Susan Frances Barrow Tate Fund

Susan Frances Barrow Tate
November 23, 1908 - July 27, 2003

Susan Frances Barrow was born in Athens in 1908 - thus beginning her affinity for preserving and cherishing the historical town she calls home. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930 and graduated in 1938 with a master's degree in arts.

  In 1932, she married William Tate, who was the Dean of Franklin College at the University.  She too began working at the University in 1954 as a Library Assistant in the Special Collections division in the Main Library.  She retired from the University in 1976.  During her years of service, her unique knowledge of Georgians and their history provided a valuable resource for the hundreds of graduate students, professors and other researchers she willingly aided.

Much of Susan Tate's life has been embedded in preserving and introducing people to Athens.  She was a founding member of the Athens Historical Society and has served as president.  Also, she has been a member of the Society for the Preservation of Old Athens and the Georgia Historical Society.  Phi Beta Kappa, the Georgia Library Association, the Southeastern Library Association and the Georgia Educational Association are other organizations she has been greatly involved with as well.

She compiled many of the essays she had written about Athens in a book entitled Remembering Athens.  Susan Frances Barrow Tate passed away on July 27, 2003, but her love of history and Athens lives on through this Endowment.

On December 7, 1988, the Athens Historical Society established the Susan Frances Barrow Tate Fund in honor of Mrs. Tate's 80th birthday.  The purpose of the fund is to aid the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in procuring rare books, documents and other materials.

You are welcome to help enhance this endowment.  For more information, please contact Chantel Dunham at