Welcome...

On behalf of our entire staff, City of Thomaston, and Upson County; welcome to the online site of the Thomaston-Upson Archives.

With guidance from the Georgia Department of Archives and History, the Thomaston-Upson Archives was established in 1994. With the cooperation and funding assistance of the City of Thomaston, the County of Upson, the Thomaston-Upson Board of Education and the Upson Historical Society, the Archives opened in 1996. By working together, they have undertaken the task of cutting local government cost while preserving vital permanent records of the citizens of Thomaston and Upson County.

The Thomaston-Upson Archives is housed in the former R. E. Lee Institute high school library, named the George A. Harrison Memorial Library. Professor Harrison was principal of R. E. Lee Institute from 1879-1886.

This Georgian-style building was designed by the architectural firm of Saggus, Williamson, Vaught, and Spiker of Atlanta, Georgia. Land for the library was given by Julian Hightower. In 1968, Community Enterprises, Inc., a foundation of Thomaston Mills, Inc., funded the construction of the library and three decades later furnished the Archives.

The Archives houses historic records as early as 1821, is a model for the state on joint cooperation and has earned many awards. Over 3,000 visitors and researchers travel from across the United States and from other countries to use its facilities. A full time archivist and professional staff and volunteers are available to assist patrons.

For upcoming programs, news and interesting local items be sure to visit the Thomaston-Upson Archives Blog site at http://thomastonupsonarchives.wordpress.com/.

 

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Office Staff

Penny Cliff-Director/Archivist

Bonnie Smith-Asst. Archivist.

Claude Burgess-Archivist Asst.