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Abram Eisenman papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Eisenman, Abram, 1914-1981.
Title: Abram Eisenman papers
Dates: 1952-1981
Extent: 6.0 cubic feet (12 boxes)
Identification: MS 1356

Biographical/Historical Note

Abram Eisenman (1914-1981) was born in Savannah, Georgia, on February 4, 1914. He graduated form Savannah High School and attended the university of Georgia, where he won a freshman letter in basketball and a Debating Key. From 1932-1938, he worked at various odd jobs in Savannah and New York. He began a 32-year career in radio broadcasting in 1939, working for stations in Columbia, South Carolina, Patterson, New Jersey, and New York City. Returning to savannah in 1950, Eisenman worked for WJIV (now WEAS) until 1960. From 1960 until 1970, he was the sales manager of WSOK and the general manager until 1971. From 1953 through 1963 he also published The Weekly Savannah Sun in his own printing plant. Eisenman ran for political office many times. He was a presidential candidate in 1968, 1972, and 1976, a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives, District 122 in 1974, and the Georgia Senate, First District in 1980. Eisenman was an avid tennis fan, player, and instructor and the 1970 Senior Men's Tennis Champion of Savannah. Among his most cherished accomplishments was a lecture at Harvard in 1961 and a speech at Dartmouth College in 1968. Eisenman was married to Georgia Russell and they had two sons, Russell and Robert. Eisenman died on June 26, 1981.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of the political writings of Abram Eisenman. These include book manuscripts, copies of Why I Should Be President, volume 1, galleys of Why I Should Be President, volume 2, and a manuscript of Why I Should Be President, volume 3, materials from the 1968, 1972, and 1976 Presidential campaigns, the 1974 Georgia House of Representatives campaign, and the 1980 Georgia Senate campaign, correspondence with various political and media figures, news releases, book reviews, political essays, and numerous newspaper clippings and magazine articles on political issues. The collection also contains short stories, novels and poetry written by Abram Eisenman.

The collection covers the years 1960-1981, although some of the novels and short stories may have been written earlier. Boxes 1-3 contain clippings, news releases, and political writings from 1960-1981, also some undated material. Box 4 contains information written and collected by Mr. Eisenman on the major 1976 and 1980 Presidential candidates, also a manuscript of a book, The Great Debate Over Carter's Energy Proposals. Box 5 contains miscellaneous reference materials and newspaper clippings used by Eisenman in his research. Box 6 contains correspondence arranged in chronological order. Box 7 contains copies of Why I Should Be President, volume 1 and galley proofs of Why I Should Be President, volume 2. Box 8 contains a manuscript copy of Why I Should Be President, volume 3. Box 9 contains a manuscript of a book, The World Connection. Box 10 contains a manuscript of a book, Southern Manna, poetry, and book reviews which are arranged in alphabetical order. Boxes 11 and 12 contain Eisenman's fiction. Box 11 contains manuscripts of several novels and Box 12 contains several plays and short stories arranged in alphabetical order.


Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Eisenman, Abram, 1914-1981.
Galley proofs.
Georgia--Politics and government.
Letters (correspondence)
Manuscripts (document genre)
United States--Politics and government--1945-1989.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A reel-to-reel tape recorder is required to access one item in this collection.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator's wife.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Abram Eisenman papers, MS 1356, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Russell Eisenman, date unknown.


Restrictions

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.


Separated Material

The following newspaper issues were separated and cataloged with the newspaper collection: The Savannah Sun, September 2, 1953-October 1964. 152 issues; The Savannah Shoppers Guide, October 23, 1955-November. 25, 1960, 8 issues; The Savannah Banner, January 25, 1963-July 27, 1963, 4 issues; The Savannah Sentinel, June 15, 1962, 1 issue; The Crusader, July 12-October 17, 1963, 2 issues; jasper County News, September 14, 1956,1 issue.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

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11Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1964 March-1969 October ( 21.0 items. )
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and news releases concerning Why I Should Be President, volume 1, copy of a letter sent to President Johnson, A. Eisenman's "State of the World" address, speech for Charlotte, N.C., "Open Letter to the Vice President," article, "Who is Winning the War in Vietnam," campaign literature and speeches from the 1968 new Hampshire Democratic Presidential Primary speech for the Georgia Mineral Leasing Commission, misc. political writing.
 
2Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1970 March-1971 December ( 14.0 items. )
Reviews of Why I Should Be President, volume 2, script of a television program, script of a radio program, critique of "Conversation with the President" on all television networks, analysis of President Nixon's State of the Union Address, opening for lecture, "Why I Should Be President," letters to the editors of the New Republic, re busing, misc. political writings and clippings.
 
3Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1972 January-1973 December ( 25.0 items. )
Miscellaneous news releases and editorials concerning busing, Nixon's reelection, the 1972 Presidential campaign, advertisements for Why I Should Be President, volume 2.
 
4Materials related to 1974 Georgia House of Representatives, District 122 Campaign, 1974 June-August ( 46.0 items. )
Declaration of candidacy, news releases re Senator John Riley, Southern Bell rate, SEPCO, energy costs, campaign financial disclosures, speeches, photos of consolidated returns.
 
5Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1974 November-1975 December ( 15.0 items. )
Miscellaneous news releases re Vietnam War, Presidential election of 1976, articles on the 28th Convention of Americans for Democratic Action, General Revenue Sharing, Adjusting to Scarcity.
 
6Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1976 January ( 22.0 items. )
Newspaper clippings and press releases on Eisenman's candidacy for President, Presidential Primary candidate forms, summary of the Georgia Delegate Selection Plan, Eisenman's Presidential platform.
 
7Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1976 January-May ( 30.0 items. )
Speech for Georgia Southern College, articles, "How to Stop George Wallace," "Plan to Save the Nation," "The Race Issue," review of the President Campaign, scrip for Black Journal television program, miscellaneous clippings and news releases.
 
8Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1976 May-December ( 26.0 items. )
Newspaper clippings and press releases concerning the 1976 Presidential campaign, campaign expenditures, tabulation of votes cast for delegates in the Georgia Democratic Presidential Primary.
 

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29Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1977 January-September ( 22.0 items. )
Open letters to Jimmy Carter, facts about energy, article, "How to Stop Inflation," "The Great Debate Over Carter's Energy Proposals," news release concerning housing units at Ft. Stewart, speech for the Federal Election Commission, speech for the Georgia Senate Committee on Utilities.
 
10Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1978 January-December ( 13.0 items. )
Newspaper clippings, letters to the editor on Iran, Israel, politics, news releases concerning the American Nazi Party.
 
11Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1979 January-November ( 30.0 items. )
Review of television program, American Family An Endangered Species, a revenue raising plan for Georgia Power, article, "The Kennedy Syndrome," an open letter to Derek Bok, President, Harvard University, a plan to stop inflation, speech for Armstrong State College, speech for the Optimist Club.
 
12Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1980 January-December ( 31.0 items. )
Articles: "Political Reformation for 1980," "Outline for Proposed Democratic Platform for our Party and President," "World Peace and Trade, Not Boycotts and War," "What if Kennedy Drops out of the Race," "President Carter, A Presidency in Crisis," "Protecting American Citizens Abroad," information on write in candidacy for president, speech for Exchange Club, review of The White House Years, by Henry Kissinger.
 
13Letters, clippings, and articles on A. Eisenman's Revenue Bond Plan, 1978 January-1980 January ( 120.0 items. )
Letters sent tot and received from various political figures concerning Revenue Bonds, includes letters from George Busbee; Bo Ginn; Jay S. Hammond, governor of Alaska; James R. Thompson, Governor of Illinois; William P. Clements, Governor of Texas; Edward Koch, Mayor New York.
 
14materials from Georgia Senate campaign, 1980 February-August ( 19.0 items. )
Article, "Abe Runs for the Georgia Senate," platform, news releases, clippings.
 
15Dated writings and newspaper clippings, 1981 February-June ( 14.0 items. )
Open letter to Bruce K. Maclaury, President, Brookings Institute, articles on Regan's counter revolutionary wars, Union Pension Funds, "A Citizen's Brief Against the Proposed 10% Three Year Tax Cuts," Review of three articles in Foreign Affairs, "1981, The Year Mama Duck Cried," clippings and editorials.
 
16Writings and newspaper clippings, undated ( 25.0 items. )
Campaign literature, book jackets for Why I Should Be President, volumes 1 and 2, "How You Can Run for President of the United States," "Plans to Save the Nation," "Why I Should Be President."
 
17Writings concerning domestic issues, undated ( 28.0 items. )
These cover subjects including economics, the Olympics, the Supreme Court, safe highways, the United States Army, peace, war.
 
18Writings on integration and education, undated ( 6.0 items. )
Includes "Tell It Like It Is, An Analysis of Black Militancy," "The Problems of Segregation and Integration in the Deep South," and others.
 
19Writings concerning energy, undated ( 2.0 items. )
"Energy and Resources," "how to Copy with the Energy Crisis."
 

