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Finding Aid for The Steadman V. Sanford Papers 1918 - 1945 (UGA 97-097)

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4 Linear Ft: 4 Boxes

Creator Note:

S.V. Sanford

UGA Chancellor S. V. Sanford

Steadman Vincent Sanford was born in Covington, Georgia on August 24, 1871 to Charles Vincent and Lizzie (Steadman) Sanford. He was a graduate of Mercer University on Macon, Georgia, receiving his Bachelor of Arts from that institution in 1890. In 1912-1913, he continued his studies at the University of Berlin, and in the summer of 1913, at Oxford in England. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Georgia in 1914.

Dr. Sanford's professional career began at Marietta (GA) Male Academy, where he served as President from 1890 until 1892. This was followed with five years of service (1892-1897) as Principal at Marietta High School, which in turn was followed by six years as Superintendent of Schools in Marietta. In 1903, Dr. Sanford joined the faculty of the University of Georgia as an Instructor in Rhetoric and English Literature. The next decade saw his steady rise through the academic ranks, and in 1913, Dr. Sanford assumed the Chair of the English Department as Full Professor. In 1921, he also assumed the duties as the first head of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism (a school which Sanford was instrumental in creating) at the University, and this administrative position led to his appointment as Dean of the University in 1927, a position he held until 1932. That year, Sanford became the President of the University of Georgia, a position he would only briefly occupy before being called to serve the state as Chancellor of the State University System in 1935.

Independent of his rich academic career, Sanford served as a Captain of a company of Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and served on the staff of three Georgia Governors: Brown, Harris, and Slayton. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha social fraternity, a Mason, and a member of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, and he served as President of the Georgia Education Association in 1935.

In his tenure as President at the University of Georgia, Dawson Hall and Joe E. Brown Hall were completed (both in 1932), and his leading role in affiliating the University with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association (which he again helped organize) would lead to the naming of the University’s football stadium in his honor in 1929. The conversion from an old Trustees form of governance to a new statewide Regents’ System for all the State Colleges and Universities brought Dr. Sanford into sharp conflict with the President of the State College of Agriculture (in Athens), Dr. Andrew Soule. Ultimately, Dr. Sanford’s point of view prevailed, giving birth to the modern Regents System in Georgia.

During a presentation to the State Board of Regents on September 12, 1945, Chancellor Sanford suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, and he died three days later at the age of 74. He is buried at the City Cemetery in Marietta.

S.V. Sanford Note on Organization/Scope and Content Note

The Presidential papers of Steadman V. Sanford housed in the University of Georgia Archives represent a small volume of the S.V. Sanford papers total. The bulk of the papers can be found in the Manuscripts Division of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (MS 1578). The archives holding was arranged chronologically by UGA Libraries Special Collections staff in the late 1950s-early 1960s after acquisition in the mid-1950s. The papers remained in this calendared condition until the decision was made in 1995 to reconstitute the collection as an Administrative Subject File; this decision was reached after years of observation in which patron use and access was charted, and it was decided that reorganizing the collection as a subject file would render the papers more accessible to users. The reorganization project was completed in 1997; after a hiatus, this electronic version sees completion in 2006.

The papers are broadly organized by correspondence subject, and there are five discernable series of note:

  1. Athletics/Southern Conference: This series chronicles Dr. Sanford’s involvement with the organization and growth of the Southern Athletic Conference, and with collegiate athletics as manifested at the University of Georgia and regionally in the Southeast.
  2. Board of Regents: These materials document Dr. Sanford’s role in reorganizing higher education in the State of Georgia and the installation of a statewide Board of Regents in 1932. There are documents from Sanford’s tenure as Chancellor of the Board of Regents in this series as well as his interactions as University President.
  3. Presidential Correspondence File: This series forms the heart of Sanford’s Presidential records.
  4. Georgia High School Accrediting Commission: Dr. Sanford’s work in standardizing high school curricula in Georgia is documented in this series.
  5. Religious Welfare Conference: Religious life at the University of Georgia was an important aspect of the collegiate experience in the 1930s; this series speaks to the place that religion occupied at Georgia.

