Public relation files, 1943-1947.


Public relation files, 1943-1947.

The Governor is the chief executive of the state whose function is to administer the laws of the state. One of the activities used to accomplish this function is the administering of greetings, congratulations, recommendations, and other responses to constituents, public officials, dignitaries, and citizens of other states seeking information or offering observations. This series consists of the public relations files of Governor Chauncey Sparks. It contains correspondence, telegrams, clippings, photographs, reports, and publications that document the governor's relations with constituents and correspondents from other states. The records also document the governor's interaction with governors of other states, Congressmen, the President of the United States, the vice-president, and other public officials and dignitaries. The files consist of greetings from the governor to visiting dignitaries, businessmen, and school groups. The governor also sent greetings and congratulatory messages to governors of other states and constituents celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, births of children, weddings, promotions, awards and honors, and numerous other special occasions. The files also contain letters from constituents asking for money for themselves or for fund raising projects. A large portion of these requests are for churches and church activities as well as numerous fraternal organizations. Included in the records are invitations to ribbon-cuttings, parades, and other organizational events, and requests for speaking engagements. There are letters from citizens requesting appointments to speak with the governor and requests for a recommendation from the governor for a job, promotion, scholarship, and many other situations. This series also contains correspondence pertaining to the governor's speeches and statements. The participation of Alabama's chief executive in the National Governors' Conference and the Southern Governors' Conference is also documented in this series. The files contain correspondence with governors from other states, programs for the meetings, and other general information regarding the conference. Some specific items of interest in the files of Governor Sparks include correspondence and itineraries relevant to visits to the state of Alabama by Lord Halifax, British Ambassador to the United States, in 1943 April; and Wendel Wilkie in 1943 June. The records also document the Governor's 1943 trip to Washington, D.C. This series contains information on and responses to several of Sparks' speaking engagements including his presentations at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.; Tuskegee Institute; and the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in Birmingham. Also of interest is the correspondence regarding Sparks' participation in the 1944 National Democratic Convention in Chicago and Democratic Party issues and activities in general. The majority of this correspondence was handled by Sparks' secretary, George Bliss Jones.

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