Guide to the Douglas Clare Purcell Papers

Record Group 143

Date Span: 1965-2004

Extent: 2 cubic feet

Biographical Sketch: Douglas Clare Purcell served as Executive Director of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, an agency of Alabama and Georgia involved in the promotion of tourism and historic preservation, from 1972 until 2011.  He is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and resides in Eufaula with his wife Betsy.  After receiving a B.A. and MA in history from the University of Alabama, he became a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. 

Purcell has served in many leadership positions in the historic, preservation, and heritage tourism communities of Alabama and Georgia.  He is past president of the Alabama Historical Association, Alabama Historical Commission's Board of Advisors, and the Alabama Preservation Alliance.  In addition, he is past chairman of the Alabama Live-In-A-Landmark Council.  Between 1989 and 1998, he served as one of two Alabama advisors to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was chairman of the Trust's ten-state Southern Region Board of Advisors from 1996-97.  He was also on the National Trust’s Executive Committee and served as Secretary in 1998.  He has served several terms on the Marketing Committee of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.  Locally he serves on the Board of the Wiregrass Festival of Murals, the Advisory Board of Westville Historic Handicrafts, and the boards of the Eufaula-Barbour County Tourism Council, Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, Eufaula Heritage Association, Friends of Fendall Hall, Barbour County Humane Society and Voyage of Discovery, Inc.  In addition, he currently serves as chairman of the Eufaula Historic Preservation Commission and chairman of Main Street, Eufaula. He is a past Board member of the Eufaula Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts Concharty Council, Alabama Travel Council, Alabama Hospitality Association and the Alabama Conservancy. He is an active member of the Eufaula Rotary Club, having served as president, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Purcell’s interest in Alabama history focuses on the Civil War era, Native Americans, and the Chattahoochee River Valley. His published works include “Military Conscription in Alabama During the Civil War” (Alabama Review, April 1982), “Joseph Barbiere: Tennessee Confederate in Alabama” (Alabama Review, October 1982), “Case Study: The Chattahoochee Trace of Alabama and Georgia” (Historic Preservation Forum, July/August 1991). Other works include The Making of a City: Trussville, Alabama, 1820-1970 (Trussville, 1970), A History of the Eufaula First United Methodist Church, 1834-1984 (Eufaula, 1984), and Controversy in Old Barbour County: The Lore-Blake Murder Case (Eufaula, 1986). He has collaborated as editor on three other books on Alabama history. Purcell has been honored by the Alabama Historical Commission twice---in 1984 with the Distinguished Service Award and in 1991 with the Silver Anniversary Award. He also received recognition for community service several times from the Eufaula Tribune.

He and his wife Betsy have two children. Doug has been a member of the Purcell Family of America Genealogical Association since 1973.

Scope / Content: Documents the activities of Douglas Clare Purcell in association with various organizations in the Wiregrass from 1965 to 2004. Contains correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, publications, annual reports, financial information, grant information, newsletters, research materials, information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Chattahoochee Trace Mini-Tour, and press releases. Covers regions of Alabama, particularly Eufaula, and Georgia.

Organization: Arranged into 3 series. Series order imposed by Wiregrass Archives staff.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission 1979-1998, [5 Files]: Documents Doug Purcell’s activities as Executive Director of the HCC. Contains information on the HCC’s efforts to make historic sites accessible to people with disabilities according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, information on the HCC’s effort to promote tourism in the eighteen county Chattahoochee Trace region of Alabama and Georgia through the Chattahoochee Trace Mini-Tour, correspondence, publications, press releases, and newsletters.

State and Local Historical/Preservation Organizations 1965, 1973-2004, [44 Files]: Documents Doug Purcell’s activities with various organizations outside the HCC. Contains meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, publications, annual reports, financial information, grant applications, newsletters and press releases.

Tourism 1990-2004, [39 Files]: Documents Doug Purcell’s activities with various organizations in an effort to promote tourism. Contains information on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, meeting minutes and agendas, grant information, correspondence, financial information, publications, research materials, and annual reports.

Provenance: Files received as part of the records of the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, RG 073.  Files covering Doug Purcell’s activities with other organizations were assigned a separate record group by Wiregrass Archives staff.

