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Arthur K. Bolton Scrapbooks

Arthur K. Bolton Scrapbooks

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur K. Bolton Scrapbooks
Creator: Bolton, Arthur K. (Arthur Key), 1922-1997
Inclusive Dates: 1965-1993
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 volume(s) (3 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL248AKB
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Arthur K. Bolton served as the fiftieth attorney general of the State of Georgia (1965-1981). The scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs, certificates and other ephemera related to his life and career.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Arthur Key Bolton was born in Griffin, Georgia, in 1922, and was educated at North Georgia College, the University of Georgia (LL.B., 1943), and the University of Alabama. He served as an infantry captain in World War II and, being wounded in battle, received personal commendations. Following his military service, he began practicing law in Griffin in 1947. Bolton went on to serve as a state representative from Spalding County (1949-1965) and Judge of the Criminal Court of Griffin (1952-1965).

In 1965, he was appointed as the fiftieth attorney general of Georgia. During his tenure, the state found itself involved in a number of legal issues involving, among them the 1966 gubernatorial election, compliance with school desegregation, and notably, Doe v. Bolton, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that overturned Georgia's abortion law. Bolton stepped down from the post in 1981. Later, in 1986, he was a candidate for the State Senate from Georgia's 28th district.

Bolton and his wife, Marion, had two children, Marian Lee and Arthur, Jr. Bolton died in 1997.

Source: The Attorney General of Georgia: Arthur K. Bolton, Attorney General

Scope and Content

The Arthur K. Bolton Scrapbooks contain clippings, photographs, certificates and other ephemera related to the life and career of Arthur K. Bolton, former attorney general for the State of Georgia.

Organization and Arrangement

The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. However, due to the condition of the scrapbooks, special handling may be required.

Preferred citation

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

Copyright Information

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Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Mat Darby, 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Abortion -- Law and legislation
Attorneys General -- Georgia.
Educational law and legislation.
Election law -- Georgia.
Lawyers -- Georgia.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Scrapbook, 1965-1967
2Scrapbook, 1968-1969
3Scrapbook [includes photographs and certificates], 1969-1971
4Scrapbook, 1971-1974
5Scrapbook, 1974-1975
6Scrapbook, 1975-1977
7Scrapbook: Bolton Appreciation Dinner [includes photographs], 1976
8Scrapbook, 1978-1980
9Scrapbook, 1980-1981
10Scrapbook [includes certificates], 1981-1993