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Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Papers

Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Papers
Creator: Deen, Braswell D., 1925-
Inclusive Dates: 1925-1997
Language(s): English
Extent: 9 box(es) (3.75 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL035BDD
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The collection consists of papers of Braswell D. Deen, Jr., lawyer, Georgia legislator (1951-1960), and Georgia appellate court judge (1965-1990). The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, photographs, printed material, and speeches. The materials document Deen's personal interests, his writing career, touch briefly on his tenure on the Georgia Court of Appeals and his actitivites as Carl Sanders' campaign manager (8th district) during the 1962 gubernatorial election, but mainly focus on Deen's interest in scientific creationism. The collection also contains correspondence, manuscripts, and poems of Deen's aunt, Annie Hartman Smith.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Braswell D. Deen, Jr. was born in 1925 to Braswell D. Deen and Corinne Smith Deen in Telfair County, Georgia. Deen grew up in Alma, Georgia and received his B.A. and LL.B from the University of Georgia. During World War II Deen served in the U.S. Marine Corps, took part in the Peleliu invasion, and earned a purple heart for combat wounds received during the Okinawa invasion.

Upon returning to Georgia, Deen served as the state representative for Bacon County from 1951 to 1960. While in the state legislature, Deen authored the Georgia Women Jurors Bill which doubled the number of citizens available for jury duty. Deen also practiced law in Bacon County for 16 years and became a senior partner for Deen & Powell as well as Deen & Jacques. In 1965, Deen was appointed by Governor Carl E. Sanders to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia. He served as Chief Judge, Associate Judge, and Presiding Judge over his twenty-five year career with the Court of Appeals until his retirement in 1990. During this time, Deen taught Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy at two Atlanta, Georgia evening law schools. In addition Deen, as an adjunct professor, taught "origins" at Oglethorpe University and chess at Emory University.

Deen married Jean S. Buie and they have two sons - Braswell Deen, III and Sandy Deen.

Scope and Content

The Braswell Deen Jr. papers consist of several books written or edited by Deen, correspondence (1950-1997), manuscripts and poems, clippings (1940-1992), speeches, photographs, and printed material. The materials document Deen's interest in chess and golf, his legal career and tenure as Appellate Court Judge (mainly his appointment in 1965 and his retirement in 1990), and his writing career. The majority of the papers deal with Deen's efforts to have scientific creationism taught in Georgia's public schools and the validity of that theory. The papers also include materials documenting Deen's activities as Carl Sanders' campaign manager for the 8th District during the 1962 gubernatorial election as well as correspondence, manuscripts, and poems of Deen's aunt, Annie Smith Hartman.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are divided into four series: I. Personal/Legal, II. Carl Sanders, III. Annie Hartman Smith, and IV. Photographs. Arrangement is by record type then chronological order when possible.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Processing Notes

Photographs are housed separately from the papers for preservation.

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 permissions. 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.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2000.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Creationism -- Georgia.
Deen, Braswell D., 1925-
Evolution (Biology) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Governors -- Georgia -- Election -- History -- 20th century.
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Smith, Annie Hartman.

Related Collections in this Repository

Augustus Turnbull Collection of Carl Sanders Speech/Press Records

Carl E. Sanders Papers

Braswell Deen, Sr. Papers

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


I. Personal/Legal, 1940-1997

5 box(es)
The Personal/Legal series is divided by record type into six subseries: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Speeches, Subject files, and Printed material. While some of the materials pertain to Deen's legal career, bench decisions, or personal interests (chess, genealogy, and golf) the majority of the materials document Deen's efforts to have scientific creationism taught in the Georgia public school system. The correspondence includes letters to Deen both praising and condemning his stand, clippings on scientific creationism, and Deen's writings on the topic including Animal Aggression Obsession Syndrome, One National Under God-Born Again!, and Origins, Values, and Law. Other writings by Deen include compilations of his word plays Judge's Judgments, Jottings, Joys, Journeys, Jests, Jungle Jingles, and Jabberwocky, volumes I and II, compilations of sayings by Deen's father, Braswell D. Deen Sr., Quips, Quotes, Quirks, Queries, and Quests! and a book edited by Deen, Jr. of writings of his Aunt, Annie Smith Hartman's Jingles, Jottings, Joys, and Journeys.
11Correspondence, 1950-1970
12Correspondence, 1971-1979
13Correspondence, 1980-1981
14Correspondence, 1982-1989
15Correspondence, 1990-1997
16Correspondence, undated
21Humor in Uniform
24Creation theory
25 Animal Aggression Obsession Syndrome
26 One Nation Under God – Born Again!
27 Origins, Values, and Law
31Arrhythmia superbasics
32U.S. Congressman Braswell D. Deen Sr.: Quips, Quotes, Quirks, queries, and Quests!
33Annie Smith Hartman's Jingles, Jottings, Joys, and Journeys
34Crime Causes Considered & Constitutional curriculum cures! Or Deen's Dissent: Darwin, Darrow & Dewey's Diatribe & Dogma
35Georgia's Appellate Judiciary: Profiles and History
41Judges Judgments, Jottings, Joys, Journeys, Jests, Jungle Jingles & Jabberwocky! Volume I.
42Judges Judgments, Jottings, Joys, Journeys, Jests, Jungle Jingles & Jabberwocky! Volume II.
43-4Roots and origins from a Law-Science Perspective: Evolution vs. Nonevolution Cross-Examined
45Deen's List: ABC's on ADR A Handbook on Alternative Dispute Resolution
46Trial by Combat
51Newspaper clippings, 1940-1992
52Newspaper clippings, undated
53Newspaper clippings, undated
54Speeches by Deen
55Speeches by others
511Printed material - Programs (folder 1 of 2)
512Printed material - Programs (folder 2 of 2)
61Printed material - Evolution
62Printed material - Legal (folder 1 of 2)
63Printed material - Legal (folder 2 of 2)
64Printed material - Certificates, awards, and biographical sketch

