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George W. (Buddy) Darden Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts

George W. (Buddy) Darden Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts

Descriptive Summary

Title: George W. (Buddy) Darden Papers, Series VIII: Artifacts
Creator: Darden, George, 1943-
Inclusive Dates: 1964-2000
Bulk Dates: 1983-1993
Language(s): English
Extent: 18 box(es) (15.75 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/079/GWD_VIII
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: George (Buddy) Darden served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1995. Series VIII: Artifacts contains campaign memorabilia, Congressional commissions, models of military airplanes, cartoons, awards and certificates of appreciation, and office signs.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

George Washington "Buddy" Darden was born in Sparta, Georgia, on November 22, 1943. He attended North Georgia College, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 1965. He was selected to serve in Senator Richard B. Russell's patronage program in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 1967, and served as assistant district attorney in Cobb County from 1968 to 1972, when he was elected district attorney.

In 1980, he was elected as a Democrat to the Georgia House of Representatives, and served on the Judiciary Committee. After the death of U.S. Representative Larry McDonald, Darden won the special election to take his seat in 1983. In congress, he served on several committees, including the House Armed Services, Ethics, and Appropriations. In 1994, he lost his reelection bid, and unsuccessfully campaigned for congress in 2002. He served under Governor Roy Barnes as chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Since 1995, he has been with the law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge. President Clinton appointed him to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. After Clinton left office, Darden began doing work for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, traveling to various countries including Indonesia and Senegal. Darden has also represented Georgia's interests in the water disputes with Alabama and Florida.

Scope and Content

Series VIII: Artifacts contains campaign memorabilia, Congressional commissions, models of military airplanes, cartoons, awards and certificates of appreciation, and office signs. The series also includes items from the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and an airplane sent to protest funding for the C-17 airplane.

Organization and Arrangement

Divided into four subseries: A. Committees, B. Political, C. Personal, D. Office.

The rest of Darden's papers are described in separate finding aids: Series I: Constituent Services, Series II: Legislative, Series III: Speeches and Press, Series IV: Political, Series V: Personal, Series VI: Office, Series VII: Photographs, and Audiovisual Materials.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This series is open for research use.

Preferred citation

George W. (Buddy) Darden Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Adriane Hanson, 2013.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Airplanes, Military.
Campaign paraphernalia -- United States.
Legislators -- Georgia.
United States -- Congress -- House.

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J. Roy Rowland Papers

Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series VIII: Artifacts, 1964-2000 (1983-1993)

18 box(es) (15.75 linear feet)
Series VIII: Artifacts contains campaign memorabilia, Congressional commissions, models of military airplanes, cartoons, awards and certificates of appreciation, and office signs. The series also includes items from the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and an airplane sent to protest funding for the C-17 airplane.

A. Committees

VIII.1Model Airplane: F-15, undated
VIII.1Model Airplane: Lockheed C-5B Galaxy, undated
VIII.1Model Airplane Display Stands (Planes in Box VIII.2 and VIII.3), undated
VIII.2Model Airplane: X-30 NASP [National Aero-Space Plane], undated
VIII.2Model Airplane: Brave 200 Boeing Robotic Air Vehicle, undated
VIII.2Model Airplane: F-16 Fighting Falcon, undated
VIII.3Model Airplane: Northrop B-2, undated
VIII.3Group Photo in frame with Pen for Delivering Nerve Gas Medicine, undated
VIII.3Wood Airplane sent by Darden and Ed Jenkins Protesting the Money spent on the C-17, labeled "$40,000,000,000.00 Paper Airplane - A Bona Fide Boondoggle", undated
VIII.165Poster with Pictures of the 103rd Congress (1993-1994) House Appropriations Committee, 1993

