Bequest of Smith Callaway Banks added to Special Collections


As well as being the official Historian of Bulloch County, the late Smith Callaway Banks was a dealer in and collector of rare antiques and artworks. He donated his collection of folk art to the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art in 2009.

Mr. Banks has kept a collection of his papers here in the Henderson Library’s Special Collections for many years, and now further valuable items have come to us by the terms of his will. Included in this bequest are a 1734 issue of a London newspaper announcing the departure of the Salzburgers for Georgia; rare documents on Archibald Bulloch and an original signature of George Walton, a signer for Georgia of the Declaration of Independence; a sample of Georgia “Liberty cap” currency of June 1777; a May 1850 issue of the New York Daily Tribune with a long front-page story about the Galphin Claim; a September 1863 issue of the New York Times, reporting the Battle of Chickamauga just inside the Georgia line; four notebooks containing 541 vintage postcards and photographs, many in color, of Statesboro (old and new) and of GSU (old and new).  These rich additions are enhanced by a further gift of hundreds of volumes relating to art and antiques, many of a reference nature. Mr. Banks’s son and executor, John Banks, is now dividing up even more collections of books and documents, some to go to Statesboro Regional Library and some to the Zach S. Henderson Library – both of which continue to benefit from the generosity and public spirit of Smith Callaway Banks.


A list of books and papers by Mr. Banks and owned by Henderson Library is available here.

Marvin Goss

Head of Special Collections

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