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Descriptive summary

Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Dahlonega campus, University of North Georgia

Creator: Owen, John H., 1970-1992

Title: John H. Owen collection

Date(s): 1970-1992

Quantity: 9 linear feet

Language(s): English

Historical note

Dr. John H. Owen was born in Savannah, Georgia, June 22, 1922. At six years old his family moved to Florida where he attended Gadsden County Public Schools. In 1940 Owen graduated from high school as president of the senior class and MVP in all sports. He graduated from the University of Florida in three years with high honors.

During World War 2 Owen saw service as a naval officer and was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve Research Unit. In 1954 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and in 1969 he retired with over 20 years of service.

Owen married Margaret Wilson in 1946. That same year he entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Plant Pathology and Biochemistry. In 1949 he received his Ph.D and started a full-time teaching career at the University of Florida.

In 1959 Owen and his family moved to Athens, Georgia where he became the Division Chairman of Plant Pathology and Plant Genetics. As chairman he directed the research at all of the Agricultural Experiment Stations in Georgia. Owen was appointed Director of University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations in 1966.

Owen became the 12th President of North Georgia College in 1970. While President he worked with the ROTC Rifle Team and the science department. In 1992 he retired and he died on February 15, 2011.

Scope and contents

The collection contains awards received by Dr. Owen, pieces written by and about Dr. Owen including biographical sketches, and pictures of Dr. Owen many events and acquaintances accompanied by scrapbooks.


The collection consists of fourteen series: U.S. Army, R.O.T.C., Boy Scouts of America, North Georgia College, Lumpkin County, Mrs. Owen, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin, Newspaper and Clippings, Memorabilia and Awards, Pictures, and Biographical Sketches. The folders within each subseries are arranged chronologically.

Administrative information

Cite as:  John H. Owen Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Dahlonega Campus, University of North Georgia.

Detailed description of the collection

U.S. Army

Album from Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1979

Box 1/Folder 1

Army Advisory Panel, undated

Box 1/Folder 3

Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Cadet, 1984

Box 1/Folder 2, 4


Annual report, 1984

Box 1/Folder 6

First Advanced Camp, 1981

Box 1/Folder 5

Freshmen cadets, the Warrior Press, 1987 November 20

Box 1/Folder 7

In Pentagon, undated

Box 1/Folder 9

Rifle team, 1987

Box 1/Folder 8

Boy Scouts of America, undated

Box 1/Folder 10-11

North Georgia College

Alumni, 1992, undated

Box 1/Folder 17, 19

Athletic Association recognition, 1991

Box 1/Folder 15



Box 1/Folder 13


Box 1/Folder 14

Cards, 1991-1992

Box 1/Folder 16

Farewell, 1992 June 1

Box 1/Folder 18

Special Study of North Georgia College, 1948

Box 1/Folder 12

Lumpkin County

Gold Rush Days, 1989

Box 1/Folder 21

Lumpkin County/City of Dahlonega, undated

Box 1/Folder 22

Lumpkin County High School, 1972 May 26

Box 1/Folder 20

Owen, Margaret

Dahlonega Women's Club, 1985

Box 1/Folder 23

Vita, undated

Box 1/Folder 24

University of Florida

Distinguished alumnus, undated

Box 2/Folder 1

National Alumni Association

Charter life member, undated

Box 2/Folder 2

Grand Guard, undated

Box 2/Folder 3-4

University of Georgia, Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations

