Andrew Avery papers

Andrew Avery papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Andrew Avery papers
Creator: Avery, Andrew, 1901-1990
Inclusive Dates: 1922-1991
Language(s): English
Extent: 6.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 document box, 2 oversized boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Collection Number: ms4056
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Andrew Avery (1901-1990) was a school teacher and principal of the Bell-Dixon School near Climax, Georgia. He attended Young Harris College, graduating in 1927, and the University of Georgia in 1929. He taught in Whigham, Hahira, and Mt. Pleasant before being elected Decatur County Superintendent of Schools, serving from 1932-1948, then ran for a seat in the state senate in 1948. Mr. Avery won the Atlanta Constitution's 1938 Plant-to-Prosper contest, and took over the operations of his family farm after his father David T. Avery's passing, managing the farm with several tennant farmers. Mr. Avery helped create the Decatur County Peanutorama and its Peanut Queen pageant, highlighting the crop and the surrounding county's contribution to its marketing. Over the years he made several films about Decatur County for historic and educational purposes, and to promote local agribusiness. Mr. Avery was a member of the Rotary, Woodmen of the World, National Education Association, Georgia Farm Bureau, and many other educational and agricultural organizations.

Andrew Avery's Home Movie Collection picturing scenes of South Georgia and elsewhere from the 1930s to mid-1950s is currently available in

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, printed material, notes, legal documents, plats, and various ephemera. Of note is the scrapbook documenting farm improvements he made for the Atlanta Constitution's Plant-to-Prosper contest of 1938, as well as many photographs of schools he was involved with in southwest Georgia and the film camera used to make the home movies housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives.

Additional audiovisual materials related to this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Andrew Avery papers, ms4056, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

The audiovisual materials related to this collection, the Andrew Avery Home Movie Collection, are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Personal

11Andrew Avery - personal history
12Andrew Avery - tribute
13Andrew Avery - memorials
14Thomas J. "Jack" Avery
15Andrew Avery, Jr.
16Daniel Avery
17Debate writing
18Young Harris
19Young Harris - scrapbook
111Writing - history, various
112Correspondence - Alva Lucile Wooten
113Correspondence - Fannie Mae Norris
114Correspondence - family history
115-16Correspondence - personal, miscellaneous
117Avery Family Heritage book
118Scrapbook - miscellaneous
119Mountain Trails are Calling by Marvin A. Reed, 1960
120Church history
121Bowen Baptist Association reports
122Graduation invitations
123George Norris
21Photographs - Family
22Photograph - Andrew Avery - Young Harris College, 1927
23Photographs - Andrew Avery
24Photographs - Andrew Avery awards
25D. T. Avery estate, 1948
26Andrew Avery will
27Legal documents - Andrew Avery
28Legal documents - J. D. Avery
29Legal documents - W. D. Bell
210Legal documents - Brock
211Legal documents - Palie Clark estate
212Legal documents - N. L. Lamb
213Legal documents - Salter
214Printed material - Decatur County history
215Printed material - menus, railroads, senate
48Writing - Post-Searchlight, 1919-1922
49Material for Andrew Avery film
410Newspaper clippings and copies
411-14Clipping scrapbook
415Postcards - Georgia
2Enotah Echoes, 1926-1980, 1926-1927
1Augusta Courier with Footsteps of Progress film article, 1953 June 15
1Film-O 121 camera
1Membership cards, buttons, various items
51Film correspondence - Decatur County, 1939-1940
52Film correspondence, 1981-1984
53Film correspondence and miscellaneous
54Film camera and projector information
55Legal documents - Brock family
56-7Clipping copies scrapbook

2. School administration

216Correspondence - schools
217-20Decatur County Schools - administration
221-22Georgia County Schools Speak - statewide budget report, 1933-1934
223-24National Education Administration
225State Department of Education and budget, 1942
226School budgets, 1943-1944
227College students
228Home economics
229Building repair
230Avery v. Hale, 1928
31Avery v. Bower
32Legal documents - Decatur County Schools
33Printed Material - school buses and safety
34Printed material - education/civic
35Printed material - school testing
36Printed material - political
37Mt. Pleasant yearbook, 1951
38Photographs - schools
39Scrapbook - schools, miscellaneous
1National Education Association certificate, 1937

3. Farming/agriculture

310Farm maps/plats
311Farm papers
312Legal/Financial documents - tenant farmers
313-14Atlanta Constitution Plant-to-Prosper contest, 1938
3154H notebook, 1940
316Correspondence - farming
317Agriculture groups - local history, correspondence
318Decatur County Farm Bureau
319Printed material - agriculture
320-21Peanutorama/Georgia Peanut Commission
322Peanutorama - writing
41Peanut Queen/Princess contest
42Correspondence - pageant contestants
43Printed material - peanuts
44Photographs - Peanutorama, festivals, parades
45Photographs - livestock
46Photographs - cane grinding
47Photographs - miscellaneous
1Land plats

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