Processing Notes: Separated from RG 073, Historic Chattahoochee Commission, 073-10-0106.  Some folders were excessively large, so WA staff refoldered into multiple new files for better physical control

Preferred Citation:  Doug Clare Purcell Papers, RG 143, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Access/User Limits?  Open per email from Mr. Purcell, May 1, 2013.

Proc Date: 5/8/13 Processor: DS

Find-Aid URL:  /wiregrassarchives/inventories/143.html

Inventory:

File I.D.

 

File Label

143

10-0107

001

001

 

1996 Atlanta Olympics, 1990-1996

143

10-0107

001

002

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Annual Reports, 1986-1987

143

10-0107

001

003

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Architectural Review Board Conference, Oct 5, 1984

143

10-0107

001

004

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Breakdown of Districts & District Meeting Invitations, 1984-1986

143

10-0107

001

005

 

AHC Board of Advisors - By-Laws

143

10-0107

001

006

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Directories, 1983-1984

143

10-0107

001

007

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Financial Information, 1984

143

10-0107

001

008

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Meeting Agendas & Minutes, assorted 1983-89

143

10-0107

001

009

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Memos & Correspondence - To/From Doug Purcell, 1983-89

143

10-0107

001

010

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Memos & General Correspondence, 1983-89

143

10-0107

001

011

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Miscellaneous, 1983-1989

143

10-0107

001

012

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Organizational Information, 1983-1987

143

10-0107

001

013

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Preservation Bill, 1986

143

10-0107

001

014

 

AHC Board of Advisors - Workshop/Conference/Retreat materials, 1984-1987

143

10-0107

001

015

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2000 Matching Grant Requests (“Attractions/CVB/Chambers” NOT funded in 1999)

143

10-0107

001

016

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2000 Matching Grant Requests (“Events” NOT funded in 1999)

143

10-0107

001

017

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2000 Matching Grant Requests (“Attractions/CVB/Chambers” FUNDED in 1999)

143

10-0107

001

018

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2000 Matching Grant Requests (“Events FUNDED in 1999)

143

10-0107

001

019

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - Matching Grant Requests (2000?)

143

10-0107

001

020

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2002 Matching Grant Requests (“Festivals & Events” FUNDED in 2001)

143

10-0107

001

021

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2002 Matching Grant Requests (“Attractions/CVBs/Chambers/Tourism Organizations” FUNDED in 2001)

143

10-0107

001

022

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2002 Matching Grant Requests (“Festivals & Events” NOT funded in 2001)

143

10-0107

001

023

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - 2002 Matching Grant Requests (“Attractions/CVBs/Chambers/Tourism Organizations” NOT funded in 2001)

143

10-0107

001

024

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - Guidelines for Matching Grants, 2000-03

143

10-0107

001

025

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - Marketing Committee, 2000-2002

143

10-0107

001

026

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - Memos & Correspondence, 2000-2003

143

10-0107

001

027

 

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel - Miscellaneous, 2001

143

10-0107

001

028

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - 1993 Exemplary Award information

143

10-0107

001

029

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - The Alliance Newsletter, assorted 1989-2003

143

10-0107

001

030

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - Financial Reports, 1989-1990

143

10-0107

001

031

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - General Memos & Correspondence, 1988-2003

143

10-0107

001

032

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - Georgia's 1989 "Rambles" [Tours]

143

10-0107

001

033

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - Meeting Minutes, assorted 1989-2003

143

10-0107

001

034

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - Memos & Correspondence - To/From Doug Purcell, 1989-2003

143

10-0107

001

035

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - Miscellaneous

143

10-0107

001

036

 

Alabama Preservation Alliance - Press Releases & Newspaper Articles. 1988-1997

143

10-0107

001

037

 

Americans with Disabilities Act, 1981-1992  [Folder 1 of 2]

143

10-0107

001

038

 

Americans with Disabilities Act, 1991-1995  [Folder 2 of 2]

143

10-0107

001

039

 

Dothan Mural Project - Artist Resumes, 1993

143

10-0107

001

040

 

Dothan Mural Project - Background on the Festival of Murals, 1995

143

10-0107

001

041

 

Dothan Mural Project - Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, assorted, 1992-96

143

10-0107

001

042

 

Dothan Mural Project - By-Laws

143

10-0107

001

043

 

