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Collection Title:  Hoke Smith Papers 
Creator:  Smith, Hoke, 1855-1931.
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Abstract:  The collection consists of personal and political papers of Hoke Smith, lawyer, politician, U.S. Senator, from 1879-1931. Includes subject files (1892-1930), correspondence, (1898-1930), letterbooks (1879-1921), newsclippings (1890-1928), ledgers, and printed materials. The records document his legal career as well as some of his political activities. Documentation of the Georgia genbernatorial election of 1926, the Tacna Arica Dispute, War Risk insurance, his senate campaign in 1920, concerns regarding the Cherokee Indians, railroads, and African-American appointments are represented.
Collection Title:  Hollis Family Collection 
Creator:  Hollis Family
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Abstract:  The Hollis Family Collection is comprised of three artifacts including one quilt, one cast iron stove, and one cast iron wash pot used by members of the Hollis family from the 1930s to the 1940s. The collection was donated by Carole and Gerald Hollis whose family’s lived in Douglas County, Georgia during the 1930s and 1940s. The quilt, made partially from feed sacks in the 1930s, was donated to the Russell Library as part of the Rural Electrification Act Exhibit.
Collection Title:  Abit Nix Papers 
Creator:  Nix, H. Abit (Hosea Abit), 1888-1959
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Abstract:  The collection consists of papers of Hosea Abit Nix, a Georgia attorney (1888-1959), from 1907 to 1984 with the bulk from 1940 to 1956. Includes correspondence, clippings, written notes, and printed materials, the bulk of which document Nix's 1940 gubernatorial campaign against Eugene Talmadge.
Collection Title:  Ronnie Fields Collection of Herman E. Talmadge Letters to Moses Leff 
Creator:  Fields, Ronnie.
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Abstract:  The collection includes a series of eighteen personal letters from Herman Talmadge to the Honorable Moses Leff, ranging from January 8, 1964 to October 15, 1980. The letters consist of thank you notes for Leff’s attendance at Talmadge’s birthdays, as well as an announcement of a marriage in the Leff family. One letter from 1969 discusses H.R. 10567, which proposed inscribing “Justice,” “Mercy,” and “Humility” on the one dollar bill.
Collection Title:  J. Frank Myers Papers 
Creator:  Myers, J. Frank, 1920-2005.
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Abstract:  The J. Frank Myers Papers document Myers' involvement in politics, community groups and economic development in Americus and Sumter County, Georgia. The papers consist of correspondence, legal, personal, and founding documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, brochures, area maps, and a menu from The Varsity Restaurant.
Collection Title:  J. Harold Hawkins Papers 
Creator:  Hawkins, John Harold, 1892-1961.
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Abstract:  John Harold Hawkins was born May 22, 1892, in Forsyth County, Georgia, the son of Perry C. Hawkins and Della Bramblett Hawkins. He was admitted to the Bar in 1916 and served as official court reporter of the Blue Ridge Circuit. Hawkins was nominated Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court in the Democratic primary held September 8, 1948. The papers of Judge Hawkins include correspondence and printed materials related to his 1948 campaign, a small number of administrative and case files maintained by legal assistant Harold Glore, personal correspondence, clippings and photographs.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series I: Administrative 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  The Administrative files document U.S. House Representative J. Roy Rowland (b. 1926) who served twelve years as a Democrat from Georgia, 1983-1994. Rowland represented Georgia’s 8th District, which included the cities of Macon (1983-1994), Albany, Valdosta, and Warner Robins (added to district in 1992). Rowland served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Public Works and Transportation Committee, and the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families. He also was significantly involved in the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, and the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus in addition to other memberships on boards, task forces, and caucuses. A medical doctor, Rowland’s primary legislative interests focused health issues. Rowland also authored or supported legislation in the areas of transportation, agriculture, education, defense, the environment, and foreign affairs. Papers primarily document the activities of Rowland’s Washington, D.C., office and include legislative research files, bill files, legislative mail, constituent mail, speeches and statements, subject files, invitations, schedules, project and grant files, casework, clippings, and press releases.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series III: Constituent Services 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  Constituent Services series is organized in three subseries: A. Academies [Restricted], B. Projects and Grants, and C. Constituent Mail. The constituent mail makes up the majority of this series and contains mail on a variety of topics including form letter lobbies of Rowland and personal letters written about issues of interest to constituents. Correspondence about specific legislation is typically filed in Series II. Legislative with the staff member who handled the topic in question. In this series, however, most constituent letters do not have a personal reply from Rowland or his staff representative, but received a form reply, which is typically not attached to the letter, but filed with other form responses (see 2. Computer Mail, 103rd Congress for form replies, 1991-1994 and Series II. Legislative, A. Legislative Directors’ Files, Kathy Bryant Hennemuth’s Legislative Mail for early form responses). The only exception to this type of form reply is Intergovernmental Affairs Mail, which did receive personal responses from a staff member and/or Rowland.