Friends of McIntosh Reserve records
Scope and Contents note
The collection consists of materials related to the activities of the Friends of McIntosh Reserve (FOMR) from approximately 2001-2018. It includes records of the agenda for annual meetings, chronological files of correspondence and meeting minutes, clippings, histories of people and places associated with the park, newsletters, and member files.
Of special note are the histories of Bowen Cemetery, Chief McIntosh, and the McIntosh Reserve, along with creative works about Chief McIntosh. There are also records of the “Walk and Talk,” an activity in which enthusiasts walk areas of the reserve while hearing lectures from botanists, geologists, and other scientists, along with information about pollution in the Chattahoochee River, which flows along the southern border of the park.
- Majority of material found within Bulk, 2001-2018
- 1980-2018; bulk 2001-2018
Conditions Governing Access note
Open to all users
Conditions Governing Use note
Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia
The McIntosh Reserve Heritage Vision Steering Committee was formed in 1994 to advise the Board of Commissioners of Carroll County, Georgia, on recreational opportunities available at McIntosh Reserve Park. Later changing its name to Friends of McIntosh Reserve, Inc., the organization more formally organized itself in 2001 and began soliciting membership contributions. In April 2007, the group incorporated as a non-profit corporation. Throughout its existence, the organization’s mission has been “to promote the study, interpretation and use of McIntosh Reserve Park and its adjacent lands as a natural and historical area worthy of preservation.”
McIntosh Reserve Park is named for Chief William McIntosh of the Creek Native American tribe. McIntosh allied himself with the U.S. government in the era of the early republic, helping General Andrew Jackson reach New Orleans during the War of 1812. In the Jacksonian period, McIntosh supported accommodating to the policy of Native American removal, believing that this would lead to the least amount of harm coming to the Creek peoples. In February 1825, McIntosh signed the Treaty of Indian Springs, which ceded much of western Georgia to the United States government, and McIntosh was allowed to keep his plantation in Carroll County in exchange for signing the treaty. McIntosh’s plantation was attacked in April 1825 by Creeks hostile to the treaty, and he was killed in the attack. The McIntosh Reserve Park occupies the former site of this plantation.
2.52 Linear feet (6 boxes)
The Friends of McIntosh Reserve records document the organization’s activities regarding support and protection of the McIntosh Reserve Park in Carroll County, Georgia. They include agendas for annual meetings, chronological files of correspondence and meeting minutes, clippings, histories of people and places associated with the park, newsletters, and member files.
Arranged in alphabetical order
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Deeded to the University of West Georgia by Carol Mitchell, President of Friends of McIntosh Reserve, on October 9, 2018. This gift included a small set of FOMR annual reports that were received in Special Collections on March 30, 2018 by Robert H. Claxton.
- Friends of McIntosh Reserve Records LH-0110
- Finding aid prepared by W. Michael Camp
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Description is in English