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Georgia laws

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. General Assembly.
Creator: Georgia. Governor and Council.
Title: Georgia laws
Dates: 1773-1781
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1603

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 chose the governor of Georgia.

The General Assembly was established as Georgia's governing legislature in 1777. It divides into the House of Representatives and Senate.

The British Public Record Office was created by the Public Record Office Act of 1838. Its purpose was to make the contents of public records accessible to students. In 2003, the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission combined and formed the National Archives of Great Britain.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilmed copy of acts and ordinances passed in Georgia from 1773-1774 and 1780-1781. Subjects include the formation and ordering of a militia; deer poaching; a ferry on the Ogeechee River; the theft of livestock; salaries for the governor and commissioners; taxes; the printing of money; a tax on "transient" merchants; the penalties for murdering free Native Americans; slavery in Georgia; and the cultivation of indigo.

Index Terms

Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Georgia. General Assembly.
Georgia. Governor and Council.
Indians of North America--Georgia.
Legislative acts.
Ogeechee River (Ga.)

Location of Originals

Original records in the British Public Records Office, London, England.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Georgia laws, MS 1603, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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.

For permission to publish, contact the British Public Records Office, London, England.


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

Container List



1X-1603-01. Georgia laws, 1773-1781