Skip to main content

Thomas A. Hart papers

Identifier: MS-0056

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, a marriage announcement, newsletters, obituaries, photographs, and information on the Thomas A. Hart Scholarship.

Some of the materials in this collection are photocopies.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1983-1994
  • 1933-1994


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights unknown.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Thomas A. Hart was born on August 18, 1905 in Argentina while his parents worked as missionaries there. Hart was sent to live with his grandparents in the United States at the age of ten and in 1922 he joined to Marine Corps, serving in Haiti during the American occupation. After his time in the Marine Corps, Hart attended William and Mary College where he received his B.S. degree in 1930. He later obtained an M.A. Ed. degree and a M.S. degree from Emory University and a Ph.D. in parasitology from the University of Chicago. Around this period, Hart married a woman named Jeanelle.

Hart worked at West Georgia College from 1933 to 1942, becoming the institution’s first biology professor. During his tenure at WGC, Hart also served as the chairperson to the Department of Science and led annual trips to Tuskegee University along with fellow faculty member Robert M. Strozier.

After leaving WGC, Hart also held numerous positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development in the area of education, serving in areas such as Haiti, Brazil, and Bolivia. In 1968, Hart began to work at the University of Pittsburgh as professor of international and developmental education. He stayed at Pittsburgh until his retirement in 1976, although he maintained professor emeritus status.

Hart married his second wife, Catherine Royer, in 1976 and chose to retire to the Horizon House in Seattle, Washington in 1983. After Catherine passed away in 1985, Hart married his third wife, Dorothy, in 1986. Both of them remained at Horizon House, where Hart served on the Health Committee and the Sunday Musicale Committee. He also taught Spanish at the retirement home for ten years. Hart passed away on March 25, 1994.


0.21 Linear feet (1 box)




Papers of Dr. Thomas A. Hart, the first biology professor at West Georgia College.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Dr. Julian Carl Stanley, Jr. in July 2000.

Processing Information note

Processed by Candice Larson in 2015
Guide to the Thomas A. Hart papers MS-0056
Finding aid prepared by Written by Candice Larson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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