Begun in 1983 as the Georgia’s Political Heritage Program under the leadership of Dr. Mel Steely, the Georgia’s Political History collection is comprised of an extensive number of oral history interviews and over 3,000 linear feet of archival collections that document the unique political culture of Georgia. The collection includes the papers of five U.S. Congressional collections (Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, Mac Collins, Pat Swindall, and Lynn Westmoreland) and the papers of state and regional politicians. Notable materials include papers from U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the late Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy, former Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, and many other former U.S. and Georgia state legislators. Interviews include key political figures such as Senator Herman Talmadge, Andrew Young, Lester Maddox, Hosea Williams, and many individuals who have represented the West Georgia region during the critical civil rights era of the mid-20th century. Interviews are available on the Digital Library of Georgia website.