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#1 Apr 20, 2014
A Tribute
to the late Aubrey Christian Land
Research Professor of History University of Georgia

Aubrey Christian Land was born September 2, 1912, at Panola County, Mississippi. He died
January 14, 1993 at Athens, Georgia at almost age 81.(1) In the 80+ years of his life, he made many
contributions to humanity, culture and the subject of History though his many writings on the subject.
His wife Anne Land, a librarian, died March 4, 1998, at Atlanta, Georgia.(2)
He attended Southern Illinois Normal University during the depression years about 1930-1934,
was graduated in 1934 with a Bachelor’s in Education degree. During this period, as reported in the
school newspaper, The Egyptian, April 26, 1933, Land was chosen from a group of about 30 students, to
play the lead role of “Passerby” in the Jerome play “The Passing of the Third Floor Back” presented by
the Socratic Society. The 1933 article, cited below, even has a picture of Aubrey at about age 21.(3)
Land earned a Master of Arts Degree in History from the State University of Iowa in about 1938.
His study of History was interrupted by WWII when he served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 and
distinguished himself with the award of a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster and a Purple Heart. He
remained in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1946-1955. Following his war service, he earned a Ph.D.
Degree in History from the State University of Iowa in 1948.(1)
From about 1960 to 1972 he served as Professor of History and Chairman or former Chairman of
the History Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. From about 1972 on he held the
position of Research Professor of History, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, where he remained
until the end.(4)
Professor Land wrote extensively about early Maryland history in colonial times. For many
years he was an editor of the Maryland Historical Magazine and contributed many articles to it over the
years. One example is “The Planters of Colonial Maryland” by Aubrey C. Land, Maryland Historical
Magazine Vol 67, No. 2, Summer 1972, page 109.(5) The link is provided below. Many of his papers
are archived at the Library at Maryland at the link cited below.(6)
At Georgia, in addition to supervising students and writing papers, Professor Land was active in
the American Association of University Professors and served as interim editor of The Georgia Historical
Quarterly from 1980-1981.(7) Dr. Land was a vigorous supporter of the rules of scholarly conduct of the
Academy. By his personal shining example of honesty, integrity, scholarship, and high intellectual and
courageous achievement both to the academic goals of the search for knowledge, truth and
understanding, and through his courageous service to his country, Professor Land exemplified the
pinnacle of achievement and honor to which every other American Scholar can aspire.
My personal friendship with Aubrey Land was a result of my position as a faculty member of the
physics department at the University of Georgia during the approximate period 1966-1978. He once
asked me to be the local AAUP representative, an offer which I declined, but we became close friends
for many years until his death in 1993.
His unselfish, kindness, friendship, powerful intellect and high personal and ethical standards
along with valuable personal council at times of joy or adversity, contributed greatly to my life and the
lives of many others. Chris Land was never too busy to stop and talk about anything. He was a true
gentleman and a scholar. He was also an astute judge of people.
An interesting 644 page book by Professor C. Ashley Ellefson “Fortune’s Orphan…”(2012), cited
at the link below, disputes some of the harsh adjectives Land used to describe the main character
Thomas Macnemara (1703-1719).(8)
Aubrey Christian Land, was a student, actor, writer, scholar, decorated soldier, intellectual, sage,


Monroe, GA

#2 Apr 20, 2014
continued from above:
Aubrey Christian Land, was a student, actor, writer, scholar, decorated soldier, intellectual, sage,
husband, friend, Honorable American. Horace Mann said:“Be ashamed to die until you have won
some victory for mankind.” Professor Dr. Aubrey Christian Land, Ph.D., clearly won that victory.

Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics, April 20, 2014
150 Raintree Ct.
Athens, GA 30607


1. LibraryThing This article has the wrong State of Dr. Land’s birth. Panola County, Mississippi is correct.
3. “Passing of the Third Floor Back”“The Egyptian”, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, April 26, 1933.
4. Maryland Law Review, Issue 20, No. 2, 1960.
5. “The Planters of Historical Maryland”, Maryland Historical Magazine Vol. 67, No. 2, Summer 1972, page 109.
6. papers of Aubrey C. Land Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America
title Papers of Aubrey Land, Bulk dates:1755-1985, Inclusive dates:1755-1985
repository University of Maryland
description Dr. Land, a former member of the History Department at the University of Maryland at College Park, authored several books on colonial Maryland, including The Dulanys of Maryland and Bases of the Plantation Society. His papers contain extensive late colonial and early federal documentation on various shipping companies.

Professor of history and author of various historical works.

Collected by Aubrey C. Land in the course of his research.

UMCP HBK Maryland Room Archives, Historical Manuscripts | ARCV73-6
extent 2.50 linear feet
access This collection is open for research. This collection is PROCESSED. The finding aid is currently unavailable online. Please contact the Curator of Historical Manuscripts for more information.
record link

record source

finding aid Unpublished guide available.
acquisition information Aubrey C. Land, gift, 1972.
updated 01/06/2010 14:44:17
7. Georgia Historical Quarterly
“Fortune’s Orphan: The Troubled Career of Thomas Macnemara in Maryland 1703-1719” by C. Ashley Ellefson, 2012, 644 pages.

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