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E.D. Murphy Collection (MC 3)

Biographical Note Permission to Publish
Scope and Content Box and Folder List

Biographical Note

E. D. Murphy, a mortgage banker who served as President of the Georgia Company, developed an avid interest in the local history. In 1966 he published a brief history of Columbus in Lawyers Title News. Growing up in the Pemberton House-the one facing 7th Street-he later became interested in this chemist's career and became on of the most passionate advocates for claiming that Pemberton developed Coca-Cola in Columbus before moving to Atlanta. He also tried to interest Alabama and Phenix City officials in preserving Civil War Fort #5 in Phenix City, which he called Fort Gilmer, by making it part of a complex which would have included an Alabama welcome center and interpretive components.

Scope and Content

Murphy's collection includes copies of his writings about John S. Pemberton and the origins of Coca-Cola, a Civil War Fort in Phenix City, and a brief history of Columbus; his daughter's Civil War map of Columbus and Phenix City; and information about the death of his grandfather, Matt Murphy, a Columbus Marshall in 1874.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the E. D. Murphy Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

E. D. Murphy Collection
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Donated by E.D. Murphy in 1975.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

  • Folder 1: "Legend of John Pemberton" manuscript photocopy, by E.D. Murphy
  • Folder 2: "Columbus, Georgia" article, 1966, by E.D. Murphy
  • Folder 3: Fort Gilmer materials; includes site proposal and historical background
  • Folder 4: Matt Murphy clippings
  • Folder 5: Pemberton House postcard
  • Folder 6: Archivists notes, June 1984