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Dean William Tate photographs and memorabilia

Dean William Tate photographs and memorabilia

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dean William Tate photographs and memorabilia
Creator: Tate, William, 1903-1980
Inclusive Dates: 1880-1992
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: UA08-046
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

William Tate (1903-1980) was the Dean of Men, University of Georgia, 1946 to 1971. In 1981, the University of Georgia Tate Student Center was named in his honor.

Tate attended Fairmount High School and the Georgia Military Academy. He then entered the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor's degree in 1924 and a Master's in 1927. He went on to do graduate work at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago.

From 1924 to 1929 he was an instructor in English and Debate Coach at the University of Georgia. From 1929 to 1936 he was Head of the English Department and Track Coach at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1932 William Tate married Susan Frances Barrow, a granddaughter of University Chancellor David Barrow. They had two sons, Ben and Jeff.

In 1936 Tate returned to the University of Georgia as Dean of Freshmen and Assistant Professor of English. He then went on to become Dean of Students, Assistant to the President, and in 1946 became Dean of Men, a position he held for twenty-five years. Tate was a very asute and popular faculty member who ruled over the student body with a reputation for being strict but fair. He is well-known for his role in overseeing students during UGA's desegregation by the first two African American students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, in 1961.

Scope and Content

University Archives obtained these materials from Dean Tate's son, Jeff Tate of Athens Georgia. Much of the collection was removed for preservation from two scrapbooks assembled after Tate's death by his wife, the late Susan Frances Barrow Tate (1908-2003). Along with photographs documenting Tate and his family there are views of the University and University activities, materials related to University Chancellor David C. Barrow and Dean Tate's track shoes from his record setting days as a student.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation note

Dean William Tate photographs and memorabilia, UA08-046, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 6

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Tate, Susan Frances Barrow, 1908-
Tate, William, 1903-1980
Universities and colleges -- Georgia -- Administration.
Universities and colleges -- Georgia -- Athens -- Photographs.
University of Georgia. Buildings. History
University of Georgia. Sports
University of Georgia. Students

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Scrapbook 1, early photographs & Tate, Georgia, material, including circa 1880 photo of David C. Barrow, 1880-1919
12Scrapbook 1, photographs related to University of Georgia, 1920s
13Scrapbook 1, photographs, 1930s-1940s
14Scrapbook 1, photographs, 1950s-1970s
15Scrapbook 2, photographs, 1970-1980
16Scrapbook 2, printed materials, 1969-1992
17Scrapbook 2, news clippings, 1970-1990
18University of Georgia campus photos (students studying in room, Moore College, etc.), circa 1900-1920
19University of Georgia buildings by Marvin Sexton , 1959
110Athens Historic Preservation materials, 1959-1960
111Various school programs (non-UGA), 1936-1955
112Reminiscences of Athens by Edward B. Mell [typed ms.], circa 1870-1890
113University of Georgia Christmas card with poem by David C. Barrow, 1906
114Christian Index with "Box Borders" by D.C. Barrow and University of Georgia Bulletin vol. XVII, #1, "My Grandmother's Key Basket" by D.C. Barrow, delivered at Agnes Scott College graduation , 1916, 1924
115Red and Black issue in honor of the late David C. Barrow, 1929 January 18
116Dedication of Converse Hall cornerstone at Valdosta State University: photograph, letter and copy of biographical remarks concerning D.C. Barrow at the event, 1975
117William Tate's running shoes (in small box), circa 1920
118Framed photograph of Tate and his mother printed on ceramic (in small box), circa 1904
21Four large posters of Tate in Airborne hat, circa 1970
22Large photograph of Chapel
23Ink and wash montage of portraits of Tate with stairs of Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, artist unknown
24Large photograph of smiling Tate with books, circa 1970
25Three photos of Tate at desk on telephone, mounted on posterboard, circa 1960
26Three photographs of Tate outdoors, 1960s
27Commissioned officers of the University of Georgia Cadets - large version of portrait appearing in 1909 Pandora yearbook, 1909
28Cover of disassembled scrapbook embossed with Dean Tate's name and life dates