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Political Heritage Program

Georgia's Political Heritage Program is a video/ audio tape collection that is designed to capture valuable, but disappearing historical resources. The collection began in 1985 and captures the memory of Georgia's political leaders as they relate their roles in the state's political history.

West Georgia history faculty interviews on video and audio, record key political figures such as former Governors, Lieutenant Governors, U.S. Senators and Congressmen and House Speakers. The collection also includes audio tape of supporting interviews, speeches and presentations.

The archive section of the Ingram Library at West Georgia also serves as the repository for the political papers of Newt Gingrich and Pat Swindall as well as those of political figures of regional interest such as Senators J. Ebb Duncan and Wayne Garner and Representatives Carolyn Lee, John Simpson and Charles Thomas. The archive is in the process of continually broadening its collection.

Interviews with all the former governors of Georgia since World War II are included with the exceptions of M.E. Thompson and Marvin Griffin, both of whom were deceased prior to the inception of the program.

The materials collected for the program are housed in the archive section of the Ingram Library and cataloged with the OCLC system, providing ready access to students, historians, scholars and the public. Donations for the public use of this collection are greatly appreciated.

Program collections include video tape interviews with the following:

Subject # of Tapes 
Gov. Ellis Arnall
Rep. Doug Barnard 
Gov. Roy Barnes 
Rep. Bob Barr 
Att. Gen. Griffin Bell 
Rep. Ben Blackurn 
Catoonist David Boyd 
Gov. George Busbee 
Lt. Gov. Garland Byrd 
Rep. Howard "Bo" Callaway 
Pres. Jimmy Carter 
Rep. George "Buddy" Darden 
State Rep. Dock Davis 
Rep. John "Jack" Flynt 
Sen. David Gambrell 
State Sen. Wayne Garner 
GOP National Committeeman Carl Gillis 
State Rep. Denmark Groover 
Gov. Joe Frank Harris 
Rep. Charles Hatcher 
Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard 
Rep. Ed Jenkins 
Rep. Ben Jones 
State Sen. Culver Kidd 
Rep. Phil Landrum 
Rep. Elliott Levitas 
Rep. Jamie Mackay 
Gov. Mack Mattingly 
Gov. Zell Miller 
Speaker Tom Murphy 
Rep. Richard Ray 
Rep. Roy Rowland 
Gov. Carl Sanders 
Lt. Gov. George T. Smith 
State Rep. Tracy Stallings 
Rep. Robert G. Stephens 
Rep. Pat Swindall 
Ex. Sec. Tom Perdue 
Sen. Herman Talmadge  36 
Rep. Lindsay Thomas 
Rep. Fletcher Thompson 
Gov. Ernest S. Vandiver 
State Sen. Charles Walker 
Rep. Charles Weltner 
State Rep. Hosea Williams 
Rep. Andy Young 


In addition, the Gingrich papers are supported by over 30 video tapes and over 300 audio tapes. The Swindall papers by 6 video tapes and 60 audio tapes, and the Talmadge interview by over a dozen interviews of staff and supports.

Tax deductible donations may be made to the program through the University of West Georgia Foundation. For further information about the program please contact:

Dr. Mel Steely, Director
Georgia's Political Heritage Program
History Department
University of West Georgia
Carrollton GA 30118
msteely@westga.edu