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J. B. Fuqua Public Service Papers

J. B. Fuqua Public Service Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: J. B. Fuqua Public Service Papers
Creator: Fuqua, John Brooks (J.B.), 1918-2006
Inclusive Dates: 1948-1999
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 box(es) (3 linear feet), including 15 photographs
Collection Number: RBRL/249/JBF
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The J.B. Fuqua Public Service Papers detail the political career of self-made businessman and philanthropist, J.B. Fuqua. Fuqua was born and raised in Prince Edward County, Virginia before settling in Augusta, Georgia with his family. His primary business was ownership of WJBF television and radio stations. Fuqua became involved with politics in 1957 when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives for Richmond County where he served four terms. During his tenure as a politician, Fuqua was responsible for helping Carl Sanders become elected as governor in 1962 and also served as a member of the Democratic National Convention Committee in 1964. The collection includes papers detailing Fuqua's involvement with the Georgia Democratic Party, photographs, campaign memorabilia, and audiovisual materials.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

John Brooks Fuqua was born and raised in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Fuqua became a resident of Augusta, Georgia in 1940 where he lived with his wife, Dorothy, and their two children, J. Rex and Alan. J.B. Fuqua was a self-made businessman who built a multimillion-dollar empire which included owning WJBF television and radio stations and nearly two dozen other companies. Fuqua's political career started in 1957 when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives for Richmond County where he served four terms. Fuqua's political career ended in 1966 when he left the chair of the Georgia Democratic Party.

While in the General Assembly, he was responsible for passing legislation to finance a new governor's mansion and he was involved with helping Carl Sanders become governor in 1962. Fuqua also maintained relationships with major national politicians such as John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and other national leaders. With the assistance of U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, he and Governor Sanders were able to prevent much of the racial violence that plagued some other southern states.

Fuqua became involved with philanthropic work after leaving politics. He donated to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to establish the Fuqua School of Business in 1980, established the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in honor of his wife, and also established the Orchid House. Fuqua also gave donations to establish the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital, Wesley Woods Center of Emory Healthcare, and the George West Mental Health Foundation.

Fuqua passed away in Atlanta, Georgia of complications from bronchitis in April 2006.

Scope and Content

This collection details the political career of businessman and philanthropist, J.B. Fuqua. Fuqua was involved with politics and in particular the Democratic Party of Georgia from 1957 to 1966. The collection includes papers detailing Fuqua's involvement with local politics as a representative of Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia; his involvement with getting Carl Sanders elected governor in 1962; and his involvement with the Democratic National Convention Committee in 1964. This collection also includes photographs and campaign memorabilia. Audiovisual materials have been removed into a separate finding aid found here.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series: I. Political, II. Photographs, and III. Artifacts, and IV. Audiovisual.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. B. Fuqua Public Service 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

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2012.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Augusta (Ga.)
Democratic National Convention
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Elections -- Georgia.
Fuqua, John Brooks (J.B.), 1918-2006
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-

