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Stephens and Erwin family papers

Stephens and Erwin family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Stephens and Erwin family papers
Creator: Stephens family
Inclusive Dates: 1853-1970s
Language: English
Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 3 oversize folders)
Collection Number: ms3791
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Roswell Powell Stephens (1874-1954), son of Roswell Americus and Sarah Frances Brown Stephens, was born in Barnesville, Ga. He received his A.B. (1896) from the Univerisity of Georgia and Ph.D. (1905) in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University. He returned to UGA in 1907 as Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, eventually rising to department head and Dean of the Graduate School. Additionally, Stephens helped to found the Georgia Academy of Science; installed a chapter of the mathematics honor fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon; served as secretary-treasurer of the Georgia Cooperative Association; and chairman of the Executive Committee of Graduate Deans of Southern Universities. He retired from the University in 1945.

On October 28, 1913, Dr. Stephens married Mary Bell (Mabel) Chadwick (1875-1952), daughter of Winfield Scott and Mary Thompson Chadwick, of Beaufort, North Carolina. They had two daughters, Mable Chadwick who later married Robert P. Jacobson and Corinne Chadwick who married Howell C. Erwiln, Jr. Mable Chadwick Stephens was active with the University Womans Club and a charter member of the Athens, Georgia branch of the American Association of University Women.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of the correspondence between Roswell Powell Stephens and Mable Chadwick between 1911 and 1914; several of Dr. Stephens writings and sunday school sermans; four letters written by Mary Ann Cobb, including two to her husband Howell Cobb; genealogical research regarding the Stephens, Chadwick, and Bell families compiled by Corinne Chadwick Stephens Erwin for her D.A.R. application; and certificates recieved by Howell C. Erwin, Jr.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephens and Erwin family papers, ms 3791, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cobb, Mary Ann Lamar, 1818-1889
Daughters of the American Revolution
Envelopes (Stationery)
Erwin family
Money -- Confederate States of America.
Stephens family
Stephens, Mary Bell Chadwick (Mabel), 1825-1952
Stephens, Roswell Powell, 1874-
University of Georgia
University of Georgia. Department of Mathematics Education

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Mary Ann Cobb correspondence, 1853, 1855,1869,1887
12Letter from Mary Ann Lamar to Mrs. E. C. Craig
13Letters to John B. Lamar re: plantations, 1862
14Correspondence and receipts
15The Future South, The Confederate Cross
16Biography, Howell Cobb
17Resolution of the death of Sarah E. Gabbett
18Confederate money
19Certificates of registration, passport
110Sermons and writings by R. P. Stephens
111R. P. Stephens dissertation, 1905
1121906 - 1911
1131912 January-June
1141912 July-December
1171913 January-March
1191913 April-June
1201913 July-September
1211913 October-December
1221930, 1932, 1938
123Mabel Chadwick Stephens portrait
124Portraits, possibly Roswell Powell and Mabel with their children
125Roswell Powell Stephens portraits
126UGA class of 1896, 50 year reunion portrait, 1946
127Testimonial, Mabel Chadwick Stephens, 1952
128Mabel Stephens' death - condolances, 1952
129Biography, Roswell Powell Stephens
130Guest book, funeral Mabel Stephens and Roswell Powell Stephens
131Estate of W. S. Chadwick
132Corinne Chadwick Stephens Erwin DAR application
133Correspondence, Corinne "Bobbie" Chadwick Stephens Erwin
134Chadwick, Bell, Ward, Stephens genealogy
135Letter from Carl Chadwick, 1923
136Winfield Scott Chadwick
137Will, Richard Poole
138Bylaws (1960), Directory (1957) Colonial Dames of America of the State of Georgia
139Letter to Howell C. Erwin, Jr., 1957
140Certificates and diplomas - Howell C. Erwin, Jr.
141Japanese invasion money
142Stamp collection
2Cased images
3Empty envelopes
4Empty envelopes
1Photograph of Professor Morley
2Blueprints of W. S. Chadwick Estate
3Howell C. Erwin, Jr. certificates
4Roswell Powell Stephens certificates