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Porter Kellam collection

Porter Kellam collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Porter Kellam collection
Creator: Kellam, William Porter, 1905-1993
Inclusive Dates: 1804-1991
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.75 Linear Feet 3 boxes, 1 half box, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms2483
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

"Charles F. McCay [was] Professor of Mathematics at The University of Georgia from 1833-1853, President of the University of South Carolina, and pioneer in the insurance industry."--"McCay Award Guidelines" from the UGA Dept. of Mathematics web site,

William Porter Kellam was born in North Carolina [in 1905]. He attended college at Duke University and Emory University, and he did additional graduate work at the University of Illinois. After a few years in teaching, he moved into library work. Kellam came to the University of Georgia in 1950 as the Director of the Library. His first project was to oversee the construction of the Main Library building, which was to provide a departure from traditional university library practices. All resources of the building were to be focused on bringing students and books together with as little interference as possible. He served as president and chairman of the board of the United States Book Exchange, president of the Southeastern Library Association, president of Phi Kappa Phi and was an active Rotary club member in Athens. He spoke on the radio, television, at seminars and lectures carrying the message of the meaning and importance of books. He also donated a large collection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in memory of his son, a graduate of UNC, who tragically died at the age of 42. On December 20, 1982, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Bishop established the W. Porter Kellam Library Enrichment Fund to bring scholars and lecturers to the University of Georgia to address issues of interest to the Library faculty.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two boxes of Porter Kellam's research notes and correspondence relating to Charles McCay, Samuel Boykin, Jabez Young Jackson, and other university of Georgia alumni. Also included is one folder containing the proceedings of the 1991 Kellam Conference, and 1970 plans for the renovation of the UGA Main Library.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Porter Kellam collection, ms2483, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Academic libraries -- Congresses.
Academic library directors -- Georgia.
Biography files.
Boykin, Samuel
College teachers -- Georgia.
College teachers -- South Carolina.
Jackson, Jabez Young, 1790-
Kellam, William Porter, 1905-1993 -- Congresses
Kellam, William Porter, 1905-1993 -- Correspondence
Legislators -- Georgia.
Legislators -- United States.
Mathematics teachers -- Georgia -- Athens.
Mathematics teachers -- South Carolina.
McCay, C. F. (Charles Francis), 1810-1889
Proceedings (reports)
Research notes.
University of Georgia -- Faculty--Correspondence
W. Porter Kellam Conference (1991 : 4th : University of Georgia)

Related Collections in this Repository

For related materials held by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, see also the W.P. Kellam collection, ms2025.

For related materials help outside the UGA Libraries, see Duke University, W.P. Kellam scrapbook.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Research - Samuel Boykin - Old Botanical Garden
12Research - Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry - Franklin College
13Research - Charles F. McCay - family records
14Research - Charles F. McCay - Athens, Georgia
15Research - Charles F. McCay - Augusta, Georgia
16Research - Charles F. McCay - South Carolina
21Research - Charles F. McCay - Baltimore, Maryland, 1869-1889
22Research - Charles F. McCay - Gifts
23Research - Charles F. McCay - Writings
24Research - Charles F. McCay - Southern Mutual Insurance Co.
25Research - Charles F. McCay - publications on insurance, 1848-1861
26Research - Charles F. McCay - publications on insurance, 1869-1876
27Research - Charles F. McCay - publications on insurance, 1877-1888
28Research - Charles F. McCay - Nathaniel Bowditch, 1877-1888
31Research - Walter B. Hill, Jr.
32Research - Ella May Thornton
33Research - University of Georgia, Class of 1804
35Research - William Williams - Athens, Georgia
35Research - William Williams - Putnam County, Georgia
36Research - William Williams - Tallahassee, Florida
37Material - Jimmy Carter
41Sampling of Christmas Cards, 1952-1974
42Correspondence Felix Hargrett, 1974-1988
43Journal of Library Administration - W. Porter Kellam Conference, 1991
1BMaps of Georgia
1BPlans for UGA Main Library renovation, 1970