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Descriptive Summary
Collection Description
Administrative Information
Related Materials and Subjects
Series Descriptions and Folder Listing
Series I. Constituent Services1997-2002
Subseries A. Issue Mail 1997-2002
Subseries B. Constituent Letters Singles 1997-2002
Subseries C. Subject Codes 2002
Subseries D. Case Mail 1997-2002
Series II. Legislative Files1990-20031997-2002
Subseries A. Committee Files 1990-2003
Subseries B. Bill and Subject Files 1991-2003
Subseries C. Voting Record 1997-2002
Series III. Press1975-20021997-2002
Subseries A. Speeches 1996-1998
Subseries B. Strong at the Broken Places Book Manuscript 1975, circa 2000
Subseries C. Newspaper Clippings 1995-2002
Subseries D. Press Files 1999-2002
Subseries E. Website 1989-2002
Series IV. Political and Personal1957-20051996-2002
Subseries A. Campaigns 1993-2005
Subseries B. Correspondence 1997-2003
Subseries C. Financial Disclosure Reports 1996-2002
Subseries D. Schedules and Events 1983-2004
Subseries E. Personal 1957-2004
Series V. Atlanta District Office1991-20041997-2001
Subseries A. Constituent Correspondence 1998-2002
Subseries B. District Representatives 1997-2002
Subseries C. Events and Schedule 1997-2002
Subseries D. Office Policies 1994-2002
Subseries E. Project Files 1996-2002
Subseries F. State Director 1991-2002
Subseries G. Subject Files 1992-2002
Series VI. Prior Political Career1968-19961982-1996
Subseries A. Georgia State Senator 1971-1975
Subseries B. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs 1972-1977
Subseries C. Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration 1977-1982
Subseries D. Georgia Secretary of State 1968-1996
Series VII. Photographs1947-20051990-2002
Series VIII. Office1992-2002
Series IX. Artifacts1970-2003
Subseries A. Alive Day 1999-2000
Subseries B. Georgia State Senator 1970
Subseries C. Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration 1977-1981
Subseries D. Georgia Secretary of State 1982-1996
Subseries E. United States Senator 1996-2002
Subseries F. Personal 1970-2003
Series X. Audiovisual Materials1975-2008
Subseries A. Campaigns 1994-2002
Subseries B. Committees and Hearings 1997-2002
Subseries C. Public Appearances 1997-2002
Subseries D. Public Service Announcements 1997-2000
Subseries E. Georgia Secretary of State 1982-1996
Subseries F. United States Veterans Administration 1979-1981
Subseries G. Vietnam War 1984-2004
Subseries H. Political 1975-2002
Subseries I. Personal 1997-2008
Max Cleland Papers: Collection Summary

Max Cleland Papers: Collection Summary

Descriptive Summary

Title: Max Cleland Papers: Collection Summary
Creator: Cleland, Max, 1942-2021
Inclusive Dates: 1947-2008
Bulk Dates: 1997-2002
Language(s): English
Extent: 344 box(es) (318.75 linear feet and 2.8 gigabytes)
Collection Number: RBRL/157/MC
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Cleland represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate (1997-2002), with previous service as a Georgia state senator, head of the Veterans Administration, and Georgia Secretary of State. Cleland's papers predominantly document his career as a U.S. Senator and include constituent correspondence, legislative subject files, files from his committee service, press files, and files from his district office.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Max Cleland was born in 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a B.A. from Stetson University and a M.A. in history from Emory University in 1968. After one year at Emory, he joined the Army to fight in the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of captain. He served from 1965 to 1968, when he was injured by a grenade and lost both legs and his right arm.

Cleland began a life-long career in politics when he was elected to the Georgia state senate in 1970, the youngest member ever elected. He served as a consultant to Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs (1975-1977) and was appointed head of the Veterans Administration in 1977 by President Carter. He was the first Vietnam veteran to hold that post.

Following the end of Carter's presidential term, Cleland returned to Georgia and was elected as Georgia Secretary of State in 1982. In this position, he was responsible for enforcing regulations related to commerce, industry and licensing in the state, maintaining the state's records, and overseeing elections. He was re-elected for three more terms. He resigned during the fourth term to run for U.S. Senate to replace retiring senator Sam Nunn. Cleland, a Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 1996. Among his contributions were working on campaign finance reform, military policy (including advocating caution with U.S. peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans), taxes, commerce, improved conditions for armed services personnel, maintaining a competitive air travel industry, and voting reform. He was also part of a bipartisan panel that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Cleland represented Georgia in the Senate until 2002, when he lost a close race to Saxby Chambliss.

