Barbara Everett Papers Record

Barbara Everett Papers Record

Record Group 161

Date Span: 1992-2010

Unprocessed Extent: 30 cubic feet

Biographical Sketch: Barbara Pitts Everett is a southeast Alabama businesswoman, educator, and participant in many civic organizations.  She is the spouse of retired Congressman Terry Everett (R-AL-2, 1993-2009), having married him on October 18, 1969 at Dothan's Cloverdale Baptist Church ("Terry Everett," Ency of Alabama; Mike Rogers, "Recognizing . . . Bud Cramer and . . . Terry Everett . . ." Cong. Rec. September 26, 2008, E2021-2022.)

Barbara Pitts was born in August 1946 in Webb, Alabama, grew up in Headland and Dothan, and graduated from Rehobeth High School.  Before pursuing higher education, she partnered with her husband in the newspaper business, owning several weeklies beginning with Down Home Today and ending with Gulf Coast Media, Inc., from 1966 to 1988.  Later, the Everetts operated Premium Homebuilders in Enterprise, Alabama. ("Terry Everett," Wikipedia; "Barbara Everett," Alabama Women's Commission)

Mrs. Everett received her Associate of Arts Degree from Enterprise State Junior College in 1984, a Bachelors degree in Sociology and Psychology from Troy State University in Troy (Summa Cum Laude) in 1986, and her Masters in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University Dothan in 1988.  From 1986 to 1990, she was the director of the Tutorial Assistance Program for High Risk College Students and the Career Training Program for Displaced Homemakers at Enterprise State Community College. ("Barbara Everett," Alabama Women's Commission; "Troy to Honor Alumni of the Year . . ." Trojan News Center, October 3, 2014.)

While Mr. Everett was in Congress, Mrs. Everett became active in civic organizations and commissions, particularly after suffering breast cancer in 2000. (Rogers, Cong. Rec.)  She served on multiple state and county health and breast cancer commissions, multiple advisory committees to groups like the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, a number of Coffee County commissions, and foundation advisory boards, all documented in these records.

The Everetts retired to their home in Rehobeth, Alabama, after 2009.

Scope / Content Note:  Documents Barbara Everett's life as a congressional spouse and her extensive work with state commissions, advisory councils, health and breast cancer groups, non-profits, and foundations, 1998 – 2010.

Organization:  Organized into three series, with "State and Local Groups" organized into fifteen subseries.

Series 1. Christmas Cards, 2000-2008 [7.5 cubic feet]: Christmas cards sent to the Everetts from their constituents and cards sent by the Everetts to their constituents.  Also includes cards sent to the Everetts by the White House.  Christmas cards were received at the Everetts’ Alabama and Washington, D.C. addresses.  Cards are addressed to the Everetts as a couple but also to Terry and Barbara individually.

Series 2. Congressional Mementos, 1992-2008 [11 cubic feet]: correspondence, reports, directories, periodicals, media and various artifacts related to Terry Everett’s time in office.

Series 3. State & Local Groups, 1998-2010 [14 cubic feet]: Details Barbara Everett’s involvement in various committees, foundations, forums and causes in Alabama, such as Habitat for Humanity and the State of Alabama Women’s Commission, multiple breast cancer forums and the governor’s task force to strengthen families.

  • Governor's Commission on Consolidation, Efficiency & Funding (Budget for 2005)  [1 cf]
  • Governor's Task Force to Strengthen AL Families, 2006-07  [4 cf]
  • Alabama Rural Action Comm., Wiregrass Region Health Committee, 2007  [1 cf]
  • Alabama Co-operative Extension Advisory Council, 1998-99  [0.25]
  • State of Alabama Women’s Commission – State of AL, 2006-10  [1 cf]
  • John Hopkins Breast Cancer Forum / Alabama Breast Cancer Coalition, 1998-2001  [1 cf]
  • Coffee County Breast Cancer Forum – 2000  [0.25 cf]
  • Coffee County Habitat for Humanity, 1999-2000  [0.25 cf]
  • Coffee County Family Services Center, 1999-2001  [0.25 cf]
  • Coffee County Strategic Plan Committee & Region Development Conference, 1998 [0.25 cf]
  • Troy University Foundation, 2006  [3 cf]
  • Sunsouth Bank Women’s Advisory Board, 2003-04  [0.25 cf]
  • Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation, 2009-10  [0.25 cf]
  • Southeast Alabama Community Foundation, 2000-04  [0.25 cf]
  • Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 2002-2005  [1 cf]