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Guide to the Alexander Nunn Papers, RG 169


Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: December 2003

Date Span:
1860-1979 (bulk 1955-1977)

Size:
0.75 cubic feet.

Number of Boxes:
1 document box; 1 document box.

Type of material:
Manuscripts, records and personal correspondence

Physical condition:
Some aging.

Arrangement:
Arranged into four series by type of material chronologically.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Robert Alexander Nunn was born in Lee County, Alabama on September 17, 1904, the son of James Cary Nunn. He attended local public schools until the age of 16 when he enrolled at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University). That same year he began writing articles for the The Progressive Farmer. In 1922 he became a staff writer for the student agricultural publication Alabama Farmer. He graduated in 1924 and soon afterwards worked as a proofreader for The Progressive Farmer. He continued to work for the magazine until he retired as executive editor and executive vice president in 1967. During the 1960s he was part of a team of writers that launched "Southern Living" Magazine. He received an honary doctorate from Auburn University in 1959 and was chairman of the National Cotton Advisory Committee under the Kennedy administration. He also served as the national chairman of Agricultural Advisory Committee in Vocational Education and on the Humanities Advisory Council for the School of Arts and Sciences. He was named Honorary American Farmer by Future Farmers of America and was a board member of National Agricultural Hall of Fame. In 1977, Nunn was appointed Lee County Historian and was one of the founding members of the Lee County Historical Society. Among his pulbications are Yesterday in Loachapoka and Communities Nearby and Lee County and Her Forebears. Dr. Nunn died at Loachapoka in January of 1985. (see The Heritage of Lee County, Alabama)

Scope and Content:
Consists of materials on pageant presented at Armstrong Community, July 14, 1938; materials on history of Loachapoka, including publications by Alexander Nunn; materials on agriculture in East Alabama; and biographical information and commemorations, including the Alexander Nunn Scholarship at Auburn University.

Item list:
Series I: Armstrong Community Pageant, July 14, 1938

Box 1

Series II: History of Loachapoka, including Nunn's publications Series III: East Alabama Agriculture Box 2 Series IV: Personal Materials

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