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Mike Cheatham papers

Mike Cheatham papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mike Cheatham papers
Creator: Cheatham, Walter Malcolm (Mike), 1932-2013
Inclusive Dates: 1900-2011
Language(s): English
Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet 5 boxes and 4 oversize folders
Collection Number: ms3735
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Walter M. (Mike) Cheatham was an author and broadcaster originally from Toccoa, Georgia. He earned a history degree from the University of Georgia and a J. D. from Emory Univesity. Later, Cheatham worked in marketing and public affairs with the Coca-Cola Company and Union Carbide. He performed work in speech writing and public affairs in both corporate and political settings. He is best known for his books Your Friendly Neighbor: The Story of Georgia's Coca-Cola Bottling Families (1999), and No Man Walks Alone: The Life and Times of Thomas G. Pownall (2003). Prior to this, he wrote three books, Rabun Redux (1990), Class of the Carolinas (1992), An Athens Diary: One Georgia Community's Olympic Experience (1996). Cheatham served as a featured sports broadcaster throughout his career and wrote many newspaper op-ed columns. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 81.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Cheatham's research and writing on topics such as the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the life of former Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) CEO Thomas G. Pownall, and athletics. The collection also features his research on other topics, often related to southern history, as well as his newspaper sportswriting and transcripts of radio commentary. Research-related materials include his notes, correspondence, and photocopies of sources. A small portion of the collection contains personal writing and correspondence.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies can be made available upon request. Availability is dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Mike Cheatham papers, ms3735, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2013.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athletics -- North Carolina.
Audiovisual materials.
Cheatham, Walter Malcolm (Mike), 1932-2013
Coca-Cola Company
Georgia -- History.
Georgia Bulldogs (Football team)
Lockheed Martin
Pownall, Thomas Gilmore, 1922-2005
Public relations.
Video recordings.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Georgia -- Athens.

Related Collections in this Repository

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Your Friendly Neighbor Research

11Your Friendly Neighbor Summary
12Chapter 3 draft
13Chapter 4 draft
14Chapter 5 draft
15Chapter 6 draft
16Chapter 7 draft
17Chapter 8 drafts
18Chapter 9 draft
19-11Chapter 10 drafts
112"They're Thirsty on Main Street and All Over" by Mike Cheatham, Georgia Historical Quarterly, 1996
113The Earliest Bottles
114Beidenharn family research
115Joe Biedenharn
116Lettie Pate Evans
117Roberto C. Goizueta, 1987-1997
118Harrison Jones
119Coca-Cola Annual Report
120Chapter II Summary for Georgia: A Pageant of Years
121Coca-Cola fact Sheet
122Book promotion
123"Three Atlanta Pharmacists" Pharmacy in History, 1989
124"Coca-Cola Bottling Plants in Georgia" thesis by Lillian Hooper Hardison (incomplete copy), 1994
125Mike Cheatham's senior thesis on Coca-Cola
126Pete McTier notes
127Coca-Cola and the Olympic games
128Frank Brown and Jim Wimberly interviews
129Benwood Foundation: The First Fifty Years
130Bottling plants statistics, 1900-1901
131James B. Williams discusses Arthur Montgomery
132Various Coca-Cola research and writing
133Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation brochure
134Correspondence, 1912-1997
135Correspondence, 1998-2007
136-39Research photocopies
140Charles W. Adams photograph
141J. Paul Austin photograph
142Alfred Lee Barron photograph
143Willie Barron photograph
144W. C. Bradley photograph
145Possibly Sebert Brewer, Jr. photograph
146Asa Candler photograph
147George Cobb, Sr. photograph
148W. Banks Haley photograph
149Harbid Hirsch photograph
150George Thomas Hunter as a child, family photograph
151George Thomas Hunter Gallery of Art photograph
152George Thomas Hunter photograph and drawing
153Benjamin F. Thomas ink drawing
154Harrison Jones photograph
155John T. Lupton, photograph of oil portrait
156C. Veazey Rainwater photograph
157Columbus Roberts, Sr. photograph
158Walter A. Sams photograph
159Edward Deloney Sledge photograph
160Edward Deloney Sledge (seated) and staff
161Joseph B. Whitehead
162Robert W. Woodruff photograph
11Robert W. Woodruff group photo
21Bottlers' meetings and conventions, group photgraphs
22Waldorf Astoria event photographs
23Coca-Cola sponsored baseball team photograph
24Coca-Cola slides
25Coca-Cola cooler photograph
26Arthur L. Montgomery photograph
27Bottling plant photograph
28Coca-Cola Bottlers Convention photograph, 1909
12Coca-Cola Convention photograph, 1910
29Ink drawings of bottling plants and advertisements
210Coca-Cola advertisements used in "Your Friend Neighbor"
211Coca-Cola Bottling Company 75th anniversary photographs
51Coca Cola Scrapbook
212unidentified photographs
21Coca Cola sign
22Your Friendly Neighbor sign
31Coca Cola sign

