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James L. Gillis, Jr. Papers

James L. Gillis, Jr. Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: James L. Gillis, Jr. Papers
Creator: Gillis, James Lester Jr., 1916-
Inclusive Dates: 1917-2016
Language(s): English
Extent: 9 Linear Feet
Collection Number: RBRL296JLGJ_AV
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: James L. Gillis, Jr. was a member of the Georgia State Senate, serving in 1938 as well as 1945-1946. This collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, awards and recognitions, and scrapbooks.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

James L. Gillis, Jr. was a member of the Georgia State Senate, serving in 1938 as well as 1945-1946. Gillis was a member of several organizations, including the Georgia Forestry Commission Board, State Association of County Commissioners, Bank of Soperton Board of Directors, the National Association of Conservation Districts Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Bankers Association. He also served as president of the American Turpentine Farmers Association and the Georgia Forestry Commision. Gillis founded the Ohoopee River Soil and Water Conservation District and was the direct supervisor. Gillis died in February 2018 at age 101.

Scope and Content

This collection documents James L. Gillis, Jr.'s activities. It includes his time in the Georgia State Senate and his activities on various forestry and bank boards. Documents include correspondence, awards and recognitions, speeches, newspaper articles, and scrapbooks. It also includes one VHS videocassette of Jim L. Gillis, Jr. being interviewed on the University of Georgia campus in 1998.

Organization and Arrangement

The arrangment of the files follows the original owner's organization.

Administrative Information


This collection contains audiovisual materials. 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

James L. Gillis, Jr. Papers. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Jessica Wylie & Anna Harris, 2011.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Conservation of natural resources -- Georgia.
Forests and forestry
Georgia -- General Assembly -- Senate.
Georgia Forestry Association

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

101[Plaque With Quote], 1984-12-21
102[Lions Club Membership Plaque], 2008
103[Eagle Statue Award], 1989
104[Ga. Bankers Assoc. Plaque], 1963
105[Ga. Agribusiness Council Plaque], 1991-01-29
201[Baudville Box with Award], 2010-05-04
202[Georgia Forestry Wooden Plaque], 2013-12-18
203[Georgia Top 100], 1991
204[South Region Conservation Hall of Fame Award Bottom Piece], 2003-06-30
205[South Region Conservation Hall of Fame Award Top Piece], 2003-06-30
206[Conservation Districts Plaque]
301[GFA & John Deere Letters], 1948
302[Jim Gillis Photos], 1956-1964
303[Certificates], 1956-1976
304[Gillis Group Photos], 1982-2005
301[Lion Scroll Plaque]
302[Warnell Alumni Plaque], 2008-10-17
303[Soil and Water Plaque 40 Years]
304[Soil and Water Plaque 50 Years]
305[Soil and Water Plaque 70 Years]
401Advisory Council Research - Cordele, Ga, 1950-1954
402Agribusiness Council, 1975-1978
403State Democratic Executive Committee, 1959-2000
404Foresters License
405Georgia Development Authority, 1965-1973
406Gillis, Jr., Jim L. - ATFA Pictures, 1949-1974
407Agricultural Committee, 1961-1963
408Commercial & Installment Credit Committee, 1961-1963
409Federal Legislative Committee, 1961-1963
410First Vice President (Appt.) Ga. Bankers Association, 1961-1962
411Photos, 1962-1963
4121958, 1958
4131959, 1959
4141960, 1960
415Miscellaneous, 1948-2005
4161961, 1961
4171962, 1962
4181963, 1963
419GACDS - 66th Annual Meeting 70 yr. Supervisor Service Award, 1993-2012
420Carter Appointment, 1973
421Correspondence, 1945-1979
422Magazine/Newspaper Articles, 1949-2007
423Publications, 1945-2006
424Speeches, 1960-1970
425State Soil Conservation, 1949-1969
426Ohoopee S.W. Dist. Agendas/Minutes, 1994-2015
429Annual Reports, 1949-1998
430Awards/Certificates, 1944-2007
431Biographical Sketches, 1977-1996
432Correspondence, 1962-1981
433Minutes of Meetings, 1954-2004
434Miscellaneous, 1950-1985
435Plan of Operation, 1939-1999
436Southeastern Region Conservation Conference, 2003-2004
437"Man of the Year" Programs, 1952-2000
438Newspaper Articles, 1950-2007
439[Misc.], 1979-2012
440[The Changed Look of the Countryside Book], 1974
501Asst. District Forester, 1937
502Correspondence, 1950-1965
503General Info, 1955-1967
504Magazine, 1959-2005
505Minutes/Agendas/Financial Reports, 1948-1964
506[Georgia Farmers Assoc. Misc], 1961-2009
507Magazine - Georgia Forestry, 1977-2003
508Photographs, 1979-1998
509Ga. Forestry Commission Old, 1976-1986
510Ga - For - Com, 2004-2011
511Publications, 1960-2007
512[Georgia Forestry Commission & Recognition], 1977-2015
513Society of American Foresters, 1990-2007
514LIONS Club, 1932-2014
515Mayor - City of Soperton, 1951-1957
516Miscellaneous, 1937-2006
517Southern Forest World, Inc., 1976
518State Senate, 1944-1945
519Swainsboro Technical College's Work Force Training Center, 2000-2010
520[James L. Gillis Sr., 1971-1976
521[Gillis & UGA], 1998
522Newspaper Articles, 1958-2003
523[The 100 Magazine], 1991
524Gulf American Fire & Casualty, 1958-1978
525[Misc.], 1917-1967
526[Department of Ag. Letters], 1981-02-11-1981-03-24
527[Certificates], 1959-1980
601[Photos], 1937-2007
701[Soil & Water Recognition Plaque]
702[State of Georgia Senate Book], 2016-02-10
701[Governors Awards], 1998-2012
801[Political Drawing]
802[University of Georgia Diploma], 1937-06-15
901[Misc.], 1981-2005
901[Melvin Jones Fellow Award]
902[Nathan Deal Letter], 2013-12-18
903[County Commissioners Plaque], 1985-04-28
905[Laminated Newspaper], 2005-09-21
906[Three Scrolls]
JLG VHS 0001, 1998 May 15
Moving image.
Resource may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.
UC 0252J. Gillis Interview [User Copy 0252], 1998 May 15
VHS 0264JLG VHS 0001JLG VHS 0001