Andrew Avery papers

Andrew Avery papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Avery, Andrew, 1901-1990
Title: Andrew Avery papers
Dates: 1922-1991
Quantity: 6.5 Linear feet (4 boxes, 1 document box, 2 oversized boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Coll. Number: ms4056

Biographical/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 Note

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.

Index Terms

Agriculture--Georgia--Decatur County.
Avery, Andrew, 1901-1990
Bainbridge (Ga.)
Decatur County (Ga.)
Grady County (Ga.)
Lowndes County (Ga.)
Public schools--Georgia.
School superintendents--Georgia.
Schools--Georgia--Decatur County.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Related Material

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
2Andrew Avery - tribute
3Andrew Avery - memorials
4Thomas J. "Jack" Avery
5Andrew Avery, Jr.
6Daniel Avery
7Debate writing
8Young Harris
9Young Harris - scrapbook
11Writing - history, various
12Correspondence - Alva Lucile Wooten
13Correspondence - Fannie Mae Norris
14Correspondence - family history
15-16Correspondence - personal, miscellaneous
17Avery Family Heritage book
18Scrapbook - miscellaneous
19Mountain Trails are Calling by Marvin A. Reed, 1960
20Church history
21Bowen Baptist Association reports
22Graduation invitations
23George Norris
21Photographs - Family
2Photograph - Andrew Avery - Young Harris College, 1927
3Photographs - Andrew Avery
4Photographs - Andrew Avery awards
5D. T. Avery estate, 1948
6Andrew Avery will
7Legal documents - Andrew Avery
8Legal documents - J. D. Avery
9Legal documents - W. D. Bell
10Legal documents - Brock
11Legal documents - Palie Clark estate
12Legal documents - N. L. Lamb
13Legal documents - Salter
14Printed material - Decatur County history
15Printed material - menus, railroads, senate
48Writing - Post-Searchlight, 1919-1922
9Material for Andrew Avery film
10Newspaper clippings and copies
11-14Clipping scrapbook
15Postcards - Georgia
OS Box
2Enotah Echoes, Bulk, 1926-1927, 1926-1980
OS Folder
1Augusta Courier with Footsteps of Progress film article, 1953 June 15
OS Box
1Film-O 121 camera
Membership cards, buttons, various items
51Film correspondence - Decatur County, 1939-1940
2Film correspondence, 1981-1984
3Film correspondence and miscellaneous
4Film camera and projector information
5Legal documents - Brock family
6-7Clipping copies scrapbook

2. School administration

216Correspondence - schools
17-20Decatur County Schools - administration
21-22Georgia County Schools Speak - statewide budget report, 1933-1934
23-24National Education Administration
25State Department of Education and budget, 1942
26School budgets, 1943-1944
27College students
28Home economics
29Building repair
30Avery v. Hale, 1928
31Avery v. Bower
2Legal documents - Decatur County Schools
3Printed Material - school buses and safety
4Printed material - education/civic
5Printed material - school testing
6Printed material - political
7Mt. Pleasant yearbook, 1951
8Photographs - schools
9Scrapbook - schools, miscellaneous
OS Folder
1National Education Association certificate, 1937

3. Farming/agriculture

310Farm maps/plats
11Farm papers
12Legal/Financial documents - tenant farmers
13-14Atlanta Constitution Plant-to-Prosper contest, 1938
154H notebook, 1940
16Correspondence - farming
17Agriculture groups - local history, correspondence
18Decatur County Farm Bureau
19Printed material - agriculture
20-21Peanutorama/Georgia Peanut Commission
22Peanutorama - writing
41Peanut Queen/Princess contest
2Correspondence - pageant contestants
3Printed material - peanuts
4Photographs - Peanutorama, festivals, parades
5Photographs - livestock
6Photographs - cane grinding
7Photographs - miscellaneous
OS Folder
1Land plats