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Collection of legal, financial, and political documents, Athens and its environs Edit


Component Unique Identifier
MSS 016.008
Level of Description


  • 1897-1912 (Creation)


  • .042 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One of ten folders in a full legal document box



  • Abstract

    Varied documents pertaining to Athens, including jury and voters lists, a contract for the construction of Athens High School, and correspondence written by U.S. Representative and Judge Emory Speer, A. S. Erwin, also a judge, and Erwin’s sons Howell and Stanhope.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition


  • Physical Description

    Fair to poor

  • Preferred Citation

    Collection of legal, financial, and political documents, Athens and its environs, Small Collections, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library

  • Biographical / Historical

    Emory Speer was a graduate of the University of Georgia and practiced law in Athens. He was a U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 9th Congressional district, 1879-1883, and then served as a judge for the Southern District of Georgia from 1885 until his death. A. S. Erwin was also a lawyer and judge. Stanhope and Howell Erwin are his sons.

  • Scope and Contents

    Three letters: one from Stanhope Erwin, addressed to a “Howell” (based on U.S. Census records, his brother) typed on stationery from the Office of Headquarters Detachment, Headquarters Department of the Visayas, Hoilo, Panay [Philippines], dated January 7, 1909; one from Emory Speer, addressed to Judge A. S. Erwin, dated December 26, 1899; and one, an unsigned letter addressed to A. L. Hull, Editor Alumni Cagalogue [University of Georgia]; a postcard for Birkert Clarke & Co., No. 2 John St., New York; an oval-shaped print of a photograph of an unidentified man, with a handwritten inscription on the back: “This is Sara Cobb’s”; a copy of the Athens tax ordinance of 1900; a print of a poem, "A Banker's Plea," attributed to a "H.C.E." of Athens; an Athens Trust & Banking Co. account book, mostly empty, signed on the front; a contract between Moise De Leon and the City of Athens for the construction of Athens High School, dated September 2, 1908; Grand Jury and Traverse Jury lists for Clarke County, 1906; a copy of the 1906 Directory of Rural Residents for Athens, Elberton, and Gainesville, the front cover and pp. 1-16 of which are damaged; a list of Registered Voters (216th, 217th, 218th, 219th, 220th, 241th, 1347th, and 1467th Districts) White and Colored for state elections, 1904; a true bill from a Grand Jury for a case involving William Eberhart and Mose Sims, signed E. A. Angier, U.S. Attorney, and J. A. Hutchinson, Foreman; two envelopes and two price lists for liquor distributors Meyer & Co.

  • Bibliography

    Knight, Lucian Lamar. “Howell Cobb Erwin.” A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians, Volume V, pp. 2567-68. Lewis Publishing Company, 1917. “Emory Speer.” Find a Grave, “Lieut Alexander Smith “Aleck” Erwin.” Find a Grave,

  • Processing Information

    Originally entitled Athens Area Documents Collection, this bundle of random documents was apparently donated to a thrift store in McCaysville, Georgia; it was then sent to the library.


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