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series II, Subseries A: Legislative Directors’ Files 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series II, Subseries A: Legislative Directors’ Files documents the work of Rowland’s two legislative directors, Rebecca Brady (1983-1988) and Kathy Bryant Hennemuth (1987-1994). Legislative research and bill files may contain any of the following: background materials about legislative issues, staffer notes, drafts and final copies of bills, “Dear Colleague” letters to/from other members of Congress, Rowland’s statements made on the House floor, clippings, background memoranda from staff to Rowland, hearing statements by Rowland and others, and correspondence from lobbyists. Legislative mail contains letters to Rowland from constituents about legislation and copies of Rowland’s responses. Mail files also include responses to constituents’ telephone calls or visits to district offices and inquiries received at Rowland’s Washington, D.C., office. Topics in the mail files usually reflect the staffer’s assigned legislative topics. Speeches and statements files contain speeches and statements Rowland made on the House floor or in his district. See Series IV. Press and Series I. Administrative for additional speeches and statements. The Legislative Series’ main strength is health care legislation and related committee work (e.g., Energy and Commerce Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, National Commission on AIDS, National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families), and to a lesser extent the topics of transportation (Public Works and Transportation Committee) agriculture, education, defense, the environment, and foreign affairs.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series II, Subseries B: Legislative Assistants’ Files 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series II, Subseries B: Legislative Assistants’ Files document the ten legislative assistants in his Washington, D.C., office. Legislative research and bill files may contain any of the following: background materials about legislative issues, staffer notes, drafts and final copies of bills, “Dear Colleague” letters to/from other members of Congress, Rowland’s statements made on the House floor, news clippings, background memoranda from staff to Rowland, hearing statements by Rowland and others, and correspondence from lobbyists. Legislative mail contains letters to Rowland from constituents about legislation and copies of Rowland’s responses. Mail files also include responses to constituents’ telephone calls or visits to district offices and inquiries received at Rowland’s Washington, D.C., office. Topics in the mail files usually reflect the staffer’s assigned legislative topics. Speeches and statements files contain speeches and statements Rowland made on the House floor or in his district. See Series IV. Press and Series I. Administrative for additional speeches and statements. The Legislative Series’ main strength is health care legislation and related committee work (e.g., Energy and Commerce Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, National Commission on AIDS, National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families), and to a lesser extent the topics of transportation (Public Works and Transportation Committee), agriculture, education, defense, the environment, and foreign affairs.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series IV: Press 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  The Press Series documents Rowland’s activities, his legislative priorities, and issues affecting the Eighth District. Of particular interest are the Health Issues clippings, which cover many of Rowland’s major initiatives, such as funding for AIDS research, and the Campaign clippings, which cover Rowland’s and his opponents’ campaign activities and positions on various issues. Also included is correspondence sent to Rowland from constituents and from colleagues and various organizations. The latter are mostly form letters inviting Rowland to events or announcing upcoming meetings.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series V: Photographs 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  The photographs include 106 photo files and 35mm negatives of J. Roy Rowland with constituents and at various events. Of note are the photos of Rowland with Ginger Rogers and Woody Allen.
Collection Title:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series VI: Audiovisual 
Creator:  Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-
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Abstract:  J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series VI: Audiovisual includes one betacam videocassette, one betamax videocassette, 39 audiocassettes, 81 quarter-inch open reel tapes, 36 3/4" Umatic videocassettes, and 114 VHS videocassettes documenting U.S. House Representative J. Roy Rowland (b. 1926) who served twelve years as a Democrat from Georgia, 1983-1994. Rowland represented Georgia’s 8th District, which included the cities of Macon (1983-1994), Albany, Valdosta, and Warner Robins (added to district in 1992). Rowland served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, the Public Works and Transportation Committee, and the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families. He also was significantly involved in the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality, and the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus in addition to other memberships on boards, task forces, and caucuses. A medical doctor, Rowland’s primary legislative interests focused health issues. Rowland also authored or supported legislation in the areas of transportation, agriculture, education, defense, the environment, and foreign affairs. Series VI: Audiovisual includes campaign ads, House of Representatives footage, news footage, interviews featuring Rowland, and policy-related media.
