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Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series I: District Office

Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series I: District Office

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series I: District Office
Creator: Thomas, Robert Lindsay, 1943-
Inclusive Dates: 1975-1991
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 box(es) (2.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL179RLT_I
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Robert Lindsay Thomas represented the First Congressional District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1992. Series I: District Office documents the work of his Savannah District Office and includes constituent correspondence, speeches and press releases, administrative files, and research files.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Lindsay Thomas, a Democrat, was elected in 1983 to represent the First Congressional District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his terms, he served in different capacities on the Agriculture Committee (1983/1984; 1985/1986), Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee (1983/1984; 1985/1986), and Appropriations Committee (1989/1990; 1991/1992), and served as co-chair for the Wetlands Task Force and the Forestry 2000 Taskforce. Thomas gained a reputation for his middle-of-the-road views and for supporting environmental causes. He chose not to run for another term in 1992.

After leaving the House, Thomas first worked as director of governmental affairs for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He became president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in 1996, building the organization into a powerful lobbying force for Georgia businesses. From 1998 to 2002, he served as the federal commissioner of the Georgia, Florida and Alabama Tri-State Water Compacts, and in 2002 he became senior vice president of governmental affairs for AGL Resources.

Robert Lindsay Thomas was born on November 20, 1943 in Patterson, Georgia and earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of Georgia in 1965. Prior to his political career, Thomas worked as an investment banker and stockbroker until 1973, when he took over management of a farm he inherited. He also served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972.

Scope and Content

Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series I: District Office documents the work of Thomas's district office in Savannah, GA. The series consists of constituent correspondence, interoffice memoranda, printed material, press releases, and speeches. The constituent correspondence, which represents the chief role of the district office, covers topics such as social security, health care benefits, immigration, military service, and FMHA and FHA home loans. The rest of the series includes copies of speeches and press releases, administrative files on staff appointments and running the office, and published materials the office collected on topics of interest to his constituents such as the environment, health, housing, and retirement.

Organization and Arrangement

This series is organized into seven subseries: A. Constituent Services, B. Speeches and Press, C. Administrative Files, D. District Committees, E. Reference Files, F. Event Files, and G. Environmentally Related Files. The rest of Thomas's papers are described in separate finding aids: Series II: Political, Series III: Personal, Series IV: Legislative, Series V: Constituent Services, Series VI: Press Relations and Media Activities, Series VII: Office Administration, Series VIII: Photographs, Series IX: Artifacts, and Audiovisual Materials.

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Preferred Citation

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

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Adriane Hanson, 2012.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Environmental law.
Housing -- Finance.
Legislators -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Medical laws and legislation.
Thomas, Robert Lindsay, 1943-
United States. Congress--Constituent communication.
United States. Congress. House.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


I. District Office, 1975-1991

I. A. Constituent Services

I.11Inter Office Memoranda/ Request for Reply, 1991
I.12Matched Letters/inter-Office Memoranda and Requests, 1991
I.13Answers to Requests, 1986-1987
I.14[Copies Of] Responses to Constituent Mail from District, 1989-1990
I.15Unmatched Reply Letters, 1991
I.16Constituent Requests (Correspondence and Telephone Calls) (Folder 1 of 2), 1986
I.17Constituent Requests (Correspondence and Telephone Calls) (Folder 2 of 2), 1986
I.18Constituent Requests, 1989
I.19Requests and Letters from Constituents (Folder 1 of 2), 1989
I.110Requests and Letters from Constituents (Folder 2 of 2), 1989
I.111Constituent Responses "Against Pay Raises", 1989
I.112Constituent Request Letters, 1991
I.113Washington Office [Copies Of Materials Sent from Savannah District to Central Office in D.C.], undated
I.114A-G 1984 [from Washington, Dc to District Offices (Savannah , Brunswick, Jesup, Statesboro)], 1984
I.115Washington Office [Copies Of Materials Sent from Savannah District to Central Office in D.C. (Contra Aid Reactions)], 1985-1986
I.116["CC" from] Washington, D.C., 1986
I.117["BC" (Blind Copies)] from Washington, D.C. to Savannah District Office, 1988
I.118Letters Of Reply [from Washington, D.C. Office With "CC" Or "BC" Copies to the Savannah District Office], 1988-1989

