ArchivesSpace Public Interface

MSS 026 Joanna Eppard collection Edit


MSS 026


  • 1908-1953 (Creation)


  • 1.04 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One half legal document box and one box measuring 15 by 10 by 3.

Agent Links



  • Abstract

    Photographs and other materials document Joanna Eppard’s work at the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company and her involvement with the Telephone Pioneers of America.

  • Physical Description

    Fair to good

  • 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

    Joanna Eppard collection, MSS 026, Heritage Room, Athens-Clarke County Library

  • Biographical / Historical

    Joanna Eppard (née Gibson) was born in Athens, Georgia on July 28, 1892. She was an employee of the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company from 1907 to 1937. She married Lester L. Eppard in 1918. Southern Bell began operations in Athens in August 1882 with thirty-six subscribers. It changed locations over its years, moving from the rear of Scudder’s jewelry store to a location at the corner of College and Clayton in 1889, then to the Talmadge Building in 1906, and finally to its own building at 183 W. Clayton St. in 1918. In a 1922 issue of Southern Telephone News, Eppard is listed as having worked at the company for fifteen years and was listed by the abbreviation “supr,” or supervisor. She was also listed as a supervisor in the 1931 Athens City directory. By 1930, there were more than three thousand telephones in the city. After her retirement in 1937, Joanna Eppard continued to be an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a charitable organization comprising active and retired telecommunication professionals, attending national meetings, as documented in this collection. She and Lester had no children. Lester passed away in 1944, Joanna in 1968.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection documents Joanna Eppard’s professional affiliation with Southern Bell and membership in the Telephone Pioneers of America, including photographs from the Athens office of Southern Bell; and programs, photographs, and other materials from the 1952 and 1953 meetings of the Telephone Pioneers of American General Assembly. Also included are two issues of Southern Telephone News, dated November 1923 and November 1927; and Eppard’s personal photographs.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized in a single series.

  • Separated Materials

    Beusse Family collection, MSS 041

  • Bibliography

    Athens City Directory, 1889. M. C. Pope & Co., 1889.

    Athens, Georgia City Directory. Vol. IV, 1912-13. Piedmont Directory Co., 1912.

    Athens, Georgia City Directory. Vol. VII, 1923-1924. Piedmont Directory Co., 1923.

    Athens (Georgia) City Directory, 1931. Piedmont Directory Co., 1931.

    Mathias, Wendy. “Sunday’s Obituary: Lester Leonard Eppard.” Jollett’s Etc., Accessed 2 Mar. 2020.

    “Long Service Wins Honor Badges.” Southern Telephone News, Nov. 1922, p. 21.

    Wells, Jack R. Athens, Georgia: Home of the University of Georgia, 1801-1951. City of Athens, 1951.


  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Container 1 Indicator
    Container 2 Type
    Container 2 Indicator