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Kate Harman papers

Identifier: MS-0027

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of articles, awards, photographs, and two yearbooks.


  • 1950-1982


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

Kate Harman, affectionately termed “Mama Kate,” was a lifelong resident of Carroll County, Georgia. Her parents were Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) Camp Strickland and Henry H. Strickland of Carroll County and they were married in the historic Bonner home in 1872.

Kate married Virgil Harman in 1907 and she had five children, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. While her husband farmed, she sold canned vegetables, baked cakes, and took in sewing to earn extra money. After her husband’s health declined, she sought employment with West Georgia College and became the snack bar manager for approximately eight years. Students and faculty eagerly lined up for Mrs. Harman’s excellent food and her caring, motherly disposition. The snack bar was such a success that Mrs. Harman continued to cook for students from her home after retirement. She charged only $2.50 per person and served meat, vegetables, bread, dessert and a beverage.

In 1954 Mrs. Harman was chosen “Most Outstanding Woman in Carroll County” and the next year she was voted “Mother of the Year” in Georgia by the Home Demonstration Council. A narrative pertaining to her award and pictures were published in the book, “Historic Georgia Mothers, 1776-1976.” In 1980 Mama Kate received the Founders Day Award from West Georgia College for her superior service to the school and its students. She died in 1986 at the age of 96.


0.59 Linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)




Papers of Kate Harman, known as “Mama Kate.” Harman was the food service manager for West Georgia College’s snack bar for eight years.

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 2016.
Guide to the Kate Harman papers MS-0027
Finding aid prepared by Written by Shannon Danielle Smith
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Language of description note
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