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Collection Dates: 1946 – 1947
Scope and Content Note: The collection consists of a film about Fitzgerald, Georgia, made in 1947 by Sol Landsman. Included is footage of various citizens, the rotary club, various schools in the town, Allen's Super Market, M.M. Fletcher Buick, a Chevrolet dealer, Liles Bros. Dairy Products, a cinema, and the Central Methodist Church. In the collection there are one 35mm soundtrack negative, one 35mm picture negative, one 35mm print, one DigiBeta master, and one DVD viewing copy.
Biographical Note: "Fitzgerald, the seat of Ben Hill County, is located in the heart of south central Georgia, twenty-five miles northeast of Tifton. Settled in 1896 by a land company under the direction of Philander H. Fitzgerald, the town is best known as a place of reconciliation among Civil War veterans. Fitzgerald, a former drummer boy in the Union army, had become a pension attorney with a thriving practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. His interest in the welfare of his fellow veteranswas well documented in the publication of the widely read weekly newspaper American Tribune. Through his involvement Fitzgerald conceived the idea for a soldiers' colony in the more hospitable South. Georgia governor William J. Northen was eager to settle some of the sparsely populated areas in the wiregrass region of the Coastal Plain, and after some negotiation they settled on the area around the site of the former turpentine village of Swan on the Ocmulgee River."--"Fitzgerald" from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1408&sug=y (Viewed February 23, 2010)
Extent: 2 film reels : si. and sd., b&w. ; 35 mm.;1 videocassette (DigiBeta) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.;1 sound track film reel : magnetic ; 35 mm.
Genre: Documentaries and factual works
Subject Headings: Fitzgerald (Ga.);Rotary Club (Fitzgerald, Ga.);Allen's Super Market (Fitzgerald, Ga.);Fletcher Buick (Automobile dealer : Fitzgerald, Ga.);Automobile dealers--Georgia--Fitzgerald;Lile Bros. Dairy Products (Fitzgerald, Ga.);Motion picture theaters--Georgia--Fitzgerald;Central United Methodist Church (Fitzgerald, Ga.);Fitzgerald (Ga.)--History--20th century;Documentaries and factual works.
Provenance: Deposited at the Walter J. Brown Media Archives by John Durkovic, Grand Theatre, March 2009.
Cite Collection As: Fitzgerald home town film collection, 1946-1947. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries.
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