Collection Title:  James F. Cook Research Files 
Creator:  Cook, James F., 1940-
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Abstract:  This collection primarily focuses on the research and publication of the book Carl Vinson: Patriarch of the Armed Forces by James F. Cook. Photocopies of research material, notes, correspondence, photographs, and transcripts of interviews make up the majority of the files. There are three albums containing original correspondence between Carl Vinson and Louis Stockstill, journalist for Army-Navy Times, and Neta Stockstill, secretary for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, dating from 1962 to 1976. Also, there are a few of Cook’s early writings and a small amount of material related to his book Governors of Georgia, 1754-2004.
Collection Title:  James F. Cook Research Files, Series IV: Audiovisual 
Creator:  Cook, James F., 1940-
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Abstract:  James F. Cook Research Files, Series IV: Audiovisual, includes 18 audiocassettes and 10 microcassettes containing interviews with Georgia political figures including Ellis Arnall, Roy V. Harris, Leroy Johnson, Sam Nunn, George T. Smith, Carl Sanders, and Louis and Neta Stockstill.
Collection Title:  James L. (Jimmy) Paulk Papers 
Creator:  Paulk, James L. (Jimmy), 1949-
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Abstract:  The collection consists of Democrat James L. Paulk’s state senatorial papers during his term representing the 13th District from 1977 to 1979 and a small selection of files of Senator J. Ebb Duncan (30th District). Paulk’s papers include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, bills, speeches, constituent questionnaires. Printed and photographic materials document state fiscal concerns, environmental issues, and the state of county correctional institutions. Of particular interest are the constituent surveys and responses from 1978 and 1979 as they reflect the opinions of Paulk’s constituency on issues of the day such as the Equal Rights Amendment, tax issues, capital punishment, and teacher’s compensation. Duncan’s files, dating from 1977 to 1979, are legislative in nature and touch primarily on his efforts to secure transportation for the elderly and mentally challenged through S.B. 553.
Collection Title:  James L. Gillis, Sr. Papers 
Creator:  Gillis, James L., 1892-1975.
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Abstract:  The collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and ephemera. Gillis served as the Director of the State Highway Board for much of the 1950s and 1960s, helping to create the state’s modern road system. He was also the manager of Ernest Vandiver’s successful 1958 gubernatorial campaign, the chairman of the State Democratic Executive Committee in 1939-1941, and a major figure in the early history of Treutlen County. The collection is of interest to those studying highways and Georgia politics, especially in the late 1930s and during the Herman Talmadge administration (1948-1955), as well as the Vandiver campaign and disputes over highway construction in the late 1960s.
Collection Title:  Jane Webb Smith Collection of “Baldy” Caricature 
Creator:  Baldowski, Clifford H. (Baldy), 1917-1999
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Abstract:  This collection contains one caricature of Jane Webb Smith drawn by Clifford Baldowski during the Phoenix Society debutante party. Baldowski drew sketches of the party guests. This collection also includes one photograph of Smith and her date, Chris Moore, at the Phoenix Society party; clippings about the debutante party; and a photocopy of the party invitation.
Collection Title:  Janet B. Scarborough Merritt Papers 
Creator:  Merritt, Janet B. Scarborough, 1909-2000.
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Abstract:  Janet B. Scarborough Merritt was elected to represent the Sumter County (at the time, the 68th district) in the Georgia State House in 1964. The only woman in the Georgia State House of Representatives when she was elected, and the first to represent Sumter County, Merritt called herself a “full-time” representative. The topic of the role of women in government is thoroughly documented throughout Merritt’s speeches and writings. She served four terms in that position: she was elected again in 1966, in 1968 (after reapportionment combined Sumter with Macon and Schley counties into the new 46th district), and in 1970. In 1972, after a second reapportionment, Merritt was defeated for re-election by her former colleague in the House, Oliver Oxford, in a run-off. Merritt ran against Oxford a second time in the 1974 election, but was again narrowly defeated in a run-off. The collection documents Merritt’s campaigns, her time in the state legislature and her community activities including heavy involvement in the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) Of particular note are materials documenting Merritt’s ongoing battle to change Georgia’s state flag. In 1969, Merritt sponsored a bill to change the Georgia flag adopted in 1955, shortly after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, back to the 1879 version, which did not include the Confederate battle flag. Included in the collection are speeches, notes, journals, correspondence, clippings, photographs, artifacts, and audiovisual material.
Collection Title:  Janet B. Scarborough Merritt Papers, Series VII. Audiovisual Materials 
Creator:  Merritt, Janet B. Scarborough, 1909-2000.
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Abstract:  Janet B. Scarborough Merritt Papers, Series II.Audiovisual Materials includes one radio cart, three audiocassettes, one DVD, and six quarter-inch open reel audio tapes.
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