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Ebb Duncan papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: Duncan, Joseph Elvin, 1909-1980.
Title: Ebb Duncan papers
Dates: 1973-1980
Quantity: 3.57 Linear feet (9 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Joseph Elvin "Ebb" Duncan from the period he served as a Georgia state senator representing District 30 from 1973-1980.
Identification: POL-0011

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Ervin Duncan, better known as "J. Ebb," was born on February 18, 1909 in Douglasville, Georgia to John Raymond and Pearl (Perkins) Duncan. Duncan graduated from Douglas County High School in 1926 and then graduated from Young Harris College in 1928. He married Antoinette Talmadge Tyus on June 3, 1931 and they had three sons: Robert Tyus Duncan, Richard Allen Duncan, and Ebb Duncan Jr. Duncan Sr. passed away on January 19, 1980 due to a heart condition.

Duncan served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1949 until 1964. He returned to the General Assembly in 1973 as a state senator where he was known as the most powerful senator in the state. Duncan served as Majority Whip, secretary of the Appropriations Committee, vice president of the Banking and Finance Committee, a member of the Human Resources Committee, as well as several other assignments. Duncan was also a member of numerous community organizations and served on the board of directors for several local businesses. He died while in office.

As a member of the Georgia Legislature, Duncan served under six governors. He was instrumental in bringing educational television to Georgia, making the University of West Georgia into a four-year institution, and supporting the creation of the university's modern campus. Duncan also worked to change Georgia State College into Georgia State University, and to purchase Jekyll Island for the state of Georgia. He helped Gov. Zell Miller and Rep. Nathan Dean get their start in politics.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Joseph Elvin "Ebb" Duncan from 1973-1980. The papers include correspondence, both incoming and carbons of Duncan's replies, memoranda, reports, clippings, speeches, printed material, and publicity materials. The collection documents Duncan's activities in the Georgia Senate, including legislation on the World Congress Center, education, mental health, banks and banking, and the disabled. Correspondents include Gov. George Busbee, State Sen. Paul Broun Sr., State Sen. Al Holloway, Lt. Gov. Zell Miller, and State Sen. Virginia Shapard.

The collection had been previously processed to the item level with a paper index of the entire collection available. This index is found in Series I and contains a complete inventory, a container list, a subject list, a correspondence list, and a list of personal names found in Duncan's papers. Series II contains the papers of Duncan and is organized according to the final inventory list compiled by former archivist Myron House. In this organization, box one and a portion of box two contain committee reports. The remainder of box two and all of box three are correspondence. Boxes four through six contain issues files while boxes seven and eight contain primarily publicity files.


Arrangement

Arranged in two series: Series 1. Index; Series 2. Papers.


Index Terms

Banking law--Georgia.
Broun, Paul C. (Paul Collins), 1916-2005.
Busbee, George, 1927-2004.
Duncan, Joseph Elvin, 1909-1980--Archive.
Educational law and legislation--Georgia.
Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Georgia. --General Assembly.--Senate.
Holloway, Albert Weston, 1918-
Legislators--Georgia.
Mental health laws--Georgia.
Miller, Zell, 1932-
People with disabilities--Law and legislation--Georgia.
Shapard, Virginia Lee, 1936-
World Congress Center.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ebb Duncan papers. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Provenance

Donated by Antoinette Duncan, widow of J. Ebb Duncan in February 1982 and by Richard A. Duncan, son of J. Ebb Duncan, in August 2007.

Processed By

Processed by Myron House and Jason Kennedy in 2007 and 2013.

Sponsorship

Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws


Container List

 

Series I: Index

Box

Fldr

11Bills and Laws List
2Container List
3Correspondence List
4Final Inventory
5Institutional and Organizational List
6Personal Names List
7Subjects List
 

Series II: Papers

Box

Fldr

21Banks and Banking
2[Campaign Disclosure Report 1972]
3Campaign Disclosure Reports, 1976 and 1978
4Senator J. Ebb Duncan Committee on Aged
5Senate Appropriations Committee 1979 Session Senator Ebb Duncan, Secretary – Teachers, Education
6Senate Appropriations Committee 1979 Session Senator Ebb Duncan, Secretary – Farming, Agriculture
7Senate Appropriations Committee 1979 Session Senator Ebb Duncan, Secretary – Georgia World Congress Center
8Senate Appropriations Committee 1979 Session Senator Ebb Duncan, Secretary – Human Resources Misc. (Mini Buses)
9Senate Appropriations Committee 1979 Session Senator Ebb Duncan, Secretary – Mental Health/Retardation
10Senate Appropriations Committee 1979 Session Senator Ebb Duncan, Secretary – Miscellaneous
11Senate Food Stamp Study Committee
12Hospital Studies Authority Committee
13Intergovernmental Relations Council, Senator Duncan
14Medicaid Study Committee 1975, Senator Duncan
15Mental Retardation Interim Study Committee 1975 Senator Duncan, Chairman
16Governor's Advisory Council on Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Box