Also of interest in the papers is correspondence with the state political leadership (including Eugene Talmadge), and some connecting paperwork from Sanford’s successor as UGA President, Harmon W. Caldwell.

S.V. Sanford Box Manifest

UGA 97-097: 1

  • Administrative Subject File, 1927-1935
  • Accreditation—Board of Regents Correspondence, Personal

UGA 97-097: 2

  • Administrative Subject File, 1918-1937
  • Board of Regents Correspondence, Presidential—Correspondence, Presidential, 1934

UGA 97-097: 3

  • Administrative Subject File, 1921-1936
  • Correspondence, Presidential, 1935—National Education Association: Conference

UGA 97-097: 4

  • Administrative Subject File, 1925-1945
  • Organizations (Miscellaneous)—Women’s Club (University)

Preliminary File Inventory, April 2, 1997; edit. June, 2006

(Jennifer Keller, Brandy Savarese and Gilbert Head)

UGA 97-097: 1

  • Accreditation 1931-35.
  • Admissions 1930-34.
  • Alumni Affairs 1932-34.
  • Anti-Lynching Bill 1934.
  • Appointments 1931-34.
  • Association of American Colleges 1933-34.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1927.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1928.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Oct. 1928.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Dec. 1928.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Jan. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Feb. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Mar. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Apr. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Sept. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Oct. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Oct. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Nov. 1929.
  • Athletic Eligibility Certificates-Southern Conference Apr/May 1930.
  • Athletics-Football 1929-35.
  • Athletics-Memorandum to Georgia Athletes n.d.
  • Athens-Relations 1933-34.
  • Board of Regents-Adult and Nursing Education 1933-34.
  • Board of Regents-Budget/Fiscal Papers 1932-33.
  • Board of Regents-Budget 1933-35.
  • Board of Regents-Building Projects 1932-35.
  • Board of Regents-Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1931-35.
  • Board of Regents-Correspondence, Personal 1931-35.

UGA 97-097: 2

  • Board of Regents-Correspondence, Presidential 1932-33.
  • Board of Regents-Correspondence, Presidential 1933.
  • Board of Regents-Correspondence, Presidential 1934.
  • Board of Regents-Correspondence, Presidential 1934-35.
  • Board of Regents-Employment 1933-34.
  • Board of Regents-Homesteads 1933-34.
  • Board of Regents-Honorary Degrees 1933-34.
  • Board of Regents-Lanning, J.T. (book) 1932-35.
  • Board of Regents-Meetings/Minutes 1932-35.
  • Board of Regents-Purchases/Bids 1932-34.
  • Board of Regents-Real Estate 1933.
  • Board of Regents-Reorganization 1932-35.
  • Board of Regents-Rules and Regulations 1932-33.
  • Board of Regents-Summer School 1932-35.
  • Caldwell, Harmon W., Papers-Board of Regents 1935-36.
  • Caldwell, Harmon W., Papers-Committee on the Small High School 1935-37.
  • Caldwell, Harmon W., Papers-Dempsey, T. Jack, Correspondence 1935-37.
  • Caldwell, Harmon W., Papers-Presidential Correspondence 1935-37.
  • Campus Development 1932-35.
  • Code of Fair Competition 1933-34.
  • College of Agriculture 1933-34.
  • Commencement 1933-36.
  • Committee on Educational Testing 1933-34.
  • Complaints 1930-31.
  • Conferences-Miscellaneous 1933-35.
  • Coordinate College 1933.
  • Correspondence: Dempsey, T. Jack-Georgia High Schools 1934-36.
  • Correspondence: Government 1931-33.
  • Correspondence: Miscellaneous 1932-35.
  • Correspondence: Personal 1918-35.
  • Correspondence: Personal (Sales Tax) 1932-33.
  • Correspondence: Poor Scholastic Record 1930-32.
  • Correspondence: Presidential 1930-33.
  • Correspondence: Presidential May-Sept. 1933.
  • Correspondence: Presidential Oct.-Dec. 1933.
  • Correspondence: Presidential Jan.-Feb. 1934.
  • Correspondence: Presidential Mar.-May 1934.
  • Correspondence: Presidential June-Sept. 1934.
  • Correspondence: Presidential Oct.-Dec. 1934.

