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Collection Title: Gandy (Edythe Evelyn) Papers

Collection Number: M367

Dates: 1959-1979; 1982-1983

Volume: approx. 18 cu. ft.

Provenance: Materials in this collection were generated and/or collected by Evelyn Gandy.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Edythe Evelyn Gandy was born and reared in Hattiesburg , Forrest County , Mississippi . She received her education at Hattiesburg High School , the University of Southern Mississippi , and the University of Mississippi School of Law. In 1947 she began the practice of law in Hattiesburg , and after her career in public service, she returned to private law practice in Hattiesburg in January 1984, with the firm of Ingram and Associates. Ms. Gandy died on December 23, 2007. She is interred in Roseland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg.

In 1948, Ms. Gandy was elected to serve as Representative in the State Legislature from Forrest County . Later she served in the following statewide elective positions: State Treasurer (1960-1964, 1968-1972); Commissioner of Insurance (1972-1976); Lieutenant Governor (1976-1980). She was the first woman to hold each of these offices.

She served as Assistant Attorney General and Commissioner of Public Welfare, and was the first woman to serve in both of these appointive positions.

Ms. Gandy served on a number of policy-making state boards and commissions, including the Commission of Budgeting and Accounting, the State Insurance Commission, the Board of Economic Development, and the Public Employees Retirement Board. She served as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Salvation Army and the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy .

She was active in numerous professional and civic organizations and was a past State President of the Mississippi Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, the South Central Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, and the Mississippi Official Women's Club. She was a fellow, the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Ms. Gandy was a member of the University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg , where she served as a Deacon.

She received the Service of Humanity Award from Mississippi College in 1976; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law in 1977 from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, Mississippi; Paul Harris Fellow-Rotary Club 1978; the Humanitarian Award in 1979 from the Mental Health Association; the Mississippi Woman of the Year Award in 1980 from Mississippi State University; Mississippian of the Year in Government in 1981; the Exchange Club "Golden Deeds" Award in 1982; Mississippi College School of Law Award for Excellence in Law in 1984; the Mississippi Women's Political Caucus Susan B. Anthony Award for Outstanding Service to the State of Mississippi in 1984; was selected for the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame in 1985; received the Mississippi University for Women Medal of Excellence in May 1991; Executive of the Year-Sales Marketing Executive, International 1991; Holder, Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government, the University of Mississippi School of Law, Spring Semester 1994; Recipient Lifetime Achievement Award, The Mississippi Bar 1994; Recipient First Annual Award for Distinguished Service, Women's Political Network 1994; Democratic Party James O. Eastland Award 1995; American Bar Association Margaret Brant Women Lawyers of Achievement Award 1997; Lifetime Achievement Award, Mississippi Association of Women Lawyers 1998; Hattiesburg Women's Forum Leadership Award 1998; Lindy Boggs Women in Public Service Award 1998; The Chief Justice Award, The Mississippi Bar 1998; The Susie Blue Buchanan Award, The Mississippi Bar 2003.

Sources:

Biographical Sketch provided by Ms. Frances Gandy, June 2, 2004.
Obituary in Hattiesburg American, December 26, 2007, page 7A.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of forty-three scrapbooks of materials that document Edythe Evelyn Gandy's public service career in Mississippi State Government from 1959-1983. Included are newspaper clippings, campaign posters, cards, stationary and envelopes, sample official ballots, news releases, invitations, programs, pamphlets, thank you letters, greeting cards, award certificates, pins, car decals, and name tags. Each scrapbook has been placed in a separate box, along with a folder containing photocopies of the pages in that particular scrapbook. The collection also includes a variety of oversize materials such as newspapers, newsletters, certificates, calendar pages, sample ballots, and bumper stickers.

Other Finding Aids:

Box and Folder List

 


M367
Gandy (Edythe Evelyn) Papers
Box and Folder List

Box 1

Scrapbook (1959)

Box 2

Scrapbook (1960-1962)

Box 3

Scrapbook (1963)

Box 4

Scrapbook (1964-1967)

Box 5

Scrapbook (1968-1969)

Box 6

Scrapbook (1970)

Box 7

Scrapbook (January – June 1971)

Box 8

Scrapbook (June – July 1971)

Box 9

Scrapbook (July – August 1971)

Box 10

Scrapbook (August – December 1971)

Box 11

Scrapbook (January – April 1972)

Box 12

Scrapbook (May – December 1972)

Box 13

Scrapbook (June – August 1973)

Box 14

Scrapbook (October – December 1973)

Box 15

Scrapbook (January – June 1974)

Box 16

Scrapbook (June – December 1974)

Box 17

Scrapbook (January – May 1975)

Box 18

Scrapbook (May – November 1975)

Box 19

Scrapbook (January 1976)

Box 20

Scrapbook (February – April 1976)

Box 21

Scrapbook (May – June 1976)

Box 22

Scrapbook (July – September 1976)

Box 23

Scrapbook (September – December 1976)

