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Governor - Executive Dept. - Letter Books

Identifier: 001-01-001

Scope and Contents

This series consists of bound volumes with record copies of outgoing correspondence from Georgia's chief executive officers (primarily the governor, and occasionally an officer of the Executive Council) to other state, local and federal officials, including military officers, Georgia congressmen, fellow governors, Presidents of the United States and Cabinet members; plus private citizens in pursuance of state affairs. The letters record the state's official position on various public issues.

Some of the subjects prominently discussed in these letters include: (1) Georgia's relations with Native Americans; (2) Georgia's relations with the United States government regarding the Cherokee Indian removal; (3) boundary disputes with neighboring states; (4) various epidemics of communicable diseases; (5) establishment of human resource institutions such as the schools for the deaf and blind and the insane asylum; (6) the illegal importation of slaves and runaway slaves; (7) distribution of public land; (8) election disputes and vacated offices; (9) internal improvements and the use of public labor; (10) improvements to public buildings; (11) establishment of the Poor School and public education; (12) ratification of the United States Constitution; (13) establishment of coastal defenses; and (14) creating and maintaining units of the state militia.


  • Created: 1786-1897


Conditions Governing Access



13.50 Cubic Feet

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Arrangement Note

Letters are arranged in chronological order by date of recording. Some volumes have indexes in which the name of the correspondents are listed in alphabetical order by their surname. The inclusive dates of the correspondence of each volume is given in the listing that follows. Also indicated is whether or not the volume is an original or copy.

Physical Access Requirements

Records available for use in repository on microfilm only.

Letter Books from 1872 to 1899 are available on our website, under "Virtual Vault" tab.

Governor - Executive Dept. - Letter Books
Georgia Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgia Archives Repository

5800 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow GA 30260 United States