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Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Commission papers

Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Commission papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Commission papers
Creator: Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Commission
Inclusive Dates: 1976-1979
Language: English
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet 1 half box
Collection Number: ms2223
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

"Clarke County, in northeast Georgia, is the state's twenty-sixth county. It was originally inhabited by members of the Cherokee and Creek Indian nations, but the first white settlers arrived very soon after the end of the American Revolution (1775-83). Later, to entice new settlers to the area, the state offered 1,000 acres per family for a nominal sum. This opportunity drew a significant number of people of Scots-Irish descent from North Carolina and South Carolina.

For more information, see the article Clarke County in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

"Athens, home of the University of Georgia (UGA), is located along the north Oconee River in Clarke County, in the rolling Piedmont of northeast Georgia. Athens and Clarke County combined to form a unified government in 1990. According to the 2000 U.S. census, Athens-Clarke County had a population of 101,489, making it Georgia's sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area.

For more information, see the article Athens in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, committee reports, printed material and clippings related to the Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Committee and particularly a project called "Faith in the Future," where donations went into a trust to be used for the Tricentennial Celebration.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Commission papers, ms2223, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.) -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
Athens (Ga.) -- History.
Athens-Clarke County Bicentennial Commission -- History--Sources
Boards (organizations)
Clarke County (Ga.)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11-3Papers, 1976