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History of Slavery at the University of Georgia: Historic UGA Minutes

This guide compiles resources at UGA Libraries that document the role of slavery and enslaved people in the University of Georgia's development from its founding in 1785 through the end of the Civil War in 1865.

"Servant hire" listed in 1860 Board of Trustees minutes

Historic UGA Minutes

There are no more comprehensive original sources for the early history of the University than the Minutes of the Board of Trustees (1786-1932), the Minutes of the Senatus Academicus (1799-1842) and the Minutes of the Prudential Committee (1834-1857 and 1915-1916), the three major governing boards of the University of Georgia before the creation of the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia.

The minutes are transcribed and available online. Original minutes can be accessed at the Hargrett Library by requesting them through the finding aid linked below.

Also crucial to understanding the early University are the minutes of the Faculty of the University of Georgia: