Athens-Clarke County consolidation collection

Athens-Clarke County consolidation collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Athens-Clarke County consolidation collection
Creator: Athens-Clarke County (Ga.). Charter Commission
Inclusive Dates: 1967-1972
Language(s): English
Extent: 2.4 Linear Feet (6 document boxes)
Collection Number: ms782
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

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. Chosen in 1801 as the site for the first chartered state university in the nation, Athens is known for its culture and diversity. Georgia's "Classic City" has preserved many of its historic neighborhoods and landmarks, and its largely intact nineteenth-century townscape abuts the historic North Campus of UGA. Today Athens is the center for commerce and trade, health services, and cultural arts for all of northeast Georgia. The city struggles to maintain its distinctive sense of place in the face of rapid growth and development.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of records of the Athens-Clarke County Charter Commission to formulate a workable charter for consolidation of city and county governments. The collection includes: correspondence, general material, minutes of charter commission, public hearings, vouchers, receipts, draft copies, preliminary organization material, audits, tax levies, newspaper and magazine articles and miscellaneous printed material. Note: The question of consolidation was defeated in a referendum on May 24, 1972.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Athens-Clarke County consolidation collection, ms782, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 2010 August 16.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

12January-July, 1968
13August-December, 1968
21Clarke Co. Commission-General material
22Minutes of Charter Commission, March 28, 1967-December 18, 1968
23Minutes of Charter Commission, March 31, 1971-March 31, 1972
24Public Hearings
25Charter Commission vouchers, September 27, 1967-September 26, 1968
26Charter Commission vouchers, May 3, 1967-February 2, 1969
27Misc. vouchers & receipts, 1967-1969
31Drafts of Charter Summaries
32Charter drafts, edited
33Charter "Field Draft"
34Charter, First draft-Black Notebook material
35Charter draft-William E. Hudson copies
36Charter drafts-Misc. alterations
41Costs and Service Study
42The Courts-Preliminary Study
43Fire Protection-Preliminary Study
44Health Services-Preliminary Study
45Legislative & Administrative-Preliminary Study
46Police Protection-Preliminary Study
47Recreation, Libraries, Parks-Preliminary Studies
48Schools-Preliminary Studies
49Water & Sewer Services-Preliminary Studies
410Tentative Organization
Tax Levy
57Press Releases
Newspaper Clippings
513Newspapers and Magazine clippings, undated
514Miscellaneous material
61Athens, Clarke County, Ga. Street Locator
62Bold View: Special Report-Two Years of Consolidated Government
63Charter of Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.
64Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn.
65The Community and the Univ. of Georgia
66A Guide for Charter Commissions
67Final Text of Proposed Charter of Government of Brunswick, Glynn County
68An Inventory of Governmental Services for Athens and Clarke County
69Perspective, Athens Banner-Herald & Daily News
610Survey of Current Operations, City of Athens, Ga., December, 1970
611Survey of Current Operations, City of Athens, Ga., December, 1971
612"What is Community Development?"
613Miscellaneous, printed material

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