Georgia Historical Society Chosen as Home to the W.W. Law Collection


Georgia Historical Society Chosen as Home to the W.W. Law Collection


Savannah, Ga., August 20, 2013 – The Georgia Historical Society is honored to announce that GHS will be the repository for the collection of prominent civil rights leader, Westley Wallace (W.W.) Law.

GHS received written notification late Monday of the W.W. Law Foundation decision to house the documents and artifacts permanently at GHS.  In response, GHS released the following statement from GHS President, Dr. W. Todd Groce.

“We are pleased and honored to have been chosen by the W.W. Law Foundation to receive Mr. Law’s collection and believe that GHS is the perfect place for the collection to reside and be made accessible to the public,” said Dr. Groce.  “Mr. Law was a long-time member and supporter of the Georgia Historical Society.  He attended our programs and conducted research in our reading room so it is fitting that his collection will have an honored place among those of Georgians who have played a prominent role in our history.”

“We look forward to working with the Law Foundation in making this unique collection available to scholars, historians, biographers, journalists and students who will now gain a greater understanding of this remarkable and brave man and his place in history.”

The Georgia Historical Society is a national research center, utilized by more than 50,000 researchers last year alone.  Having the Law Collection housed and properly cared for at GHS will create unprecedented access to his letters, writings and other documents critical to understanding the Civil Rights movement and the role Mr. Law played during that pivotal period in American history.

For more information or to schedule an interview with GHS President and CEO Dr. W. Todd Groce or Senior Historian Dr. Stan Deaton please contact Patricia Meagher at 912.651.2125, ext. 153 or



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