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Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series IX: Artifacts

Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series IX: Artifacts

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series IX: Artifacts
Creator: Thomas, Robert Lindsay, 1943-
Inclusive Dates: 1982-1996
Language(s): English
Extent: 9 box(es) (16 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL179RLT_IX
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 IX: Artifacts contains memorabilia from Thomas's campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives and his service in Congress, awards certificates, and other items that Thomas collected.

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

The Robert Lindsay Thomas Papers, Series IX: Artifacts contains memorabilia from Thomas's campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives and his service in Congress, awards certificates, and other items that Thomas collected. Items of particular note include certificates commissioning Thomas as a Congressman, artwork for a political cartoon after Thomas won his first election, drawings by Thomas's son of the Smurfs endorsing Thomas, a banner from the 1996 Olympic Games, and a football signed by Erk Russell, University of Georgia Defensive coordinator and Georgia Southern head coach.

Organization and Arrangement

This series is organized into two subseries: A. Political and B. Personal. The rest of Thomas's Papers are described in separate finding aids: Series I: District Office, 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, and Audiovisual Materials.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Adriane Hanson, 2012.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Campaign paraphernalia -- Georgia.
Legislators -- Georgia.
Political campaigns -- United States.
Thomas, Robert Lindsay, 1943-
United States. Congress--Elections.
United States. Congress. House.

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Herman E. Talmadge Collection, Subgroup C, Series VIII: Legislation

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


IX. Artifacts, 1982-1996

A. Political

IX.1Commissioning Certificate with Seal to Serve as Representative of Georgia's First District 1983-1985 in the U.S. House of Representatives [Framed], 1982
IX.2Commissioning Certificate with Seal to Serve as Representative of Georgia's First District 1991-1993 in the U.S. House of Representatives [Framed], 1990
IX.3Hats, circa 1982-1990
IX.3T-Shirt: "Thomas for Congress", circa 1982-1990
IX.3T-Shirt: "Re-Elect U.S. Rep. Lindsay Thomas", circa 1982-1990
IX.3T-Shirt: "Sardis Summer Celebration", 1984
IX.3Buttons, circa 1982-1990
IX.3Pens ("I Like Lindsay"), circa 1982-1990
IX.3Matchbooks, circa 1982-1990
IX.3Visors, circa 1982-1990
IX.3Keychains, 1987
IX.3First Forum Pins, circa 1982-1990
IX.3Thomas for Congress Campaign Scrapbook [School Project of Melissa Sands and Cathy Cavender], 1985
IX.4Mugs, 1986-1991, undated
IX.4Plastic Cups, circa 1982-1990
IX.51Forum for the First "Election Watch" RSVP Ticket, 1984 November 6
IX.52Forum for the First Envelopes, circa 1982-1990
IX.53Forum for the First Mail-Out Pamphlet, 1984
IX.54Guestbook: Brunswick District Office Dedication for Lindsay Thomas, 1983
IX.55Guestbook Wishing Luck from the Officers, Directors, and Employees of First Citizens Bank, 1988 November 7
IX.56Guestbook: Register of Guests at Headquarters on 1st Victory Night, 1982 November 2
IX.57La Rocco for Congress Postcard, circa 1982-1990
IX.58Lindsay Thomas Jr.'s Drawings [Cartoon Drawings of the Smurfs Supporting Thomas for Congress], circa 1982-1990
IX.59Photocopy of $100 Contribution from Senator Herman E. Talmadge at Atlanta Fundraiser, circa 1982-1990
IX.510Re-Elect Congressman Thomas Bumper Sticker, circa 1982-1990
IX.511Re-Elect Congressman Thomas Sticker, circa 1982-1990
IX.512Teaming Up Lindsay and Lindsay Flier [Former University of Georgia Football Player Lindsay Scott Endorsing Thomas], circa 1982-1990
IX.513Thomas for Congress 1990 Monthly Planner, 1990
IX.514Thomas for Congress Bumper Sticker, circa 1982-1990
IX.515Thomas for Congress Campaign Pamphlet, circa 1983
IX.516Thomas for Congress Campaign Poster Design Sketches, circa 1982-1990
IX.517Thomas for Congress Pamphlets, circa 1982-1990
IX.518Thomas for Congress Napkins, 1982
IX.519Thomas for Congress Stationary, circa 1982-1990
IX.520Thomas for Congress Sticker, circa 1982-1990
IX.521Thomas for Congress Wallet, circa 1982-1990
IX.522Congressional Gold Bookmark, circa 1982-1992
IX.523License Plate, undated
IX.524Lindsay Thomas Business Cards, circa 1982-1990
IX.525Mondale-Ferraro Stickers, 1984
IX.526Passports [Lindsay Thomas and Melinda Fry Thomas], 1985-1991
IX.527Reagan-Bush '84 Bumper Sticker, 1984
IX.528U.S. Congressman: The Honorable Lindsay Thomas Office Name Placard, circa 1982-1992
IX.529U.S. Representative Lindsay Thomas Branded ID, circa 1982-1992
IX.530U.S. Representative Lindsay Thomas Branded Letter Opener, circa 1982-1992
IX.531Thomas Branded To-Do-Today Notepad, circa 1982-1992
IX.532Visit with the President Air Force One Memorabilia, 1989
IX.10Campaigns: Billboard, circa 1982-1990
IX.11Campaigns: Campaign office sign, undated
IX.61Campaigns: Commissioning Certificate with Seal to Serve as Representative of Georgia's First District 1989-1991 in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1988
IX.62Campaigns: Thomas for Congress Photograph Collage, circa 1982-1990
IX.63Campaigns: Campaign Memorabilia [Posters, Newspaper Articles, Large Magnet], 1982-1992
IX.64Campaigns: Political Cartoon Artwork [Thomas after Winning the Election], 1982

B. Personal

IX.65Awards Certificates [Including 1988 Democratic National Convention Poster], 1985-1990
IX.66Scenes (River Landscape Photograph signed by Dan Berry and Rendering of a Planned Bridge in Atlanta), 1988, undated
IX.6Paper Scroll Signed by the Youth of Glynn County in Gratitude for all Troops from Glynn County, 1991 May 18
IX.6Margaret Mitchell U.S. Postage Stamp, 1986 June 30
IX.7Atlanta 1996 Olympic Banner, 1996
IX.8Football signed to Thomas by Erk Russell
IX.8Plaque with Sharks Teeth presented to Thomas by Kings Bay, Georgia, 1984
IX.9Framed Photograph of Forest Landscape Presented to Thomas by the Southeast Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission for the Seventh Annual Goodwill Trip to Washington, 1983 May