After leaving the Senate, Cleland has remained active in politics, campaigning for Democrats and giving motivational speeches around the country. Since 2009, he has served as Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Source: Grant, Chris. "Max Cleland (b. 1942)." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 26 August 2013. Web. 17 April 2014.

Scope and Content

Cleland's papers predominantly document his career as a U.S. Senator and include constituent correspondence, legislative subject files, files from his committee service, press files, and files from his district office. Common subjects in the papers include agriculture, environmental protection regulations, the U.S. financial system and U.S. economy, military policy, taxes, and policies affecting veterans. Other subjects of note include the attempted impeachment of President Clinton in 1999 and increased concern over national security after September 11, 2001.

The papers also document his service as a Georgia State Senator, Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration, Georgia Secretary of State, and his military career during the Vietnam War.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into 10 series: I. Constituent Services, II. Legislative Files, III. Press, IV. Political and Personal, V. Atlanta District Office, VI. Prior Political Career, VII. Photographs, VIII. Office, IX. Artifacts, and X. Audiovisual Materials.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use with the following exceptions:

Series I. Constituent Services, Subseries B. Constituent Letters Singles must be reviewed for case mail prior to research use. Please request these files 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.

Series IV. Political and Personal, political opponent research (1996-2002) is restricted for 25 years from date of creation.

For Series X. Audiovisual Materials, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.

Many of the series contain digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.

Preferred citation

Max Cleland Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Adriane Hanson, 2014 September.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Agricultural laws and legislation
Economic development -- Georgia.
Environmental policy -- United States.
Military bases -- Georgia.
Political campaigns -- Georgia.
Politicians -- Georgia.
Taxation -- Law and legislation -- United States.
United States -- Armed Forces.
United States. Congress. Senate
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Armed Services
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs
Veterans -- United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 079 Max Cleland

Zell Miller Papers

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Max Cleland Collection at Stetson University Special Collections

Max Cleland Papers at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Constituent Services, 1997-2002

75 box(es) (75 linear feet and 150 megabytes)
Series I. Constituent Services contains correspondence between Max Cleland and his constituents about the wide variety of issues that concerned them. Some frequent subjects include abortion, environmental protection regulations, the U.S. financial system (including credit unions), gun control, health care reform, the attempted impeachment of President Clinton in 1999, religious freedom, taxation laws, and veterans. The series includes the letters from the constituents, the form letters that Cleland used to respond to them, and data about the form letters.
This series is organized into 4 subseries: A. Issue Mail, B. Constituent Letters Singles, C. Subject Codes, and D. Case Mail.
This series is open for research use with the following exceptions:
Subseries B. Constituent Letters Singles must be reviewed for case mail prior to research use. Please request these files 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.
Subseries B. Constituent Letters Singles contains digital files. These files are closed pending review for confidential information.
Subseries D. Case Mail is closed for 75 years from when the letters were written and will be available for research use in 2078.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Issue Mail , 1997-2002

( 64 box(es) (64 linear feet) )
Subseries A. Issue Mail contains correspondence from Cleland's constituents about their concerns, as well as his responses. Letters were organized into batches on the same subject, and each batch was responded to at once with a form letter. For each batch, there is a batch order form (including a description of the subject), the form letter, a list of people to send it to, and the letters from the constituents.



Subseries B. Constituent Letters Singles , 1997-2002

( 4 box(es) (3.5 linear feet and 150 megabytes) )
Subseries B. Constituent Letters Singles contains correspondence from Cleland's constituents about issues of concern to them, or more general correspondence such as articles they think he should read, thank you letters, and other pleasantries. Some letters are annotated with an Interest Code that indicates the form letter used to respond to the constituent. The term "Singles" was used by Cleland's staff and appears to mean that there were not enough letters to respond to as a batch. The "batch" correspondence is Subseries A. Issue Mail.
The subseries also includes data exported from Cleland's constituent management system.
This subseries was originally 96 boxes, which was sampled by saving the first folder of each box to provide a representative sample of issues that were important to constituents.



