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George Henry Beggs Papers, 1964-1994

Identifier: SC-B-003

Content Description

The Planning files (1978-1993) document the planning process for events sponsored by the Cobb County Symposium, Inc. from 1988 to 1993. This includes Symposia ’88 to ’93, as well as Bio-Fest (1988) and the Contemporary Literature Conference in 1992 and 1993. They reflect Dr. Beggs’ activities on the organization’s Board of Trustees. The Addition of September 2016 consists of various color photographic prints, a letter addressed to Dr. Beggs from Virginia Tumlin, a transcript of speech given by R. Steven Tumlin on accepting the first Founders' Award, and Dr. Beggs' copy of the Kennesaw State College faculty and staff directory from 1991-1992. The State and Local Politicians series documents and provides information on George Beggs’ interactions as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences with state and local politicians during the 1990s. Includes pamphlets, correspondence, newspaper clippings, other various papers and ephemera.


  • Creation: 1964-1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1978-1993


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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material must be secured from the repository and/or copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

George Henry Beggs was born in Tifton, Georgia, on September 6, 1935. He was the eldest of eleven children born to Fred and Ethilene Beggs. After graduating from Tifton High Schol, Beggs attended Emory University while working at the Lockheed-Georgia Company in Marietta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emory University, a Master’s degree in Political Science from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, and a Doctorate in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Arizona. From 1964 to 1988, Dr. Beggs served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. His service included four tours of duty to the Assistant Army Chief of Staff of Intelligence at the Pentagon. George Beggs joined the faculty of Kennesaw Junior College in 1966 and was the first teaching faculty member hired. From 1966 to 1984, he taught classes in politics and American history while serving as the Chair of the Division of Social Sciences. In 1984 he became the founding Dean of the School of Arts and Behavioral Sciences, which later became the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Beggs was instrumental in developing several undergraduate and graduate degree programs and international initiatives, as well as creating the A.L. Burrus Institute of Public Service. Dr. Beggs joined the Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Symposium, Inc. in 1989 and served as the Chair of the Executive Committee from 1989 to 1990. His duties included planning Symposium events, including Symposium ’90, "Stages of life." He retired from Kennesaw State University in 1994. Dr. Beggs died on December 12, 2009. George Henry Beggs was married to Rosemary Beggs. After his retirement from Kennesaw State University in 1994, the KSU Foundation established the George and Rosemary Beggs Scholarship to assist undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in the College of Humanities and Social Services.Note written by Anne Graham


1.25 cubic feet (3 document cases)

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The files are arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Rosemary Beggs, widow of George Beggs. Date acquired: 2011-06-01.

Accruals and Additions

Addition of September 2016 as well as accrual of May 2019 received from Professor of History Emeritus and Campus Historian Dr. Thomas Scott on September 8, 2016.

Anne Graham
2011 June
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Revision Statements

  • 2017 September: Addition of September 2016 added by Armando Suarez; Addition of May 2019 added by Maggie Thomas

Repository Details

Part of the Kennesaw State University Archives Repository

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