Date of Award

January 1937

Degree Type



In making a study of The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia for facts about the Negro, the writer was amazed at the large number of items included in the Records which were not accounted for in the index. For instance, the index to Volume VIII does not give a single reference to Negroes or slaves, although the book is filled with petitions and land grants depending upon the number of Negro slaves a family possessed. It also tells of the use of Negroes for militia service and the desire to keep Indians and Negroes from mixing. The same is true of Volume X and many of the other volumes. Therefore, this study will deal almost wholly with the unindexed material on the Negro found in the Colonial Records. Of course, certain widely known and generally accepted facts that were listed in the index will also be included in this study. 1 However, even when such facts were listed in the index, much of the interesting discussion and controversy attending them were omitted. As a consequence, one using the index as the sole guide to the Negro in colonial Georgia would miss much revealing and valuable material. 1Law excluding Negroes and the law introducing them into the colony.