Georgia's 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:

Gov. Ellis Arnall 8 tapes
Rep. Doug Barnard 2 tapes
Gov. Roy Barnes 1 tape
Rep. Bob Barr 3 tapes
Att. Gen. Griffin Bell 2 tapes
Rep. Ben Blackburn 2 tapes
Cartoonist David Boyd 2 tapes
Gov. George Busbee 2 tapes
Lt. Gov. Garland Byrd 2 tapes
Rep. Howard "Bo" Callaway 3 tapes
Pres. Jimmy Carter 1 tape
Rep. George "Buddy" Darden 6 tapes
State Rep. Dock Davis 2 tapes
Rep. John "Jack" Flynt 4 tapes
Sen. David Gambrell 3 tapes
State Sen. Wayne Garner 1 tape
GOP National Committeeman Carl Gillis 2 tapes
State Rep. Denmark Groover 2 tapes
Gov. Joe Frank Harris 4 tapes
Rep. Charles Hatcher 3 tapes
Lt.Gov. Pierre Howard 2 tapes
Rep. Ed. Jenkins 3 tapes
Rep. Ben Jones 2 tapes
State Sen. Culver Kidd 2 tapes
Rep. Phil Landrum 8 tapes
Rep. Elliott Levitas 6 tapes
Rep. Jamie Mackay 2 tapes
Gov. Lester Maddox 6 tapes
Sen. Mack Mattingly 7 tapes
Gov. Zell Miller 3 tapes
Speaker Tom Murphy 6 tapes
Rep. Richard Ray 7 tapes
Rep. Roy Rowland 2 tapes
Gov. Carl Sanders 6 tapes
Lt. Gov. George T. Smith 6 tapes
State Rep. Tracy Stallings 3 tapes
Rep. Robert G. Stephens 2 tapes
Rep. Pat Swindall 6 tapes
Ex. Sec. Tom Perdue 2 tapes
Sen. Herman Talmadge 36 tapes
Rep. Lindsay Thomas 6 tapes
Rep. Fletcher Thompson 2 tapes
Gov. Ernest S. Vandiver 4 tapes
State Sen. Charles Walker 1 tapes
Rep. Charles Weltner 6 tapes
State Rep. Hosea Williams 2 tapes
Rep. Andy Young 2 tapes

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

Department of History
Technology Learning Cente
University of West Georgia
Carrollton GA 30118
Phone: (678)839-6508

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