2. No Man Walks Alone Research

213-17No Man Walks Alone draft
218Chapter 1 drafts
219Chapter 2 drafts
220Chapter 3 drafts
221Chapter 4 drafts
222Chapter 6 draft
223Chapter 7 drafts
224Chapter 8 drafts
225Editor's notes
226Caption and citations
227Thomas G. Pownall obituary
228Tom Pownell interview transcription
229Book promotion
230No Man Walks Alone authorship agreement
231Correspondence, 1988-2002 ()
232Correspondence, 2003-2004 ()
233Research photocopies
234Tom Pownell interview transription
236Lockheed Martin annual report, 1999
237Tom Pownell photographs
238Mike Cheatham and Tom Pownell group photograph

3. Athletic Research

239-40Sports writing by Mike Cheatham
31Sports writing by Mike Cheatham
32Class of the Carolinas correspondence
33Class of the Carolinas promotion
34Class of the Carolinas sales
35Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
36John McKnight
37Bob Waters funeral program, 1989
38The State: Down Home in North Carolina, 1993
39"Georgia Docs! Georgia Dawgs!" article Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, 1994
310National Football Foundation and Colelge Hall of Fame Award Dinner programn, 1994
311Olympic Torch Relay informatino, 1996
312Yale vs. Georgia and Sanford dedication program
313American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) President's Breakfast: "Service to Your Profession", 2001
314Wally's Boys Annual Reunion program, 2005
315University of Georgia stuent-athlete war memorial
316Olympic soccer in Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA photograph, 1996
317Research notes and files
318Research notes and files
319Correspondence, 1937-1997
320Correspondence, 1998-2011
321-23Research photocopies
324Mike Cheatham and student athletes war memorial photograph
325Class of the Carolinas book signing photographs
41Class of the Carolinas promotional poster

4. Other Research and Personal Files

327Rabun Redux by Rabun Blaylock (Mike Cheatham)
328Ernest Vandiver oral history notes and documentation
329Georgia state flag, 1956 legislation research
330Athens, Ga and World War II writings
331Athens-Clarke County veterans
332Early country music in Georgia writing
333C. B. Allen
334Life Along the Broad River and Happenings
335General James Longstreet
336"A Mustard Seed Faith"
337"I'm the South" (poem)
41Cheatham geneaology
42Crossing the Color Line research
44Emory University School of Law address
45Various research and writing
46Research correspondence
47Personal correspondence, 1983-2001
48Personal correspondence, 2002-2011
49-10Research photocopies
411Mike Cheatham's mission statement
412Mike Cheatham baby book, 1932
413Praise for Mike Cheatham
414Resumes and career highlights
415Last will and testament
416Awards and recognition
417Articles about Mike Cheatham
418Copyright forms and grant applications
419Mike Cheatham photographs
420Family slides
421"Man Needs His Environment" slideshow
422Nature slides
52Emory Alumni Association
53Phi Kappa Phi Pin

5. Clippings