|Title: Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Papers|
|Creator: Deen, Braswell D., 1925-|
|Extent: 9.0 boxes (3.75 linear feet)|
|Collection Number: RBRL/035/BDD|
|Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract: The collection consists of papers of Braswell D. Deen, Jr., lawyer, Georgia legislator (1951-1960), and Georgia appellate court judge (1965-1990). The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, photographs, printed material, and speeches. The materials document Deen's personal interests, his writing career, touch briefly on his tenure on the Georgia Court of Appeals and his actitivites as Carl Sanders' campaign manager (8th district) during the 1962 gubernatorial election, but mainly focus on Deen's interest in scientific creationism. The collection also contains correspondence, manuscripts, and poems of Deen's aunt, Annie Hartman Smith.|
Braswell D. Deen, Jr. was born in 1925 to Braswell D. Deen and Corinne Smith Deen in Telfair County, Georgia. Deen grew up in Alma, Georgia and received his B.A. and LL.B from the University of Georgia. During World War II Deen served in the U.S. Marine Corps, took part in the Peleliu invasion, and earned a purple heart for combat wounds received during the Okinawa invasion.
Upon returning to Georgia, Deen served as the state representative for Bacon County from 1951 to 1960. While in the state legislature, Deen authored the Georgia Women Jurors Bill which doubled the number of citizens available for jury duty. Deen also practiced law in Bacon County for 16 years and became a senior partner for Deen & Powell as well as Deen & Jacques. In 1965, Deen was appointed by Governor Carl E. Sanders to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia. He served as Chief Judge, Associate Judge, and Presiding Judge over his twenty-five year career with the Court of Appeals until his retirement in 1990. During this time, Deen taught Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy at two Atlanta, Georgia evening law schools. In addition Deen, as an adjunct professor, taught "origins" at Oglethorpe University and chess at Emory University.
Deen married Jean S. Buie and they have two sons - Braswell Deen, III and Sandy Deen.
The Braswell Deen Jr. papers consist of several books written or edited by Deen, correspondence (1950-1997), manuscripts and poems, clippings (1940-1992), speeches, photographs, and printed material. The materials document Deen's interest in chess and golf, his legal career and tenure as Appellate Court Judge (mainly his appointment in 1965 and his retirement in 1990), and his writing career. The majority of the papers deal with Deen's efforts to have scientific creationism taught in Georgia's public schools and the validity of that theory. The papers also include materials documenting Deen's activities as Carl Sanders' campaign manager for the 8th District during the 1962 gubernatorial election as well as correspondence, manuscripts, and poems of Deen's aunt, Annie Smith Hartman.
The papers are divided into four series: I. Personal/Legal, II. Carl Sanders, III. Annie Hartman Smith, and IV. Photographs. Arrangement is by record type then chronological order when possible.
Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
Photographs are housed separately from the papers for preservation.
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Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2000.