Box 24

Scrapbook (January – April 1977)

Box 25

Scrapbook (May – August 1977)

Box 26

Scrapbook (August – October 1977)

Box 27

Scrapbook (October – December 1977)

Box 28

Scrapbook (January – February 1978)

Box 29

Scrapbook (February – April 1978)

Box 30

Scrapbook (May – June 1978)

Box 31

Scrapbook (July – August 1978)

Box 32

Scrapbook (September – November 1978)

Box 33

Scrapbook (November – December 1978)

Box 34

Scrapbook (January – February 1979)

Box 35

Scrapbook (February – March 1979)

Box 36

Scrapbook (April – May 1979)

Box 37

Scrapbook (June 1979)

Box 38

Scrapbook (January – December 1982)

Box 39

Scrapbook (May – June 1983)

Box 40

Scrapbook (January – August 1983)

Box 41

Scrapbook (June – July 1983)

Box 42

Scrapbook (July – August 1983)

Box 43

Scrapbook (August 1983)

Oversize Materials:

Folder 1

Photocopied Newspaper Articles (1963-1984)

Laurel Leader-Call – August 28, 1963
Pontotoc Progress – August 29, 1963
Franklin Advocate – August 29, 1963
Greenwood County Herald – May 12, 1967
Maben Press – April 19, 1963
Tri-County Times – May 17, 1967
The Meridian Star – January 30, 1971
Enterprise-Journal – July 30, 1971
The Meridian Star – August 4, 1971
Newton Record – August 4, 1971
Prentiss Headlight – August 5, 1971
Jackson Daily News – August 4, 1971
Delta Democrat Times – October 17, 1971
Daily Journal – October 21, 1971
Delta Democrat Times – October 22, 1971
The Hattiesburg American – August 26, 1973
Lexington Herald – May 6, 1972
The Petal Press – February 13, 1975
The Mississippi Sportsman – May 1975
Greenwood Commonwealth – January 25, 1976
Evening Post – February 1, 1976
Daily Journal – August 1, 1976
Greenwood Commonwealth – August 13, 1976
Greenwood Commonwealth – August 16, 1976
Anderson Sunday Herald – December 26, 1976
Steppin’ Out – December 3-16, 1976
The Sun-Herald – January 2, 1977
The Head Block – January 19, 1977
Greenwood Commonwealth – July 22, 1977
The Clarion-Ledger – April 17, 1978
The Clarion-Ledger – July 19, 1979
The Clarion-Ledger – July 30, 1984

Folder 2

Newspapers and Newsletters (1961-1975)

Article: Mississippi Labor Federationist, August 1961
Article: Enterprise-Journal, May 9, 1970
Advertisement: Mississippi Legion’aire, June-July 1970
Advertisement: Mississippi Legion’aire, June-July 1971
Sample Ballot: Jasper County News, July 22 1971
Article: The Gulf Coast Weekly, July 28, 1971
Article: The Clarion-Ledger, August 5, 1971
Article: Jackson Daily News, August 5, 1971
Article: Tishomingo County News, August 5, 1971
Article: The Monitor-Herald, August 8, 1971
Article: Commercial Appeal, January 23, 1972
Article: MAIA Convention News, June 15-17, 1972
Article: The Beacon, November 13, 1974
Article: Horizons: MS Economic Development News, January 1978
Article: Wayne County News, May 8, 1975

Folder 3

Newspapers and Newsletters (1976-1983)

Article: Mississippi Era News, February 1976
Article: Unknown newspaper, 1976
Article: The Oxford Eagle, March 25, 1976
Article: MFC News, July 1976
Article: The Mississippi News, March 25, 1977
Article: The Clarion-Ledger, October 20, 1977
Article: MFC News, December 1977
Article: The Echoes, December 12, 1977
Article: The Rebel, Forest Hill High School, December 1978
Article: Mississippi ETV: On Camera, 1978
Political Cartoon: The Clarion-Ledger, December 21, 1978

Folder 4

Miscellaneous Papers

Bumper stickers: (3) “Evelyn Gandy for Commissioner of Insurance”
Sample Official Ballot: November 7, 1967
Certificate: Kentucky Governor Wendell H. Ford commissions Gandy as a Kentucky Colonel, April 21, 1972
Certificate: Alabama Governor George C. Wallace honors Gandy as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aide-de-Camp, May 1, 1972
Flyer: MS Association of Insurance Agents Convention, June 17-19, 1971
Calendar: October 1971 page, from Clarksdale Club.
Sample Official Ballot: November 2, 1971
Calendar: March 1973 page by United Founders Life Insurance Co.
Program: MS University for Women Commencement, May 16, 1976.
Flyer: Bicentennial Festival, July 2, 1976.


Accession Number: AM07-26

Dates: 1991 - 2006

Volume: 8 folders

Given By : Miss Evelyn Gandy

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

Materials generated and/or collected by Miss Evelyn Gandy. Topics included are women’s issues, political issues, speech materials, and essays.

 


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