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Finding Aid for Dean William Tate Photographs & Memorabilia, c. 1880-1992, UGA 08-046

RG 6 - Student Affairs

One Bankers Box & One Large Newspaper Box, 3 linear feet


For many University of Georgia graduates no individual personifies UGA like Dean William Tate (1903-1980). Tate attended the UGA, earning a BA in 1924 and MA 1927. During those years he was a star of the track team, an instructor in English and deeply involved with student organizations. After a few years of working at Chattanooga's McCallie School, he returned to the University of Georgia in 1936, serving as both a professor of English and in various administrative roles. In 1946 Tate assumed his best remembered role, that of Dean of Men. Tate is particularly noted for his leadership during the integration of the University in 1961.

This collection documents Tate's life, public and private, from infancy to legacy. The photos reveal both the humorous side of Tate and the unamused look all too familiar to many alumni who found themselves suspected of various infractions during their career at the University.

Scope and Content:

University Archives obtained these materials from Dean Tate's son, Jeff Tate of Athens Georgia. Much of the collection was removed for preservation from two scrapbooks assembled after Tate's death by his wife, the late Susan Frances Barrow Tate (1908-2003.) Along with photographs documenting Tate and his family there are views of the University and University activities, materials related to to University Chancellor David C. Barrow and Dean Tate's track shoes from his record setting days as a student.

Those interested in more information about Tate will find other collections of materials by and about him in both University Archives and Hargrett Manuscripts, as well as a biography, When Men Were Boys: An Informal Portrait of Dean William Tate by John W. English and Rob Williams.

Content Inventory:

Box 1 (Bankers Box)

  1. Scrapbook 1, early photographs & Tate, Georgia, material, c. 1880-1919, including c. 1880 photo of David C. Barrow
  2. Scrapbook 1, 1920s photographs related to University of Georgia
  3. Scrapbook 1, photographs, 1930s & 1940s
  4. Scrapbook 1, photographs 1950s-1970s
  5. Scrapbook 2, photographs 1970-1980
  6. Scrapbook 2, printed materials, 1969-1992
  7. Scrapbook 2, news clippings, 1970-1990
  8. University of Georgia campus photos, c. 1900-1920 (students studying in room, Moore College, etc.)
  9. University of Georgia buildings, c. 1959, by Marvin Sexton : Candler Hall & Herty parking lot, Boarding House in Founders Garden, entry to Georgia Museum of Art (1905 Library), Brooks Hall, Peabody Hall, Gilbert Health Center, Terrell Hall, Denmark Hall, Demosthenian, Phi Kappa, Brown Hall, LeConte Hall, Chapel, Waddel Hall, Old College, Hirsch Hall, Baldwin Hall, Bishop House (Air Force ROTC), Lustrat House, Ilah Dunlap Little Library, Arch & Academic Building, Park Hall
  10. Athens Historic Preservation materials, 1959-1960
  11. Various school programs (non-UGA), 1936-1955
  12. Reminiscences of Athens (c. 1870-1890) by Edward B. Mell, typed ms.
  13. University of Georgia Christmas card with poem by David C. Barrow, 1906
  14. Christian Index for 10/9/1924 with "Box Borders" by D.C. Barrow & University of Georgia Bulletin vol. XVII, #1, "My Grandmother's Key Basket" by D.C. Barrow, delivered at Agnes Scott College graduation in 1916
  15. Red and Black issue for 1/18/1929 in honor of the late David C. Barrow
  16. Dedication of Converse Hall cornerstone at Valdosta State University, 1975: photograph, letter and copy of biographical remarks concerning D.C. Barrow at the event.
  17. William Tate's running shoes, c. 1920 (in small box)
  18. Framed photograph of Tate & his mother printed on ceramic, c. 1904 (in small box).


Box 2 (Oversized Newspaper Box)

  1. Four large posters of Tate in Airborne hat, c. 1970
  2. Large photograph of Chapel
  3. Ink and wash montage of portraits of Tate with stairs of Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, artist unknown
  4. Large photograph of smiling Tate with books, c. 1970
  5. Three photos of Tate at desk on telephone, c. 1960, mounted on posterboard
  6. Three photographs of Tate outdoors, c. 1960s
  7. Commissioned officers of the University of Georgia Cadets, 1909 - large version of portrait appearing in 1909 Pandora yearbook
  8. Cover of disassembled scrapbook embossed with Dean Tate's name and life dates.