Troy University Preserves Congressman’s Papers

Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2008

DOTHAN – Troy University will play a major role in preserving the legacy of U.S. Congressman Terry Everett. TROY’s Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, which is located on the Dothan Campus, is home to the eight-term congressman’s records.

The first documents began arriving in 2002. Now at 170 boxes, the Everett collection is the largest housed at the Archives. It currently contains papers from his congressional office dating from 1993 to 2006.

The Congressman and his wife, Barbara, recently visited Troy University to learn how the documents are stored.

“I am honored that nearly a decade ago Troy University agreed to host my congressional papers for future study by students and historians,” Everett said. “Over the last 16 years in Congress, I have been active on many fronts while serving the Second District. My work has spanned the leadership of a half dozen subcommittees of the House Agriculture, Armed Services, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs committees. I am pleased to share the records of my congressional activities with Wiregrass scholars in anticipation that it will provide a greater understanding of the inner workings of our democracy and inspire others to public service.”

A 1999 agreement between former Dothan Campus President Dr. Mike Malone and Congressman Everett made TROY the official repository of the records and sparked the creation of the Archives, which had been a dream of Malone’s, according to Dr. Marty Olliff, TROY archivist and associate professor of history.

Olliff said the Everett records will provide excellent material for researchers of Alabama and congressional history. TROY students taking classes in archival studies, history, international relations, political science and public administration will also benefit tremendously.

“There are a number of doctoral dissertations, master’s theses and student papers in this material waiting to be written,” Dr. Olliff remarked. “The Farm Bill alone and the Congressman’s work on the Agriculture Committee are extremely important to the Wiregrass.”

Congressman Everett is a senior member of the House Armed Services, Intelligence and Agriculture committees. He is also the ranking member of the Strategic Forces subcommittee.

The Everett papers are currently sealed to the public, but will become available for review and research once Everett retires in January of 2009.

For more information about the Wiregrass Archives of History and Culture, contact Dr. Marty Olliff at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-327.