John Helm Maclean papers on Eugene Talmadge
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John Helm Maclean papers on Eugene Talmadge

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Maclean, John Helm, 1921-1944.
Title: John Helm Maclean papers on Eugene Talmadge
Dates: 1938-1942
Extent: 3.0 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Identification: MS 0535

Biographical/Historical Note

John Helm Maclean (1921-1944) was born in Savannah, the son of Malcolm Maclean and Emily Helm Maclean. He was educated in Savannah Public Schools, Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina, Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and graduated with honors from Yale in 1942. He was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the Yale Battalion of Field Artillery and fought during World War II. In August 1944, Maclean was killed in action in France.

Scope and Content Note

These papers pertain to John Helm Maclean's senior thesis on Eugene Talmadge (1884-1946), Governor of Georgia. They consist of a copy of his thesis, notes, clippings (most of them from the Atlanta Journal), a file of The Statesman, Talmadge's newspaper, August-December 1942, and publications which he collected for information on conditions in Georgia. There is some correspondence with Georgia politicians, editors, and college professors. With few exceptions, these papers relate to the campaign of Ellis Arnall and Eugene Talmadge for the governorship of Georgia in 1942.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Letters (correspondence)
Maclean, John Helm, 1921-1944.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Political campaigns.
Talmadge, Eugene, 1884-1946.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from John Helm Maclean's mother.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Helm Maclean papers on Eugene Talmadge, MS 535, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Emily Helm Maclean, 1964.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Correspondence, A-D, 1942 ( 26.0 items. )
Letters and/or replies from: J. Thomas Askew, Armstrong Junior College, Savannah; Newton P. Allen, Princeton; R.P. Brooks, University of Georgia; citizens' Fact Finding Movement of Georgia; M.D. Collins, Georgia Superintendent of Schools; Earle Cocke, Atlanta; E.M. Coulter, University of Georgia; John Davenport, Fortune Magazine.
2Correspondence, F-K, 1942 ( 21.0 items. )
Letters and/or replies from: Blanton Fortson, Athens, Ga.; C.E. Gregory, Atlanta Journal; J.L. Haralson, Donaldsonville, Ga., enclosing a broadside of his discussion on Gov. Talmadge's record; William S. Howland, Time magazine; Eliot Janeway, Fortune Magazine; Charles Kenady, Yale University; Bernard Kollenberg, Librarian, Yale University regarding files of The Statesman.
3Correspondence, 1942 November-December ( 23.0 items. )
Correspondence with Frank Lawson of Atlanta, regarding Georgia politics, Lawson's publications, etc. Includes some press releases from Lawson's Capital News Service, two issues of his The Capital Side Show, a clipping from his Commonwealth, August 30, 1934, re Eugene Talmadge, and a pamphlet, Our Program-Financing Georgia for the Next Decade, by DeWitt Roberts and Frank Lawson, undated; also some notes by Maclean.
4Correspondence, M-W, 1942 ( 30.0 items. )
Letters to and/or replies from: Dan Magill, Athens Banner-Herald; Ralph McGill, Atlanta Constitution, Percy Miller, Savannah Morning News; Abit Nix, Atlanta; Elsie Ray, Secretary, Georgia Executive Department; Francis Shurling, Office of Government Reports, Atlanta; B.E. Thrasher, Jr., Georgia State Auditor; Charles R. Walker, New Haven, Conn.; John H. Wilson, Georgia Secretary of State.
5Manuscript (typed) on Eugene Talmadge, 55 p., with outline ( 2.0 items. ) (2 items.)


101-102Two notebooks
6Note cards ( 5.0 items. )
Chronology (3); Personal anecdotes (1); Commissioner of Agriculture (cards 1, 2, 5); First Governorship (14); First and Second Governorships (7).
7Note cards
Second Governorship (cards numbered 8-45, some missing).
8Note cards ( 6.0 items. )
Miscellaneous; handwritten.



29Clippings, 1941 August 16-1942 August 30
10Clippings, 1942 September 2-8
11Clippings, 1942 September 9-26
12Clippings, 1942 October November
13 The Moultrie Observer, 1942 July
14 The Statesman, 1932 August 25, 1942 June 23-September 22 ( 15.0 items. )
15 The Statesman, 1942 October 6-December 1 ( 9.0 items. )
16 Let's Reason Together, by Citizens' Fact Finding Movement of Georgia, 1939 October-1940 June ( 9.0 items. )
Natural Resources, Agriculture, Industry and commerce, Health, Education, Public Welfare, Penal System, Political System, Tax System.
17Reports prepared for programs of the Citizens' Fact Finding Movement of Georgia, 1937-1938
Natural Resources; Health, Education; Public Welfare; Political System; State Taxes; Federal Activity in Georgia; Federal Agencies in Georgia; Religious, Civic and Social Forces in Georgia; Economic conditions of the South (4).


3U.S. government and other publications ( 11.0 items. )
Georgia, 1933-1938, State and National Reports... by Statistical Division of the National Emergency Council (October 1938); Georgia Direct and Cooperative Loans and Expenditures of the Federal Government, 1933-1938 by National Emergency Council (May 1939); Georgia, Volume I: County Reports of Estimated Federal Expenditures, March 4, 1933-June 30, 1939, by Office of Government Reports, Statistical Section (1940); Official Map, State Highway System by State Highway Board (October 1, 1942); Studies in Contemporary Georgia ed. by F.S. Beers (Athens, Ga.: 1938); Readings to Accompany a Course on Contemporary Georgia, (Athens, Ga.: 1940); Report of a Committee Appointed to Investigate Charges of Political Interference in the University of Georgia, by Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (1941); Agriculture Under the Federal Recovery Program, by Blanton Fortson (1935); Georgia Looks at Its Past, by Blanton Fortson (1938); The Saturday Review of Literature: Deep South Issue (Septembe 19, 1942).



4-6173-175Scrapbooks of clippings ( 3.0 items. )
Scrapbooks of clippings of the gubernatorial campaign of 1942.