Alvan S. Arnall Collection of Ellis G. Arnall MaterialsAlvan S. Arnall Collection of Ellis G. Arnall Materials

Alvan S. Arnall Collection of Ellis G. Arnall Materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alvan S. Arnall Collection of Ellis G. Arnall Materials
Creator: Arnall, Alvan S., 1938-2012
Dates: 1941-2005
Extent: 1.0 box (1 linear foot)
Collection Number: RBRL/024/ASA
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The materials in this collection have been gathered by Alvan S. Arnall, son of Governor Ellis G. Arnall. Ellis Gibbs Arnall was Attorney General of Georgia from 1939 to 1941 and was governor of Georgia from 1943 to 1947. The majority of this collection includes research materials used for Arnall’s biography, The Politics of Change in Georgia: A Political Biography of Ellis Arnall, written by Harold Paulk Henderson. Files include correspondence, clippings, programs, speeches, research materials, resolutions, and bills. Materials are a mix of original documents and photocopies. Other papers in this collection document portions of Arnall’s legal career and his campaigns.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Ellis Gibbs Arnall was born in Newnan, Georgia on March 20, 1907. He graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1928, and earned his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 1931. Arnall entered politics in 1932 as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he held for four terms. He would go on to serve as Speaker of the House in 1933 and 1935, and was Attorney General from 1939 to 1943. In 1942, Arnall won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and served as Governor of Georgia from 1943 to 1947.

During his tenure as governor, Arnall worked on attaining accreditation of the university system, established a teachers’ retirement system, reformed the state’s penal system, lowered the voting age to 18, eliminated the poll tax, created a merit system for state employees, and endorsed a new state constitution. Also during Arnall’s tenure, the state’s debt was reduced, the governor’s pardoning power was eliminated, and campaign laws were improved. After leaving office on January 14, 1947, Arnall returned to his law career in Newnan. In 1949, he co-founded Arnall Golden & Gregory, LLP with Sol I. Golden and Cleburne Gregory, Jr.

Arnall also served as director of the Office of Price Stabilization in 1952 and ran unsuccessfully for governor a second time in 1966. Governor Ellis G. Arnall died on December 13, 1992.

Alvan S. Arnall, son of Ellis G. Arnall, was born in Newnan, Georgia in 1938. Like his father, he attended The University of the South and earned his law degree from The University of Georgia Law School. Alvan Arnall served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before joining Arnall, Golden & Gregory, LLP where we worked in corporate law for 32 years. Alvan Arnall passed away following a long battle with cancer in 2012.

Scope and Content

The Alvan S. Arnall Collection of Ellis G. Arnall Materials consists of research materials gathered by Alvan S. Arnall on the subject of his father, Ellis G. Arnall. The collection is comprised of primarily research materials to write The Politics of Change in Georgia: A Political Biography of Ellis Arnall. This collection also includes files from Arnall’s law office (Arnall, Golden & Gregory, LLP) which contain speeches, clippings, programs, and correspondence. Other files in this collection include some materials documenting Arnall’s campaigns, legal career, and transcripts of speeches.

Organization and Arrangement

Folders created by AG&G Partners (Arnall, Golden & Gregory) have been kept in original order. Folders have been arranged loosely by topic and then chronologically.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

Alvan S. Arnall Collection of Ellis G. Arnall Materials, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia.

Processing Notes

Clippings have been copied onto bond paper for protection of content.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2012.


Related Materials

Access Points

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992
Arnall, Golden & Gregory
Biography.
Georgia--Governors.
Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Governors--Biography--Sources
Governors--Georgia--Election--History--20th century.

Related Collections in this Repository

Harold Paulk (Hal) Henderson, Sr. Oral History Collection

Georgia Public Official Portraits

James F. Cook Research Files, Series IV: Audiovisual

Georgia Governors' Messages

M. E. Thompson Papers

Commission to Revise the Constitution of Georgia Records

Herman E. Talmadge Collection, Subgroup C, Series XII: Related Materials, 2. Audiovisual

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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WSB Radio Records, 1922-1985, Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University

Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

BoxFolder
11AG&G Partners Personal Work – Insurance Commissioner Articles, 1988
12AG&G Partners Personal Work – Biogs [Biography] Features Etc for Requests, circa 1982
13AG&G Partners Personal Work – ABAC Foundation [Abaraham Baldwin Agricultural Foundation, Inc.], 1986-1987
14AG&G Partners Personal Work – Speeches Letters [Clippings], 1978-1989
15AG&G Partners Personal Work – Memorial Resolutions – Special File, 1983-1984
16AG&G Partners Personal Work – Speech/Atlanta Historical Society, 1982 February 2
17AG&G Partners Personal Work – Burns Club (Correspondence), 1985-1987
18AG&G Partners Personal Work – Book Material (Family etc.), 1985-1986
19AG&G Partners Personal Work – Miscellaneous Clippings, Bulk, 1984-1988, 1947-1989
110AG&G Partners Personal Work – Biography Material, 1985-1987
111AG&G Partners Personal Work – Cook Interview/Symposium, 1986-1988
112AG&G Partners Personal Work – Newnan –Coweta Historical Society Material, 1986-1987
113Articles on Voting, 1984-1988
114EFR [Edward Frederick Richter Biography, Foreword by Ellis G. Arnall], 1985
115Interview with Governor Ellis Arnall, 1986 April 17
116[Table Cards for Jimmy Carter Benefit Dinner], circa 1972
117Portraits of Ellis G. Arnall, undated (Extent: 6 (5x7) b/w)
118[Ellis G. Arnall Report by Ouida K. Arnall ], 1987 May 22
119[Letter to Johnny Smolka, Letters About Georgia Auto Tag], 1978, 1986
120A Southern Liberal and the Politics of Anti-Colonialism: The Governorship of Ellis Arnall, 1990
121Remarks by Governor Zell Miller – Ellis Arnall Statue Dedication, 1997 November 24
122Georgia Bar Journal, 2002 December
123Two Governors Who Moved Georgia Forward, 2005 November 4
124Messages and Addresses of Governor Ellis Arnall, 1943-1946
125Governor Ellis Gibbs Arnall: An Oral History, 1988 August
126Biography (Correspondence & Materials), Bulk, 1987-1990, 1959-1991
127[Research Material from University of Iowa and Roosevelt Library for Ellis G. Arnall Book], Bulk, 1941-1945, 1941-2005
128[Research Material from Truman Library for Ellis G. Arnall Book], 1945-1950
129These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [Along the Way] (folder 1 of 7), 1990 August 8
130These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [Luck, Fate, & Change] (folder 2 of 7), 1990 August 8
131These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [A Last Hurrah: The Strange 1966 Campaign] (folder 3 of 7), 1990 August 8
132These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [Coweta County’s Two Governors] (folder 4 of 7), 1990 August 8
133These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [Two Coweta Governors] (folder 5 of 7), 1990 August 8
134These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [Bits and Pieces] (folder 6 of 7), 1990 August 8
135These Were Dictated By Gov. Arnall in Conjunction With His Book [Odds & Ends] (folder 7 of 7), 1990 August 8