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Gale Carr Papers

Identifier: MSS-650

Scope and Contents

Series 1, “Life and career,” documents Carr’s birth and early farming career in Lamar County, Missouri, his military service in World War I, and his work at the Shelby County Penal Farm. Documentation of Carr’s work at the Penal Farm includes correspondence (1931-1932) to his wife, registers, and publications. Clippings and stationery document the continuation of Carr’s career after he was hired as the Northeast Mississippi Livestock Association Director in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi. Artifacts, clippings, awards, and other materials document the founding of the Carr-Myers Dairy by Gale Carr and W. L. Wood and the continuance of the full-production dairy until it was sold to Barber Milk in 1956. Programs, brochures, awards, and clippings document the development of Carr-Vista Park and Estates, the Florence Carr bluebird trail, and the conservation activities of Carr and his wife. Carr’s Rotary activities are represented by awards, publications, and other materials. Three scrapbooks chronicle the whole of Carr’s life in Missouri, Memphis, and Mississippi, and also include clippings and some photographs of his children. Other materials include a survey map, deeds, Carr family genealogy, and an autographed copy of Vaughn Grisham’s Beyond Boosterism: A Model for Community Development (1994) and History of The American Jersey Cattle Club, 1868-1968.

Series 2, “Photographs,” consists of visual materials which document Carr’s personal life, military service, and career. These include photos of scenes at Shelby County Penal Farm, as well as a group of Strohmeyer and Carpenter photos made for the American Jersey Cattle Club.


  • 1871 - 1996


Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Information

James G. “Gale” Carr was born in Lamar County, Missouri, on January 5, 1896. After serving in the military during World War I, Carr moved to Shelby County, Tennessee, where he worked as a dairy production manager at the Shelby County Penal Farm. He moved to Mississippi when he was hired as the director of the Northeast Mississippi Livestock Association. Carr moved to Georgia briefly from 1943-1944 to serve as herd manager at Happy Valley Farms, then returned to Tupelo. In 1949, he co-founded the Carr-Myers Dairy in Tupelo with W. L. Wood; the dairy was sold to Barber Milk in 1956. In his later years, Carr owned the Carr-Vista Park and Estates subdivision. Carr was married to Florence Stratton (d. 1968), for whom he established the Florence Carr Bluebird Trail. Gale Carr passed away on June 15, 1991.


1.5 Cubic Feet (: 1 record carton, 2 SMO folders, 1 artifacts box, 2 VMP boxes)

Language of Materials



Series 1. Life and career. - Box 1; Artifacts Box 12; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 47 Series 2. Photographs. - Visual Materials Photographs Boxes 24-25

Processing Information

Newspaper clippings were photocopied and discarded. Folders were replaced and disposed of. Scrapbook pages were copied and interleaved. Total: 0.1 cubic ft.

Gale Carr Papers
DeeDee Baldwin
July 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository