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Governor - Director of Communications - Governor's Press Releases

Identifier: 001-10-043

Scope and Contents

This series consists of (but is not limited to): (1) press releases (2) miscellaneous pamphlets (3) proclamations (4) bills and resolutions (5) executive orders (6) biographical sketches of appointees (7) photographs of appointees (8) budget requests (9) news clippings (10) correspondence (11) related papers The News Press Division, headed by the News Secretary, is responsible for the public relations of the Executive Department. The Division prepares press releases of the Governor's statements and programs; assists the Governor in preparing, recording and transcribing his speeches and monitors public opinion. Beginning with the administration of Gov. Herman Talmadge, the earlier press releases are nothing more than tear sheets off a news ticker. Consequently, a majority of these earlier releases do not have specific dates and contain added information for the typesetter at the newspaper. Later news releases were (and still are) prepared by the News Division as handouts to be given to the media. To show a vast difference in administrative procedure, Gov. George Busbee's releases are often duplicated and sometimes triplicated in the same file folder. Gov. Lester Maddox had "Special News Release" captioned on top of many of his releases, but it is not known if these releases were handled any differently from the others.


  • Created: 1947-2019


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Arrangement Note

The arrangement of the press releases varies from administration to administration. The releases for Gov. Talmadge and Gov. Griffin are arranged alphabetically by subject and then in a rough chronological sequence by date. The releases beginning with Gov. Vandiver and coming to the present date are arranged chronologically by year and then by month. There is an index to Gov. Busbee's releases (1978-1982) located in Box 10.

Related Materials

For press releases of Gov. Carl Sanders, please see RGSGSERIES 1-1-45, Speaking Engagement Files of General Executive Records. For additional press releases of Gov. Lester Maddox, please also see Series 45 (as mentioned previously).

Governor - Director of Communications - Governor's Press Releases
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Morrow GA 30260 United States