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Georgia Democratic Party Forum:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

June 2001



Profile Description

Creation: Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.
Language: English

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Georgia Democratic Party Forum
Title: Georgia Democratic Party Forum Records
Dates: 1959-1972 (bulk 1967-1971)
Quantity: 3.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The Georgia Democratic Party Forum, a splinter group of the state Democratic Party, originated in 1966 and supported former Governor Ellis Arnall in his unsuccessful write-in bid for governor. The Forum gained national attention in 1968 when it sent a slate of delegates to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago, and ultimately succeeded in getting half of the group seated to cast half of Georgia's votes. The collection, 1959-1972 (bulk 1967-1971) consists of 2 series. Series I, records of Write-In Georgia from 1964, 1966-1967, includes correspondence, minutes, financial and legal documents, printed materials and newsclippings. Series II consists of records of the Georgia Democratic Party Forum from 1959-1972, and includes correspondence, minutes, financial documents, and printed material including reports, lists, news clippings, press releases, resolutions, and constitution and by-laws.
Identification: L1974-40
LanguageEnglish.

Arrangement of the Records

The collection is arranged into 2 Series: (I) The Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign files, and (II) The Georgia Democratic Forum Papers. Series II is divided into 6 subseries: (A) Correspondence; (B) Minutes; (C) Financial documents; (D) Legal documents; (E) Printed material and (F) Oversize material. The box numbering reflects an earlier system whereby each new collection's numbering began where the most recently processed collection finished.

Scope and Content of the Records

The Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign files consist primarily of newspaper clippings covering the tumultuous period of the 1966 gubernatorial race. The correspondence available provides a vivid picture of the problems the Write-In Georgia movement encountered with the local Atlanta television stations. Since Ellis Arnall did not publicly announce his candidacy after his defeat in the primary election, under FCC regulations he was not a legally qualified candidate. As a result, the local television stations refused to provide equal time on behalf on behalf of the Write-In movement. Numerous complaints, based on alleged voting irregularities prevalent during the general election, are discussed and described in the civil action suit 10483. Other correspondence in the collection includes a substantial number of letters received from Arnall supporters.

The correspondence consists of letters sent and received by individuals interested in joining the Forum to oppose Governor Lester Maddox's effort to hand-pick the Georgia Delegation to the National Convention. Civil Action Suit 11709 specifically contests this action by Maddox. The dichotomy in the Georgia Democratic Party that resulted in 1967 when Governor Maddox, at his discretion, selected delegates to represent Georgia at the National Convention, is discussed and described in the printed material.

The collection was formerly titled Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign records.


History of the Georgia Democratic Party Forum

The Georgia Democratic Party Forum, a splinter group of the state Democratic Party, originated in 1966 and supported former Governor Ellis Arnall in his unsuccessful write-in bid for governor. The Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign was initiated by a group of concerned citizens who felt that their interests could best be served by the former governor. The Write-In movement received endorsements from several distinguished organizations, including the Georgia State AFL-CIO. Although Arnall was defeated in the 1966 general election, his victory in Liberty county set a precedent in Georgia history. Never before has an unavowed candidate, who refused to say a word in the general election, won a county-wide vote over two announced candidates.

The Forum gained national attention in 1968 when it sent a slate of delegates to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago, and ultimately succeeded in getting half of the group seated to cast half of Georgia's votes. One of the delegates sent to Chicago was State Representative Julian Bond of Atlanta, who subsequently was placed in nomination for vice-president, but declined because he was too young to hold the office.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-
Democratic Party (GA)
Georgia State AFL-CIO.
Contested elections--Georgia.
Democratic National Convention--(1968:--Chicago, Ill.)
Georgia politics and government--1951-
Governors--Georgia--Election--1966.
Political campaigns--Georgia.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Georgia Democratic Party Forum Records, L1974-40, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by E. T. Kehrer, 1974.


Related Material

Related Material in this repository: An undergraduate research paper (History 302) by Brian Campbell was completed using materials from this collection. The paper was accessioned as part of the Southern Labor Archives collection (L1986-9) and can be found in box/folder 1622/1.


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