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Finding Aid for The Joseph M. Towns, Jr. Papers(c. Late 1920s - 2001)RG 2-1-1-1


1.5 Linear Ft:1 Bankers Box and 1 Ms. Box Accession: UGA 08-043
Joe M. Towns, Jr.

Joe Towns standing next to car

Introduction:

Joe M. Towns, Jr., a multitalented musican and athlete, was a student at the University of Georgia from 1930 until his graduation in 1934. Young Joe's numerous activities included being a championship golfer and a member of the UGA track team and school band. Joe was also active in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

After graduation, Joe was employed for many years with General Motors. In addition, he was a member of the Conyers Board of Education and also served that city as a councilman and mayor. On top of that, Joe played in a band called "Sorta Forty".

Scope and Content:

This collection serves to help document the lives of Joe, Jr. and his parents (who lived in Conyers, Georgia) during the early years of the Great Depression. Their experiences are detailed through over 250 letters plus assorted scrapbooks, photographs, certificates and news clippings.

For preservation purposes the Towns materials have been scanned and saved on a CD. Materials were refoldered, metal paperclips removed and photographs placed in archival sleeves.

Content Inventory:

Box 1

  1. Correspondence [c. 1930] (10 Items) [1].
  2. Correspondence [c. 1930] (9 Items) [2].
  3. Correspondence [1931] (15 Items) [1].
  4. Correspondence [1931] (12 Items) [2].
  5. Correspondence [1931] (11 Items) [3].
  6. Correspondence [1931] (12 Items) [4].
  7. Correspondence [1931] (10 Items) [5].
  8. Correspondence [1931] (11 Items) [6].
  9. Correspondence [1931] (11 Items) [7].
  10. Correspondence [1931] (12 Items) [8].
  11. Correspondence [1931] (8 Items) [9].
  12. Correspondence [1931] (8 Items) [10].
  13. Correspondence [1932] (12 Items) [1].
  14. Correspondence [1932] (13 Items) [2].
  15. Correspondence [1932] (10 Items) [3].
  16. Correspondence [1932] (10 Items) [4].
  17. Correspondence [1932] (10 Items) [5].
  18. Correspondence [1932] (12 Items) [6].
  19. Correspondence [1932] (10 Items) [7].
  20. Correspondence [1932] (9 Items) [8].
  21. Correspondence [1933] (13 Items) [1].
  22. Correspondence [1933] (13 Items) [2].
  23. Correspondence [1933] (15 Items) [3].
  24. Correspondence [1934] (19 Items).

Box 2

  1. Photographs [c. 1930s - 1940s (?)] (5 Items).
  2. [Certificate - Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity - 1931] (1 Item).
  3. The Students' Handbook Of The University 1931-1932 (1 Item).
  4. "Joe's Stuff - UGA" [Contains Photographs, Booklets, Commencement Programs 1934, Etc.] (17 Items).
  5. Newspaper Clippings [Photocopies - Contain Information About Joe Towns Sr And Jr. (3 Items).
  6. Contents Of Scrapbook [Late 1920s -Early 1930s] [1] (19 Items).
  7. Contents Of Scrapbook [ Late 1920s - Early 1930s] [2] (26 Items).
  8. Contents Of Scrapbook [Newspaper Clippings] [c. Late 1920s - Early 1930s] (37 Items).