Georgia Governor and Council collection
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Georgia Governor and Council collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Governor and Council.
Title: Georgia Governor and Council collection
Dates: 1774-1781
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 0277

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Governor and Council was established as the governing body of Georgia by the king in 1754. Previously, George was governed by Trustees. In this new form of government, the king chooses the governor of Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of two volumes of the proceedings and minutes of the Governor and Council and 62 loose papers. The proceedings supplement The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, ed. A.D. Candler, v. XII (Atlanta, 1907), which contains the "Proceedings and Minutes of the Governor and Council from August 6, 1771, to February 13, 1782." Only fifteen of the sessions in this published volume are repeated in the volumes of this collection. The loose papers are some of the supporting papers of the Council sessions and include a few minutes.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Georgia--Politics and government--To 1775.
Georgia. Governor and Council.
Minutes (administrative records)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

William Coffee Daniell was the executor of Joseph Vallence Bevan's estate. The volumes were originally part of the Joseph Vallence Bevan collection, MS 71. The loose papers were originally part of the Wayne-Stites-Anderson papers, given by the Anderson family.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia. Governor and Council collection, MS 277, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Coffee Daniell, 1866 (volumes); Anderson family, 1950 (loose papers).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Publication Note

The two volumes were published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, XXIV (September 1950) through XXV (September 1951) and republished as Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, v. X (Savannah, 1952). The loose papers were published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, XLVI (September and December 1962).


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Item 1: Proceedings and minutes of the Governor and Council, 1774 October 4-1775 November 7



12Item 2: Proceedings and minutes of the Governor and Council, 1779 September 6-1780 September 20


2Items 3-19: Papers, 1780 February-September


3Items 20-43: Papers, 1780 October-December


4Items 44-64: Papers, 1781