Robert Grier Stephens Jr. Papers: Collection SummaryRobert Grier Stephens Jr. Papers: Collection Summary

Robert Grier Stephens Jr. Papers: Collection Summary

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Grier Stephens Jr. Papers: Collection Summary
Creator: Stephens, Robert Grier, Jr., 1913-2003
Dates: 1951-2003
Dates: Bulk, 1961-1976
Extent: 284.0 boxes (171.25 linear feet, 43 audiovisual items, 21 volumes)
Collection Number: RBRL/177/RGS
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Robert Grier Stephens, Jr. served in the Georgia State Senate (1951-1953), the Georgia State House of Representatives (1953-1959), and the U.S. House of Representatives (1960 to 1976). Stephens' papers document his service in the U.S. House of Representatives and include committee and legislation files, correspondence, and subject files.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Robert Grier Stephens, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 14, 1913. He attended public school, graduating from Boys’ High School in 1931, and he received an A.B. (1935), M.A. (1937), and LL.B. (1941) from the University of Georgia. Stephens enlisted in the Army in September 1941 and served in Germany until March 1946. He was released from active duty with the rank of lieutenant colonel, his last assignment being on the legal staff of Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg trials of major Nazi war criminals. After being discharged from the Army, Stephens returned to the states and taught at the Georgia Law School from 1946 to 1947. He served as Athens’ city attorney (1947-1950) before being elected as a member of the Georgia State Senate (1951-1953). Stephens went on to serve as a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives (1953-1959). In 1960, he campaigned, as a Democrat, and was elected to the 87th U.S. Congress where he served until January 3, 1976. Stephens died on February 20, 2003, in Athens, Georgia and is buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery.

Scope and Content

Stephens' papers document his service in the U.S. House of Representatives, including his service on three committees: Banking and Currency (1961-1976), Interior and Insular Affairs (1971-1976), and Select Committee on Committees (1973-1974). The papers include committee and legislation files, correspondence, and subject files. Common subjects include housing and urban development, taxation, commerce and the economy, agriculture and forestry, and civil rights.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into 20 series: Series I. Academics, Series II. General, Series III. Legislative, Series IV. Positions, Series V. Post Office, Series VI. Projects, Series VII. Public Works, Series VIII. Service, Series IX. Social Security, Series X. Veterans, Series XI. Political, Series XII. Watersheds, Series XIII. News Releases, Series XIV. Old Lists, Series XV. Agriculture Bulletins Correspondence, Series XVI. Audiovisual Materials, Series XVII. Constiuent Tracking Cards, Series XVIII. Photographs, Series XIX. Scrapbooks, and Series XX. Artifacts.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research with the following exceptions: All materials in Series I. Academics, Series IV. Positions, Series VIII. Service, Series IX. Social Security, Series X. Veterans, and Series XVII. Constiuent Tracking Cards are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.

Preferred citation

Robert Grier Stephens, Jr. Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Adriane Hanson and Jordan Graham (student assistant), September 2016.


Related Materials

Access Points

Civil rights.
Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Housing--Georgia.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Banking and Currency.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.
United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Committees.
United States. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare.
United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
United States. Federal Communications Commission.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Academics [CLOSED], 1961-1976

Extent: 12.0 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note: All materials in this series are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
 

Series II. General, 1961-1976

Extent: 83.0 boxes (68 linear feet)
Scope and Content: Robert Grier Stephens Jr. Papers, Series II: General contains correspondence, memos, forms, invitations, news releases, speeches, and other printed material on a variety of subjects including federal agencies and departments, topics related to Georgia, the U.S. House of Representatives, and congressional office matters. Some of the topics include: Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW); state planning and development commissions; highways and roads; Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Fort Gordon; agriculture and forestry; and civil rights.
Arrangement note: This series is arranged in reverse chronological order and is alphabetical thereunder.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series III. Legislative, 1961-1976

Extent: 75.0 boxes (75 linear feet)
Scope and Content: Robert Grier Stephens Jr. Papers, Series III: Legislative contains correspondence, bills, news releases, and other printed material pertaining to pending legislation sponsored by Stephens or other congressmen. The files document the three committees on which Stephens served: Banking and Currency (1961-1976), Interior and Insular Affairs (1971-1976), and Select Committee on Committees (1973-1974). There is some overlap with similar topics in the General series. Topics include housing and urban development, export-import bank, Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), taxation, Small Business Administration (SBA), International Development Association (IDA), and agriculture.
Arrangement note: This series is organized into three subseries: A. General, B. Stephens' Committees, and C. Stephens Bills and Remarks.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. General, 1961-1976

Extent: 43.0 boxes
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this subseries.



Subseries B. Stephens' Committees, 1967-1976

Extent: 25.0 boxes
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this subseries.



Subseries C. Stephens Bills and Remarks, 1961-1976

Extent: 9.0 boxes
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this subseries.
 

Series IV. Positions [CLOSED], 1961-1976

Extent: 14.0 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note: All materials in this series are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
 

Series V. Post Office, 1961-1976

Extent: 8.0 boxes (8 linear feet)
Scope and Content: This series includes appointment announcements and recommendations for postmaster positions throughout Stephens’ district. Additional subjects include requests for improved postal facilities, star routes, commemorative stamps, and general correspondence.
Arrangement note: Arrangement is alphabetical by county and, in most cases, within the county folders alphabetical by town.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series VI. Projects, 1961-1976

Extent: 3.0 boxes (3 linear feet)
Scope and Content: This series contains correspondence, news releases, memos, magazine articles, maps, reports, pamphlets, and other printed materials on federally funded projects in Georgia.
Arrangement note: The series is divided into the following subseries: A. Summaries, B. Airports, C. General, D. Health Facilities, E. Housing, F. Laboratories, G. Model Cities, H. Planning and Development Commission, I. School Grants, J. Training, and K. Water and Sewer.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Summaries, 1961-1971

Extent: 1.0 box
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this subseries, visit the finding aid for this subseries.