Subseries C. Subject Codes , 2002

( 1 box(es) (0.1 linear feet) )
Subseries C. Subject Codes is composed of reports about the form letters used by Cleland's office to reply to constituent mail. The reports include the code for the form letter, a description of the subject, the dates it was created and updated, and the staff member responsible for it.



Subseries D. Case Mail , 1997-2002

( 10 box(es) (10 linear feet) )
Subseries D. Case Mail is composed of mail from veterans requesting Cleland's assistance with individual difficulties they were facing.
 

Series II. Legislative Files, 1990-2003 (1997-2002)

110 box(es) (109.5 linear feet and 38 megabytes)
Series II. Legislative Files documents Cleland's committee service, staff research on legislation, and voting record. Common subjects include agriculture, appropriations, campaign reform, commerce and the economy, environment, governmental affairs, the judiciary, the military, small business, and veterans. The series includes research files, correspondence, draft legislation, hearings transcripts, and committee reports.
This series is organized into 3 subseries: A. Committee Files, B. Bill and Subject Files, and C. Voting Record.
This series is open for research use.
Subseries A. Committee Files and Subseries B. Bill and Subject Files contain digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Committee Files , 1990-2003

( 58 box(es) (58 linear feet and 36 megabytes) )
Subseries A. Committee Files includes papers about four committees: Committee on Armed Services; Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Government Affairs Committee; and Small Business Committee. The subseries includes research files, correspondence, memos, draft legislation, hearings transcripts. Common topics include military personnel, foreign trade, commerce through the internet, homeland security, and securities fraud.



Subseries B. Bill and Subject Files , 1991-2003

( 51 box(es) (51 linear feet and 2 megabytes) )
Subseries B. Bills and Subject Files is composed of member correspondence, draft legislation, and staff research files organized by subject. Some files are focused on a particular piece of legislation, while others are about the subject generally. Common subjects include agriculture, appropriations, campaign reform, environment, the judiciary, and veterans.



Subseries C. Voting Record , 1997-2002

( 2 box(es) (0.5 linear feet) )
Subseries C. Voting Record is composed of reports prepared by the Senate and by Cleland's office about his legislative voting record, organized either by date or by subject.
 

Series III. Press, 1975-2002 (1997-2002)

8 box(es) (8 linear feet and 1.6 gigabytes)
Series III. Press includes text for Cleland's speeches, manuscripts for his book Strong at the Broken Places, newspaper clippings about Cleland, press releases and other press files issued by Cleland's office, and files from different versions of Cleland's website.
This series is organized into 5 subseries: A. Speeches, B. Strong at the Broken Places Book Manuscript, C. Newspaper Clippings, D. Press Files, and E. Website.
This series is open for research use.
Subseries D. Press Files and Subseries E. Website contain digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Speeches , 1996-1998

( 3 box(es) (2.5 linear feet) )
Subseries A. Speeches includes the text for speeches Cleland gave before various business, community, education, and military groups.



Subseries B. Strong at the Broken Places Book Manuscript , 1975, circa 2000

( 2 box(es) (1 linear foot) )
Subseries B. Strong at the Broken Places includes drafts and a few research files related to Cleland's autobiography.



Subseries C. Newspaper Clippings , 1995-2002

( 5 box(es) (4.5 linear feet) )
Subseries C. Newspaper Clippings contains clippings collected by Cleland's press office, organized by subject or by date.



Subseries D. Press Files , 1999-2002

( 0.001 gigabyte(s) (4200 files) )
Subseries D. Press Files includes press releases, statements, memos, and other methods that Cleland used to publish his views.



Subseries E. Website , 1989-2002

( 0.5 gigabyte(s) (9200 files) )
Subseries E. Website contains files from multiple versions of Cleland's website.
 

Series IV. Political and Personal, 1957-2005 (1996-2002)

9 box(es) (9 linear feet)
Series IV. Political and Personal contains general information about Cleland's political career, including campaign materials, including his loss to Saxby Chambliss in 2002, brief correspondence, financial disclosure reports, and weekly schedules. Of note are reports by consultants Plante and Associates evaluating Cleland's career for information that could be used against him in upcoming political campaigns. The series also includes newspaper clippings and magazines about Cleland's life, including his service in Vietnam, and a letter sent to Cleland's parents by the U.S. Army regarding the injuries he sustained in Vietnam.
This series is organized into 5 subseries: A. Campaigns, B. Correspondence, C. Financial Disclosure Reports, D. Schedules and Events, and E. Personal.
This series is open for research use with the following exception: In Subseries A. Campaigns, political opponent research, 1996-2002, is restricted for 25 years from date of creation.
Subseries A. Campaign Files contains digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Campaigns , 1993-2005

( 3 box(es) (2.25 linear feet) )
Subseries A. Campaigns documents Cleland's campaigns to be elected in 1996 and his loss to Saxby Chambliss in 2002. The files include correspondence, reports produced by consultants Plante and Associates evaluating Cleland's career for information that could be used against him in upcoming political campaigns, and files from a lawsuit challenging his election in 2000.



