Flannery O'Connor Room
The Flannery O'Connor room, located in the GC Museum, pays homage to the university's most famous alumna. The seeds for the room were planted in 1971 with the donation of the author's collection of manuscripts, letters, books, periodicals and personal items by her mother Regina Cline O'Connor. In the deed of gift, she stated that the reason for the donation was "in consideration of lasting interest to the students and faculty of Georgia College and to all scholars from around the world."
O'Connor's mother chose to donate the materials to her daughter's alma mater because the author's talent had been recognized and nurtured by professors and classmates during her time as a student at GCSW. The donation also inspired events such as the founding of The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin (now The Flannery O'Connor Review), as well as numerous symposia, a film by Vanderbilt University entitled The World of Flannery O'Connor, and the institution of "Flannery O'Connor Day," on January 16, by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1972.
The O'Connor Room, completed in 1974, was planned and constructed under the guidance of Georgia College Alumni Association members Dorrie Neligan and Lucy Nell Cunningham. The furnishings present in the room were chosen from Andalusia. The room also includes the author's christening gown, which was also worn by her father, her typewriter, and other personal items.
The Flannery O'Connor room, located in the GC Museum, is a part of the GC Library and Instructional Technology Center. The entrance to the museum is located on the corner of Wilkinson and Clarke streets at 221 N. Clarke Street. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. For more information on the room and O'Connor, see the following.