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J. Ebb Duncan papers

Identifier: POL-0011

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Joseph Elvin "Ebb" Duncan from 1973-1980. The papers include correspondence, both incoming and carbons of Duncan's replies, memoranda, reports, clippings, speeches, printed material, and publicity materials. The collection documents Duncan's activities in the Georgia Senate, including legislation on the World Congress Center, education, mental health, banks and banking, and the disabled. Correspondents include Gov. George Busbee, State Sen. Paul Broun Sr., State Sen. Al Holloway, Lt. Gov. Zell Miller, and State Sen. Virginia Shapard.

The collection had been previously processed to the item level with a paper index of the entire collection available. This index is found in Series I and contains a complete inventory, a container list, a subject list, a correspondence list, and a list of personal names found in Duncan's papers. Series II contains the papers of Duncan and is organized according to the final inventory list compiled by former archivist Myron House. In this organization, box one and a portion of box two contain committee reports. The remainder of box two and all of box three are correspondence. Boxes four through six contain issues files while boxes seven and eight contain primarily publicity files.


  • 1973-1980

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

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As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Biographical History

Joseph Ervin Duncan, better known as "J. Ebb," was born on February 18, 1909 in Douglasville, Georgia to John Raymond and Pearl (Perkins) Duncan. Duncan graduated from Douglas County High School in 1926 and then graduated from Young Harris College in 1928. He married Antoinette Talmadge Tyus on June 3, 1931 and they had three sons: Robert Tyus Duncan, Richard Allen Duncan, and Ebb Duncan Jr. Duncan Sr. passed away on January 19, 1980 due to a heart condition.

Duncan served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1949 until 1964. He returned to the General Assembly in 1973 as a state senator where he was known as the most powerful senator in the state. Duncan served as Majority Whip, secretary of the Appropriations Committee, vice president of the Banking and Finance Committee, a member of the Human Resources Committee, as well as several other assignments. Duncan was also a member of numerous community organizations and served on the board of directors for several local businesses. He died while in office.

As a member of the Georgia Legislature, Duncan served under six governors. He was instrumental in bringing educational television to Georgia, making the University of West Georgia into a four-year institution, and supporting the creation of the university's modern campus. Duncan also worked to change Georgia State College into Georgia State University, and to purchase Jekyll Island for the state of Georgia. He helped Gov. Zell Miller and Rep. Nathan Dean get their start in politics.


3.57 Linear feet (9 boxes)




Papers of Joseph Elvin "Ebb" Duncan from the period he served as a Georgia state senator representing District 30 from 1973-1980.


Arranged in two series: Series 1. Index; Series 2. Papers.


Donated by Antoinette Duncan, widow of J. Ebb Duncan in February 1982 and by Richard A. Duncan, son of J. Ebb Duncan, in August 2007.

Processed By

Processed by Myron House and Jason Kennedy in 2007 and 2013.

Guide to the J. Ebb Duncan papers POL-0011
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States