The Charter of the University of Georgia will be on display Jan. 28 in the Gallery Hallway of the Special Collections Libraries building.
The charter is displayed annually on Founder’s Day, Jan. 27. Since Founder’s Day falls on a Sunday when the Russell Building is closed, it will be on view Monday. This is the 228th anniversary of UGA becoming the first state-chartered university in the nation, making the Charter one of the most significant documents in this country’s history.
To protect the ink of the parchment manuscript from further fading it is displayed to the public only once a year.
The history of the document, an editorial by John Olin Eidson that was published in The Georgia Review in 1951, images of the manuscript and a transcription can be found at: