Emory Bass Collection
Scope and Contents
Emory Pate Bass, born on 27 December, 1891, in Sumner, Georgia, became known as “the man who kept the fire alive in Washington” until Moody Air Force Base (closed from 1946-51) was reopened as a permanent base. He served in WWI as an officer and with Patton’s Third Army in Europe in WWII. Taking an active part in the American Legion, he served as State Commander in addition to serving as president of the local Rotary Club and as a two-term president of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. He was mayor of Valdosta from 1956-1958. He was also a railroad executive, and a realtor.
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- 1940 - 1966
- Acquired: 1972
- Emory Pate Bass (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Biographical or Historical Information
Emory Pate Bass, born on 27 December, 1891, in Sumner, Georgia, became known as “the man who kept the fire alive in Washington” until Moody Air Force Base (closed from 1946-51) was reopened as a permanent base. He served in WWI as an officer and with Patten’s Third Army in Europe in WWII. Taking an active part in the American Legion, he served as State Commander in addition to serving as president of the local Rotary Club and as a two-term president of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. He also headed the Emory Bass Company, a realty-mortgage loan business. He was mayor of Valdosta from 1956-1958.
The papers are arranged in four groups; correspondence, legal papers, bills and receipts, and memorabilia. Within each group items are arranged chronologically by date (if material is dated) and numbered consecutively. The papers contain more than one copy of some items. Duplicate material is identified by the same number with a copy number as "CORRESPONDENCE 3, c.2". All parts of multi-page items are identified by same number with a page number as "CORRESPONDENCE 4, p.2". Material which has no date is filed at the end of each group by subject. Not attempt was made by the librarian to establish a date if it did not appear on the material except for newspaper clippings. Correspondence: Includes all form letters; telegrams, wires, and night letters; letters tot he editor. Correspondence includes a survey on housing, transportation, etc. in Valdosta, Georgia, dated Jan. 26, 1951. Bills and Receipts: Includes campaign statements, financial reports, bank statements and cancelled checks. Memorabilia: Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, memoranda, speeches, campaign literature, newsletters, programs, and resolutions. Included in memorabilia is a petition requesting Bass to announce himself as candidate for mayor. In memorabilia is a biographical sketch of Major George P. Moody, for whom Moody Air Force Base was named; it appeared in the Meteor, November 18, 1953. If material of this type was attached to a correspondence, and referred to in it, it remains with the correspondence and has the same number. Legal Papers: Includes certificates of ownership, copies of contracts for land sales, agreements with real estate agents, credit reports, contracts, and records of money received. The dates run from 1941-1967. Also included are bills and Receipts which are mostly for personal expenses, such as campaigns, taxes, and other expenses, some business related.
Source of Acquisition
special collections acquisition sheet
Method of Acquisition
transferred to VSC library by Jim Hall, lawyer for Mrs. Emory Bass, wife of Emory P. Bass
2 folders in the Director's office: 1 marked Gifts-Bass Papers (Emory P) has correspondence from 1972 and 73 from Thera Hambrick, an acquisitions sheet, survey of collections, a newsrelease and newspaper clippings about the collection The second folder marked MS 2 Emory Bass Collection has a re-done finding aid, the old survey sheet, acquistions record, accessions record for 2002-1, and three article clippings about the gift.
- American Legion
- Bass, Emory
- Elliott, Charles H.
- Elliott, Ethel
- George, Walter F. (Walter Franklin), 1878-1957
- Georgia--Politics and government
- Moody Air Force Base (Ga.)
- Moody, George P.
- Rotary Club (Valdosta, Ga.)
- Rotary Club--Valdosta, Georgia
- Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
- Talmadge, Herman E. (Herman Eugene), 1913-200
- Valdosta, Georgia--Mayors
- Valdosta, Georgia--Politics and Government
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- 2019-03-16: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson.