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May Erwin Talmadge collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MSS-029

Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal and professional photographs, including some negatives, of May Erwin Talmadge's family, friends, and professional associates. A scrapbook holds personal photographs and newspaper articles on friends. The correspondence consists mainly of greeting cards and postcards.


  • 1908-1963

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

Biographical / Historical

Born February 26, 1885, in Tennessee, May Erwin married Julius Young Talmadge in 1905. She served as the national president of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Talmadge also was a member of the Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede, the Order of the Crown, the Order of the First Crusade, the Daughters of American Colonists, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The couple had one son, Dr. Harry Talmadge. After Julius died in 1940, May was appointed to the Athens Board of Education and the State Board of Education. She managed her late husband's business interests and farms. She died in 1973.


1.73 Linear Feet (One box measuring 10.25 by 7.5 by 5.5 and one box measuring 15.25 by 13.25 by 2.25.)


Photographs, a scrapbook, newspaper clippings, and other materials from the personal holdings of May Erwin Talmadge.


Ingram, Tracy C. "Classic Places: Talmadge House a Home Full of History." Athens Banner-Herald, 2 Aug. 2000.

Materials Specific Details


Physical Description


May Erwin Talmadge collection
In Progress
Beth Whitlock, Justin Kau
October 2016, July 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library Repository

2025 Baxter Street
Athens GA 30606