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Newt Gingrich artifacts

Identifier: POL-0001-13

Scope and Content

This represents one portion of the overall Newt Gingrich collection. His papers are divided into sections by congressional session, and by pre-congressional materials and so forth. This portion of the Newt Gingrich collection are the artifacts given to him, or collected by him during the course of his political career.


  • 1974-2009


Restrictions on Access

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

Boxes with a G number are located offsite and may take up to a week to make available to researchers. Boxes with a G number and a shelf number are located onsite. Locations as drawer are located onsite.

User Restrictions

Rights retained by Newt Gingrich.

Biographical 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.


224.0 Linear feet (approximately 731 items)




Artifacts given to Newt Gingrich or collected by him during the course of his political career.


Artifacts were assigned an item number and inventoried upon receipt. They are currently folder or boxed according to size and material type.


Artifacts transferred by Newt Gingrich, 1980s-2009
Finding Aid to the Newt Gingrich artifacts POL-0001-13
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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