Subseries B. Correspondence , 1997-2003

( 2 box(es) (1.75 linear feet) )
Subseries B. Correspondence is composed of brief personal notes and thank you letters.



Subseries C. Financial Disclosure Reports , 1996-2002

( 1 box(es) (0.5 linear feet) )
Subseries C. contains the financial disclosure reports Cleland submitted while a member of the U.S. Senate.



Subseries D. Schedules and Events , 1983-2004

( 5 box(es) (4 linear feet) )
Subseries D. Schedules and Events documents Cleland's activities while a U.S. senator. The subseries includes weekly itineraries, Microsoft Outlook calendar print outs, invitations and other event descriptions, as well as a few guest books and notes Cleland wrote about several meetings in 1998. The majority of the events were in Georgia, including town festivals, meetings of commerce groups, and visits to military bases.



Subseries E. Personal , 1957-2004

( 1 box(es) (0.5 linear feet) )
Subseries E. Personal is mostly newspaper clippings and magazine articles about Cleland's life, including his service in Vietnam. The subseries also includes papers about his memberships to various organizations, and a letter sent to Cleland's parents by the U.S. Army regarding the injuries he sustained in Vietnam.
 

Series V. Atlanta District Office, 1991-2004 (1997-2001)

47 box(es) (46.5 linear feet and 188 megabytes)
Series V. Atlanta District Office includes correspondence with constituents, reports on the activities of district representatives, files on event planning and Cleland's travel schedule, office policies, project and research files, and the files of state director Bill Chapman.
This series is organized into 7 subseries: A. Constituent Correspondence, B. District Representatives, C. Events and Schedule, D. Office Policies, E. Project Files, F. State Director, and G. Subject Files.
This series is open for research use.
Subseries C. Events and Schedule and Subseries F. State Director contain digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Constituent Correspondence , 1998-2002

( 3 box(es) (2.25 linear feet) )
Subseries A. Constituent Correspondence includes thank you and congratulation correspondence sent on behalf of Max Cleland to constituents, invitations to Cleland from constituents, and pre-printed cards to send to constituents.



Subseries B. District Representatives , 1997-2002

( 5 box(es) (4 linear feet) )
Subseries B. District Representatives includes itineraries for staff travel within the districts, reports about representative's activities, background materials on events in the districts, routine constituent correspondence, and notes on phone calls from constituents.



Subseries C. Events and Schedule , 1997-2002

( 11 box(es) (11 linear feet and 1.5 megabytes) )
Subseries C. Events and Schedule contains files on events throughout the state of Georgia that Cleland attended, including briefs about the reason for attending the event, event background and publicity materials, travel logistics, and talking points or full text for speeches he gave. The subseries also includes copies of Cleland's calendars and itineraries, and invitations.



Subseries D. Office Policies , 1994-2002

( 3 box(es) (1.5 linear feet) )
Subseries D. Office Policies contains policies about office operations, the intern program, and government regulations that apply to staff work.



Subseries E. Project Files , 1996-2002

( 8 box(es) (7 linear feet) )
Subseries E. Project Files includes notes, reports, memos, and correspondence about issues of interest to constituents collected as staff prepared for meetings with them, investigated issues affected a large number of constituents, or received materials from constituents and special interest groups to express their opinions. The subseries also includes some files about organizing events.



Subseries F. State Director , 1991-2002

( 15 box(es) (14.25 linear feet and 186 megabytes) )
Subseries F. State Director contains the files of state director Bill Chapman. These include subject files, which are largely about military topics, constituent files, events files and trip briefings. The subseries retains the organizational categories assigned by Chapman's office.



