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MSS 042 Trussell Motor Company collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 042

Dates

  • 1935-1964 (Creation)

Extents

  • 6.04 Linear Feet (Whole)
    Fourteen full legal document boxes, one half legal document box.

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    Records of the Trussell Motor Company, a Ford dealership located on Pulaski Street in downtown Athens, Georgia, founded by Cuyler Trussell.

  • 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

    Trussell Motor Company records, MSS 042, Heritage Room, The Athens-Clarke County Library.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Trussell Motor Company was a Ford dealership located on Pulaski Street in downtown Athens, Georgia. It was incorporated on August 7, 1918 and closed July 3, 1991. The dealership sold Ford vehicles to state and local agencies as well as customers in the Athens area. Trussell also was heavily involved in the community, sponsoring a local football event and participating in local charities.

    The company was founded by Cuyler Trussell, an Atlanta native born on August 9, 1890. He ran the Ford dealership for more than 50 years. Trussell also served as the president of the Georgia Automobile Dealer Association, director of C&S Bank, and president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Athens Rotary Club. He served on the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church for many years as well. He died on February 14, 1973.

    Trussell Motor Company was heavily influenced by its vice president and general manager, Floyd Adams (1922-2014). He was also the director of the Southern Mutual Insurance Company. Like Trussell, he was deeply involved in the Athens community, serving two terms on the Athens City Council, participating in a variety of charity activities, and being a long-standing member of the First Baptist Church and the Athens Rotary Club. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Athens Community Council on Aging.

  • Scope and Contents

    The most voluminous of the five series are the first, Correspondence, and third, Car Sales and Rentals. Both contain information on the make, model, color, and other features of the cars sold by Trussell. The correspondence primarily takes the form of sales reports from other Ford dealerships and letters informing customers of the arrival of car orders. Also included is official communication from the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. The sales and rental records span the years, 1935 to 1963. Included here are both sales agreements and documentation of cars received. Other business records included are legal documents, financial records, advertising and promotional materials, and documentation of Trussell’s involvement with a veterans’ apprenticeship program. Some maps are found in the final series of miscellaneous items.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is organized in five series: I. Correspondence II. Ford publications III. Car rentals and sales IV. Business records V. Miscellaneous

Instances

  • Type
    Text
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1-6
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    1-33
  • Type
    Text
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    7-12
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    34-64
  • Type
    Text
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    13-15
    Container 2 Type
    Folder
    Container 2 Indicator
    65-78

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