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E. Merton Coulter collection Edit

Summary

Component Unique Identifier
MSS 016.014
Level of Description
Series
Language
English

Dates

  • 1916-1955 (Creation)

Extents

  • .0525 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One of eight folders in a full legal document box

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    Twelve pamphlets of articles reprinted from the Georgia Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Southern History, and the Mississippi Valley Historical Review; and a monograph, Georgia and the Constitution: Georgia in the Making and Ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Unknown

  • Physical Description

    Good

  • Preferred Citation

    E. Merton Coulter collection, Small Collections, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library

  • Biographical / Historical

    Ellis Merton Coulter was an historian of the Southeast and Georgia. He taught at the University of Georgia from 1919 to 1958 (serving as chair of the history department from 1940 until retirement), writing numerous books, journal articles, and newspaper columns. A defender of the Confederacy, Coulter persistently supported the controversial racist interpretation of Reconstruction that was popular in the United States through the first half of the Twentieth Century. However, he also wrote numerous books and articles of more lasting value, for example studies of obscure figures in Georgia history and a book on local legends, The Toombs Oak, the Tree That Owned Itself, and Other Chapters of Georgia. He served as the editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly for decades and was a founding member and first president of the Southern Historical Association.

  • Scope and Contents

    The monograph was published by the United States Constitution Sesquicentennial Commission. The reprinted articles are as follows: "Effects of Secession Upon the Commerce of the Mississippi Valley"; "The Efforts of the Democratic Societies of the West to Open the Navigation of the Mississippi"; "Planters' Wants in the Days of the Confederacy"; "The Attempt of William Howard Taft to Break the Solid South"; "What the South Has Done About Its History"; "Edward Telfair"; "The Great Savannah Fire of 1820"; "Boating as a Sport in the Old South"; "Wanderings of a Painting: The Alonzo Church Portrait"; "A List of the First Shipload of Georgia Settlers"; "William Bacon Stevens: Physician, Historian, Teacher, Preacher"; "Nancy Hart, Georgia Heroine of the Revolution: The Story of the Growth of a Tradition." All except the Nancy Hart article are autographed by Coulter.

  • Bibliography

    Bailey, Fred Arthur. “E. Merton Coulter (1890-1981).” New Georgia Encyclopedia, http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/e-merton-coulter-1890-1981.

External Documents

  • E. Merton Coulter personal papers, MSS 1710
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
  • E. Merton Coulter manuscript collection, MSS 2018
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
  • E. Merton Coulter manuscript collection II, MSS 2345
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
  • E. Merton Coulter manuscripts, MSS 1750
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries
  • E. Merton Coulter pamphlet collection, MSS 2334
    Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries

Instances

  • Type
    Text
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    4
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    19

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