Subseries G. Subject Files , 1992-2002

( 7 box(es) (6.5 linear feet) )
Subseries G. Subject Files is composed of research files, including newspaper clippings, correspondence, memos, newsletters, articles, government publications, reports, and meeting minutes. Significant subjects include agriculture, campaign finance, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency) responses to disasters in Georgia, transportation infrastructure, and water conservation and use.
 

Series VI. Prior Political Career, 1968-1996 (1982-1996)

40 box(es) (39.75 linear feet)
Series VI. Prior Political Career documents the positions Cleland held prior to becoming a U.S. senator and includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, memos, and research materials. The majority of the files relate to Cleland's service as Georgia's Secretary of State. The series also includes papers from when he was a Georgia state senator, consultant to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration.
This series is organized into 4 subseries: A. Georgia State Senator, B. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, C. Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration, and D. Georgia Secretary of State.
This series is open for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Georgia State Senator , 1971-1975

( 2 box(es) (0.5 linear feet) )
Subseries A. documents Cleland's service as a Georgia state senator (1971-1975). The subseries includes newspaper clippings, articles, and campaign materials.



Subseries B. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs , 1972-1977

( 2 box(es) (1 linear foot) )
Subseries B. documents Cleland's service as a consultant to the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs (1975-1977). The subseries includes correspondence, hearings notices, memos, and articles.



Subseries C. Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration , 1977-1982

( 2 box(es) (1.25 linear feet) )
Subseries C. documents Cleland's service as Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration (1977-1981). The subseries includes correspondence, magazine articles and newspaper clippings, and a few speeches.



Subseries D. Georgia Secretary of State , 1968-1996

( 37 box(es) (37 linear feet) )
Subseries D. documents Cleland's service as Georgia's Secretary of State (1982-1996). The majority of the subseries is composed of personal correspondence, invitations, and newspaper clippings. Also included are campaign files, materials related to the effort to increase voting rates, and resources for veterans.
 

Series VII. Photographs, 1947-2005 (1990-2002)

18 box(es) (10 linear feet and 303 megabytes)
Series VII. Photographs contains photographs of Cleland at events and with constituents throughout his career, as well as a small number with military personnel, prominent politicians, and from his childhood and military service. The series includes both prints and negatives, some of which were removed from scrapbook, and digital photographs.
This series is organized into 3 subseries: A. General, B. From Scrapbooks, and C. Negatives.
This series is open for research use.
Subseries A. General contains digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series VIII. Office, 1992-2002

0.5 gigabyte(s) (13,700 files)
Series VIII. Office contains the computer files of Cleland's staff. The majority of these files are drafts of correspondence to constituents, research files, and drafts for Cleland's upcoming speeches. Common subjects include the military, veterans, and government affairs, and to a lesser extent the government's budget, the judiciary, labor, medicare, social security, and health care.
This series is open for research use.
This entire series is composed of digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.
 

Series IX. Artifacts, 1970-2003

37 box(es) (21 linear feet)
Series IX. Artifacts contains objects related to all periods of Cleland's career, including campaign materials, commissioning documents, objects related to significant legislation and accomplishments achieved during his service, and objects related to his military service and Alive Day, which commemorated his survival of the Vietnam War.
This series is organized into 6 subseries: A. Alive Day, B. Georgia State Senator, C. Administrator of the U.S. Veterans' Administration, D. Georgia Secretary of State, E. United States Senator, and F. Personal.
This series is open for research use.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Alive Day , 1999-2000

( 7 item(s) )
Subseries A. Alive Day documents Cleland's celebration of the day he survived the grenade explosion during the Vietnam War, losing both legs and his right arm. The subseries inclues posters, plaques, awards, and letters from men he served with, friends, and military officials.



Subseries B. Georgia State Senator , 1970

( 2 box(es) )
Subseries B. contains items from Cleland's service as a Georgia State Senator (1971-1975), including handwritten charts with voting returns and his commission from 1970 when he was elected.



Subseries C. Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration , 1977-1981

( 7 item(s) )
Subseries C. contains items from Cleland's service as Administrator of the U.S. Veterans Administration (1977-1981). Items include congratulation letters from the State Senate and Lithonia high school, a hard hat, a map with veterans' service points marked, a statue of a soldier with the slogan for a campaign to aid Vietnam veterans, and the U.S. joint resolution to fund the construction of Vietnam Memorial.



