Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 148 George Berry on James CarmichaelReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 148 George Berry on James Carmichael

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 148 George Berry on James Carmichael

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 148 George Berry on James Carmichael
Creator Berry, George J., 1937-
Dates 2013 April 6
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractGeorge Berry discusses the political career of James Carmichael, including his early life, his involvement with Rickenbacker Field and the Bell Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, his work with Governor Ellis Arnall, and the 1946 governor's race against Eugene Talmadge and Three Governors Controversy. Berry also discusses Carmichael's civic involvement in Marietta and Cobb County. Berry served as deputy chief administrative officer in Mayor Ivan Allen's administration and under Mayor Sam Massell as chief administrative officer during Atlanta's critical transition from primarily white to mixed race leadership. In 1983, Berry became the commissioner of Industry, Trade and Tourism for the state of Georgia. He remained in that position until 1990, when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 148, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

George J. Berry was born in Blairsville, Georgia on July 5, 1937. He attended Young Harris College. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army in 1962, he went to work in the finance department of the city of Atlanta. Berry was chosen to be the deputy chief administrative officer in Mayor Ivan Allen's administration. Mayor Sam Massell promoted him to chief administrative officer during Atlanta's critical transition from primarily white to mixed race leadership. Under Mayor Maynard Jackson, Berry was appointed commissioner of Aviation in 1978. There, he oversaw the development of terminals and runways in the Atlanta Airport. In 1983, Berry became the commissioner of Industry, Trade and Tourism for the state of Georgia. He remained in that position until 1990, when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor. He left politics, and became senior vice president of Cousins Properties, Inc., a successful property development firm in Atlanta.


Scope and Content

George Berry discusses the political career of James V. Carmichael, including his early life, his involvement with Rickenbacker Field (later Dobbins Air Reserve Base) and the Bell Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, and the 1946 governor's race against Eugene Talmadge and Three Governors Controversy. Berry also discusses Carmichael's civic involvement in Marietta and Cobb County. Berry talks about how Carmichael became active in politics through his work in Governor Ellis Arnall's admnistration.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

George J. Berry Collection of Photographs

Helen M. Lewis Collection of James V. Carmichael Campaign Material

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, George Berry on James Carmichael


Access Points

Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992.
Carmichael, James Vinson, 1910-1972.
Dobbins Air Force Base (Ga.)
Governors--Georgia--Election--1946.
Oral histories.
Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946.
Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 148 George Berry on James Carmichael video, 2013 April 6 ( 40.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE