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John Greer:

A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library

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

July 2003

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Angela Lefebvre, July 2003.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Greer, John, 1909-1994.
Title: John Greer papers
Dates: 1948-1986
Quantity: 2 linear 4 boxes
Identification: P1987-07M

Organization Note

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.

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.

Greer, John, 1909-1994.
Democratic Party (Fulton County, Ga.)
Emory University.
Georgia--General Assembly--Committee on Schools .
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority .
Fulton County (Ga.)
Lanier County (Ga.)


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


[item], [folder title], [series title], John Greer Papers, P1987-07M, Georgia Government Documentation Project. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Processing Information

Processed by Angela Lefebvre, July 2003.

Separated Material

Related materials in this repository: John Greer oral history, P1987-07. (GGDP series B.)

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