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Steadman V. Sanford papers

Steadman V. Sanford papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Steadman V. Sanford papers
Creator: Sanford, Steadman Vincent, 1871-1945
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1945
Language(s): English
Extent: 4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Collection Number: UA97-097
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Biographical/historical note

Steadman Vincent Sanford was born in Covington, Georgia on August 24, 1871 to Charles Vincent and Lizzie (Steadman) Sanford. He was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, receiving his Bachelor of Arts from that institution in 1890. In 1912-1913, he continued his studies at the University of Berlin, and in the summer of 1913, at Oxford in England. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Georgia in 1914. Dr. Sanford's professional career began at Marietta (GA) Male Academy, where he served as President from 1890 until 1892. This was followed with five years of service (1892-1897) as Principal at Marietta High School, which in turn was followed by six years as Superintendent of Schools in Marietta. In 1903, Dr. Sanford joined the faculty of the University of Georgia as an Instructor in Rhetoric and English Literature. The next decade saw his steady rise through the academic ranks, and in 1913, Dr. Sanford assumed the Chair of the English Department as Full Professor. In 1921, he also assumed the duties as the first head of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism (a school which Sanford was instrumental in creating) at the University, and this administrative position led to his appointment as Dean of the University in 1927, a position he held until 1932. That year, Sanford became the President of the University of Georgia, a position he would only briefly occupy before being called to serve the state as Chancellor of the State University System in 1935. Independent of his rich academic career, Sanford served as a Captain of a company of Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and served on the staff of three Georgia Governors: Brown, Harris, and Slayton. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha social fraternity, a Mason, and a member of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, and he served as President of the Georgia Education Association in 1935. In his tenure as President at the University of Georgia, Dawson Hall and Joe E. Brown Hall were completed (both in 1932), and his leading role in affiliating the University with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association (which he again helped organize) would lead to the naming of the University's football stadium in his honor in 1929. The conversion from an old Trustees form of governance to a new statewide Regents' System for all the State Colleges and Universities brought Dr. Sanford into sharp conflict with the President of the State College of Agriculture (in Athens), Dr. Andrew Soule. Ultimately, Dr. Sanford's point of view prevailed, giving birth to the modern Regents System in Georgia. During a presentation to the State Board of Regents on September 12, 1945, Chancellor Sanford suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, and he died three days later at the age of 74. He is buried at the City Cemetery in Marietta.

Scope and Content

The Presidential papers (1918-1945) of Steadman V. Sanford housed in the University of Georgia Archives represent a small volume of the S. V. Sanford papers total. The bulk of the papers can be found in the Manuscripts Division of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (MS 1578). The papers chronicle Dr. Sanford's involvement with the organization and growth of the Southern Athletic Conference, and with collegiate athletics as manifested at the University of Georgia and regionally in the Southeast; document Dr. Sanford's role in reorganizing higher education in the State of Georgia and the installation of a statewide Board of Regents in 1932; document Sanford's tenure as Chancellor of the Board of Regents, as well as his interactions as University President; highlight Dr. Sanford's work in standardizing high school curricula in Georgia; and document the Religious Welfare Conference: Religious life at the University of Georgia in the 1930s.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Preferred citation

Steadman V. Sanford papers, UA97-097, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

RG 1

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Administrative records.
Football -- Georgia -- Athens.
High schools -- Accreditation -- Georgia.
Sanford, Steadman Vincent, 1871-1945 -- Correspondence
Southern Conference -- History
University System of Georgia. Board of Regents
University of Georgia
University of Georgia

