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Georgia State University
John W. Greer Papers
PeopleNo people associated with this collection.
EventsKu Klux Klan rally, Sibley Commission
OrganizationsGeneral Assembly Committee on Schools (Sibley Commission), Ku Klux Klan
LocationsNo locations associated with this collection.
Supporting documents received?Yes
Library/Archives Contact Information
Address:Georgia State University Library
100 Decatur Street
Intellectual Property
Ownership?GSU Library
What are the collection access restrictions?Unrestricted Access
What are the reproduction rights?To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) holder of copyright
Conditions of use?Consult Special Collections Archivist and Reading Room Procedures
Collection IS Processed
% of Collection Processed100%
% of Collection Related to Project?10%
MARC Record for the collection?Yes
What kind of Finding Aid is available?Electronic EAD compliant
Collection NOT Processed
What is the overall quantity?
Date Range of contentsN/A
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Comments on the Collection

John W. Greer was born March 25, 1909 in Ben Hill County, Georgia. He died March 18, 1994. A life-long democrat, Greer attended Emory University. Greer's career in state politics began in 1939 when he became Clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives. Later that same year, he moved to the Governor's office as Secretary, a position he held until 1940. Greer served a number of years as State Representative (1945-1954 from rural Lanier County and 1970-1989 from urban Fulton County) and as State Senator. As a legislator, a civil rights focus can be seen in his work on establishing two 1940s laws which "unmasked" the Ku Klux Klan and provided for statewide secret ballot elections. While a state senator, he served as Secretary of the General Assembly Committee on Schools. More commonly known as the Sibley Commission, this body determined that resistance to school integration was a lost cause and recommended compliance with federal court orders on the matter. The John W. Greer Papers are a part of the Georgia State University Pullen Library Georgia Government Documentation Project (GGDP) Manuscript Collection. It consists of Sibley Commission material, along with various political ads, campaign materials, press clippings, endorsements, campaign finance records, contributor and voter information. Also included are numerous letters to Greer from constituents and supporters from around the state. Of particular interest is Greer's 1960 address in Macon defending the Sibley Commission's work and recommendations. Also of note is the correspondence he received after the speech. The earliest material contained in the papers are files of correspondence from 1948 and 1951. Personal and political mementos are contained in the scrapbooks. The material in the collection dates from 1948 to 1986, with the bulk of the material being from the 1970s. Subseries D contains material specifically related to the Sibley Commission. A John Greer oral history interview in which he speaks about the Sibley Commission (P1987-07) is located in series B of the GGDP.

Unbound paper records
Estimate quantity?2 Linear feet
Actual number of pages999
Date Range of Produced?1945 to 1986

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Clipping Files
How much estimated quantity0.5 Linear feet
Date Range of Produced?1973 to 1977

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