Fldr

31[Mental Health and Mental Retardation Advisory Councils]
2Governor's Advisory Council on MH, 1979-80
3Mental Health Subcommittee, 1977-78
4Contracts for Political Broadcasts
5Conventions
6Appropriations Correspondence, 1979-80
7Banks and Banking [Correspondence]
8Banking – Correspondence, 1978-80
9Banks and Banking [Correspondence]
10Education – Correspondence, 1979-80
11Correspondence – Education –Duncan, 1975-76 and 1977-78
12Correspondence – General, 1975-76 and 1977-78
13General – Correspondence, 1979-80

Box

Fldr

41Senate, 1976
2[Senate], 1977-1978
3Correspondence – Human Resources, 1975-76 and 1977-78
4Human Resources – Correspondence, 1978-80
5Regional Libraries
6Correspondence – Mental Health, 1975-76 and 1977-78
7Correspondence – Mental Health 1977-78 Task Force – Governor's Advisory Council
8Optometrists
9Optometrist Correspondence & Information, 1977-78
10Optometrist Correspondence – Duncan SB 44, 1979-80
11Duncan – Personal, 1975 and 1977-78

Box

Fldr

51Coweta County
2DeKalb Community College
3Douglas County
4Education [1 of 2]
5Education [2 of 2]
6ERA Mail Senator Duncan, 1980
7[Farm Insurance]
8Senate -14 Ft Trailers
9Georgia Advocacy Office
10[Georgia Municipal Association]
11World Congress Center
12Georgia World Congress Center Authority Meeting, Thursday October 18 1979
13Georgia World Congress Center Authority Meeting, Thursday November 15 1979

Box

Fldr

61World Congress Center [1 of 2]
2World Congress Center [2 of 2]
3Human Resources [1 of 2]
4Human Resources [2 of 2]
5Independent Colleges
6Independent Insurance Agents
7Invitations, 1980
8Invitations Duncan, 1979-80
9Legislation – Duncan and Local Legislation, 1979-80
10[Letters of Sympathy on Death of Senator Duncan]
11Local Bills
12[Mail] [1 of 3], January 1980
13[Mail] [2 of 3], January 1980
14[Mail] [3 of 3], January 1980

Box

Fldr

71Constituent Mail Senator Duncan
2Constituent Mail Senator Duncan – Drug Abuse
3Constituent Mail Senator Duncan – Gun Legislation
4Constituent Mail Senator Duncan – Right to Work
5Man of the Year
6Medicaid
7Mental Health, 1979-80
8Mental Health Information Services
9Mental Retardation [1 of 2]
10Mental Retardation [2 of 2]
11Mental Retardation Projected Van Purchases, Duncan, 1979-80
12Bus Survey, 1978
13Duncan – Information Concerning Buses – MH/MR Training Centers
14Zell Miller

Box

Fldr

81Zell Miller Campaign Fund
2Miscellaneous
3Nursing Homes [1 of 2]
4Nursing Homes [2 of 2]
5[Optometrists]
6Pages 1977-78 Session Duncan
7Photographs
8Political Compliments
9Public Law 94-142 Duncan, 1977-78
10Public Law 94-142
111973 Legislative Session – Publicity, Clippings
12Publicity Packet, Fourth Quarter 1973
13Publicity Packet, 1974 General Assembly
14[Publicity], 1974
15[Publicity], 1975
16Publicity 1975 General Assembly

Box

Fldr

91[Publicity], January-May 1976
2[Publicity], 1976
3[Publicity], 1977
4News Packet, 1978 General Assembly
5Clipping Packet, July 1978 – May 1979
6Representatives
7Sales Tax
8Senior Citizens
9Speech Material
10Speeches
11Teacher Retirement
12Tyus – Early Childhood Center
13Usury Rates Duncan
14Weekly Summaries 1979 Session