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John James Flynt, Jr. Papers: Collection Summary

John James Flynt, Jr. Papers: Collection Summary

Descriptive Summary

Title: John James Flynt, Jr. Papers: Collection Summary
Creator: Flynt, John James, 1914-2007
Inclusive Dates: 1953-1978
Language: English
Extent: 728 box(es) (6 items)
Collection Number: RBRL/130/JJF
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: John James Flynt, Jr. was a lawyer and a judge who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1947 to 1948 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1978. Flynt's papers document his service in the U.S. House of Representatives and include constituent correspondence, legislative files, published materials, and campaign files.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

John James Flynt, Jr. was born in Griffin, Georgia on 8 November 1914. Flynt graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1936. He later attended Emory University Law School and graduated from Georgia Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. with an LL.B. and J.D. in 1940.

He held various state positions including assistant United States attorney of the northern district of Georgia; member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1947 to 1948; solicitor general of Griffin Judicial Circuit from 1949 to 1954; president of the Solicitors General Association of Georgia from 1950 to 1951; president of the Georgia Bar Association from 1954 to 1955.

As a Georgia Democrat, Flynt served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1953 to 1978, where he chaired the House Ethics Committee. He also served on the Appropriations Committee and was a ranking member of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. After serving in Congress, Flynt resumed practicing law and farming in addition to engaging in banking and real estate.

Flynt married Patricia Bradley of Dalton, Georgia in 1942 with whom he had three children, Susan, James, and Crisp. John James Flynt, Jr. died of cancer on June 24, 2007, in Griffin, Georgia.

Scope and Content

Flynt's papers document his service in the U.S. House of Representatives (1953-1978) and include constituent correspondence, legislative files, published materials, and campaign files. Topics include Taft-Hartley, civil rights, integration of schools, foreign aid, labor and minimum wage, education, taxation, flood control, and Watergate.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into 10 series: Series I. Departmental, Series II. Flood Control, Series III. General, Series IV. Intra-Office, Series V. Legislative, Series VI. County Files, Series VII. Politics, Series VIII. Personal, Series IX. Audiovisual Materials, and Series X. Photographs.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research with the following exception:

Series IX. Audiovisual Materials: Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Preferred citation

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

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as a "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Adriane Hanson and Jordan Graham (student assistant), September 2016.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Civil rights.
Georgia -- Appropriations and expenditures.
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Legislators -- United States.
School integration -- United States.
United States. Labor Management Relations Act.
Watergate Affair, 1972-1974.

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Robert G. Stephens Papers


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Departmental, 1963-1978

66 box(es)
Series I: Departmental relates to legislation and is divided into two subseries, A. Departments and B. Commissions. Departments include all executive departments, which make up the President's cabinet. Files consist of constituent correspondence, reports, and press releases. Commissions consist of executive and congressional commissions and boards. Materials found in this subseries consist of correspondence, reports, newsletters, and directories.
This series is organized into two subseries, A. Departments and B. Commissions.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Departments, 1963-1977

( 45 box(es) )
Departments files include all executive departments, which make up the President's cabinet. Files consist of constituent correspondence, reports and press releases.
Arrangement is in reverse chronological order by year and thereafter alphabetical.



Subseries B. Commissions, 1963-1978

( 21 box(es) )
Commissions files consist of executive and congressional commissions and boards. Materials found in this subseries consist of correspondence, reports, newsletters, and directories.
These files are arranged chronologically by year and thereafter alphabetically.
 