II. Carl Sanders, 1962-1968

1 box(es)
The Carl Sanders files contain correspondence, invitations, photographs, newspapers clippings, printed material, and speeches. Most of the materials document Deen's activities as Carl Sanders' campaign manager for the eighth district during the 1962 Georgia gubernatorial election or Sanders' inauguration ceremony in 1963. The later materials include speeches given by Sanders for various legal or political events and programs for Georgia gubernatorial inaugural ceremonies.
71Correspondence, 1962-1969
72Newspaper clippings

III. Annie Hartman Smith, circa 1925-1960

1 box(es)
The Annie Hartman Smith files contain correspondence, newsclippings, printed materials but mainly writings of Smith. Smith's writings are usually in verse form, however the series also includes some prose. Most of the items deal with Smith's recollections of past events or celebrations of family activities. The series also includes typescripts of Smith's writings edited by Deen.

IV. Photographs, 1962, 1990

40 photograph(s)
9BDD-PF-001Head and shoulders full face shot, woman pinning corsage on Mrs. Carl Sanders, circa 1962. ([10x12.5 cm])
9BDD-PF-002-003Head and shoulders profile shot, woman pinning corsage on Mrs. Carl Sanders, circa 1962. ([10x12.5 cm])
9BDD-PF-004Three-quarter length shot, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sanders with unidentified couple, circa 1962. ([10x12.5 cm])
9BDD-PF-005Carl Sanders speaking to American Legion group with Braswell and Jean Dean at far right, circa 1962. ([10x12.5 cm])
9BDD-PF-006Carl Sanders speaking to the Southeastern Poultry Growers Association, circa 1962. ([10.5x16 cm])
9BDD-PF-007Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. Braswell Deen in receiving line shaking hands, circa 1962. ([12x18 cm])
9BDD-PF-008Carl Sanders addressing group, circa 1962. ([12x18 cm])
9BDD-PF-009Carl Sanders addressing group, photograph taken from the back of the hall, circa 1962. ([12x18 cm.])
9BDD-PF-010Carl Sanders during Georgia gubernatorial campaign at Coffee County rally, on platform, August 18, 1962. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-011Carl Sanders during Georgia gubernatorial campaign at Coffee County rally addressing crowd, August 18, 1962. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-012Head and shoulders shot of Carl Sanders signed "Best wishes, Carl E. Sanders." Leonid Skvirsky (Atlanta, Ga.) photographer, circa 1962. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-013Robed judges of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Braswell D. Deen, Jr. second from left, back row. Lane Brothers (Atlanta, Ga.) photographers, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-014Robed judges of the Georgia Court of Appeals with Asian visitors. Braswell D. Deen Jr., center back row, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-015Robed judges of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Braswell D. Deen, Jr., back row, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-016Robed judges of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Braswell D. Deen, Jr. back row. Lane Brothers (Atlanta, Ga.) photographers, undated. ([20.5x25 cm.])
9BDD-PF-017Head and shoulders publicity shot of Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Fabian Bachrach photographer, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-018Braswell D. Deen, Jr. with James Wooten, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-019Braswell D. Deen, Jr. with two unidentified men, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-020Braswell D. Deen, Jr. in group shot, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-021Braswell D. Deen, Jr. in group shot, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-022a-qRetirement ceremony for Braswell D. Deen, Jr. Phyllis B. Kandul, Photographer, 1990. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-023Braswell D. Deen, Jr. shaking hands with Strom Thurmond in receiving line, undated. ([20.5x25 cm])
9BDD-PF-024Braswell D. Deen, Jr. with Ralph and Braswell D. Deen Jr. as pages in the Georgia State Legislature, undated. ([9x13 cm])