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Carl E. Sanders Papers

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Political

52 folder(s)
This series includes papers related to J.B. Fuqua's political career and his involvement with the Georgia Democratic Party. The papers in this series include correspondence, drafts of speeches, pamphlets, and handbooks. This series covers Fuqua's political involvement with the Governor's Mansion Committee, campaign to elect Carl Sanders for Governor, State Democratic Executive Committee, Young Democratic Clubs of America, and the National Democratic Committee.
11Citizens Advisory Committee on Public Health and Welfare, 1949
12Political [State Senate Election, Augusta-Richmond County Election], 1962
13Personal/Political, 1958-1973
14Personal/Political [State Senate Election; Public Work; Reports for Department of Interior; Department of Health, Education, Welfare], 1963-1964
15Board of Governors of the Richmond Co. Democratic Party, 1964
16J.B. Fuqua Georgia House of Representatives campaign cards, nametags, and labels, 1960s
17J.B. Fuqua Georgia State Senate 22nd District Cards and labels, 1960s
18Christmas Cards, Governor Jimmy Carter, Fritz Hollings, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, 1960s-1970s
19Governor's Mansion Committee re: New Executive Mansion, 1961-1962
110Governor's Mansion Committee re: New Executive Mansion, 1961-1962
111Address of Governor Vandiver, 1960 January 11
112Gov. Vandiver press release and correspondence, 1960-1961
113Members of the Georgia General Assembly directory, 1961-1962
114H.B. 732 Uniform Commercial Code of Georgia, 1962
115Rules and Regulations of the State Democratic Executive Committee of Georgia, 1958-1966
116Population of Georgia Counties, 1960
117Georgia Governmental Officials Directory, 1961-1962
118Georgia Governmental Guide, 1963
119Young Democrats Club of Georgia, 1964
120State Democratic Executive Committee misc. (folder 1 of 2), 1962-1965
121State Democratic Executive Committee misc. (folder 2 of 2), 1962-1965
122Sanders gubernatorial campaign, 1962
123Georgia Committee of One Hundred, Democratic Party of Georgia, 1965
124Carl Sanders for Lt. Gov. pamphlet (3 copies), 1962
125A Big Johnny Reb Special Editorial, 1962
126Carl Sanders gubernatorial campaign ads and press, 1962
127Carl Sanders governor's race [Political broadcast transcripts & agreements], 1970
128Carl Sanders gubernatorial campaign, general (folder 1 of 3), 1962
129Carl Sanders gubernatorial campaign, general (folder 2 of 3), 1962
21Carl Sanders gubernatorial campaign, general (folder 3 of 3), 1962
22Petition to Sanders and Fuqua from Americans for Constitutional Government, 1962
23Democratic Speech Material (folder 1 of 2), 1963-1964
24Democratic Speech Material [Democratic National Convention, Barry Goldwater] (folder 2 of 2), 1963-1964
25Democratic National Convention program and floor passes, 1964
26Democratic National Committee, A Year of Progress, 1964
27Democratic National Committee and Convention, 1964
28Talking Points About Democratic Party, 1964
29Election Report [Congressional], 1962
210Instructor's Manual: Democratic Precinct Worker's Course, circa 1960s
2111964 Speech Cards Prepared by Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for Democratic National Convention, 1964
212Democratic Fact Book, Democratic County Handbook, 1962
213[Organization Manual and Invitation for Young Democratic Clubs of America], circa 1960s
214[Democratic Campaign Materials and Handbooks], 1960-1964
215The Rights of Man; One Nation, One People [Democratic Platform], 1960, 1964
2161964 Democratic Fact Book, 1964
217How to be Influential in Politics, The Citizen in Politics, 1958-1959
218National Democratic Committee (folder 1 of 2), 1962-1965
219National Democratic Committee (folder 2 of 2), 1962-1965
220The Enduring Legacy of Lyndon Johnson Address, 1999 May 14
221Partners in Progress: LBJ and the 89th, speakers kit, 1963
222Johnson-Humphrey Campaign State Headquarters, 1964
223All the Way LBJ bumper sticker, [1964?]
mapcaseCracker Crumble, 1964 October 30
mapcaseSenatorial Districts of Georgia map [from 1960 United States Census], 1962
mapcaseState of Georgia Traffic Map, 1959
mapcaseOrganization of Federal Executive Departments and Agencies: United States Senate Committee on Government Operations, 1960

Series II. Photographs

4 folder(s)
The photographs in this series have been separated from their original folders for preservation purposes. Photographs include official portraits of Carl Sanders, photographs of the Governor's Mansion, and a group photograph of J.B. Fuqua and Jimmy Carter.
224[Carl Sanders portraits], [1962?] (1 (3.25 x 4.5") b/w, 3 (8 x 10") b/w)
225Photographs of Governor's Mansion, 1960s (6 (4 x 5") b/w)
226Road and sign near Milhaven, GA, circa 1962 (4 (3 x 4") b/w)
227Photograph of J.B. Fuqua, unidentified woman, and Jimmy Carter, 1960s (1 (8 x 10") b/w)

Series III. Artifacts

The artifacts in this series include campaign memorabilia such as campaign buttons, conference badges, and specialty license plates.
228License plate, Georgia Senator, 1963
229License plate, Senator, 1960s
230License plate, Senator, 1960s
231License plate, Presidential Inauguration, 1965
3Governor's Conference and Democratic National Convention Badges, 1960-1966
3Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey Campaign Button, 1964[?]
3U.S.S. Kennedy Delegate 2.5" Tombstone, 1960
3Lyndon B. Johnson 3" Medallion, 1964[?]
3J.B. Fuqua Senator District 22 Name Badge, 1960s
3Plastic pink donkey charm, 1960s
3U.S.S. Kennedy tie clip, 1960
3Donkey tie clip, 1960s
3[1966 or 1999 campaign pin], 1966
3LBJ for the USA campaign pin, 1964[?]
3LBJ for the USA tie clip, 1964 [?]
3I'm for Sanders campaign button (2), 1964
3The Word is Byrd campaign button, 1960s
3Re-Elect Bob Stephens U.S. Congress campaign button (2), 1960
3Kennedy and Johnson campaign button, 1960
3See Georgia First button (2)
3Lyndon B. Johnson puppet, undated