Subseries D. Georgia Secretary of State , 1982-1996

( 11 box(es) )
Subseries D. contains items from Cleland's service as Georgia Secretary of State (1982-1996), including campaign memorabilia, commissioning documents, publicity materials for Open Door campaign to increase voter turnout, and scrapbooks.



Subseries E. United States Senator , 1996-2002

( 8 box(es) )
Subseries E. contains items from Cleland's service as United States Senator (1997-2003) , including campaign memorabilia, his commission, the chair he used in the Senate, and artifacts from impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and from signing of executive order to increase employmet of adults with disabilities.



Subseries F. Personal , 1970-2003

( 15 box(es) )
Subseries F. Personal contains items related to Cleland's military service, some of his prosthetic legs, portraits, and gifts.
 

Series X. Audiovisual Materials, 1975-2008

969 item(s)
The Audiovisual Materials series contains video and audio in various formats that document all areas of Max Cleland's career, especially his service as Georgia Secretary of State (1882-1996) and U.S. Senator (1997-2002). Common subjects include public appearances, political campaigns, the military, veterans, small businesses, and the Vietnam War.Max Cleland Papers, Audiovisual Materials includes 31 betacam videocassettes, 5 betamax videocassettes, 19 CDs, 189 audiocassettes, five DVC Pro videocassettes, 8 DVDs, 2 MiniDV videocassettes, 1 phonodisc, 1 quarter-inch open reel audio tape, three super 8mm films, 62 Umatic videocassettes, 491 VHS videocassettes, one one-inch open reel video tape, and ten 8mm videocassettes.
This series is organized into 9 subseries: A. Campaigns, B. Committees and Hearings, C. Public Appearances, D. Public Service Announcements, E. Georgia Secretary of State, F. United States Veterans Administration, G. Vietnam, H. Political, and I. Personal.
Though the collection is open for research, reference copies of the audiovisual recordings are available upon request. Research requests will be filled as soon as possible and will be dependent upon the condition of the recordings.
To view more detailed information or to request materials from this series, visit the finding aid for this series.



Subseries A. Campaigns , 1994-2002

( 154 item(s) )
Subseries A. Campaigns includes advertisements and endorsements of Max Cleland from his campaigns for U.S. Senate, including many produced by Friends of Max Cleland.



Subseries B. Committees and Hearings , 1997-2002

( 85 item(s) )
Subseries B. Committees and Hearings includes footage from committee hearings, commentary about the hearings, and statements given on the Senate or House floor. The subseries includes materials from each of the committees Cleland served on in the United States Senate: the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Government Affairs Committee, and the Small Business Committee.



Subseries C. Public Appearances , 1997-2002

( 380 item(s) )
Subseries C. Public Appearances includes Cleland speaking at events and meetings of Georgia business and community organizations, speaking at Georgia military bases, and appearing as a guest on television news programs while he was a U.S. Senator. Common subjects include the military, veterans, and small businesses. Other highlights include the Kosovo conflict and discussions about gun control following a school shooting in Conyers in 1999.



Subseries D. Public Service Announcements , 1997-2000

( 35 item(s) )
Subseries D. Public Service Announcements contains PSA's produced by Cleland, most with the topic "Georgia on My Mind".



Subseries E. Georgia Secretary of State , 1982-1996

( 177 item(s) )
Subseries E. Georgia Secretary of State includes items from when Cleland served in that position from 1982 to 1996. Common subjects include encouraging voting, the project Moments in Georgia History, and appearances on news programs.



Subseries F. United States Veterans Administration , 1979-1981

( 16 item(s) )
Subseries F. United States Veterans Administration contains items from when Cleland was administrator of the VA (1977-1981).



Subseries G. Vietnam War , 1984-2004

( 34 item(s) )
Subseries G. Vietnam War includes materials about Cleland's service in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. The subseries includes audio and video that Cleland recorded while in Vietnam, as well as news and education programs about Vietnam.



Subseries H. Political , 1975-2002

( 36 item(s) )
Subseries H. Political contains items about the Democratic Party and U.S. politics, including events held by the Democratic Party, campaigns of other candidates, news coverage of State of the Union speeches, the attempted impeachment of President Clinton, and the inauguration of Georgia Governor George Busbee.



Subseries I. Personal , 1997-2008

( 52 item(s) )
Subseries I. Personal contains television and news programs about Cleland's life, public appearances by Cleland following his career as a U.S. senator, and items about subjects of interest to Cleland.