UGA 97-097: 3

  • Correspondence: Presidential Jan.-June 1935.
  • Correspondence: Snelling, Charles M. 1932-34.
  • Correspondence: Talmadge, Eugene 1932-35.
  • Correspondence: Thank You Notes 1931-34.
  • Credits 1926-33.
  • Daughters of the Confederacy 1933.
  • Democratic Party 1932.
  • DeRenne Library 1933-34.
  • Discipline 1931-34.
  • Education of World War Orphans 1934.
  • Educational Conference 1934.
  • Educational Conference 1935.
  • Employment 1932-35.
  • English Composition Notebook n.d.
  • Faculty 1933-34.
  • Faculty Salaries/Departmental Budgets 1934.
  • Favors Asked 1932-34.
  • Financial Aid 1930-33.
  • Financial Aid 1934.
  • Foreign Affairs 1932-34.
  • Georgia Commission on High School Standards: Bulletin 1935-36.
  • Georgia High School Accrediting Commission 1934.
  • Georgia High School Association 1934-35.
  • Georgia High School Material, Miscellaneous 1933-34.
  • Gifts/Donations 1928-34.
  • Hirsch Hall Dedication 1932.
  • Homesteads 1933-34.
  • Honorary Degrees 1933-34.
  • Housing 1933-34.
  • Incidents 1921-35.
  • Integration 1934.
  • Invitation List 1935.
  • Invitations (Dinner) Jan. 1935.
  • Invitations (Dinner) Jan. 1935.
  • Invitations (Dinner) Apr. 1935.
  • Invitations (Regrets) 1931-35.
  • Items for Sale or Donation to University of Georgia 1931-34.
  • Latch Key Constitution n.d.
  • Letters of Recommendation 1929-34.
  • Letters of Solicitation 1933-34.
  • Military Course 1933.
  • Miscellaneous Materials 1933-35.
  • Money Owed/Paid 1932-34.
  • National Education Association 1933-34.
  • National Education Association: Conference 1934.

UGA 97-097: 4

  • Organizations (Miscellaneous) 1933-35.
  • Pandora (Gifts) 1933-34.
  • PhD Programs 1933-35.
  • Race Relations/Blacks in Georgia 1932-35.
  • Real Estate 1933-34.
  • Religious Welfare Conference 1932.
  • Religious Welfare Conference 1933.
  • Religious Welfare Conference Jan.-Mar. 1934.
  • Religious Welfare Conference Mar.-Apr. 1934.
  • Religious Welfare Conference 1935.
  • Religious Welfare Conference: Miscellaneous n.d.
  • Reorganization 1933-34.
  • Report of the Committee on Examinations and Classification n.d.
  • Requests-Help 1926-35.
  • Requests for Information-General 1930-32.
  • Requests for Information-General 1933.
  • Requests for Information-General Jan.-Aug. 1934.
  • Requests for Information-General Sept.-Dec. 1934.
  • Requests for Permission 1929-34.
  • Request for Help, Letter: Sister Annie and the Untouchables of Malabar 1932.
  • Residency 1933-34.
  • Solicitations and Promotional Information 1932-34.
  • The Southern Negro n.d.
  • Spanish Archives 1934.
  • Speakers 1929-34.
  • Speeches 1925-45.
  • State High School Meeting 1930-34.
  • Summary of Questionnaire on Co-Operative Living 1934.
  • Summer School 1932-36.
  • Summer School 1933-34.
  • Teacher Training in Nursery and Adult Education 1933-34.
  • Tennessee Valley Authority 1933.
  • True Economics 1933.
  • Veterans' Administration, Beneficiaries 1932-33.
  • Wellhouse (Louis) Memorial Fund 1934.
  • Withdrawals 1933-34.
  • Women's' Club (University) 1934.

Processed/Prepared by: Jennifer Keller, Brandy Savarese and Gilbert Head April 2, 1997 Electronic Edition, May, 2006