At the request of the Russell Foundation, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies developed and launched a new oral history project exploring modern Georgia politics in 2017. Since then, the Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project has assembled a diverse cast of more than 100 individuals to tell the inside story behind the rise of the Republican Party, the Democratic response, and the creation of a two-party political system in Georgia while showcasing the personal experiences of candidates, elected officials, and party leaders as well as the insights of political journalists and scholars. A resource for historians, political scientists, students, and others interested in Georgia government and politics, Two-Party Georgia also complements the Russell Library’s existing oral history collections and over 500 manuscript collections.
Since 2017, the Russell Foundation has generously provided more than $100,000 to fund for Two-Party Georgia and other oral history projects documenting the role of Georgia and Georgians in politics and public policy. The Russell Foundation’s ongoing support makes it possible for the Russell Library to capture, preserve, and provide access to these high-quality, video and audio oral history interviews.