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University History

Essential information about the history of the University of West Georgia and links to key digitized materials from the university's history

Bonner Plantation history

Below are a selection of links and descriptions of archival materials about the the Bonner Plantation and Cemetery which are now part of the University of West Georgia campus site. 

Publication and Printing photographs

Along the Ridge

Archival Sources

Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School Records. UA-0007.

  • 1925-1926 Announcement for information on Uncle Abe, Box 2.
  • Map (blueline) by J.C. Bonner, 1931. Box 7.

University of West Georgia Subject Files. UA-0009-0004

  • Bonner Plantation: Lot 99: History West Georgia College, Carrollton Georgia. Box 68. See pages 1-3.

  • "Fiftieth Anniversary, West Georgia College," by James C. Bonner, September 24, 1983.

Irvine S. Ingram papers. UA-0002-02

  • Mss of J.C. Bonner’s Carroll County History, chapters I-III. Box 18, Folder 2.
  • Mss of J.C. Bonner’s Carroll County History, chapters IV-VI.  Box 18, Folder 3. See pp 91-92 (Bonner house, African-American demographics in Carroll County), pp. 94-97 (plantation, landowners with enslaved people, ex. James McDaniel and Elijah Dobbs; “By 1860 there was a strong tendency for the larger landowners to put less capital in land and to invest more money in Negroes”), pp. 97-100 (politics and “Confederate Cause” in Carroll County), p. 114-115 (13th Amendement, Freedmans Bureau, Elections, “less than 2,000 slaves in Carroll County,” “bound apprentices”)
  • Mss of J.C. Bonner’s Carroll County History, chapters VII-VIII.  Box 18, Folder 4. See pp 213 (“Negros voted in the county from 1868 until their temporary disenfranchisement forty years later [1908].” “...various methods were used to select delegates to state conventions of political parties, all of which were designed to control the Negro’s vote.”), pp. 221-223 white Republicans vs. black Republicans in 1890s Carroll County politics. 
  • Mss of J.C. Bonner’s Carroll County History, chapters IX-X.  Box 18, Folder 5. See p. 279 (County fair organized by Melson, staring in 1913; in 1918 a “Negroes’ Day” was included), p. 283 (tenancy demographics around 1954-1960, Black farmers highest in this category, 60% of the 224 black farmer operators). 
  • Box 34 Folder 11: J.C. Bonner Correspondence with the Georgia Society of Historical Research.
  • Box 61 Folder 1: Photos of James C. Bonner and Family- Photos of family travel, Jesse Bonner, Ida Munro Bonner (wife of J.C. Bonner and sister of Martha Munro Ingram),