B. Political

VIII.4Atlanta Olympics Flag, circa 1996
VIII.4Campaign: Large Canvas Sign, undated
VIII.4Sample of Georgia Marble with Atlanta Olympic Logo, circa 1996
VIII.51Campaign Memorabilia: Stickers, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, 1988,1994, undated
VIII.52Congress Trading Cards, 1989
VIII.53Proofs for Press Release on Welfare Reform, 1993
VIII.54Democratic National Convention: Flyers, Tickets, Gore Pins, 2000
VIII.6Commissioning for 1983-1985, 1983
VIII.7Commissioning for 1985-1987, 1985
VIII.8Commissioning for 1987-1989, 1987
VIII.9Commissioning for 1989-1991, 1989
VIII.10Commissioning for 1991-1993, 1991
VIII.11Commissioning for 1993-1995, 1993
VIII.161Cartoons: "Wanted Poster" for "the Hole-in-the-Head Gang" produced by Wyoming Agricultural Groups to Protest Representatives Darden, Mike Synar, and Chester Atkins, undated
VIII.161Cartoons: Art for Political Cartoon by D. Boyd "This Bud's for You..." showing Darden's Head on a Mug of Beer, 1983
VIII.161Cartoons: Chattooga High School Drawing of a Time Magazine Cover featuring Darden Speaking at a Podium out in the Woods labeled "In Honor of Richard B. Russell", 1988
VIII.161Cartoons: Drawing for Program of Cobb County Boys Club Congressman Buddy Darden Roast, 1988
VIII.161Cartoons: Drawing of Darden Running by R.A. Rutherford, 1990
VIII.17The Marietta Daily Journal Front Pages for November 9, 1983 announcing Darden's Victory over McDonald and November 11, 1983 about his Swearing-In at Washington, 1983
VIII.18Lester Maddox "Wake Up America" alarm clock, undated
VIII.191The 50th American Presidential Inaugural License Plate, 1985
VIII.192Political Buttons for Members of Georgia Congressional Delegation, circa 1982-1988
VIII.193USS Heron (MHC-52) Commissioning Ceremony Program, 1994 August 6

C. Personal

VIII.4Canned Georgia "Road Kill Possum", undated
VIII.4Framed Card from Military Veteran Desmond D. Doss, Thanking Darden for Restoring his Medals, undated
VIII.4Helmet-shaped Award "Honorary Fire Chief" for being on the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, undated
VIII.4Piece of Wood from the U.S.S. Missouri where the WWII Peace Treaty with Japan was Signed, circa 1945
VIII.55Certificates of Appreciation and Awards, 1964-1994
VIII.12Award for Leadership in the Peace Through Strength Caucus (Eagle Statue), 1986
VIII.162Certificates (Appreciations from Civic Groups, the Government, and the Military; Darden Statement in the Congressional Record about the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; Certificate of Election as District Attorney for the Superior Court of the Cobb), 1972-1993
VIII.163Signed Prints (Buildings and Landscapes in Georgia), 1984-1982
VIII.17Certificate: Appointment as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation by President Clinton, 2000
VIII.17Matted Poster of U.S. Presidents ending with George W. Bush, undated
VIII.17Membership Certificate: Society of the South Pole, 1986
VIII.17Newspaper Advertisement Highlighting Darden's Life and Accomplishments, circa 1972
Folder OS 1City of Marietta, Georgia, Sesquicentennial Celebration Poster , 1984

D. Office

VIII.4Two Medal Wall Plaques inscribed with "Congressman George (Buddy) Darden 7th District Georgia", undated
VIII.4Name Tags, undated
VIII.56Stationary, undated
VIII.57Business Cards and ID Cards, undated
VIII.13Wall Plaque with Darden's Name and the State Seal (Wood and Stone), undated
VIII.14Wall Plaque reading "Welcome This office belongs to the People of the Seventh District of Georgia" presented by the North Cobb High School Industrial Arts Club (Wood with Gold Lettering), undated
VIII.15Sign reading "Congressional District Office 7th District -- Georgia George (Buddy) Darden" (Metal with White Lettering), undated