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Finding Aid to J. Howard Neisler Photographic Album Scans & Class of 1908 Sundial Memorabilia, c. 1904-2008. UGA 08-037

RG 6

One half-ms box, .25 linear feet


As president of the class of 1908, J. Howard Neisler delivered the dedicatory speech for a very special gift of from his class to the University; the sundial in front of the Chapel that marks the location of the Toombs oak. Supposedly this was the spot to which Toombs, using his oratorical skills, drew away attendees of the commencement ceremony of 1828 when he had been expelled from the University. The sundial stood as a monument to both Toombs and the Class of 1908 for some 60 years until it was stolen by unknown thieves, leaving only the pedestal to mark the location.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the gift descendents of Neisler commissioned a magnificent replacement for the sundial, presenting it to the University in memory of J. Howard Neisler and his classmates.

In addition to many other accomplishment, Neisler was an enthusiastic photographer and assembled a rich collection of snapshots showing, among other things, Athens and University life during the 1904-1908 period. The family kindly loaned up Neisler's album for scanning so that his work could be shared with researchers.

Scope and Content:

In addition to photographs and material commemorating the rededication of the sundial, this collection contains the original text of J. Howard Neisler's 1908 speech and discs containing scans of his album and other student memorabilia and a print index showing the images.

Content Inventory:

  1. "Presentation of Sun-Dial (1908)" - typescript of J.H. Neisler's dedication speech
  2. Transcription of April 28, 1909 letter from Neisler regarding sundial
  3. Photographs - original 1908 sundial & fabrication of new 2008 dial
  4. Rededication speech, 2008, by Senior V.P. for External Affairs Tom Landrum and notes for speech by Jamarl Glenn, Class of 2008
  5. Photographs of 2008 dedication ceremony by UGA Public Relations
  6. Photographs of 2008 dedication ceremony by Gilbert Head of University Archives
  7. Publicity and invitations for 2008 dedication ceremony
  8. Visual index to J. Howard Neisler album and other scanned materials
  9. Compact data discs of scanned J. Howard Neisler materials


photo of J. howard neisler