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 Collection # MS-005

John W. Brinsfield, Jr. Collection,

Main Entry: John W. Brinsfield
Volume: 8 newspapers, 1 yearbook, 1 catalog, 6 files, 3 photographs, uniform artifacts

Biographical/Historical Note:
          John Wesley Brinsfield, Jr. (1944-   ) was born on February 23, 1944.  He attended public schools in Atlanta before entering Georgia Military Academy in 1959.  He excelled academically at GMA graduating summa cum laude, second in his class in 1962.  He worked on the Gamilicad staff and as Editor and Chief of the Grenadier.  He was especially active in forensics and won numerous debate awards.  After graduating from GMA, he attended Vanderbilt and went on to a military career as an officer and chaplain in the Army.

Scope and Content:
          The collection consists of personal items from his years at GMA including eight editions of the GMA student newspaper, The Gamilicad, 1960-1961, and a newspaper clipping from The Journal of Labor, Jan., 1961, announcing Brinsfield’s award winning essay, “The Grand Jury System and What It Means to Me.”  One of the three photographs shows him receiving a savings bond for winning this contest.  Printed materials include two copies of the Cadet Regulations and graduation week programs for 1961 and 1962.  Of special interest is a handwritten six-page steno pad of minutes of the Junior-Senior class 1961-1962, whose president was Ben Johnson, taken by Brinsfield.
          This collection also includes uniform artifacts housed in the artifact area.  The Brinsfield uniform is nearly complete with cotton gloves, red officer’s sash, dress cap, all brass, cotton belt, dress jacket, and trousers.  The uniform is on permanent loan per accession loan agreement. 

Subject Headings:
       Student Organizations, Debate Team 230.2
       Student Publications, Yearbooks, The Grenadier  240.12
       Student Newspapers, Gamilicad  240.2
       Graphic Images and Photographs  260
       Special Events, Graduation 250.5

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