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George Cecil (Kid) Woodruff letters

George Cecil (Kid) Woodruff letters

Descriptive Summary

Title: George Cecil (Kid) Woodruff letters
Creator: Woodruff, George, 1889-1968
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1919
Language: English
Extent: 21 folder(s) (1 box)
Collection Number: UA0006
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

George Cecil (Kid) Woodruff was born on November 29, 1888 in Columbus, Georgia. He attended Columbus High School and the University School for Boys then entered the University of Georgia in 1907, graduating in 1912. While a student, he played football, acting as quarterback and later team captain. Upon graduation, Woodruff returned to Columbus and began a career in the insurance industry. During the war, he served in the 82nd Infantry (known as the All Americans) formed at Camp Gordon in 1917, which was then located in Chamblee, Georgia. Woodruff saw action during the St. Mihiel offensive as well as the Meuse-Argonne offensive and rose to the rank of major by the time the division was deactivated in 1919. He then returned to Columbus and resumed his insurance career.

In 1923 Woodruff was hired by Herman Stegeman to serve as head football coach at the University of Georgia, a position he held through 1927 while achieving a record of 30-16-1. Among those who coached under him was Harry Mehre who succeeded him as head coach. Woodruff returned to his insurance business in Columbus but remained active in his support of the University of Georgia. In 1932, he was one of the first citizens in Georgia to be appointed members of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and served until 1945. Woodruff died on November 16, 1968.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of personal correspondence from George Cecil "Kid" Woodruff, Sr. to his brother and sister-in-law Harry and Frances Woodruff. The letters describe army life in France during World War I, including battles, football games and athletic competitions among servicemen, and leisure activities around Paris after the conclusion of the war.

Organization and Arrangement

The letters are arranged chronologically.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Cecil (Kid) Woodruff Letters, UA 0006, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2013.

General Notes

RG 6


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Correspondence.
Football -- Georgia -- Athens.
Football coaches -- Georgia -- Athens -- Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
boxfolder
11George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 April 22
 
12George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 May
 
13George Woodruff to Frances Woodruff, 1918 May
 
14George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, Field Service Postcard, May 21, 1918, 1918 May 21
 
15George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 June
 
16George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 June 10
 
17George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 June 15
 
18George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 June 30
 
19George Woodruff to Frances Woodruff, 1918 August 9
 
110George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 September 14
 
111George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1918 September 19
 
112George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff , 1918 October 20
 
113Fifth Army Corps Athletic Bulletin, Nogent En Bassigny, Vol 1, Ed 5, , 1919 February 24
 
114George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 March
 
115George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 March 4
 
116George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 March
 
117George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 March 19
 
118George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 April 3
 
119George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 April 20
 
120George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 April 21
 
121George Woodruff to Harry Woodruff, 1919 June 7