I. B. Speeches and Press

I.119Speeches, 1984-1985
I.120News Articles / Press Releases, 1987, 1989
I.121Comments [Position Statements], 1990-1991
I.122Record of Service, 98th Congress, Lindsay Thomas, circa 1984
I.123[Clippings] to D.C., 1985
I.124[Clippings] to D.C., 1986-1991
I.125[Clippings] Faxed from D.C. to Savannah, 1988
I.21[Clippings] Articles, 1991

I.C. Administrative Files

I.22[General Protocol/Organization Of District Offices in Concert With D. C. Office] Legislative Information, undated
I.23[General] Administrative Office Materials, 1986-1988
I.24[Patrick Haynes, Executive Assistant to Lindsay Thomas] Patrick Haynes, 1991
I.25Visitor Register, Savannah Office 10/83-5/10/85; 1/15/88, 1983-1988
I.26Out Of Office Appointments (Folders 1Of 2), 1987
I.27Out Of Office Appointments (Folders 2Of 2), 1987
I.28Invitations, 1990-1991
I.29Miscellaneous Campaign Materials, 1988-1989

I. D. District Committees

I.210Leadership Savannah Study—Military Impact, 1987
I.211Community Forum Planning Committee, 1985-1986
I.212GAEA [Georgia Adult Education Association] Legislative Committee, 1984
I.213Leadership Georgia, 1983-1985
I.214Ronald McDonald House, 1985
I.215The Roosevelt Center, 1989

I. E. Reference Files

I.216"Agent Orange", 1987-1988
I.217Catastrophic Illnesses, 1988
I.218Champus Information [Medical Insurance for Military Personnel], 1986-1987
I.219Counties in the First Congressional District, undated
I.220D.A.R. [Daughters of the American Revolution] Citizenship Manual, 1981
I.221H.U.D. [U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development]—Fair Housing, 1989
I.222Farm Home Administration (FHA), 1975-1978
I.223F.B.I. [Federal Bureau of Investigation] Child Support Enforcement, undated
I.224General Memoranda – Outside Agencies, 1991
I.225Government Publications, 1984-1985
I.226information to Keep: Merchant Marines, Census, CORPS [Army Corps of Engineers], 1988
I.227Missing Child, 1982
I.228L.I.F.E. [Living independence for Everyone], Judy Winters, 1987-1989
I.229Mission on the Move, Rev. Cadle, 1987-1988
I.230Railroad Retirement, circa 1984
I.231Small Business Development Center, 1987
I.232Ten Myths of Civil Service Retirement, undated
I.233Tourist Information, 1983
I.31USDA [U. S. Department of Agriculture] Food and Nutrition Service [1985], circa 1985
I.32Victim Witness Assistance Program, undated
I.33Bills Related to District Activities, 1991
I.34Gene Harlan, "SRP Movie," sent to Washington, D.C. 7/20/89 [Documentary "Building Bombs" about the Savannah River Site Nuclear Bomb Plant], 1989

I. F. Event Files

I.35Military–Operation Desert Shield, 1991
I.36Profile 1989 [and Environmental Impact Scoping (EIS) Project related to Savannah River Nuclear Facility], 1988-1989
I.3760 Minutes "Drugs" [Captain Pearson], 1984
I.38Tea Party information 1989, 1989
I.39Tobacco Legislation, circa 1982
I.310Tour Schedule—Savannah Arts Commission, circa 1991

I. G. Environmentally Related Files

I.311Army Corps/ Sierra Club/ Georgia Conservancy, 1986
I.312Fisheries Management, 1988
I.313Hazardous Waste, 1985
I.314L. J. Hooker, Hutchinson Island, Karatassos, 1988