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O.C. Aderhold collection

O.C. Aderhold collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: O.C. Aderhold collection
Creator: Aderhold, O. C., 1899-1969
Inclusive Dates: 1950-1970
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.2 Linear Feet 2 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 carton, and 1 walking cane
Collection Number: ms2127
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

Omer Clyde "O.C" Aderhold (1899-1969) was president of the University of Georgia from 1950 to 1967.

The son of a Lavonia, Georgia farmer, he graduated from the University of Georgia with an agriculture degree in 1923. Following graduation, he became a high school principal at the age of twenty-four in Jefferson County, Georgia. Three years later, he was chosen as the county's superintendent of public schools, a position he held until 1929, when he resigned to become associate professor of rural education at the University of Georgia. Here he devoted "a major portion of his time to the training of agricultural and rural teachers," according to one newspaper report.

In 1936-37, Aderhold took a leave of absence to work on his PhD degree in education at the Ohio State University, which he received in 1938. In 1946, he was named dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia, and became president four years later. During seventeen years as president, the university's enrollment tripled, the research budget grew from $2 million a year to more than $13 million, and the value of the physical plant increased from $12 million to $100 million. He successfully led the university through court-ordered integration in January 1961 after admission of its first black students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, came with first days of rallies and protests.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a small amount of personal material including correspondence, clippings, and awards, photographs, and artifacts.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

O. C. Aderhold collection, ms2127, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 September 11.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Aderhold, O. C., 1899-1969 -- Correspondence
Aderhold, O. C., 1899-1969 -- Photographs
Brooches -- Georgia -- Athens.
Clippings (information artifacts)
College presidents -- Georgia.
Deans (Education) -- Georgia -- Athens.
Greek letter societies -- Georgia -- Athens.
Printed ephemera -- Georgia -- Athens.
Printed ephemera.
Teachers -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
United States. Navy -- Photographs
University of Georgia -- Awards--Specimens
University of Georgia -- Presidents--Correspondence
University of Georgia. College of Education

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials also available in the following collections of this repository: University Archives, Presidents papers, UA 97-100, and Omer Clyde Aderhold papers, UA 10-110.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

17Mercer University, corr.
19Photographs - (of Aderhold)
110Photographs - childhood (Aderhold)
111Photographs - Hughes Trophy presentation
112Photographs - identified groups
113Photographs - identified groups (w/Aderhold)
114Photographs - Navy Orientation Cruise, 1954
115Photographs - Navy Supply Corps visit
116Photographs - unidentified groups
117Photographs - unidentified groups
1A18Printed material
1A20Report cards
1A21SREB annual meeting, 1967
2Printed materials
3Artifacts - bulldog figures
3Artifacts - Flask
3Artifacts - Silver bowl
3Artifacts - Silver pitcher
3Artifacts - Wallet
3Artifacts - pens, notes, cards
3Artifacts - Pen from Lyndon B. Johnson
3Artifacts - Cufflinks by Sanderson
3Artifacts - 2 blue pens in case
3Artifacts - Bill fold
3Artifacts - Medallion
3Artifacts - Central American clay artifact
3Artifacts - Centennial Convention Memorabilia
2Silver platter, "From the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia", 1967