Patricia Irvin Cooper collection

Vernacular architecture of Clarke, Oglethorpe, Morgan, Elbert, Greene, and Oconee Counties, Georgia.

Athens historian Patricia Irvin Cooper gave over 1000 slides and detailed information about old log, frame, and brick structures in Clarke and surrounding counties to the Owens Library in the College of Environment and Design. Mrs. Cooper collected information and took pictures during the 1970s and 1980s as part of an effort to document area vernacular buildings.

The collection is a series of slides and photographs of structures dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Morgan, Oconee, Elbert, Greene, and Oglethorpe Counties, where some of the state’s earliest Anglo-European settlers established farmsteads and communities. In addition to homes, barns, and churches, the collection has images of mills and bridges, indicating the significant ties to area rivers. Mrs. Cooper’s notes on each image make for lively reading and are a fascinating glimpse into life of early settlers of the area. Many of these structures, especially the log homes, have never been documented formally.

This selection in the Athenaeum collection is a portion of the resources stored in the Owens Library at the UGA College of Environment and Design. For more information or to view other images and notes, please contact the library at 706-542-8292. Archiving is in process as of 2015 but staff is available for assistance.

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