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Frontier Twins: The Early Years of UGA and Athens

Montage of UGA and Athens

In celebration of the 200th birthday of Athens, this exhibit documents the rise of both Athens and the University on the frontier of the young state of Georgia. Although it begins with the University's chartering in 1785, the display focuses on the early years of growth for both campus and city, 1801-1830. Manuscripts, maps, engravings, photographs and other artifacts combine to show something of life on the academic frontier of the state. The items shown illustrate in particular the Hargrett's collections of University of Georgia archives and photographic images of Athens and the campus.


Some highlights of the exhibit include:

  • Bricks and hand-wrought nails from Old College, ca. 1805
  • The earliest known map of Athens & the campus from the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for 1805
  • Photographs of buildings of the period 1803-1840, many now demolished
  • A diploma from the first graduating class, 1804
  • A parchment invitation to the "Commencement Ball" of 1806
  • Manuscripts by Abraham Baldwin, Josiah Meigs, Robert Finley and Moses Waddel



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