Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies exhibit that celebrates the donation of the Melvin Ernest Thompson personal papers will open with a reception on Nov. 2 from 3-5 p.m. The exhibit, located in the main exhibit gallery of the Russell Library, is free and open to the public.
“Snapshots: Selections from the M.E. Thompson Collection” showcases materials from the collection that document important moments in the life of M.E. Thompson, Georgia’s first lieutenant governor and participant in the famed “three governors controversy” (1946-1947). Capitalizing on a collection of correspondence, speeches, photographs, memorabilia and audiovisual material, the display considers the creation of Thompson’s political career and his life following his days on the campaign trail. More than 170 photographs illustrate Thompson’s childhood, family life and gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns, with memorabilia documenting his civic achievements, career and commitment to public education. Six television campaign advertisements featuring Thompson’s views about the county unit system and education are a particular highlight of the collection.
More on Thompson’s life and the political disagreement that ushered him into the governor’s office can be found at the New Georgia Encyclopedia http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-591.
The Russell Library is located on the west side of the Main Library on the University of Georgia’s North Campus. For directions and parking information, see http://www.libs.uga.edu/directions.html or call 706/542-5788.