Georgia Ports Authority records
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Georgia Ports Authority records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Ports Authority.
Title: Georgia Ports Authority records
Dates: 1950-2000
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1949

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia Ports Authority was established in 1945 by the Georgia Legislature in response to the post World War II economic boom. The Garden City Terminal (located west of Savannah, Georgia) was formerly a wharf for cotton barges and the United States Army Quartermaster Depot. Governor Herman Talmadge acquired the land in 1948 for $808,100 and construction began in 1950. The $15,000,000 port opened in 1953 with Frank O. Wahlstrom as president of the Savannah Port Authority. At present, the Georgia Ports Authority is a quasi-state agency run by a governor-appointed board and executive director. Its mission is to "develop, maintain, and operate ocean and inland river ports within Georgia; foster international trade and new industry for state and local communities; promote Georgia's agricultural, industrial, and natural resources; and maintain the natural quality of the environment."

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records from the Georgia Ports Authority from 1950 to 2000. Included is a chronological history of the Georgia Ports Authority from 1733 to 2000, photographs from the 1950s, and seven issues of Georgia Anchorage, which is the official publication of the Georgia Ports Authority. The photographs in this collection are of the ports along the Savannah River and show various vessels, cargo, and men working.

Index Terms

Chronologies (lists)
Georgia Ports Authority.
Journals (periodicals)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.