Smithgall family audiovisual materials

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Collection Details

Collection Dates: 1936 – 1952
Scope and Content Note: Smithgall family home movies
Biographical Note: Charles A. Smithgall, Jr. (1910-2002) was a broadcaster, businessman and conservationist. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech in 1933, then began his work in radio as an announcer. He eventually became a radio station executive then ventured into newspapers, founding the Gainesville Daily Times and a publisher of several other local weekly newspapers. He also owned several radio stations throughout north Georgia and Alabama as well as cable television franchises throughout the southeast. As a conservationist, Smithgall donated a large tract of land he had acquired along Dukes Creek in White County to the state, which became the Smithgall Woods State Park. Celestia "Lessie" Bailey Smithgall (1911-2021) was a writer, editor and philanthropist. She graduated from the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism in 1933, and was connected with the creation of the Peabody Awards for Excellence in Journalism. She was the wife of Charles A. Smithgall and their children are Dr. Elizabeth "Bay" Smithgall Watts, Charles A. Smithgall Jr., John F. Smithgall, and James Thurmond Smithgall. The Smithgalls were supporters and advocates of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Citizens for the Arts, Atlanta Zoo, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden among many other community groups.
Extent: 1 8mm; 5 16mm
Related External Collections: Smithgall family papers, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  
Provenance: Hargrett Collection

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