Series II. Flood Control, 1958-1978

14 box(es)
Series II: Flood Control is divided into four subseries corresponding to the four major water projects, Flint River, Russell Dam, West Point Dam, and General. This series includes project files, clippings, maps, and reports documenting Satilla River, Ocmulgee River, Coosa-Alabama River, Chattahoochee River, Cedar Creek River, Alcovy River, Spewrell Bluff, and others.
This series is organized into four subseries, A. Flint River, B. Russell Dam, C. West Point Dam, and D. General
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Flint River, 1960-1977

( 4 box(es) )



Subseries B. Russell Dam, 1963-1978

( 1 box(es) )



Subseries C. West Point Dam, 1959-1977

( 9 box(es) )



Subseries D. General, 1957-1972

( 1 box(es) )
 

Series III. General , 1954-1978

302 box(es)
Series III: General contains background information on legislation, daily office activities, constituent inquiries, as well as various groups and activities. Files consist of correspondence, speeches, reports, news releases, clippings, and photographs. The majority of the papers date from the early sixties to the late seventies. The early years of this series, 1954 to 1962, coincide with Flynt's Departmental series, which date from 1963 to 1978. The researcher will need to consult the other portion of this collection to gain a more complete understanding of the congressman's work with legislation relating to the executive departments and commissions.
This series is divided into two subseries: A. Miscellaneous, General and Individual correspondence and B. Subject files.
This series is open for research.
To view more information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Miscellaneous, General and Individual Correspondence, 1955-1978

( 31 box(es) )



Subseries B. Subject Files, 1954-1978

( 269 box(es) )
 

Series IV. Intra-Office, 1953-1975

21 box(es)
Series IV: Intra-Office consists of mail logs, appointment books and address cards. These were materials used in the Washington office on a daily basis.
This series is organized into three subseries: A. Mail Logs, B. Appointment Books, and C. Address Cards.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Mail Logs, 1970-1973

( 2 box(es) )



Subseries B. Appointment Books, 1955-1968

( 1 box(es) )



Subseries C. Address Cards

( 21 box(es) )
 

Series V. Legislative, 1954-1970

289 box(es)
Series V: Legislative consists of Congressional Record remarks, voting records, constituent correspondence, clippings, party correspondence, and copies of legislation. These files document Flynt's activities on the Appropriations Committee and Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Topics include Taft-Hartley, civil rights, integration of schools, foriegn aid, labor and minimum wage, education, taxation, and Watergate. There is some overlap with similar topics in the General series.
This series is organized into four subseries: A. General, B. Voting Record, and C. Flynt Legislation, and D. Committee Legislation .
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. General, 1955-1978

( 28 box(es) )



Subseries B. Voting Record, 1955-1979

( 4 box(es) )



Subseries C. Flynt Legislation, 1955-1978

( 39 box(es) )



Subseries D. Committee Legislation, 1955-1968

 

Series VI. County Files, 1954-1963

3 box(es)
Series VI: County Files consists of correspondence, published materials, and reports documenting projects in various counties.
This series is arranged alphabetically.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series VII. Politics, 1954-1970

28 box(es)
Series VII: Politics include files regarding political opponents, events, campaigns, and conventions. National party policy statements are an important part of the years when elections occur. The 1960 Kennedy-Johnson election is especially extensive and includes transcripts from the Kennedy-Nixon debates. Local elections include district correspondence, voter lists, financial statements, press releases, in the years they occur. Correspondence includes letters from Senators Talmadge, Kennedy, Kefauver, Humphrey; Representatives Johnson and Vinson; Governors Arnall, Sanders, Vandiver, Stephenson of Illinois and national figures like Ty Cobb, former President Harry Truman, are scattered throughout the series, especially after 1960.
This series is arranged in reverse chronological order.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series VIII. Personal, 1954-1961

4 box(es)
Series VIII: Personal contains material and correspondence of a personal nature including bills, contributions from Flynt, football tickets, and Christmas lists. This series also contains files which were removed from county files as they were marked "personal".
Personal files are arranged in alphabetical order.
This series is open for research.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series IX. Audiovisual Materials, 1978

6 item(s)
John James Flynt, Jr. Papers, Series IX. Audiovisual Materials includes one Umatic videocassette from 1978, four 16mm films including a film of Flynt with President Kennedy in 1962, and one quarter-inch open reel audio tape from 1966.
John J. Flynt, Jr. Papers, Series IX. Audiovisual Materials is arranged by format.
Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series X. Photographs, 1950s-1960s

1 box(es)
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.