Guy Scull papers
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.
- Majority of material found within Bulk, 1978-1984
Conditions Governing Access note
Open to all users.
Conditions Governing Use note
All rights transfered to the University of West Georgia.
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.
9.56 Linear feet (21 boxes, 1 OV folder)
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.
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.
- Guide to the Guy Scull papers POL-0031
- Finding aid prepared by Written by W. Michael Camp
- September 10, 2018
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