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Oconee County, Georgia records

Oconee County, Georgia records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Oconee County, Georgia records
Creator: Georgia. Dept. of Public Welfare
Inclusive Dates: 1938-1940
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Collection Number: ms3379
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

"The state welfare department acted merely as an advisory board and had no funds for direct aid for the needy, thus placing the responsibility for providing direct relief on county and city governments, most of which were financially unable to handle the increased burden of relief necessitated by the Great Depression. Many counties cared for the poor by maintaining poor houses. Conditions in these homes were deplorable; thirty-six were maintained adjacent to prison camps, and over half of them had no running water. [Eurith Dickinson] Rivers pushed through the General Assembly a bill reorganizing and greatly expanding the powers of the Georgia Department of Public Welfare. It was given the power to serve as the certifying agent for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and National Youth Administration (NYA) and to assist in administering other federal relief programs. The new law required all counties to establish welfare departments which were to be supervised by and receive nine-tenths of their administrative funds from the state."--"Ed Rivers and Georgia's "Little New Deal" by Jane Walker Herndon, from GeorgiaInfo, (Viewed January 26, 2010)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Case Control Cards of the State Department of Public Welfare. The cards deal with individuals within Oconee County from 1938 through 1940. Each card provides the applicant's name, the names of other members of the household, race, gender, age, and other information.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oconee County, Georgia records, ms3379, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Application forms.
Applications for positions.
Case files.
Georgia. Dept. of Public Welfare
Job applications.
Public welfare -- Georgia.
Welfare recipients -- Georgia -- Oconee County.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Aiken- Browning
12Cain- Durham
13Edwards- Guinn
14Haguewood- Knight
15La Guinn- Motes
21Neuable- Rowland
22Savage- Tyndale
23Upchurch- Zerby
24Originals of material copied for preservation