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MSS 059 John C. Braswell collection Edit


MSS 059


  • 1943-1982 (Creation)


  • 1.71 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One box measuring 24.5 by 20.5 by 3, in addition to two framed paintings and a sterling-silver trophy, neither currently housed in a container.



  • Abstract

    A small collection of objects pertaining to Jack Braswell, specifically his service in the Second World War.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Lynn Braswell

  • Physical Description


  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection has no restrictions. This collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required. Apply in the Heritage Room for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    John C. Braswell collection, MSS 059, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library

  • Biographical / Historical

    Jack Braswell served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. He died while in the service, 1943, due to an airplane crash at Fort Campbell (at the time called Camp Campbell). His son, John Coffee Braswell, Jr., followed his grandfather, Earl B. Braswell, in working at the Athens Banner-Herald but later lived in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; he was involved in sailing. His daughter, Lynne Braswell, settled in New York city. His wife, Nellie, remarried, to Victor C. Leiker in 1947.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists entirely of the following items: the Legion of Merit medal and certificate, the latter dated August 27, 1943 and signed by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, that was awarded posthumously; the U.S. flag (with 48 stars) that draped the coffin of John C. Braswell at his funeral; Braswell’s pilot wings; a sterling-silver trophy, an example of the John C. Braswell Memorial Trophy in Advertising, as the inscription on the trophy states, "Awarded annually for distinguished advertising among Georgia high school newspapers by Mr. and Mrs. Earl B. Braswell in affectionate memory of their son who lost his life in the service of his country." And two paintings: one, dated using the inscription on the back, done by Lynne Braswell in 1982, portrays her mother at the time of her mother's marriage to Jack Braswell; the second, undated, portrays Jack Braswell in his uniform. The second is signed "Hone" on the painting; we do not yet have any information regarding the identity of this painter. The full inscription on the back of the first: "Nellie Goldstein Braswell Leier. Pastel portrait by her daughter, Lynn Braswell, in celebration of her (Nellie's) 65th birthday, taken from photo from album about the time she married Jack Braswell."

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized in a single series.

  • Bibliography

    "Nellie Goldstein Leiker." Find a Grave,

    "1LT John Coffee Braswell, Sr." Find a Grave,

    "John Coffee Braswell, Jr." Find a Grave,


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