M.E. Thompson Papers Now Open

May 10, 2010 – 11:21 AM

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is pleased to announce that the M. E. Thompson Papers are now open for research. The collection documents important moments in the life of Melvin Ernest (M. E.) Thompson, Georgia’s first lieutenant governor and participant in the famed “Three Governors Controversy.”

A collection of correspondence, speeches, photographs, memorabilia, and audiovisual materials, the M. E. Thompson Papers offer a glimpse into the private life of a dedicated educator, businessman, and politician. More than 200 photographs illustrate Thompson’s childhood, family life, and gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns, with memorabilia documenting his civic achievements, career and commitment to public education. Highlights from the collection include a campaign brochure outlining Thompson’s platform in the 1948 Gubernatorial race, platform statements issued on various topics during the early 1950s, speech cards, and telegrams from Thompson’s supporters. Perhaps the most revealing items are six television campaign advertisements featuring Thompson’s views about the county unit system and education are a particular highlight of the collection; these films are now available for viewing online on the Russell Library Blog: http://rbrl.blogspot.com/2009/12/1954-in-five-minutes-or-less.html

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is open for research Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/, call (706) 542-5788 or email russlib@uga.edu. For more information on Thompson, check out the Russell Library blog’s latest post at http://rbrl.blogspot.com/2010/05/thompson-papers-open.html
Right: M.E. Thompson on the campaign trail, ca. 1950.

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