W.P.A. - FEDERAL WRITERS PROJECT
SOURCE: Special Collections, University of Georgia Libraries, February 1992 SIZE: .25 linear feet
SHELVING UNITS: 1 document box
PROCESSING: RAA, 1992
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Federal Writers Project was a Depression era employment program sponsored by the Works Progress Administration. All the documents in this collection are photocopies. The original papers are housed in the Special Collections Unit at the University of
Georgia Library. Papers on Troup County's history and natural history are based on interviews with local residents and secondary sources such as Clifford Smith's History of Troup County. Researchers should be aware that errors have been noted in these papers. Names, dates, and other facts should be corroborated from other sources.
The material is arranged by topic but each paper generally covers a fairly broad range of subjects -- a paper on towns and villages may include histories of prominent families. Copies of acts of the Georgia legislature relating to Troup County trace the county's boundary changes and include information on the establishment of various courts and government agencies. Biographies are brief, usually consisting of one paragraph regarding an individual's accomplishments. A list of the biographies is included in the container list. Interviews with J.E. Brown and C.H. Kelly are the basis for papers on black education. Brown and Kelly were Troup County's leading black educators during the early twentieth century. Some reports on Troup County's natural history are merely lists of trees, minerals and birds. Others contain interesting accounts of the use of streams for power and transportation. Significant events in Troup County's history such as the Burnt Village incident, Fort Tyler, and the Nancy Harts are briefly discussed.
Folder 1 Towns and Villages
Alphabetical listing of fifteen Troup County communities indicating location, population (1940), altitude and availability of rail and postal facilities
West Point - history, industry, flood control, and Lanier family
Folder 2 Acts of the Georgia Legislature re. Troup County, 1826-1939
Folder 3 Biographical Sketches
Abrahams, A.D. Gibson, W.S.
Alford, Julius C. Greene, Phillip H.
Amos, Baldwin Haralson, Hugh H.
Billinghurst, C.E. Heard, George
Boddie, Nathan V. Hill, Benjamin H.
Bradfield, Joseph Hudson, J.D.
Bull, O.A. Huguley, William
Callaway, Abner R. Lehman, Albert
Callaway, Fuller Earle Loyd, James
Callaway, Jesse Mercer Newton, John T.
Cameron, James H. Norwood, Daniel Cooper, Mrs. William H. (ne Fall) Park, John
Covin, John H. Pitman, E.D.
Dallis, Hubert Wellington Reid, Samuel
Davis, Daniel Ridley, R.A.T.
Douglas, John Sledge, Robert H.
Dunson, Walker Smith, Rufus W.
Evans, Thomas Stanley, Thomas
Fannin James H. Traylor, George
Ferrell, Blount C. Truitt, James M.
Fincher, Isaac Ware, Daniel
Folder 4-5 Natural Resources
Settlement, Growth and Development
Barge traffic on the Chattahoochee
Lonesome Valley Stock Farm (Dr. B.F. Saltsman) Soil types
Rocks and minerals
Folder 6 Transportation
Development of roads from Indian trails
Reuben Thornton - flatboats on the Chattahoochee
Streetcar in LaGrange, 1887
Folder 7 Negro Education
LaGrange Academy, 1874
Baptist Academy (Union Street School)
Kelly, Charles H.
Folder 8 Burnt Village, Nancy Harts
Afro-American Educatiion - LaGrange
Alford, Julius C.
Big Springs Community
Boddie, Nathan V.
Callaway, Jesse Mercer
Cameron, James H.
Cooper, Mrs. William H.
Covin, John H.
Dallis, Hubert W.
Education - Troup County
Fannin, James H.
Ferrell, Blount C.
Greene, Phillip H.
Kelley, Charles H.
LaGrange - 1940
Lonesome Valley Stock Ranch
Newton, John T.
Pitman, Elisha D.
Railroads - Troup County
Sledge, Robert H.
Streetcar - LaGrange
Troup County - Legislation,1826-1939
Truitt, James M.