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James Floyd Avary Collection (MC 63)

Biographical Note

At the time of the donation of these materials, Floyd Avary was associated with Southex Enterprises, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia, as well as with the YMCA.


Scope and Content

An eclectic collection, it includes biographies of prominent men with early roots in Columbus: Samuel Spencer, president of the Southern Railway Company; Oscar S. Straus, founder of Macy's Department Store; and George “Kid” Woodruff, University of Georgia football coach.  It also contains football memorabilia (Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, and Georgia Tech) and material relating to Columbus Elks Lodge, 1927.

1907, 1920s-1930s.                                    Approximately 30 items (.3 l.f.)


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the James Floyd Avary 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 Floyd Avary Collection (MC 63)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


Gift of James Floyd Avary in 1982.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Program for Georgia/Auburn football games in 1926 and 1927, with photograph of George Woodruff, head coach of UGA.

Folder 2 – Burr McIntosh Monthly, vol. 12, no. 46, January 1907, includes a photograph of Macy's founder Oscar S. Straus of Talbotton and Columbus, Georgia with biography. Also includes vol. 12, February 1907 with a photograph of Samuel Spencer of Columbus, Georgia with biography.

Folder 3 – History of the 56th Armored Engineer Battalion. This unit was made active at Camp Polk, LA on or about August 15, 1942. The history ends in June, 1945. It lists all the names and home address of the members of the battalion. 1940s

Folder 4 – Football program, Georgia vs. Alabama, 1927

Folder 5 -- Football program, Georgia vs. Alabama, 1926

Folder 6 -- Football program, Georgia vs. Tech, 1927

Folder 7 – “Sixth Annual Elks Frolic, May 26-27, 1927”

Folder 8 – Earl Carroll Vanities, 8th edition

Folder 9 – Telephone Directory of Columbus, Georgia. May, 1932

Folder 10 – United States Flag with 48 stars

Item 1 – Football game stubs for 22 University of Georgia football games. 1928-1933

Item 2 – A toy bulldog. n.d.