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Guy Scull papers

 Collection
Identifier: POL-0031

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of the papers of Guy Scull from 1978 to 1984 related to his work for Representative Newt Gingrich.

The campaign files consist of records related to Gingrich’s campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s Sixth District in 1978, 1980, 1982, and 1984. They contain fundraising records for Friends of Newt Gingrich (FONG), data on Georgia population figures, campaign strategy notes and memoranda, and materials from the National Republican Congressional Committee (RNC), especially regarding the Republican Party’s attempts to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The series also contains political ephemera, such as bumper stickers and fliers.

The congressional office records document the operation of Gingrich’s Washington, D.C. office during the Ninety-sixth, Ninety-seventh, and Ninety-eighth Congresses. The records consist of clippings, press releases, office memoranda and newsletters, files on personnel matters, and writings by Gingrich and others. There is a large amount of clippings; the congressional office tracked coverage of Newt Gingrich in local and national press outlets and sent this information out to staff members. The office memoranda document the day-to-day running of Gingrich’s Washington office, especially with regard to Scull’s role as a legislative assistant, in which he wrote response letters to constituent mail and trained other staffers how to do so. There are also many memoranda regarding personnel matters in which staff comment on one another’s performance and personality. Related items include the “Staff News” newsletter, an intra-office newsletter for Gingrich staffers. Other items in the series include excerpts from the Congressional Record, especially regarding the House’s disciplinary measures against Charles Diggs (D-MI) and Michael “Ozzie” Myers (D-PA), two members of Congress convicted on corruption charges. The series also includes Scull’s March 1977 application to serve on Gingrich’s 1978 campaign.

The artifacts include campaign buttons for Gingrich, Ronald Reagan, and others, along with a Newt Gingrich nameplate and two pig figurines. There are also hats from Gingrich congressional campaigns.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1978-1984
  • 1954-1984

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users.

Conditions Governing Use note

All rights transfered to the University of West Georgia.

Biographical/Historical note

Guy Hamilton Scull was born on April 5, 1952. He attended Marist High School in Atlanta and graduated in 1970, then matriculated to Oglethorpe University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1975. He began master’s level work in political science at Emory University afterward, but withdrew before completing a degree.

Interested in politics, Scull joined Newt’s Gingrich’s 1978 congressional campaign for the Sixth District in Georgia, managing the campaign office in East Point and commuting from his home in Roswell. Upon Gingrich’s victory, he assumed the position of Legislative Assistant in Gingrich’s Washington, D.C. office, and eventually became Gingrich’s Chief Legislative Assistant. He worked closely with other Gingrich staffers including Bob Weed, Frank Gregorsky, and David Warnick. Scull resigned in 1982 to return to Georgia and serve as campaign manager for Gingrich’s re-election campaign, then rejoined the D.C. office afterward. Scull then became Gingrich’s press secretary, eventually leaving his employment in 1985.

After leaving Newt Gingrich’s office, Scull then worked as a real estate agent, consultant, and non-profit executive in the Atlanta area.

Extent

9.56 Linear feet (21 boxes, 1 OV folder)

Language

English

Overview

The Guy Scull papers document Scull’s involvement in the electoral campaigns and legislative career of Representative Newt Gingrich from 1978 to 1984. They include campaign research and strategy materials, memoranda, clippings, press releases, writings and speeches by Gingrich and others, political ephemera, and artifacts.

Arrangement note

Arranged in three series: (I) Campaign files, (II) Congressional office records, and (III) Artifacts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Guy Scull in April 2018.

Title
Guide to the Guy Scull papers POL-0031
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Written by W. Michael Camp
Date
September 10, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States