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Georgia Government Documentation Project

The Georgia Government Document Project (GGDP) details that state’s political and social history through more than 250 oral histories and manuscript collections. The Georgia Government Documentation Project includes interviews with former governors, legislators, political activists, civil rights leaders, media figures, lawyers, social crusaders, judges, and numerous other public figures. These men and women shaped the history of Georgia during the 20th century, and the GGDP provides researchers with a rare glimpse at their stories in their own words. In addition the GGDP includes 3 manuscript collections that touch on Georgia politics.

There are several ways to access the GGDP. The Georgia Government Documentation Project Research Guide provides extensive information about each oral history as well as links to other oral history resources and a detailed bibliography of scholarly works that utilize the GGDP. The collection is loosely divided into twenty series (A-R), and each series contains multiple oral histories on related topics. Lastly, The GGDP oral histories can be accessed through the library’s digital collections page, allowing for easy online access to audio and interview transcripts from anywhere in the world.

Oral Histories | Manuscripts | Research Guide

Oral History Series

The Georgia Government Documentation Project is divided into the following series that group the oral histories according to subject matter:

Georgia Governors Oral History Collection includes interviews with ten former governors of Georgia. (P2000-05)

Public Figures Oral History Collection includes oral histories with important Georgians who tell their stories about politics, the law, and civil rights. (P2000-06)

Women in the Legislature Oral History Collection details the struggles and triumphs of women politicians in Georgia. (P2000-01)

Politics and the Media Oral History Collection features oral histories with media personalities who covered Georgia politics from the 1930s to the present. (P2000-02)

Black Involvement in Politics Oral History Collection contains oral history interviews with Georgia civil rights activists conducted at the NAACP convention in Brunswick GA, October 13-14, 1989. (P2000-03)

Marvin Griffin Oral History Collection consists of a series of oral histories about the life and career of former Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin. (P2000-04)

The Belle of Ashby Street: Helen Douglas Mankin and Georgia Politics Oral History Collection contains oral histories that shed light on the political career of Helen Douglas Mankin whose 1946 congressional race changed Georgia politics forever. (P1992-04)

Black Boss: Political Revolution in a Georgia County Oral History Collection includes a series of oral histories about the political transformation of Hancock county under the leadership of John McCown and the racial strife that resulted from his challenges to the established order. (P1992-06)

Black Empowerment in Burke County (Ga.) Oral History Collection details the struggle for racial and economic equality in Burke County GA. (P2000-11)

Black and White Women in Atlanta Public Life Oral History Collection consists of oral histories discussing the role African-American and White women played during the civil rights struggle in Atlanta GA. (P2000-12)

Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy Oral History Collection includes a number of oral history interviews with the civil rights giant Stetson Kennedy as well as other civil rights figures. (P2000-07)

Portraits of the Past Oral History Collection features interviews with prominent Atlantans who relate their experiences in the Southern city. (P2000-08)

Eurith Dickinson Rivers Oral History Collection consists of a series of oral histories about the life and career of former Georgia Governor E. D. Rivers. (P1992-18)

Legislative Oral History Collection contains a series of oral histories with various members of the Georgia General Assembly from a variety of districts and political persuasions. (P2000-09)

Atlanta’s Black Community and Education Oral History Collection includes oral histories detailing the civil rights activism of Atlanta area college students during the 1960s. (P2000-10)

Dan E. Sweat Oral History Collection contains numerous interviews with Dan Sweat, the Atlanta social activist and civic crusader. (P2002-06)

Georgia Legal Services Oral History Collection includes interviews that detail the twenty years of legal work done by the Legal Services Corporation. (P2002-14)

Beyond Atlanta Oral History Collection contains interviews with civil rights activists from outside the city. (P2003-08)

Manuscripts

Dan E. Sweat Jr., Papers, 1933-1997 include speeches, correspondence, newspaper clippings, date books, and other materials donated by the noted Atlanta public servant and city planner. (P2002-06M)

David J. Worley Papers, 1974-1991 include correspondence and campaign materials belonging to the man who twice challenged Newt Gingrich for a seat in the US House of Representatives. (P2011-01M)

John Greer Papers, 1945-1986 include correspondence, political advertisements, campaign materials, press clippings, as well as materials from the 1960 Sibley Commission on desegregation. (P1987-07M)

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