Foreman M. Hawes papers
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Foreman M. Hawes papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hawes, Foreman M., 1899-1981.
Title: Foreman M. Hawes papers
Dates: 1942-1982
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: MS 2159

Biographical/Historical Note

Foreman McConnell Hawes was born on 18 September 1899 in McBean, Geogia. He was the son of John Baptist and Daisy Lane McCord Hawes. He married Lilla Kennerly Mills of Camden, South Carolina on 29 May 1936.

Hawes moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1935 to take a position as a chemistry professor at the newly organized Armstrong Junior College (now Armstrong Atlantic State University). By 1942, he was named dean of students and later served as acting president for a year and a half before being chosen as the third president of the institution by the Georgia Board of Regents in 1944. He served as president from 1944 to 1964 and helped to play a major role in promoting the expansion of the school, culminating in 1963 with the designation of Armstrong as a four year senior college.

After his retirement from Armstrong, Hawes briefly entered politics and ran an unsuccessful race for state senator in 1964. Hawes was a member of the First Baptist Church in Savannah, the Sons of the Revolution, and the Rotary Club. He died on 18 May 1981 in Savannah after suffering from a long illness.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers relating to Foreman M. Hawes, past president of Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, from 1942 to 1982. Included within these papers are photographs from his tenure at Armstrong, the Hawes family coat of arms, genealogical research collected by Hawes on his ancestors, and records from Hawes' involvement with the Cosmos Club of Savannah. There is also a wallet that holds tokens and ration books from World War II issued to Hawes and his wife, Lilla M. Hawes. Also of particular interest are the letters written to Hawes from the following Senators: Lyndon B. Johnson, Herman E. Talmadge, and Richard B. Russell. These letters were written by the Senators in response to Hawes' inquiries about particular bills regarding higher education from 1959 to 1963.


This collection is arranged into 2 boxes:

Box 1: Correspondence with U.S. Senators, World War II ration books and token holder, Cosmos Club records and speech, photograph album, 1942-1963

Box 2: Photographs, Hawes family coat of arms, death record, clippings, Hawes family genealogy, correspondence, 1942-1982

Index Terms

Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Artifacts (object genre)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Coats of arms.
Cosmos Club (Savannah, Ga.)
Genealogies (histories)
Hawes family.
Hawes, Foreman M., 1899-1981.
Hawes, Lilla Mills.
Johnson, Lyndon B., (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Letters (correspondence)
Photograph albums.
Ration books.
Russell, Richard B., (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971.
Speeches (documents)
Talmadge, Herman E., (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.

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.