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Rufe Dorsey Edwards McCombs Maulsby Papers

Rufe Dorsey Edwards McCombs Maulsby Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rufe Dorsey Edwards McCombs Maulsby Papers
Creator: Maulsby, Rufe Dorsey Edwards McCombs, 1918-2012
Inclusive Dates: 1933-2009
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 box(es) (0.5 linear feet, 1 oversize item, 6 audiovisual recordings)
Collection Number: RBRL/331
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Location: 32108050411985

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Rufe Dorsey Edwards McCombs Maulsby was born August 14, 1918, in Decatur, GA. Her uncle, Hugh Dorsey, was Governor of Georgia from 1917-1921. In pursuing her childhood dream of studying law, she received a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Lumpkin School of Law in 1942, having already passed the bar exam two years earlier.

In 1945, Maulsby contracted tuberculosis, which forced her to spend eighteen months in the sanitorium at Rome, GA. Her treatment regimen forced her to leave her career with the US Department of Agriculture. She was not able to return to the practice of law until 1969 when she founded the Columbus, Georgia Legal Aid Society, an organization dedicated to finding affordable legal representation for underprivileged clients.

In 1975, Maulsby became the first woman elected to the bench in Georgia when she defeated three candidates in the race for Columbus Municipal Court Judge. Three years later she was elected to the State Court, and finally to the Georgia Superior Court in 1982. She retired from the bench in 1993 and published her memoir, Benched, in 1997. Judge Maulsby passed away on December 29th, 2012 from complications due to a broken hip.

Scope and Content

This collection is composed of six folders of manuscripts and six VHS cassettes. Most of the documents are clippings and correspondence dealing with Judge Maulsby's personal life and childhood. The collection contains an extensive deposition of Judge Maulsby taken for State of Georgia v. Janet Reno, et. al.

The video media includes recordings of State v. Brightwell and State v. Patterson, as well as Judge Maulsby's television appearances on Good Morning Atlanta and Court TV.

Organization and Arrangement

The files are arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Rufe Dorsey Edwards McCombs Maulsby Papers. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Robert Lay, 2018-10-24.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Judges -- Georgia.
Voting Rights Act of 1965 (United States)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Certificates and Clippings, circa 1933-1936
12Class of 1942 Reunion, 50th Anniversary, University of Georgia School of Law, September 25-26, 1992
13Clippings and Correspondence, 1987-1998
14Deposition of Rufe E. McCombs in State of Georgia v. Reno, et. al., July 15, 1994
15Personal Correspondence, 1995-1999
Map case drawer 6Diploma, Rufe Dorsey Edwards, 1942
RBRL331-VHS_0001State v. Brightwell, Tape 1, circa 1998
RBRL331-VHS_0002State v. Brightwell, Tape 2, circa 1998
Note on label: "Where it is now is where my charges(?) start."
RBRL331-VHS_0003Good Morning Atlanta: Judge Rufe McCombs, January 5, 1998
RBRL331-VHS_004Trial of State v. Patterson, Death Penalty Case, undated
RBRL331-VHS_0005Judge McCombs - Court TV, undated
RBRL331-VHS_0006The Judge on Court TV, undated