New Collections from the Middle Georgia Archives

Francis T. Tennille slave medical care accounts, 1859-1860. Middle Georgia Archives.
Francis T. Tennille slave medical care accounts, 1859-1860. Middle Georgia Archives.

We are eager to announce the arrival of four new collections from our longstanding project partner, the Middle Georgia Archives.


The Middle Georgia Archives, located in the Genealogy and History Room of Macon’s Washington Memorial Library, serves middle Georgia as a resource center for archival and manuscript collections. Muriel Jackson, the head of the Genealogical and Historical Department at the Middle Georgia Archives, notes that their collections include materials that represent “at least twenty-five Georgia counties.”


The new collections that are now available in the DLG include:




  • Francis T. Tennille Slave Medical Care Accounts, 1859-1860  This collection consists of a single journal page of expenses incurred by medical treatment of Francis T. Tennille’s slaves in Calhoun County in southwest Georgia just prior to the Civil War. The page details what medical treatment was given and to whom. The fees were incurred by Dr. Walter T. Murchison mainly for tooth extraction and delivery of children. The entries list the cost of medicine, doctor visits, and treatments.
  • Henry A. Hunt Letters, 1931  This collection contains two letters, with enclosures, concerning Henry A. Hunt, long-time African American educator, agriculturalist, and president of what became Fort Valley State College. The letters concern New Deal farm policies and poetry by a teacher on Hunt’s faculty.
  • Isaac Scott Diary  Diary kept by Isaac Scott of Macon, Georgia. The diary comments on Macon’s economic trends, social life, the weather, and the Scott family. The diary also provides some detail on Scott’s involvement in local banking and railroads. The entries are most heavily concentrated during 1859 to 1861, and taper off between 1862 to 1864.
  • Macon-Knoxville Store Ledger, 1825-1831  Account book of a small general store based in Macon and Knoxville, Georgia covering the period from 1825 to 1831.


Jackson hopes to see these collections ignite interest in research projects about Georgia history. She notes that the Isaac Scott Diary “has some very good information on Macon history from a northern businessman who made his home in Macon” and that the Francis T. Tennille Slave Medical Care Accounts are remarkable in that “even though it is only one page it is very rare to locate original documents on slaves let alone medical treatment.”


We hope that you get a chance to look through these new resources that are now available from the Middle Georgia Archives.



Mercer Cluster Archive Now Available

The Digital Library of Georgia and the Mercer University Libraries are pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Mercer Cluster Archive.

The Mercer Cluster Archive is an online database of Mercer University’s Macon campus newspaper that provides access to over fifty years of the publication ranging from 1920 to 1970. Consisting of over 5,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The images were scanned from microfilm held by the Mercer University Libraries’ Special Collections.

Mercer University was established as a private Baptist-affiliated school in 1833 in Penfield, Georgia, where ministerial students were trained in manual labor as well as classical studies. In 1871, the school moved from Penfield to Macon, where one of its campuses remains. The Mercer Cluster began publication as the university’s longest-running student newspaper in 1920. The paper is named for school founder Jesse Mercer’s hymnal, The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns, and Sacred Poems. Since its inception the newspaper has covered stories and editorials about campus events, sports, sororities and fraternities, local issues, religious affairs, and club activities. The new Mercer Cluster Archive will allow users to explore twentieth century student life at Mercer University from the convenience of their computer.

The Mercer Cluster Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, a GALILEO initiative that shares Georgia’s history and culture online. Digitization is made possible by the Mercer University Libraries.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at