by Gerri Marroquin
University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library has been selected as the new home for the papers of U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland. The items that will be preserved at Ingram Library will showcase Westmoreland’s service in the U.S. House of Representatives, in the Georgia State House and as vice chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. The collection will include campaign materials, personal committee files, photographs, memorabilia and more.
“It is my honor to gift my records to the University of West Georgia,” Westmoreland said. “I sincerely hope that all I have learned in my 24 years of public service may be of use to the university’s students and researchers. I’m confident we are passing these documents on to good hands and that they will be well preserved at the Ingram Library.”
Westmoreland represents Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Carrollton. He designated Ingram Library to be the recipient of his papers so that they would be located close to the people he represents.
Ingram Library was selected for this honor this past spring and is expecting the records to be delivered this upcoming fall. However, the papers may not be open for public access for up to two years as the items must first be documented, cataloged and arranged to allow students, researchers and the public easier access.
“We are thrilled Westmoreland has chosen our university to archive his congressional papers,” UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero said. “These documents provide an official record of some key events in our nation’s recent history. We look forward to hosting researchers for years to come as they visit our campus to study those moments and as we endeavor to preserve them.”
“At UWG Special Collections, we have a huge number of papers at the local, state, and national level,” Head of UWG Special Collections Blynne Olivieri said. “Our political collections are a big draw for scholars of American politics and policy making and to members of the general public as well.”
UWG Special Collections currently includes papers of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Congressmen Bob Barr, Mac Collins and Pat Swindall.Posted on