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E.D. Murphy Collection

Identifier: MC 3

Scope and Contents

Murphy's collection includes copies of his writings about John S. Pemberton and the origins of Coca-Cola, a Civil War Fort in Phenix City, and a brief history of Columbus; his daughter's Civil War map of Columbus and Phenix City; and information about the death of his grandfather, Matt Murphy, a Columbus Marshall in 1874.


  • 1874 - 1984

Conditions Governing Use

Users agrees to give proper acknowledgement to the CSU Archives and Special Collections and further agrees to secure permission in advance to publish any item in any way, in whole or in part, from its collections.

Columbus State University Archives does not claim to control the rights of reproducing for all materials in the collection. The publishing party assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of the U. S. Copyright Code and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Columbus State University, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses.

Biographical / Historical

E. D. Murphy, a mortgage banker who served as President of the Georgia Company, developed an avid interest in the local history. In 1966 he published a brief history of Columbus in Lawyers Title News. Growing up in the Pemberton House-the one facing 7th Street-he later became interested in this chemist's career and became on of the most passionate advocates for claiming that Pemberton developed Coca-Cola in Columbus before moving to Atlanta. He also tried to interest Alabama and Phenix City officials in preserving Civil War Fort #5 in Phenix City, which he called Fort Gilmer, by making it part of a complex which would have included an Alabama welcome center and interpretive components.


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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States