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John B. Amos Collection (MC 159)

Biographical Note

John Beverly Amos was born in Enterprise, Alabama on June 5, 1924.  He died 13 August, 1990 and is buried in Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia, along with his wife, Elena Diaz-Verson.   They are buried in Parkhill Cemetery in Columbus, Georgia.  He was the founder of AFLAC insurance, which has its world headquarters in Columbus.  Both John and Elena Amos were philanthropists, giving generously to cancer research, libraries and many other charities.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of several AFLAC-related scrapbooks, awards and other professional material.

1955-1990s                                                             3 l.f.

Permission to Publish

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John B. Amos Collection (MC 159)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Gift of Elena Amos in 1998.

Box and Item List

Box 1


Brown scrapbook- clippings of political campaigns, 1964-66

Green scrapbook – insurance company newspaper clippings (AFLAC), 1964-1966


Folder 1 – Carter Presidency

Folder 2 – A Miracle is Fun, a play by the Steam Mill Road Players, Mother's Day, 1963

Folder 3 – Miscellaneous Articles

Folder 4 – Order of the Sacred Treasure awarded to John B. Amos by the Emperor of Japan, 1991

Folder 5 – Politics – newspaper clippings, 1964-1966

Folder 6 – The Road Ahead; 5 year plan beginning January 1968

Folder 7 – Stock offerings, promotions, conference articles, 1971

Folder 8 – Testimony of John B. Amos before Ways and Means Committee of House of Representatives, September 1985

Folder 9 – Wisdom Hall of Fame


1. Black, no cover; 1955-1971
Includes the founding of American Family Life Insurance Company, newspaper articles about the company

2. Brown cloth labelled JBA on cover, 1979
Business related, politics and personal articles

3. Brown cover- 1982-1973 ( back to front)
Business articles

4. Black (unbound) divided into 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Business and personal clippings

5. Black with American Family Life Scrapbook on cover, 1972-1975
Stock dividends, business articles

6. Red/Brown cover labelled "Mr. John", 1980
Business, political articles and pleasure