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Bryant T. Castellow Papers

Bryant T. Castellow Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bryant T. Castellow Papers
Creator: Castellow, Bryant T. (Bryant Thomas), 1876-1962.
Inclusive Dates: 1937-1967
Language(s): English
Extent: 4 box(es) (1.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL017BTC
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Bryant T. Castellow Papers span the dates from 1932 to 1967, with the bulk of the papers representing Castellow's tenure in the House of Representatives for the Third District of Georgia from 1932 to 1936. Also included in this collection are posthumous letters of sympathy and tribute.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Bryant T. Castellow was born near Georgetown, Georgia in Quitman County on July 29, 1876. In 1897, he graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in law and passed the bar that same year. He began practicing law in 1898 in Fort Gaines, Georgia.

Castellow also became involved in many aspects of the community before his career in the legislature. From 1897 to 1898, he served as the superintendent of public schools in Coleman County. He was also elected solicitor of Clay County court in 1900, remaining there until 1901. Upon leaving this position, Castellow served as judge of Clay County until 1905. In 1906, he moved to Cuthbert, Georgia in Randolph County in order to become a referee in bankruptcy court. He also served as solicitor general of the Pataula judicial circuit from 1913 until he resigned in 1932 in order to fill the House of Representatives seat left vacant by the resignation of Charles R. Crisp. That same day, he was also elected as the Third District's Representative for the 73rd Congress. Castellow was later re-elected in 1934 to the 74th Congress.

During his term in office, Castellow was influential in postal appointments and was elected as Secretary of the House Steering Committee for the Fifth Regional District. Castellow was a vigorous opponent to the New Deal and was very concerned about the consequences of fiscal irresponsibility and centralized government. He did not run for re-election in 1936, however. Instead, he retired from politics as well as private practice. Castellow spent a great deal of time pursuing his hobby, hunting, until his death on July 23, 1962 in Cuthbert, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The Bryant T. Castellow Papers consist of materials from Castellow's term in the U.S. House of Representatives from the Third District of Georgia. Included in these papers are personal papers, congressional records from postal appointments, voting records, bills and speeches, as well as posthumous letters of sympathy and tribute received by friends and colleagues.

Organization and Arrangement

The Papers are organized into three series: I. Personal, II. Congressional, and III. Katherine Hutton Castellow Files. Types of materials include correspondence, speeches, printed materials, bills and receipts, journals, and clippings.

There was no discernible original order, so each series is arranged chronologically, with the exception of collections of correspondence, which are arranged alphabetically by surname and chronologically thereunder.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bryant T. Castellow Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Africa -- Description and travel
Castellow, Bryant T. (Bryant Thomas), 1876-1962.
Castellow, Katherine Hutton.
Congressional records.
Legislators -- United States.
Safaris -- Africa.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


I. Personal

1 box(es) (.25 linear feet)
This series documents Castellow's interest in African Trophies and his correspondence with acquaintances made while on safari.
I.11Personal Correspondence, 1937-1939
I.12Personal Correspondence, 1940
I.13Personal Correspondence, 1941
I.14Personal Correspondence, 1942
I.15Personal Correspondence, 1942-1962
I.16Typescript: "A Tiger Hunt with the Atjehense In Northern Sumatra" (before the Japanese Invasion) by Mrs. Mozelle Price as related by B. T. Castellow

II. Congressional

2 box(es) (1 linear foot)
The Congressional series includes general manuscripts, interoffice correspondence information on district post offices, bills, speeches, voting records, and recommendations and appointments for government positions, particularly postal appointments.

A. General

II.11Miscellaneous [list of registered voters, list of counties comprising third congressional district, questionnaire for candidates], 1934
II.12Clippings and Memorabilia [clippings, program from Calvin Coolidge memorial service, Kansas Fish and Game magazine, Pictorial Directory of Congress], 1933-1962
II.13Invitations, 1936
II.14Congressional Steering Committee -- 5th Regional District [correspondence], 1935
II.15Interoffice Correspondence -- Barron - Gregory [political correspondence primarily concerned with Castellow's re-election], 1933-1936
II.16Interoffice Correspondence -- Hammock - Perry [political correspondence primarily concerned with Castellow's re-election], 1934-1936
II.17Interoffice Correspondence -- Rankin - Woodruff [political correspondence primarily concerned with Castellow's re-election], 1934-1936
II.18Votes by Counties - Precinct - Ben Hill - Muscogee [tallies and correspondence], 1934
II.19Votes by Counties - Precinct - Peach - Webster [tallies and correspondence], 1934
II.110Castellow's Voting Record Books (U.S. House of Representatives), 1933-1935
II.111Castellow's Legal Case and Reference Book

B. Post Office

II.21Columbus, GA Post Office Building, 1932-1934
II.22Cuthbert, GA Post Office Building, 1933-1935
II.23Cuthbert, GA Post Office Building, 1936
II.24Postmasters, 1933

C. Bills and Speeches

II.25Bills and Speeches by Castellow, 1932-1935
II.26Bills and Speeches by Castellow [includes speech to the Cotton Conference and remarks about the chaingang and penitentiary of Georgia], 1936
II.27"Drifting - And to Where" Speech Copy and Cover Letter Carbons (folder 1 of 4), 1936
II.28"Drifting - And to Where" Speech Plaudits (Atwood - Giles) [correspondence regarding speech] (folder 2 of 4), 1936
II.29"Drifting - And to Where" Speech Plaudits (Hastings - Mudd) [correspondence regarding speech] (folder 3 of 4), 1936
II.210"Drifting - And to Where" Speech Plaudits (Northcutt - Wright) [correspondence regarding speech] (folder 4 of 4), 1936
II.211Tax Speech and Plaudits [correspondence], 1934-1936

D. Recommendations and Appointments

II.212Chappell, Frank (Americus Post Office), 1935
II.213Council, L. G. (Americus Post Office), 1932-1935
II.214Davis, Bill, 1932-1934
II.215Davis, Bill, 1935-1936
II.216Davis, Duncan, 1935
II.217Dismukes, Bernice, 1936
II.218Garrett, Sims, Jr., 1932-1933
II.219Garrett, Sims, Jr., 1933 August-1934 June
II.220Gay, Hugh A., 1933-1936
II.221Gay, Walter, 1934-1935
II.222Sapp, Phil A., 1936
II.223Thomas, Annie H. (Dawson Post Office), 1933

III. Katherine Hutton Castellow Files

1 box(es) (.25 linear feet)
These files contain correspondence and memorials from friends and colleagues of Bryant Castellow.
III.11Letters to Mrs. Castellow, regarding articles in process and speech reprints, 1964-1967
III.12Letters of Sympathy at the death of Castellow, 1962
III.13Letters of Thanks regarding Articles sent (Callaway - Forrester), 1963-1965
III.14Letters of Thanks regarding Articles sent (Gordon - Russell), 1963-1967
III.15Letters of Thanks regarding Articles sent (Stone and Turner), 1962-1967
III.16Tributes to Castellow, 1966
III.17Tributes (printed), 1966