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320Writings concerning international issues, undated ( 16.0 items. )
"The Blind Eagle, Search for an International Policy," "The Morning Deluge," "Planning for the World's Food," "An Analysis of our Foreign Policy," "World War III?" and others.
 
21Writings concerning Savannah and Chatham County issues, undated ( 20.0 items. )
 
22Writings concerning Presidents and politicians, undated ( 13.0 items. )
"The Bearded Presidents, Mustached Ones, and Others," "Personal Facts About our Presidents," and others.
 
23Writings concerning Presidents and politicians, undated ( 13.0 items. )
"The Bearded Presidents, mustached Ones and Others," "Personal Facts About our Presidents," and others.
 
24Miscellaneous items, undated ( 21.0 items. )
Copyright information, photographs, tennis information, list of Swedish publishing houses, log of a trip around the world, and others.
 
25Miscellaneous items, undated ( 15.0 items. )
Constitution of Georgia, chart of roads, vehicles, money, and accidents, list of addresses of tv and radio stations, other items.
 
26 Critical Mass Journal, 1978 May ( 1.0 items. )
 
27Monthly List of GAO Reports, 1977 September-1978 March ( 6.0 items. )
 
28 The Herald, 1969 December-1981 April ( 7.0 items. )
Seven issues with articles by Abram Eisenman.
 
29Articles from The Herald, by Abram Eisenman, 1981 April-June ( 4.0 items. )
 
30Savannah Morning News Magazine, 1959 April-1960 January ( 3.0 items. )
Three issues with articles by Abram Eisenman.
 

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431Information and writings on Edmund G. Brown, 1980 ( 12.0 items. )
 
32Information and writings on Jimmy Carter, 1980 ( 1.0 items. )
Also manuscript of The Great Debate Over Carter's Energy Proposals.
 
33 The Great Debate Over Carter's Energy Proposals, continued ( 1.0 items. )
 
34Information and writings on Jimmy Carter, 1980 ( 1.0 items. )
 
35Information and writings on Gerald Ford, 1980 ( 3.0 items. )
 
36Information and writings on Edward Kennedy, 1980 ( 5.0 items. )
 
37Information and writings on Walter Mondale and Eugene McCarthy, 1980 ( 2.0 items. )
 
38Information and writings on Ronald Reagan, 1980 ( 2.0 items. )
 

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539Reference materials, 1968 January-1975 June ( 11.0 items. )
Various clippings and magazines, The New Republic, ADA World, Ramparts, Jimmy Carter's State of the State Address, Work Force Resource Guide, others.
 
40Reference materials, letters, and clippings, 1976 December-1977 August ( 17.0 items. )
"Residential Energy from the Sun," Human Rights Organization and Periodical Directory, CIA Report, "The International Energy Situation," an address by the President on Energy, FEC Record.
 
41Clippings, letters, reference materials, 1978 November-1981 June ( 22.0 items. )
Materials from Time, New York Times, Consumer Solar Electric Power Corp., The Washington Spectator, The Center Magazine, In These Times.
 
42Clippings, letters, reference materials, undated ( 19.0 items. )
Draft of a bill from the Georgia Legislature concerning electric power, Anti-Defamation League of B"nai B'rith press releases, list of House Ways and Means Committee members.
 
43Reference materials and clippings, undated ( 1.0 items. )
Spiral notebook of misc. clippings.
 

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644Correspondence, 1952 November-1968 December ( 42.0 items. )
Letters concerning manuscript publication, political issues, family letters including letters to Vice President Hubert Humphrey on the Vietnam War, to UN Secretary General Uthant, to Senator Richard Russell, to Robert Kennedy, rejection notices from various publishers.
 
45Correspondence, 1969 January-1969 December ( 31.0 items. )
Letters concerning manuscript publication and political issues.
 
46Correspondence, 1970 January-1972 December ( 48.0 items. )
Letters concerning manuscript publication, political issues, requests for copies of Why I Should Be President, speech at Davidson College, N.C., letters to Herman Talmadge, The Washington Post, various publishers.
 
47Correspondence, 1973 January-1974 December ( 18.0 items. )
Letters concerning manuscript publication and political issues, to Dr. Robert Hutchins, Sam Beer, Harvard University, Folkways Records, Democratic Party of Georgia, Public Service Commission, others.
 
48Correspondence, 1975 January-December ( 11.0 items. )
Letters concerning political issues and the sale of tickets for Sea Pines Tennis Classic.
 
49Correspondence, 1976 June-March ( 55.0 items. )
Letters concerning Eisenman's campaign for President.
 
50Correspondence, 1976 April-1978 November ( 65.0 items. )
Letters concerning the 1976 Presidential Campaign and manuscript publication, copies of a letter from Jimmy Carter, requests for campaign items.
 
51Correspondence, 1979 January-July ( 50.0 items. )
Letters concerning political issues to Ted Turner, Senator Proxmire, Derek Bok, President of Harvard University, the Georgia Gazette, script idea sent to Leopold Stratton, letters from Barry Commoner, Noam Chomsky.
 
52Correspondence, 1979 August-December ( 71.0 items. )
Letters concerning political issues and manuscript publication.
 
53Correspondence, 1980 January-March ( 74.0 items. )
Letters concerning political issues to various political and media figures including William Sloane Coffin, George Busbee, Herman Talmadge, Malcolm Forbes, Pete Hively, producer of the Today Show.
 
54Correspondence, 1980 April-1981 June ( 79.0 items. )
letters concerning political issues and manuscript publication to and from various political figures including Herman Talmadge, Bobby Hill, Jimmy Carter, John Kenneth Galbrath, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, and others.
 
55Correspondence, undated ( 24.0 items. )
Letters concerning political issues and manuscript publication.
 

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756Galley proofs, Why I Should Be President, volume 2 ( 1.0 items. )
 
57Book, Why I Should Be President, volume 1
2 copies.
 
58Tape, "Yablonski" (2 reels.)
 
59March of Dimes Certificate of Appreciation ( 1.0 items. )
 
60Photo plates for book jacket ( 2.0 items. )
 
61Photo plates ( 3.0 items. )
 
62Record book, 1974 ( 1.0 items. )
Campaign for District 122 Georgia House of Representatives, expenses and contributions.
 

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863-71Manuscript, Why I Should Be President, volume 3, undated
 

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972Manuscript, The World Connection, part 1 ( 1.0 items. )
 
73Manuscript, part 2, "Immigration, Salvation of the Nation" ( 1.0 items. )
 
74Manuscript, part 3, "Western Europe" ( 1.0 items. )
 
75Manuscript, part 4 "The Soviet Union and the Nations of Eastern Europe" ( 1.0 items. )
 
76Manuscript, part 5 "Central and South America" ( 1.0 items. )
 
77Manuscript, part 6 "Israel and the Middle East" ( 1.0 items. )
 
78Manuscript, part 7, "Africa" ( 1.0 items. )
 
79Manuscript, part 8, "Two Leaders and a Continent Apart" ( 1.0 items. )
 
80Manuscript, part 9, "China" ( 1.0 items. )
 
81Manuscript, part 10, "Countries We Seldom Think About" ( 1.0 items. )
 
82Manuscript, part 11, "Planning For the Worlds Food" ( 1.0 items. )
 
83Manuscript, part 12, "Energy and Resources" ( 1.0 items. )
 
84Manuscript, part 13, "How Foreign Our Foreign Policy" ( 1.0 items. )
 

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1085Manuscript, Southern Manna, undated ( 1.0 items. )
 
86Poetry, undated ( 70.0 items. )
Miscellaneous poems written by Abram Eisenman.
 
87Book reviews, undated ( 43.0 items. )
Miscellaneous book reviews written by Abram Eisenman.
 
88Book review, 1981 January ( 1.0 items. )
Review of The Secret Diary of Harold Ickes, The Inside Struggle, vol. 11 written by Abram Eisenman.
 
89Book review, undated ( 1.0 items. )
Review of White House Years by Henry Kissinger, by Abram Eisenman.
 

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1190Manuscript, It's Your World ( 1.0 items. )
 
91Manuscript, Diary of a Pacifist ( 1.0 items. )
 
92Manuscript, Diary of a Radio Announcer ( 1.0 items. )
 
93Manuscript, Not Much Time Left ( 1.0 items. )
 
94Manuscript, short stories, poems, and articles possibly for a book ( 10.0 items. )
 

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1295-112Miscellaneous plays and short stories, undated
 

Volume

1Scrapbook, 1966-1968 ( 1.0 items. )
Newspaper clippings, pictures, and copies of letters to Abram Eisenman.
 

Volume

2Spiral notebook, 1966-1978 ( 1.0 items. )
Biographical information, letters from Coretta Scott King, Herman Talmadge, Bo Ginn, Jimmy Carter (copy) George Busbee (copy), newspaper clippings, and photos.
 

Volume

3Looseleaf notebook, undated ( 1.0 items. )
Address book.