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James J. Gilbert Collection (MC 56)

Biographical Note

James Johnson Gilbert was born on October 31, 1865 in Columbus, Georgia, the son of Thomas and Fannie Johnson Gilbert. He attended public school in Columbus, as well as Professor James J. Slade's School for Boys, and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In 1894 he married Evelyn Cargill, the daughter of John Wesley and Maria Louisa Cargill. He was in the printing business and president of the Gilbert Printing Company until his retirement in 1937. He was the author of A History of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Georgia, During the First 100 Years of its Existence. He was also an active Mason. He died on April 6, 1948 and is buried in Linwood Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The collection includes various publications printed by Gilbert as well as newspaper clippings, business receipts of the Daily Sun dating from the 1860s, etc. Specific items of local interest include Books in the Care and Possession of James J. Gilbert., 1940; “List of Old Newspapers Published at Columbus”; The Chattahoochee's Song, words by Frank Stanton and music by Louis F. Chase; List of Premiums to be Awarded at the annual Fair of the Columbus Industrial Association, 1871; Annual Reports of the Officers of the City of Columbus, Ga., 1874-75, 1877; various publications of the Chamber of Commerce; Brush Electric Light and Power Co., 1893; Columbus Water Works Company (1904); and The Columbus News, June 24, 1943.

1859-1948 1 box (.3 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the James J. Gilbert Collection 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:

James J. Gilbert Collection (MC 56)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


The collection was donated to the CSU archives in 1985 by Marjorie Cargill Petri and Louisa Clinkscales Cargill, the nieces of his wife, Evelyn Cargill Gilbert.

Note to Researchers

See also:

Evelyn Cargill Gilbert Poetry Collection (MC 27)

Marjorie Cargill Petri Collection (MC 77)

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Prominent Incidents in the History of Columbus, Ga. From its First Settlement in 1827 to Wilson's Raid, in 1865, complied by John H. Martin. 4 pages. 107 copies. Columbus, Georgia. 1874

Folder 2 – Advertising sheet for the Chase Conservatory of Music, listing the address and faculty on one side and The Chattahoochee's Song. (words by Frank Stanton and music by Louis F. Chase), on the other. 1 page. n.d.

Folder 3 – Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama. English Bulletin. 8 pages. 7 copies. 1894-98

Folder 4 – A silver medallion (n.d.) and newspaper clippings and typescripts of Gilbert's obituary, and photocopies of them. 1948

Folder 5 – Packing label, newspaper adds, The Columbus News (2 copies). June 24, 1943

Folder 6 – Books in the Care and Possession of James J. Gilbert. 40 pages. 3 copies. March, 1940

Folder 7 – Testimony of J. Ralston Cargill Before the Commerce Committee of the United States Senate on River Dredging, 24 pages. February 9, 1925; Brief and Argument of H.H. Swift, Chairman, Inland Waterways Committee, Before the Board of Engineers of Rivers and Harbors, Hearing at Columbus, Georgia, 17 pages. May 2, 1933; Brief on Behalf of Columbus Chamber of Commerce in the Matter of Locating the 3rd Attack Wing of the Air Corps at Fort Benning, 44 pages; n.d., Lists of Old Newspapers Published at Columbus, Georgia, n.d.

Folder 8 – Business records of the Thomas Gilbert (Printing) Company and of the Columbus Daily Sun newspaper, 1859-1865

Folder 9 – Calendars from the Gilbert Printing Co. 1932, 1935 & 1936; Anarchy, Socialism and the Labor Movement, an address by Walter B. Hill delivered before the Literary Societies of the University of Georgia, July 18, 1886; brochure of the Brush Electric Light and Power Co. 1893; George H. Ford Company to Trust Company of Georgia Trustee, Deed of Trust, March 1, 1905; three postcards (one of The Racine Hotel, one of the Steamboat John W. Callahan and one of another steamboat of the Callahan Line; Information to Water Takers of Columbus Water Works Company, 1904; Annual Reports of the Officers of the city of Columbus, GA, 1874, 1875, 1877; List of Premiums to be Awarded at the Annual Fair of the Columbus Industrial Association, 1871; Botanical Exchange List of the Alabama Biological Survey (10 copies); a business card for Dr. R. A. Ware and son (Pharmacists), n.d.; handwritten memorial tribute of James D. Johnson from Fire Company No. 1, Columbus, Georgia, February 3, 1883