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Georgia Democratic Party Forum records

 Collection
Identifier: L1974-40

Scope and Content of the Records

The Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign files consist primarily of newspaper clippings covering the tumultuous period of the 1966 gubernatorial race. The correspondence available provides a vivid picture of the problems the Write-In Georgia movement encountered with the local Atlanta television stations. Since Ellis Arnall did not publicly announce his candidacy after his defeat in the primary election, under FCC regulations he was not a legally qualified candidate. As a result, the local television stations refused to provide equal time on behalf on behalf of the Write-In movement. Numerous complaints, based on alleged voting irregularities prevalent during the general election, are discussed and described in the civil action suit 10483. Other correspondence in the collection includes a substantial number of letters received from Arnall supporters.

The correspondence consists of letters sent and received by individuals interested in joining the Forum to oppose Governor Lester Maddox's effort to hand-pick the Georgia Delegation to the National Convention. Civil Action Suit 11709 specifically contests this action by Maddox. The dichotomy in the Georgia Democratic Party that resulted in 1967 when Governor Maddox, at his discretion, selected delegates to represent Georgia at the National Convention, is discussed and described in the printed material.

The collection was formerly titled Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign records.

Dates

  • 1959-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1971

Creator

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.
Oversized materials stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

History of the Georgia Democratic Party Forum

The Georgia Democratic Party Forum, a splinter group of the state Democratic Party, originated in 1966 and supported former Governor Ellis Arnall in his unsuccessful write-in bid for governor. The Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign was initiated by a group of concerned citizens who felt that their interests could best be served by the former governor. The Write-In movement received endorsements from several distinguished organizations, including the Georgia State AFL-CIO. Although Arnall was defeated in the 1966 general election, his victory in Liberty county set a precedent in Georgia history. Never before has an unavowed candidate, who refused to say a word in the general election, won a countywide vote over two announced candidates.

The Forum gained national attention in 1968 when it sent a slate of delegates to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago, and ultimately succeeded in getting half of the group seated to cast half of Georgia's votes. One of the delegates sent to Chicago was State Representative Julian Bond of Atlanta, who subsequently was placed in nomination for vice-president, but declined because he was too young to hold the office.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (in 10 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The Georgia Democratic Party Forum, a splinter group of the state Democratic Party, originated in 1966 and supported former Governor Ellis Arnall in his unsuccessful write-in bid for governor. The Forum gained national attention in 1968 when it sent a slate of delegates to the National Democratic Convention in Chicago, and ultimately succeeded in getting half of the group seated to cast half of Georgia's votes. The collection, 1959-1972 (bulk 1967-1971) consists of 2 series. Series I, records of Write-In Georgia from 1964, 1966-1967, includes correspondence, minutes, financial and legal documents, printed materials and newspaper clippings. Series II consists of records of the Georgia Democratic Party Forum from 1959-1972, and includes correspondence, minutes, financial documents, and printed material including reports, lists, news clippings, press releases, resolutions, and constitution and bylaws.

Off-Site Storage

Oversized materials stored off-site. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Donated by E. T. Kehrer, 1974.

Online Availability

The photographs in this collection may have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For photographs, see the Southern Labor Archives Photographs Collection finding aid.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Photographic Collection

  1. Ellis Arnall Write-In Campaign photgraphs, 1966 (3 photographs?)

Processing Information

Processed by Carol Veal at the file level, March 1975.
Title
Georgia Democratic Party Forum:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aid created by Apex Data Services.
  • December 2005: EAD edited by Morna Gerrard.
  • August 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)