Subseries B. Airports, 1966-1973

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries C. General, 1964-1973

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries D. Health Facilities, 1964-1974

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries E. Housing, 1964-1972

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries F. Laboratories, 1964-1972

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries G. Model Cities, 1967-1972

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries H. Planning and Development Commission, 1965-1974

Extent: 1.0 box
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this subseries, visit the finding aid for this subseries.



Subseries I. School Grants, 1964-1972

Extent: 2.0 boxes
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Subseries J. Training, 1964-1972

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries K. Water and Sewer, 1964-1975

Extent: 2.0 boxes
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this subseries, visit the finding aid for this subseries.
 

Series VII. Public Works, 1969-1976

Extent: 4.0 boxes (4 linear feet)
Scope and Content: This series contains correspondence, news releases, reports, memos, news clippings, maps, and other printed material related to federal public works projects (dams, bridges, etc) in Georgia. Topics include the Russell Dam, Hartwell Dam, Savannah River, and Trotters Shoals. For related topics see the General series.
Arrangement note: The series is arranged alphabetically by topic – generally the project name or an organization involved.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series VIII. Service [CLOSED], 1961-1976

Extent: 22.0 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note: All materials in this series are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
 

Series IX. Social Security [CLOSED], 1961-1976

Extent: 9.0 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note: All materials in this series are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
 

Series X. Veterans [CLOSED], 1961-1976

Extent: 12.0 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note: All materials in this series are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
 

Series XI. Political, 1961-1976

Extent: 9.0 boxes (8 linear feet)
Scope and Content: This series comprises correspondence, memoranda, and material relating to Stephens' political supporters and his political campaigns. There is a mélange of materials including campaign contributions and expenditures, Democratic party information, information on opposition candidates, election information, and election results. Also found in this series is political correspondence arranged by county. There is a small amount of clippings, correspondent forms, candidate files, Republican civil rights files, two notebooks, and a scrapbook.
Arrangement note: The series is organized into seven subseries: A. General, B. Counties, C. Clippings, D. Alphabetical Correspondence, E. Candidate Files, F. Republican Civil Rights Files, and G. Books.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view ore detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. General, 1960-1975

Extent: 8.0 boxes
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this subseries, visit the finding aid for this subseries.



Subseries B. Counties, 1962-1974

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries C. Clippings, 1961-1964

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries D. Alphabetical Correspondence

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries E. Candidate Files, 1962-1972

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries F. Republican Civil Rights Files, 1965-1970

Extent: 1.0 box
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Subseries G. Books, 1947-1970

Extent: 1.0 box
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Series XII. Watersheds, 1962-1977

Extent: 1.0 boxes (1 linear foot)
Scope and Content: This series contains correspondence, reports, news releases, magazine and newspaper articles, pamphlets, and other printed material dealing with various watershed projects in Georgia. For related topics see Public Works and General.
Arrangement note: The series is arranged in alphabetical order
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XIII. News Releases, 1967-1973

Extent: 3.0 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Scope and Content: This series contains lists of radio, newspaper, television and unaffiliated persons to which Stephens sent news releases. The rest of the series contains telegram and printed news releases from Stephens' office with a notation of the subject files in which a copy is place. For other copies of the releases and related material (especially for years not covered by these releases) see Series II. General, News Releases. Speech material is located in Series II. General under the folder titles: "Speeches-Stephens" and "Stephens-Speeches."
Arrangement note: This series is arranged in chronological order (latest date first).
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XIV. Old Lists, 1967-1973

Extent: 1.0 boxes (1 linear foot)
Scope and Content: This series contains lists of people in various work categories (accountants, bankers, etc) or members of various organizations, which indicates how Stephens kept track of constituents. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject. For other lists see II. General, Lists.
Arrangement note: This series is arranged in chronological order.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XV. Agriculture Bulletins Correspondence, 1967-1972

Extent: 2.0 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Scope and Content: This series contains requests by constituents for Agriculture Bulletins. For other bulletin correspondence see II. General, Bulletins – Agriculture.
Arrangement note: The series is divided into several periods (1967, 1969, and 1969-1972) in reverse chronological order and thereafter arranged alphabetically by county.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XVI. Audiovisual Materials, 1951-2003

Extent: 43.0 items
Scope and Content: Robert Grier Stephens, Jr. Papers, Series XVI. Audiovisual Materials includes 16mm films, audiocassettes, quarter-inch open reel audio tapes, and DVDs documenting campaign ads, speeches, press appearances, and policy-related activities.
Arrangement note: Robert Grier Stephens, Jr. Papers, Series XVI. Audiovisual Materials is arranged by format.
Conditions Governing Access note: Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XVII. Constituent Tracking Cards [CLOSED], circa 1960s-1970s

Extent: 23.0 boxes
Conditions Governing Access note: All materials in this series are closed for 75 years from the date of creation.
 

Series XVIII. Photographs, 1960s-1970s

Extent: 1.0 boxes (0.25 linear feet)
Scope and Content: Photographs contains images of Stephens with constituents and campaigning.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
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Series XIX. Scrapbooks, 1960s-1970s

Extent: 21.0 volumes
Scope and Content: Scrapbooks of clippings and photographs document his career.
Conditions Governing Access note: This series is open for research.
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series XX. Artifacts, 1960s-1970s

Extent: 2.0 boxes
Other Finding Aids note: To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.