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.



New Collections from Peach Public Libraries

Photograph of Contractor Accessing Flood Damage at Wastewater Treatment Pond, Byron, Peach County, Georgia, 1994 July 8
Photograph of Contractor Accessing Flood Damage at Wastewater Treatment Pond, Byron, Peach County, Georgia, 1994 July 8

The DLG would like to welcome the Peach Public Libraries as a new project partner!

Four new collections have been made available through this partnership:

Everett Square School Photographs (Photographs of the Everett Square School in Fort Valley, Peach County, Georgia. The school was built in 1952 and has since been demolished.)

Fort Valley School Photographs (Collection of class photographs from Fort Valley Primary School in Fort Valley, Georgia, 1958-1969)

Peach County Flood Photographs (Photographs of the 1994 flood in Peach County, Georgia caused by tropical Storm Alberto)

Peach Festival Photographs (Collection of photographs taken in 1922-1924 of the Peach Festival, which took place in Fort Valley, Georgia.)

These collections have been digitized as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Public Libraries Partnerships Project (PLPP).

Andrew Vickers, Assistant Director for the Peach Public Libraries system, values the opportunity that PLPP has provided to make DLG’s collaboration with Peach Public Libraries possible, and appreciates how the program has enabled DLG to “really work with each individual system. Not everyone has the staff, the equipment, or the time and money it takes to undergo such a project.”

Many of the images available in these new collections come from Peach County’s local newspaper, the Leader Tribune, as well as from donations from library patrons and board members. Vickers emphasizes that these collections have had a strong local impact. Speaking of the Peach County Flood Photographs collection, he says: “It’s definitely interesting to see the devastating physical effects, but it also warms your heart to see the local community pulling together to pick up the pieces. I believe that it tends to bring out the best in communities.”

Please take a look and enjoy these new collections!