Georgia's Political Heritage Program: Library Joins Association of Centers for the Study of Congress
The Irvine S. Ingram Library recently was accepted as a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, based on the Congressional collections held by the Georgia's Political Heritage Program in the Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections. The ACSC is an organization of about sixty institutional and individual members, including the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies at the University of Georgia, The Dirksen Congressional Center in Pekin, Illinois, the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.
It was formed in 2003 for the purpose of educating students, scholars, policy-makers, and the public about the history of Congress, the legislative process, and issues facing the current Congress. The ACSC encourages preservation of the papers of representatives and senators, and supports programs to make those materials available for research use. The Georgia's Political Heritage Program includes the Congressional papers of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Congressmen Bob Barr, Mac Collins, and Pat Swindall.
In addition to its paper collections, GPHP includes an extensive collection of oral history interviews with prominent current and former Georgia political figures representing political history since World War II. Begun in 1984 by Dr. Mel Steely, Professor Emeritus of the UWG History Department, GPHP captures the memory of Georgia's political leaders as they relate their roles in the context of state and national politics. It is available on the Digital Library of Georgia at: Digital Library of Georgia. The finding aid for the collection is available at: Bob Barr Finding Aid. Pictured above are former Congressman Bob Barr and Dr. Mel Steely at the reception to mark the opening of Barr's papers in 2013.