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Arthur Joseph Funk papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Funk, Arthur Joseph, 1898-1975.
Title: Arthur Joseph Funk papers
Dates: 1903-1975
Extent: 2.55 cubic feet (5 boxes, 8 oversize folders)
Identification: MS 1304

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Joseph Funk (1898-1975), educator and politician was born in Savannah, the son of Sebastian Funk (d. 1925) and Jane (Wilson) Funk (1868-1937).

Mr. Funk taught at Savannah High School (1920-1938), and was the principal of Commercial High School (1939-1953). In 1960 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives where, until his retirement in 1970, he fought against needless spending of tax money. Alongside these careers, Mr. Funk's pursued a long term interest in radio technology, Georgia history, and camellia culture.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of his papers spanning his lifetime. There are few that relate to his family, but rather most relate to his careers in education and politics. Included are correspondence, personal research notes, newspaper clippings, and original printed programs and documents relating to both education and politics. Of special interest are his papers regarding the search and verification of Button Gwinnett's grave. Also included are Mr. Funk's original commissions to the Georgia General Assembly and the 1953 edition of the Ship of Commerce, the Commercial High School yearbook that was dedicated to Mr. Funk.

The collection also contains photographs, slides and x-rays spanning Mr. Funk's lifetime. There are several photographs of him as a child as well as those of him during his education and political careers. Also included are photographs of Mr. Funk engaged in other interests such as camellia culture, travel, and fishing. There are several photographs of Mr. Funk's Commercial High School students and of the school building. Also included are photographs of Mr. Funk with Georgia politicians Senator Herman Talmadge and Governor Lester Maddox. There are also a variety of camellia photographs in this collection. Of special interest are photographs of the excavation of Button Gwinnett's burial place and of various bones, teeth, and hair samples of Button Gwinnett.

The collection contains 4 series: correspondence, 1918-1973; careers, 1920-1970; research and other interest, 1925-1973; and visual materials, 1903-1974. These papers are arranged in accordance with Mr. Funk's correspondence, his education and political careers, and his research interests such as the Button Gwinnett burial place and camellia culture. The folders and boxes containing the visual materials are noted as "VM" in the collection inventory.


Index Terms

Amateur radio stations.
Camellias.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Funk, Arthur Joseph, 1898-1975.
Georgia. General Assembly.
Gwinnett, Button, approximately 1735-1777.
Letters (correspondence)
Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003.
Photographs.
Programs (documents)
Radiographs.
Research notes.
Slides (photographs)
Talmadge, Herman E., (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Most material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Arthur Joseph Funk papers, MS 1304, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estate of A.J. Funk, 1975; Charles H. Sullinger, 1975 (photographs of Button Gwinnett excavation and lab research).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Negatives are restricted from patron use.

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.


Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1918-1973

This series, arranged chronologically, contains letters from friends, former students, politicians, such as Governor Lester Maddox, and Savannah businessmen. Also included are congratulatory telegrams Mr. Funk received upon his election and re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives. There is additional correspondence in Series 3 related to his Button Gwinnett research.

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111918-1939
21940-1949
31953-1959
41960-1969
51970-1973
6Undated
7Shigeyuki Usui, 1950-1952
 

Series 2: Careers, 1920-1970

This series contains original reports, programs, and clippings related to Mr. Funk's career as principal at Savannah High School. Also included are original documents, such as his business card, and original copy of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and clippings pertaining to his membership in the Georgia House of Representatives. Additionally there are documents related to his efforts to remove W. A. Early as Superintendent of Chatham County Public Schools.

