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The 1785 Charter of the University of Georgia pages feature a scan, history and transcription of the foundation document of state universities in the United States of America.

In connection with the Charter, we offer a transcription of a very interesting letter written by Abraham Baldwin in 1786, describing the unstable state of affairs on the frontier of Georgia. Of particular interest is Baldwin's description of his efforts to open the University of Georgia in the newly-designated state capitol of Louisville that summer, a plan thwarted by the outbreak of hostilities with the Creek nation.

As an ongoing project, transcriptions of the Minutes of the University of Georgia Board of Trustees are being posted to this site. Eventually they will cover the years from 1794 to 1932, with one set of minutes from a 1786 meeting. The same site features all the extant minutes of the Senatus Academicus from 1799 to 1842. More information and an index to the transcripts of these vital documents in early University history can be found at

Perhaps the most interesting part of the 1811 Trustees' Minutes is testimony leading to the firing of Professor Josiah Meigs, formerly president of the University. A transcription of an article from the September 28, 1811 Republican and Savannah Ledger presents Meigs' response to the accusations:

Other transcriptions will be added as they become available.