THROWER, RANDOLPH W.
Randolph W. Thrower papers, 1930-2014

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/mrbr6

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thrower, Randolph W.
Title: Randolph W. Thrower papers, 1930-2014
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1321
Extent: 45 linear feet (91 boxes) and 13 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Papers of Atlanta lawyer and former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Randolph W. Thrower including correspondence, personal and professional papers, papers relating to his civic work, printed materials, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Special restrictions apply: Meeting transcripts of the ad hoc committee to advise on organizational and personnel issues at the Internal Revenue Service are closed to researchers until January 1, 2024.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 2014.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Randolph W. Thrower papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Arranged and described at the folder level by Louis Fagnan, August 2016.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Randolph Thrower (1913-2014), Atlanta lawyer and former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), was born in Tampa, Florida, to Benjamin Thrower, Jr. and Ora Hammond Thrower; he was the youngest of three children. He attended Emory University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1934 and a law degree in 1936, and began practicing law in Atlanta in 1937. During World War II, Thrower served in the Marine Corps and then returned to the practice of law following the end of the war. Thrower was an expert in federal tax law and also defended death row inmates, many of them African American, in Georgia during the Jim Crow period. In 1969, Richard Nixon appointed him Commissioner of the IRS. In that role he was instrumental in passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1969 as well as revoking the tax-exempt status of private schools that did not admit African American students. In 1971, White House staff requested that Thrower begin to conduct punitive audits of Nixon's enemies. He refused and was fired.

Thrower was married to Margaret Logan Munroe Thrower and the couple had four children: Margaret MacCary, Laura Harris, Mary Wickham, Patricia Barmeyer, and Randy Thrower. Thrower died in March 2014.

Randolph Thrower (1913-2014), Atlanta lawyer and former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), was born in Tampa, Florida, to Benjamin Thrower, Jr. and Ora Hammond Thrower; he was the youngest of three children. He attended Emory University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1934 and a law degree in 1936, and began practicing law in Atlanta in 1937. During World War II, Thrower served in the Marine Corps and then returned to the practice of law following the end of the war. Thrower was an expert in federal tax law and also defended death row inmates, many of them African American, in Georgia during the Jim Crow period. In 1969, Richard Nixon appointed him Commissioner of the IRS. In that role he was instrumental in passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1969 as well as revoking the tax-exempt status of private schools that did not admit African American students. In 1971, White House staff requested that Thrower begin to conduct punitive audits of Nixon's enemies. He refused and was fired.

Thrower was married to Margaret Logan Munroe Thrower and the couple had four children: Margaret MacCary, Laura Harris, Mary Wickham, Patricia Barmeyer, and Randy Thrower. Thrower died in March 2014.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, personal and professional papers, civic papers, printed materials, and photographs and scrapbooks created and collected by Randolph Thrower and his wife, Margaret. Correspondence includes letters written by and to both Margaret and Randolph Thrower much of which occurred during Randolph’s military service during World War II, but the bulk of the series consists of letters from Thrower as the head of the IRS, 1969-1970.

The collection also includes personal and professional papers of the Throwers. Personal papers of both Margaret M. and Randolph W. Thrower, 1930-2014, include legal and financial documents, family correspondence, records on the Wayside Garden Club of Atlanta, as well as materials documenting Thrower's time in the Marine Corp and their travel. Also included are Thrower's unfinished memoirs. Randolph Thrower's professional materials, 1935-2004, record his work with the Internal Revenue Service, especially his time as commissioner; the American, Georgia State, and Atlanta Bar Associations; and his law career which includes his time at the law firm Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan, and his work with the Little Cumberland Island Homeowners. In addition, there are records on his work with various ethics boards in Atlanta as well as research and speeches he gave regarding his professional work.

Also included are correspondence, administrative and financial documents, and printed materials relating to the civic activities of Randolph and Margaret Thrower from 1950 to 2008. The Throwers' civic engagements mainly focused on religion, education, electoral politics, and the city of Atlanta, and included their work with organizations such as Emory University, Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia), Reinhardt University, Georgia State University, Woodward Academy, Georgia Wilderness Institute, Northside Methodist church, the Republican Party, the City of Atlanta, the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

There is printed material which consists of newspapers and magazine clippings, promotional materials, booklets, newsletters, and serials collected by Randolph and Margaret Thrower between 1930 and 2013 and photographs and scrapbooks that document the family, starting in the 1930s as well as Randolph Thrower's professional career in the IRS and his 1956 Congressional campaign.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Personal papers, (3) Professional papers, (4) Civic papers, (5) Printed material, and (6) Scrapbooks and photographs.


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