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Newt Gingrich papers, Nancy Desmond files

Identifier: POL-0001-12

Scope and Contents note

This collection, a portion of the Newt Gingrich papers, includes materials compiled by Gingrich staffer Nancy Desmond from approximately 1992 to 2001.

Nancy Desmond worked for Gingrich for 20 years, first coordinating his Renewing American Civilization class, then serving as Chief of Staff (COS) of his Georgia district and congressional offices. Desmond also served as CEO for the Gingrich Group/Center for Health Transformation.

Commemorative stamp issuances consist of commemorative booklets of stamp issuances sent by the US Postmaster General to Gingrich in Gingrich’s role as Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Clippings include compiled daily press coverage of Gingrich’s political and personal activity from national, regional, and local newspapers. They appear to have been compiled for the purpose of tracking Gingrich’s image in public media.

Daily schedules include Speaker Gingrich’s daily schedule. They appear to have been compiled for the purpose of coordinating staff responsibilities related to Speaker Gingrich’s political activity and travel.

Artifacts include audiotapes, a videotape, and memorabilia related to Gingrich’s role as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, such as cufflinks and ceremonial gavels.

Other materials include letters written to Gingrich upon his resignation from the US House of Representatives, photographs, and awards. Photographs primarily depict campaign and constituent related events, although some include notable figures such as former US President Gerald Ford, various foreign leaders, and various celebrities.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1992-1999
  • 1992-2001 [bulk 1992-1999]


Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted; select materials open for public use. Please contact Special Collections for instructions on access.

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Republican Newton "Newt" Leroy Gingrich (1943- ) represented Georgia's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1999, and served both as the House Minority Whip from 1989-1995, and as the 58th Speaker of the House from 1995-1999.

Newt Gingrich was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1943. His father, U.S. Army Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Gingrich, was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His family moved to Europe in 1956, living in Orleans, France, and Stuttgart, Germany. In 1960 the family moved to Fort Benning, Georgia during his junior year in high school. He graduated from Baker High School in Columbus in 1961 and earned a B.A. in history from Emory University in Atlanta in 1965. Gingrich graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, receiving his M.A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in European History in 1971.

Dr. Benjamin Kennedy, then chairman of the History Department at West Georgia College, offered Gingrich an assistant professorship in March 1970, and Gingrich began teaching World History surveys in the fall quarter of that year. In the 1972 Student Handbook, Brave, Gingrich encouraged students to take a more proactive role on campus, writing "Don't live down to the weakest aspects of your world. Instead, encourage and help your world to live up to the finest in you. You receive this campus as the achievement of past generations. You will leave it as the gift to future generations."

While Gingrich moved to the Geography department in 1974 and ultimately left the college to pursue a career in politics in 1978, he was remembered for his efforts at encouraging his students to critically engage the material they studied. One such example is an apocryphal story from the History department, in which Gingrich began teaching a survey course with erroneous information in the hopes that one of his students would challenge him and show that they had pursued their required studies.

Newt Gingrich went on to transform the Republican Party and politics in the U.S. across his career in Congress. He retired from an active role in government in 1999, returning to the political arena to pursue the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination. After withdrawing from the race, Gingrich returned to a life of political and social commentary, speaking out on religious expression in the public sphere, education reform, and policies surrounding off-shore and inland oil-drilling, taxation, and health-care reform. He joined the re-launched version of CNN's Crossfire as a panelist in 2013.


16.36 Linear feet (32 boxes, 2 ov folders)




Materials compiled by Nancy Desmond, a staffer for Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA), from 1992 to 2001, including commemorative stamp issuances, clippings, daily schedules, photographs, audiovisual materials and artifacts, and other materials.

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in series: (I) Commemorative stamp issuances, (II) Clippings, (III) Dailly schedules, (IV) Audiovisual material and artifacts, (V) Other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Nancy Desmond in 2014.

Newt Gingrich papers, Nandy Desmond files POL-0001-12
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

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