William Holman Sorrells papers

William Holman Sorrells papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Holman Sorrells papers
Creator: Sorrells, William Holman
Inclusive Dates: 1911-2008
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: UA0085
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

William Holman Sorrells (April 1890-September 1969) attended the University of Georgia from 1912 until his graduation in 1916 with a degree in Agriculture. During his time at UGA, Sorrells managed to support himself through odd jobs while at the same time participating in numerous student activities. He was a skilled debater who won numerous awards for his efforts and served as president of Demonsthenian (one of UGA's literary societies) in 1916. Some of his other college era activities included being the treasurer of the Agricultural Club in 1913-1914 and a member of the Junior Cabinet Club, Senior Round Table (Sigma Upsilon) and Pi Kappa Delta. Sorrells was also the first agricultural student to be elected into the Sphinx Honorary Society and was a charter member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. During his busy and productive life, Sorrells had numerous interests and did many things including being a school teacher, community leader, insurance salesman and farmer. In 1917, he married Lola Ruth McLeroy who was a graduate of the Georgia State Normal School. The couple returned to Athens in 1966 where they attended Sorrells' 50th UGA class reunion. The Sorrells had 2 children, both college graduates of Georgia schools. Their son, William McLeroy Sorrells, served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years retiring as a LT Col. followed by other work before his death in 1977. He left behind a wife and 3 sons. The sons are William McLeroy Sorrells of Pultneyville, NY, John Stark Sorrells of Roberta, GA and Dan Richard Sorrells of Somerville, AL. Their daughter, Martha Sorrells Hymerling, lives in Albany, GA near her daughter Marsha Young Johnston.

Scope and Content

The majority of the collection dates from Sorrells' time at UGA. These items include 10 original debates prepared and presented by Sorrells as well as photographs and other artifacts. In addition to materials from his school years, the collection contains such items as a 50th class reunion badge and correspondence with Benjamin E. Mays in regards to Mays' 1968 eulogy at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral. Sorrells wife, Lola Ruth (McLeroy) Sorrells, is also represented in the 'The William Holman Sorrells Papers". Mrs. Sorrells' Normal School diploma and a CD containing scans of her early 20th century "Memory Book" are found in this collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation note

William Holman Sorrells papers, UA0085, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 2-1

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Biography of William Holman Sorrells by Martha S. Hymerling [Sorrells' daughter]
12[Photocopies from Pandora and photocopy from History of the University of Georgia], 1913-1916, 1949
13[Photographs-Sorrells, family and friends], 1912-1917
14Orations/debates. "The Federal Income tax-affirmative and...U.S. Government should own and control the railroads of the U.S.", 1911
15Orations/debates. "Farewell address - Philomathean Society and ...gunpowder has been more beneficial to mankind than literature and ...graduated income tax, constitutionally granted, would be a desirable part of our present scheme of taxation", 1912
16Orations/Debates. "Spirit of justice"-(argument relating to representative government), "Digressive tendency in our government: a plea for Cuba" and...the agricultural interests of the South would be subserved by bringing foreign immigration to the South", 1915
17Orations/debates. "Cotton school debate" and debate on U.S. government, circa 1915
18Valedictory address-on Locust Grove Institute letterhead, circa 1916
19Student notebook, 1916
110[Certificates-Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Sigma Upsilon fraternity], 1915
111[Broadsides, notes, newspaper clippings and programs], circa 1915-1920
112[Newspaper clippings], circa 1913-1914
113Othello-[annotations by Sorrells], circa 1915
114A message by Carroll R. Folsom-[handwritten], circa 1915
115Mazeppa-annotated by Sorrells, circa 1915
116RUS: a biographical register of rural leadership in the United States and Canada [includes listing for Sorrells] , 1925
117RUS [CD and printouts]
118Photograph and blueprint of Sorrell's Macon, Georgia property, 1934
11950th reunion badge-Class of 1916, circa 1966
120[Scans of Mrs. Sorrells' Memory Book (includes photographs) and other materials from W.H. Sorrells collection], circa 1960s
121Benjamin E. Mays acknowledgement letter and copy of MLK, Jr. eulogy, 1968
122[Misc.-newspaper clipping and envelope addressed to "Miss Ruth McLeroy"], 1917, 1966
123[Scans of materials-CD (PDFs)], circa 2008
124[Newspaper clippings-anniversary and obituary notices], circa 1977
21Demosthenian certificate, 1916
22Sorrell's UGA diploma, 1916
23Lola Ruth McLeroy's [Mrs. Sorrells] State Normal School diploma, 1917

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