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Stirling Price Gilbert Papers (MC 7)

Biographical Note

Born and reared in Stewart County, Georgia, Stirling Price Gilbert (1862-1951) graduated from Vanderbilt in 1883 and Yale Law School in 1885, practiced law in Atlanta and Columbus, served as a state legislator from Muscogee County (1888-91), as solicitor and judge (1908-16) of the Chattahoochee Superior Court Circuit, and as an associate justice of the Georgia Supreme Court from 1916 until his retirement in 1937.

Scope and Content

This collection includes his published autobiography, A Georgia Lawyer, His Observations and Public Service, now held in the Archives reference collection; a manuscript (circa 1948), diplomas of family members (4 items, 1853-1911); the Supreme Court of Georgia Memorial to Justice Stirling Price Gilbert (February 13, 1952); and two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1884-1946), many of which deal with his actions on the bench. His autobiography deals with his father, a country doctor in Stewart County and Price's childhood there; his service in the Georgia General Assembly; riding the judicial circuit; “Old Columbus Days”; the Georgia Supreme Court; and general topics. His manuscript, “What Price Section Bias?”, traces sectionalism from the early Republic through the Civil War to a discussion of segregation, the right to vote and the poll tax, the anti-lynching law, the Fair Employment Practices Commission, and Wage Standards.

A related collection, the Stirling Price Gilbert and Stirling Price Gilbert, Jr. Collection, in theAtlantahistorical Society Archives, deals primarily with the period after the older Gilbert was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court. It also contains material relating to land inRussellCounty.

1853, 1884-1952, 10 items. 3 boxes, (1.5 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the S. Price Gilbert Papers must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Stirling Price Gilbert Papers
Columbus State University Archives


These papers were donated by Dr. Joseph B. Mahan in 1976.

Box and Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 - Supreme Court of Georgia-- Memorial to Justice Stirling Price Gilbert, February 13, 1952.

Folder 2 - What Price Sectional Bias? (or What Price Sectionalism?)

Folder 3 - Radio Address on Civil Rights delivered by Raymond Moley, March 30, 1948

Folder 4 - Newspaper clippings and an Appendix

Box 2

Item 1 - Scrapbook from the 1880s

Item 2 - Scrapbook from 1907-1929

Box 3

Item 1 - Diploma of Mary E. Howard 1887

Item 2 - Diploma of Robert N. Howard 1853

Item 3 - Document of Robert N. Howard, Phi Kappa 1885

Item 4 - Document of Stirling Price Gilbert, Baptism 1911