler and Downs, Morrisville, PA in 1908, is especially noteworthy.
This series is organized into maps and architectural drawings
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XIII. Audiovisual Materials , 1915-1931

6 item(s)
Lamartine G. Hardman Collection, Series XIII. Audiovisual Materials includes four Edison discs and two Victor 78rpm shellac phonodiscs, containing commercially released music.
Lamartine G. Hardman Collection, Series XIII. Audiovisual Materials is arranged by format.
Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XIV. Books [CLOSED], 1849-1953

287 volume(s)
This series includes books and government pamphlets from Hardman's office library. Primary subjects include agriculture, medicine, law, manufacturing and Georgia history and politics. The books are cataloged in the University of Georgia's Galileo Interconnected Libraries (GIL) catalog.
This series is restricted.