"An account of the origins and development of plant pathology,: undated

Box 2/Folder 9


Appointment as the director, 1970

Box 2/Folder 5

Departmental, 1970

Box 2/Folder 6

"Major Research Program Areas," 1968

Box 2/Folder 8

Manuscript, "Evaluation of Agricultural Research," circa 1970

Box 2/Folder 7

University of Wisconsin

Dissertation, 1949

Box 3/Folder 2

Thesis, 1948

Box 3/Folder 1

News clippings

Alumni Bulletin


Box 4/Folder 1


Box 4/Folder 2


Box 4/Folder 3

Foundation News


Box 4/Folder 4


Box 4/Folder 5


Box 4/Folder 6

Cadet Bugler, 1970-1974

Box 5/Folder 1

NGC Newsletter, undated

Box 5/Folder 2

Collegiate Voice, 1991

Box 5/Folder 3

Spectator, 1989, 1991

Box 5/Folder 4

"Spring Extravaganza," The Times, 1974 April 21, 1982, 1986

Box 5/Folder 5

Student recruiting brochures, undated

Box 5/Folder 6

North Georgia College, The System Summary, 1985 October-November

Box 5/Folder 7

"Dahlonega Golden Age," Atlanta Journal, 1972 October 17

Box 5/Folder 8

Highways, 1972

Box 5/Folder 9

Coca-Cola Stock, 1992

Box 5/Folder 10

Blizzard, 1993

Box 5/Folder 11

Centennial, 1973

Box 5/Folder 12

Mycology, Gene Williamson, undated

Box 5/Folder 13

Richardson, Mark, McArthur Award, Foundation News, 1983 March

Box 5/Folder 14

Gold Rush Days, Dahlonega Gazette, undated

Box 5/Folder 15

Stay and See Georgia, Dahlonega Gazette, 1972

Box 5/Folder 16

"10th Annual July 4th Family Day Big Success," Dahlonega Gazette, 1985

Box 5/Folder 17

Veterans, Dahlonega Nugget, 1987 November 10

Box 5/Folder 17

Georgia marble festival parade, Pickens County Progress, undated

Box 5/Folder 19

Johnson, Lyndon B., undated

Box 5/Folder 20

Carter, Jimmy, 1980

Box 5/Folder 21

Kennedy, John F., undated

Box 5/Folder 22

Memorabilia and awards

Box 6/Folder 1


Connell, Jack, undated

Box 6/Folder 2

Corrigan, Brian, Theatre, 1992

Box 6/Folder 3

Admiral Crowe, undated

Box 6/Folder 4

Curry, BIll, undated

Box 6/Folder 5

Dooley, Vince, undated

Box 6/Folder 6

Harris, Joe Frank, undated

Box 6/Folder 7

Jenkins, Ed, undated

Box 6/Folder 8

Jordan, Hamilton, undated

Box 6/Folder 9

Lance, Bert, undated

Box 6/Folder 10

Mattingly, Mack, undated

Box 6/Folder 11

Meyer, Lt. Gen. Edward C., undated

Box 6/Folder 12

Nunn, Sam, undated

Box 6/Folder 13

Students with General Bernard Rogers, undated

Box 6/Folder 14

Rogers, Major General Charles C., undated

Box 6/Folder 15

Alumni Hall of Fame, Thomas D. Westmoreland, undated

Box 6/Folder 16

Victory Game ball, basketball, 1989

Box 6/Folder 17

Georgia Mountains Area Employment and Training Council, undated

Box 6/Folder 19

Biographical Sketches

Biographical sketches, undated

Box 6/Folder 20-21

"Formula for Excellence," undated

Box 6/Folder 22


1970 July 1, Induction

Box 7/Folder 1


Box 7/Folder 2


Box 7/Folder 3-4


Box 7/Folder 5-6


Box 8/Folder 1


Box 8/Folder 2-3


Box 8/Folder 4


Box 8/Folder 5


Box 9/Folder 1


Box 9/Folder 2


Box 9/Folder 3


Box 9/Folder 4


Box 10/Folder 1

1982, Christmas party

Box 10/Folder 2

1982 June 22-23, Army Advisory Panel

Box 10/Folder 3


Box 10/Folder 4

1984 (1 of 2)

Box 10/Folder 5

1984 (2 of 2)

Box 11/Folder 1


Box 11/Folder 2-3


Box 11/Folder 4-5

1986, Christmas party

Box 12/Folder 1


Box 12/Folder 2-3


Box 12/Folder 4-5

1988, Inspiration award

Box 12/Folder 6


Box 13/Folder 1-2


Box 13/Folder 3-4


Box 14/Folder 1-2


Box 14/Folder 3-4

1992, Retirement

Box 15/Folder 1-2

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