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Accreditation, 1931-1935
12Admissions, 1930-1934
13Alumni Affairs, 1932-1934
14Anti-Lynching Bill, 1934
15Appointments, 1931-1934
16Association of American Colleges, 1933-1934
17Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1927 September
18Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1928 September
19Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1928 October
110Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1928 December
111Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 January
112Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 February
113Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 March
114Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 April
115Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 September
116Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 September
117Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 September
118Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 September
119Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 September
120Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 October
121Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 October
122Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1929 November
123Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference, 1930 April-May
124Athletics-football, 1929-1935
125Athletics-memorandum to Georgia athletes
126Athens-relations, 1933-1934
127Board of Regents-Adult and Nursing Education, 1933-1934
128Board of Regents-budget/fiscal papers, 1932-1933
129Board of Regents-budget, 1933-1935
130Board of Regents-building projects, 1932-1935
131Board of Regents-correspondence, miscellaneous, 1931-1935
132Board of Regents-correspondence, personal, 1931-1935
21Board of Regents-correspondence, presidential, 1932-1933
22Board of Regents-correspondence, presidential, 1905 April 16
23Board of Regents-correspondence, presidential, 1934
24Board of Regents-correspondence, presidential, 1934-1935
25Board of Regents-employment, 1933-1934
26Board of Regents-homesteads, 1933-1934
27Board of Regents-honorary degrees, 1933-1934
28Board of Regents-Lanning, J.T. (book), 1932-1935
29Board of Regents-meetings/minutes, 1932-1935
210Board of Regents-purchases/bids, 1932-1934
211Board of Regents-real estate, 1933
212Board of Regents-reorganization, 1932-1935
213Board of Regents-rules and regulations, 1932-1933
214Board of Regents-Summer School, 1932-1935
215Caldwell, Harmon W., papers-Board of Regents, 1935-1936
216Caldwell, Harmon W., papers-Committee on the Small High School, 1935-1937
217Caldwell, Harmon W., papers-Dempsey, T. Jack, correspondence, 1935-1937
218Caldwell, Harmon W., Papers-Presidential correspondence, 1935-1937
219Campus development, 1932-1935
220Code of Fair Competition, 1933-1934
221College of Agriculture, 1933-1934
222Commencement, 1933-1936
223Committee on Educational Testing, 1933-1934
224Complaints, 1930-1931
225Conferences-miscellaneous, 1933-1935
226Coordinate College, 1933
227Correspondence: Dempsey, T. Jack-Georgia high schools, 1934-1936
228Correspondence: government, 1931-1933
229Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1932-1935
230Correspondence: personal, 1918-1935
231Correspondence: personal (sales tax), 1932-1933
232Correspondence: poor scholastic record, 1930-1932
233Correspondence: Presidential, 1930-1933
234Correspondence: Presidential, 1933 May-September
235Correspondence: Presidential, 1933 October-December
236Correspondence: Presidential, 1934 January-February
237Correspondence: Presidential, 1934 March-May
238Correspondence: Presidential, 1934 June-September
239Correspondence: Presidential, 1934 October-December
31Correspondence: Presidential, 1935 January-June
32Correspondence: Snelling, Charles M., 1932-1934
33Correspondence: Talmadge, Eugene, 1932-1935
34Correspondence: Thank You notes, 1931-1934
35Credits, 1926-1933
36Daughters of the Confederacy, 1933
37Democratic Party, 1932
38DeRenne Library, 1933-1934
39Discipline, 1931-1934
310Education of World War orphans, 1934
311Educational Conference, 1934
312Educational Conference, 1935
313Employment, 1932-1935
314English composition notebook
315Faculty, 1933-1934
316Faculty salaries/departmental budgets, 1934
317Favors asked, 1932-1934
318Financial aid, 1930-1933
319Financial aid, 1934
320Foreign Affairs, 1932-1934
321Georgia Commission on High School Standards: Bulletin, 1935-1936
322Georgia High School Accrediting Commission, 1934
323Georgia High School Association, 1934-1935
324Georgia high school material, miscellaneous, 1933-1934
325Gifts/Donations, 1928-1934
326Hirsch Hall Dedication, 1932
327Homesteads, 1933-1934
328Honorary degrees, 1933-1934
329Housing, 1933-1934
330Incidents, 1921-1935
331Integration, 1934
332Invitation list, 1935
333Invitations (dinner), 1935 January
334Invitations (dinner), 1935 January
335Invitations (dinner), 1935 April
336Invitations (regrets), 1931-1935
337Items for sale or donation to University of Georgia, 1931-1934
338Latch Key Constitution
339Letters of Recommendation, 1929-1934
340Letters of Solicitation, 1933-1934
341Military course, 1933
342Miscellaneous materials, 1933-1935
343Money owed/paid, 1932-1934
344National Education Association, 1933-1934
345National Education Association: Conference, 1934
41Organizations (miscellaneous), 1933-1935
42Pandora (gifts), 1933-1934
43PhD programs, 1933-1935
44Race Relations/Blacks in Georgia, 1932-1935
45Real Estate, 1933-1934
46Religious Welfare Conference, 1932
47Religious Welfare Conference, 1933
48Religious Welfare Conference, 1934 January-March
49Religious Welfare Conference, 1934 March-April
410Religious Welfare Conference, 1935
411Religious Welfare Conference: miscellaneous
412Reorganization, 1933-1934
413Report of the Committee on Examinations and Classification
414Requests-help, 1926-1935
415Requests for information-general, 1930-1932
416Requests for information-general, 1933
417Requests for information-general, 1934 January-August
418Requests for information-general, 1934 September-December
419Requests for Permission, 1929-1934
420Request for help, letter: Sister Annie and the Untouchables of Malabar, 1932
421Residency, 1933-1934
422Solicitations and promotional information, 1932-1934
423The Southern Negro
424Spanish Archives, 1934
425Speakers, 1929-1934
426Speeches, 1925-45
427State High School Meeting, 1930-34
428Summary of Questionnaire on Co-Operative Living, 1934
429Summer School, 1932-36
430Summer School, 1933-34
431Teacher Training in Nursery and Adult Education, 1933-34
432Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933
433True Economics, 1933
434Veterans' Administration, beneficiaries, 1932-1933
435Wellhouse (Louis) Memorial Fund, 1934
436Withdrawals, 1933-1934
437Women's' Club (University), 1934