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Mary Margaret Byrne Papers (MC 338)

Biographical Note

Mary Margaret Byrne was a well- known and regarded citizen of Columbus, Georgia, editorial page editor and journalist for over 40 years.  Her deep love of history, historic preservation and journalism endeared her to her friends and colleagues.  According to a genealogy chart, she was born Friday Nov. 9, 1928 in Franklin, North Carolina to John B. Byrne and Margaret Bryant.  She had two brothers, Philip and John Bernard Byrne, Jr.  Her family in Columbus dates back to 1828.   She attended St. Elmo Elementary School, Columbus High School and the University of Georgia.  She was associated with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer since 1949 except for 3 years, starting in 1953 at WDAK, a local TV station, as woman's director.  She also was very active with the Historic Columbus Foundation and was a founding member.  She was also a Springer Theatre trustee.  She died February 19, 1989 and is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Columbus.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of an eclectic accumulation of material relating to Mary Margaret Byrne, from personal items to photographs, historic homes, personalities and ties with the Carter White House.  It was previously MC 001 at the public library.

1896-1989                                                                               1 box (.33 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Mary Margaret Byrne Papers must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University.  Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Mary Margaret Byrne Papers (MC 338)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


This collection was donated to the CSU Archives in the fall of 2013 when the Columbus Public Library closed its archival collection.  It was previously numbered MS001 at the public library.

Note to Researchers:

See also:

Vertical file biography
Byrne, Bryant and Durkin Family Papers (MC 412)

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Baby's Own Book, Mary Margaret Bryne's baby book

Folder 2 – Byrne Pedigree chart

Folder 3 – Columbus Girls' Club program

Folder 4 – Fort Benning Dramatic Club, 1937-1939

Folder 5 – John B. Byrne Memorial Tower, 1937

Folder 6 – John Byrne's writings

Folder 7 – Les Waldroop recording of "The Peanut Farmer" and "That True Blue Woman of Mine", 45 rpm, 1976

Folder 8 – Mary Margaret Byrne Obituary and Memorials, 1989

Folder 9 – Newspaper clippings

Folder 10 – "Peanuts" lyrics by Lesley Davison, 1976

Folder 11 – Pencil drawing by F. Clason Kyle

Folder 12 – Personal notes and cards

Folder 13 – Photograph-Broadway flood, 1929

Folder 14 – Photograph - framed male relative

Folder 15 – Photograph-Jimmy Carter shaking hands with Mary Margaret Byrne

Folder 16 – Photographs-Mary Margaret Byrne

Folder 17 – Photographs on CDs (2)

Folder 18 – Photographs-Peters Langdon House

Folder 19 – Photograph and drawing-Springer Theatre

Folder 20 – Photograph-10th St. School, 3rd grade class (father in picture), 1896

Folder 21 – Photographs-unidentified groups

Folder 22 – Photographs -unidentified house ( 19th Ave. near park)

Folder 23 – Photographs -unidentified individuals

Folder 24 – "A Program for Columbus, Georgia" by Janice A. Woodruff, 1966

Folder 25 – Sample Democratic ballot, 1932

Folder 26 – Ration books from World War II

Folder 27 – Wedding of Augusta Benning Burgard to David Garrison, February, 1954

Folder 28 – White House correspondence

Folder 29 – Writings of Gertrude Handley

Folder 30 – Print of the Springer Opera House