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21Schools. Autograph book of student signatures
2Schools. Clippings, circa 1940-1960
3Schools. Programs and reports, circa 1936-1955
4Schools. Retirement, circa 1953-1957
5Schools. Ship of Commerce Yearbook, 1953
6Politics. Clippings, circa 1960-1973

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114-17Politics. Commissions, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1967

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27Politics. House of Representatives material, 1960-1970
8Politics. Rules of the House of Representatives, 1969-1970
9W. A. Early, superintendent material, circa 1954-1957
 

Series 3: Research and other interests, 1925-1973

This series contains correspondence with government agencies, such as the F.B.I., forensic scientists, historians, and medical experts as well as research documents regarding Mr. Funk's efforts to locate the grave of Button Gwinnett. Also included are clippings and reports regarding his radio transmitter and amateur station and his involvement with the Batson Flying Boat. Additional items included are Mr. Funk's passport and programs from historical event exhibitions that he attended, and a copy of Wedding at Wormsloe. His research and correspondence concerning saltwater contamination of Savannah's water supply are included.

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31Button Gwinnett research. Clippings, circa 1957-1967
2Button Gwinnett research. Correspondence, 1957-1958
3Button Gwinnett research. Correspondence, 1959-1960
4Button Gwinnett research. Correspondence, 1961-1971
5Button Gwinnett research. Notes
6Button Gwinnett research. Programs and printed reports
7Button Gwinnett research. Research material
8Savannah water supply, circa 1968-1972
9Other interests. Clippings, circa 1958-1975
10Other interests. Printed reports and certificates
 

Series 4: Visual materials, 1903-1974

This series contains photographs, slides and x-rays spanning Mr. Funk's lifetime. There are several photographs of him as a child as well as those of him during his education and political careers. Also included are photographs of Mr. Funk engaged in other interests such as camellia culture, travel, and fishing. There are several photographs of Mr. Funk's Commercial High School students and of the school building. Also included are photographs of Mr. Funk with Georgia politicians Senator Herman Talmadge and Governor Lester Maddox. There are also a variety of camellia photographs in this collection. Of special interest are photographs of the excavation of Button Gwinnett's burial place and of various bones, teeth, and hair samples of Button Gwinnett.

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11Arthur J. Funk. Portraits and snapshots, circa 1903-1966 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

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12Arthur J. Funk. Photographs with politicians, circa 1953-1960

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13Family and friends, circa 1870-1974

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14Commercial High School building and students, circa 1921-1957

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15Button Gwinnett research. Artifacts and excavation, circa 1957 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

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16Button Gwinnett research. Artifacts, circa 1957 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

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2Button Gwinnett research. Excavation of burial site drawing, circa 1960

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17Button Gwinnett research. Excavation slides, circa 1957

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18Button Gwinnett research. X-rays, circa 1957

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4Button Gwinnett research. X-rays, circa 1957

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19Batson's Flying Boat, circa 1913

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110-11Camellia blooms, undated

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112House of Arthur J. Funk, undated

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113Japan photographs, undated

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114Travelaire airplane and car, undated

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2Negatives
RESTRICTED.
 
Artifacts
A-1304-001 Lock of hair from the alleged grave of Button Gwinnett View online.
A-1304-002 Bone splinters, fragments, and dust from alleged grave of Button Gwinnett View online.
A-1304-003 Wood fibers from the alleged grave of Button Gwinnett View online.
A-1304-004 Hair mixed with wood fibers from alleged grave of Button Gwinnett View online.
A-1304-005 Wood fragments from the alleged grave of Button Gwinnett View online.
A-1304-006 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show first prize blue ribbon View online.
A-1304-007 Savannah Camellia Show, first prize blue ribbon View online.
A-1304-008 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show first prize blue ribbon View online.
A-1304-009 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show third place white ribbon View online.
A-1304-010 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show second place red ribbon View online.
A-1304-011 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show second place red ribbon View online.
A-1304-012 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show second place red ribbon View online.
A-1304-013 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show yellow Court of Honor ribbon View online.
A-1304-014 Arthur J. Funk’s Savannah Camellia Show first prize blue ribbon View online.
A-1304-015 One thousand 1961 Lincoln Centennial pennies (to be kept sealed until 2061) View online.