A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University
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Encoded by Angela Lefebvre, July
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Greer, John, 1909-1994.
John Greer papers
2 linear ft.in 4 boxes
Organized into 7 series: I. Campaign materials; II. Campaign finances;
III. Correspondence and endorsements; IV. Sibley Committee; V. Scrapbooks; VI.
Newspaper clippings; VII. Photographs.The collection had no apparent organization upon receipt and was
placed in current order by Special Collections staff based upon content. There
were a number of folders containing duplicate materials: In these instances,
the duplicates were removed and the originals retained for researcher use. Many
of the folders were assigned titles by processing staff.
Scope and Content of the Papers
The collection consists of various political ads, campaign materials,
press clippings, endorsements, campaign finance records, contributor and voter
information, and Sibley Committee material. Also included are numerous letters
to Greer from constituents and supporters from around the state. Of particular
interest is Greer's 1960 address in Macon defending the Sibley Committee's work
and recommendations. Also of note is the correspondence he received after the
speech. The earliest material contained in the papers are files of
correspondence from 1948 and 1951. Personal and political mementos are
contained in the scrapbooks. This material dates from 1948 to 1986, though the
bulk of the collection centers in the 1970s.
Biography of John Greer
John W. Greer was born March 25, 1909 in Ben Hill County, Georgia. He
died March 18, 1994. A life-long Democrat, Greer attended Emory University,
married Grace Donahue of Valdosta, and fathered six children. After Grace's
death in 1981, he married Martha Walker Millre of Bremen. Greer's career in
state politics began in 1939 when he became Clerk of the Georgia House of
Representatives. Later that same year, he moved to the Governor's office as
Sectetary, a position he held until 1940. Greer served a number of years as
State Representative (1945-1954 from rural Lanier county, and 1970-1989 from
urban Fulton county) and as State Senator. As a legislator, he served on the
MARTA Overview Committee. Two 1940s laws which "unmasked" the Ku Klux Klan and
provided for statewide secret ballot elections are among Greer's legislative
accomplishments. While a state senator, he served as Secretary of the General
Assembly Committee on Schools. More commonly known as the Sibley Committee,
this body determinded that resistance to school intergration was a lost cause
and recommended compliance with federal court orders on the matter.
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.
Democratic Party (Fulton
Assembly--Committee on Schools .
Assembly--House of Representatives.
Ku Klux Klan (1915-
Rapid Transit Authority .
Restrictions on 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.
[item], [folder title], [series title], John Greer Papers, P1987-07M,
Georgia Government Documentation Project. Special Collections and Archives,
Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Processed by Angela Lefebvre, July 2003.
Related materials in this repository:
John Greer oral history, P1987-07. (GGDP series B.)