Dothan Mural Project - Correspondence - To/From Doug Purcell, 1992-1995

143

10-0107

001

044

 

Dothan Mural Project - Financial Statements, assorted, 1993-95

143

10-0107

001

045

 

Dothan Mural Project - Grant Application - Alabama State Council on the Arts, 1993

143

10-0107

001

046

 

Dothan Mural Project - Karl Shultz visit, 1993

143

10-0107

001

047

 

Dothan Mural Project - Memos & General Correspondence, 1992-1996

143

10-0107

001

048

 

Dothan Mural Project - Mural Article, 1993

143

10-0107

001

049

 

Dothan Mural Project - Mural Research Materials, 1993-1995

143

10-0107

001

050

 

Dothan Mural Project - Project Committee Meeting Minutes, 1992-1993

143

10-0107

001

051

 

Dothan Mural Project - Publications, 1993

143

10-0107

001

052

 

Dothan Mural Project - Subject Committee Meeting Minutes & Narrative Drafts, 1992-1994

143

10-0107

001

053

 

Eufaula, Alabama, 1979-2003

143

10-0107

002

001

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Annual Reports (1994, 1995 & 1997

143

10-0107

002

002

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Constitution & By-Laws

143

10-0107

002

003

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Correspondence & Memos, 1990-2003

143

10-0107

002

004

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Miscellaneous, 1991-2004

143

10-0107

002

005

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Newsbreak, 1991 (full run), 1992-97 (partial)

143

10-0107

002

006

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Newsletters, Press Releases, Newspaper Articles, 1991-2004

143

10-0107

002

007

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Organizational information, 1991-1996

143

10-0107

002

008

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce - Tourism Committee Meeting Minutes, 1990-92 + Education/Technology Committee Minutes for Mar 21, 1995

143

10-0107

002

009

 

Eufaula Chamber of Commerce – “TourisTalk” radio show dialogue

143

10-0107

002

010

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Articles of Incorporation, 1965, 2002

143

10-0107

002

011

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Board Minutes, assorted, 2001-2004

143

10-0107

002

012

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Financial Information, 1988-2004

143

10-0107

002

013

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Financial Statements & Supplementary Information, 2000-03

143

10-0107

002

014

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - General Memos & Correspondence, 1993-2003

143

10-0107

002

015

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Memos & Correspondence - To/From Doug Purcell, 1988-2003

143

10-0107

002

016

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Miscellaneous, 1988-2003

143

10-0107

002

017

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Newspapers & Newsletters, 1989-2003

143

10-0107

002

018

 

Eufaula Heritage Association - Preservation Services Fund Grant Application, 2003

143

10-0107

002

019

 

Fendall Hall - Agendas, Minutes & Financial Reports, 1996-2004

143

10-0107

002

020

 

Fendall Hall - Genealogy, 1995

143

10-0107

002

021

 

Fendall Hall - General Memos & Correspondence, 1974-2004

143

10-0107

002

022

 

Fendall Hall - Lease Agreement

143

10-0107

002

023

 

Fendall Hall - Memos & Correspondence To/From Doug Purcell, 1973-2002

143

10-0107

002

024

 

Fendall Hall - Miscellaneous, 1973-2003

143

10-0107

002

025

 

Fendall Hall - Newspaper Articles, Newsletters & Press Releases, 1975-2003

143

10-0107

002

026

 

GA Dept. of Natural Resources, 1991-1998

143

10-0107

002

027

 

Georgia Historical Society "Footnotes" 1996-2003

143

10-0107

002

028

 

Governor Fob James, 1979-1983

143

10-0107

002

029

 

Henry County Historical Society, 1990-1993

143

10-0107

002

030

 

Originals for the Chattahoochee Trace Mini-Tour Guide, 1989-1990

143

10-0107

002

031

 

Rural Tourism Teleconference, 11-20-91

143

10-0107

002

032

 

Westville - Executive Director's Reports & Board of Trustees Minutes, 1985-1988

143

10-0107

002

033

 

Westville - Financial Reports, 1984-1987

143

10-0107

002

034

 

Westville - Memos & Correspondence, 1985-1987

143

10-0107

002

035

 

Westville - Newsletters & Press Releases, 1984-1987

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