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W. Fred Gunn papers

Identifier: MS-0022

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials pertaining to West Georgia College while Gunn was Dean, including announcements, a campus map, correspondence, enrollment lists, histories, student programs, scholarships, and visitor information.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1944-1946
  • 1933-1958


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

William (known as W. Fred) Gunn was born June 27, 1885 in Crawfordville, Georgia. He graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1915 with his B.S. Degree and obtained his M.S. Degree in 1917.

From 1918-1920, he was principal of Gainesville High School, in Gainesville, Georgia. From 1920-1924, Gunn was Superintendent of Sparta Public Schools, in Sparta, Georgia. In addition, he was Superintendent of Sandersville Public Schools, in Sandersville, Georgia from 1924-1927. He served as Superintendent of Carroll County Schools from 1927-1933. He was the Dean of West Georgia College from 1933-1945. In 1936, West Georgia College dedicated the Chieftain yearbook in his honor, citing his, “honesty, justice and willingness to lend a sympathetic ear to students at any time and who has, through his tireless effort, been an influence for good on the campus.” After leaving West Georgia, Gunn served as the president of Tift College from 1948-1952.

Gunn died in August 1964 and approximately a year later Gunn Hall, an award winning residence hall on the UWG campus, was constructed and dedicated in his honor. Gunn was married and had two sons, Fred Allyn and William B.


0.84 Linear feet (2 boxes)




Papers of William (known as W. Fred) Gunn, Dean of West Georgia College from 1933 to 1946.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Processing Information note

Processed by Shannon Danielle Smith in 2010 and Candice Larson in 2015.

Guide to the W. Fred Gunn papers MS-0022
Finding aid prepared by Written by Shannon Danielle Smith and Candice Larson
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States