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George Abney papers

George Abney papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: George Abney papers
Creator: Abney, George M., 1930-2002
Inclusive Dates: 1920-2002
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 Linear Feet 10 boxes
Collection Number: ms3216
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

George Abney (1930-2002), a Georgia native, was a professor at the School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He collected a considerable amount of information about Georgia in his many years. He began his journalism career covering the Athens High School's Trojan team. In 1945, he became a sports-writer for the Athens Banner-Herald. In 1951, he began work for the Associated Press, but he soon volunteered in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After returning back to the States from war, he studied for his Master's degree in journalism and then dedicated his life to teaching. From 1957 to 1993, he served the Grady College as Director of Undergraduate Services and Honors Advisor. He assisted in the creation of the honors program and the Public Relations Student Society of America at the University of Georgia. Mr. Abney was a member of many organizations of advertising and public relations groups, and was active in the Retired Officers' Association after his service in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. An avid sports fan, he followed women's sports at the University of Georgia especially closely.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the personal and professional papers of George Abney. Included are papers from his time at Athens High School, through his schooling at the UGA School of Journalism, his service in the United States Air Force in Korea, Japan, and The United States, and throughout his tenure serving as a professor and advisor at the University of Georgia. Papers include many organizations of advertising and public relations groups, the Retired Officers' Association, and several items regarding women's sports at UGA.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Abney papers, ms3216, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Abney, Sue Ellen
Athens (Ga.) -- Church history.
Boy Scouts -- Georgia.
Drewry, John E. (John Eldridge), 1902-
Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Irwin, Pam
Journalism -- Study and teaching
Journalism teachers -- Georgia -- Athens -- Correspondence.
Journalism, School -- Georgia -- Athens -- History.
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Veterans.
Photograph albums.
United States -- Air Force -- Sewart Air Force Base.
United States -- Air Force.
United States -- Coast Guard Reserve.
University of Georgia. Athletic Association
University of Georgia. Sports. Women

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections are George Abney scrapbboks, ms187; George Abney collection, ms2656; Beth Mobley Abney papers, ms3276.

Related audiovisual materials from this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archive:

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. University of Georgia

1.1 School of Journalism

12Journalism school
13Biographic information about George Abney
15Special Events
17Class books
18University Council
19Business to business advertising
110Formation of the Council for Superior Students
111Statistics: journalism honors
112Honors research
113Honors graduation statistics
114Forum for honors
115Southern regional honors council
116Honors program workshops
118Industrial advertising
119Rotary Club
120Writing guidelines
121Biographies (related to J-School)
122Sports workshop
123GSPA workshops
124GSPA general
125Workshops and seminars
126Journalism self study, 1979
127JRL 598/798
128Journalism course material
129-30Teaching material
Journalism Alum News, 1972-1993
21Honors student orientation
22Honors program committee - University self study, 1979
23Honors Day (University): checklist
24Faculty senate study committee
25Admissions committee
26Combined ABJ/MBA degree
27Public relations sequence
28Needs assessment study-survey Clarke County Schools
29Dictionary of Georgia biography
210J-School history
211Graduation checkout sample
212University of Georgia
214School of Journalism/Mass Communication
215History of school - institute, program
216New Journalism building, 1969
217Public Relations Student Society of America
218Georgia Press Institute
219Georgia Radio-TV Institute
220JAM - Journalism Association for Minorities
221Southern Industrial Editors Institute
222GSPA - Georgia Scholastic Press Association
223Education-Industry conferences on advertising/PR
224Peabody awards
225Hall of Fame
226Henry W. Grady/Sanford/Drewry
227Sigma Delta Chi
228-29Kappa Tau Alpha
230Phi Kappa Phi
231Notes - Black History Month
232Henry Grady's Stamp of Approval, 1949-1966
233Abney retirement guest book

1.2 Dean Drewry

238Course materials
239Women's magazines
31Drewry scrapbook
32New York Times
33New Republic
34The Nation
35National Geographic Magazine
36General journalism info

1.3 Athletic Association

310Athletics - assorted
311UGA basketball box scores
312Abney article - football program, 1993
313Soccer - Amy Berberry
314Goal Club
315Soccer, 2000-2001
316Softball, 2001-2002
9Pam Irwin scrapbook
9Pam Irwin jersey

2. Personal

2.1 Personal life

317High school activities
318High school newspaper advisors workshop
319Membership, ID cards
320Georgia journalism
321Journalism history
322-23Personal correspondence
324Family history
325George Abney bio/resume
326Legal documents
328Editorial letters
329Personal scrapbook
3311947 Class reunion
41-2AHS reunion, 1987-1997
43Funeral notices
44LBJ visit - photograph, slides, card
45Boy Scouts
46-7Published writing

2.2 Academic

48Academic writing
49Thesis research
410Quals - dissertation
411Journalism school history
412-13Thesis notes
418Scholastic Press Institute
419Dissertation material
420Bound Appendices
421Bound paper - History 695, 1956
422Bound paper - Communications 360
423Bound paper - Communications 375
424Bound paper - Communications 301b, 1965

2.3 Church

52The Poor You Always Have With You
53Publicity - Community awareness file - Community Christmas Celebration III, 1979 November 25
54Community Christmas Celebration IV, 1980
55Community Christmas Celebration V, 1981
56Community Christmas Celebration VI, 1982
57Community Christmas Celebration VII, 1983
58Community Christmas Celebration VIII, 1984
510Wesley Foundation
514Enrichment school

2.4 Military

525Army Information School - special events
526Korean War, miscellaneous
527Air Force insignia, silk map, scarf
528Korean War writing
529History of the Japanese press
530Stars and Stripes, Massawa Wing Spread, Republic Aviation News
531Japanese newspapers
532Carrier's Courier, 1954-1955
533Coast Guard materials
61Coast Guard printed materials, 1938, 1954-1959
62Retired Officers Association materials

2.5 Interests

63Hank Aaron home run record pursuit, 1973-1975
64Country music fan clubs, autographs, script
65German postage stamps, 1920-1929
66Space program publications, notes
67Centennial of McDuffie County (Ga.) burochure, 1970
68U.S. Defense Fund stamp books, 1942
69"What's Your Georgia IQ?", 1959

3. Awards and recognition

610-11Certificates and Awards
6National Education Award, 1980
6Chapelwood Church award, 1988
10Plaques, certificates, awards, medals

4. Photographs and scrapbooks

612George Abney
613-14Abney family
615-16USAF - Korea, Japan, Seward AFB
617Coast Guard
618Retirees Association trip
619Dean Drewry
620Rotary Club
621Unidentified family
622Journalism school
623Slides - family, UGA
624Slides - Korea, USAF
7Lambda Chi Alpha group photograph, 1949
7Lackland AFB, Squadron 3712 group photo, 1951 August
7Unidentified family photo album
7George Abney high school photo album
7Sue Ellen Abney scrapbook
7Abney scrapbook
8George Abney scrapbook