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Georgia Publications

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-63

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of periodicals from Georgia in the 1800s to the early 1900s. 

Periodicals dated before and during the Civil War promote the view of pro-slavery and updates of the Confederate States during the war. 

After the war, the periodicals turn to more domestic issues, such as education for children and common medical issues. 

Many of the periodicals contain information pertaining to agriculture and new ways and techniques to approach agriculture. 

Short stories, poems, music, advice columns, and histories commonly also appear.  There are also articles about local cities and women’s issues, such as, household chores, recipes, and tips, also appear in these periodicals. 

Overall, these periodicals give a good view of southern life and concerns from the Civil War era to the early 1900s. Originally "The Countryman" and "The Plantation" were a part of the Joseph Addison Turner collection MS 45. However this collection consolidated into MS 63: Misc. Georgia Publications. The original scope notes for MS 45 can be found in the Biographical/Historical Note section.

Harmful Content Policy: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collection’s collection houses materials collected to elucidate the past. We recognize that users may encounter some items within these collections that contain offensive language, viewpoints, imagery or other forms of objectionable content. Such materials document the past and should be viewed within the context of their original time period. Providing online access to these historical materials does not endorse any attitudes, prejudices, or behaviors depicted therein. Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections is committed to upholding the principle of equal and free access to unaltered historical information. (based upon the statement for the Georgia Public Library Service on harmful content)


  • 1839 - 1979

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Joseph Addison Turner(1826-1868) was a writer, editor, publisher, lawyer, and planter. He is best known for publishing The Countryman a weekly newspaper produced from his Putnam County plantation during the Civil War. The Countryman circulated throughout the Confederacy from its inception through its final issue in May 1866. Turner was a staunch advocate for slavery and the Confederacy. He used The Countryman to voice his pro-Confederate views through articles and editorials. The venture was also distinguished for launching the journalistic career of Joel Chandler Harris. Turner hired the sixteen-year-old Harris, as an apprentice and typesetter for The Countryman in March 1862.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-19: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson.

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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