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Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Kathy Gingrich Lubbers Collection of Newt Gingrich Materials

Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Kathy Gingrich Lubbers Collection of Newt Gingrich Materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Kathy Gingrich Lubbers Collection of Newt Gingrich Materials
Creator: Gingrich, Newt
Inclusive Dates: 1962-2012
Language(s): English
Extent: 10 box(es) (10.75 linear feet) and 6 oversize folders
Collection Number: RBRL339
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Cushman and Lubbers Collection of Newt Gingrich Materials consists of a sample of clippings, articles, photographs, posters, and awards documenting the career of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1943. The family relocated to Fort Benning in 1960, where Gingrich graduated from Baker High School. He received a B.A. in History from Emory and an M.A. and Ph.D. in European history from Tulane. Gingrich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, representing Georgia's 6th Congressional district. He became a rising star of the neoconservative movement. He lobbied for fellow Republicans to take a more militant stance against Congressional Democrats, frequently describing the political opposition as "sick" or "traitors." As a Congressman, Gingrich prioritized bringing ethical reforms to the House. In 1983, he was among the voices that demanded the resignations of Congressmen Gerry Studds (D-MA) and Daniel Crane (R-IL) for conducting sexual relationships with underage congressional pages. In 1990, redistricting split the old 6th Congressional district between three adjoining districts. Gingrich sold his home and moved to Marietta, in the new 6th district, where he prevailed in a primary campaign against State Representative Herman Clark by less than one thousand votes. The 6th district was drawn to favor the GOP, so victory in the primary virtually assured his election. He would represent the new district until his resignation from Congress in 1999. Gingrich was a prominent figure in the GOP's Contract with America promise in 1994. The Contract was a series of campaign pledges to American voters designed to unify the Republican Party and provide an alternative to the Democratic Party's agenda. The Contract led to the Republicans retaking control of the House in the 1994 election for the first time in forty years. The Republican caucus elected Gingrich Speaker of the House to recognize his leadership in the campaign. Speaker Gingrich led the House in pushing the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which reformed the U.S. welfare system; and the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the most substantial cut in the capital gains tax in American history. The Speaker's efforts to balance the federal budget eventually led to shutdowns of the federal government in both 1995 and 1996. Though the public image of the GOP, and Gingrich in particular, took a hit, the shutdowns led to a bipartisan effort with Congressional Democrats and the Clinton administration that balanced the budget by 1999. During the 1998 midterm elections, Gingrich counseled his colleagues to use President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinski in order to damage Democrats. The GOP went on to lose five seats in the House, setting the stage for a rebellion against the already unpopular Gingrich. The day after the election, Gingrich announced that he would be resigning from the Speakership and his seat in Congress. The former Speaker re-entered electoral politics briefly in 2012 when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Though he finished fourth in the Iowa Caucuses behind Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul, he went on to win primary races in South Carolina and Georgia and place second in the Florida primary. However, after finishing second in the Delaware primary, Gingrich's campaign was unable to continue due to mounting debts. He suspended his campaign in May of 2012 and endorsed Mitt Romney. Gingrich remained active during this post-congressional career. He worked with then-Senator Hillary Clinton in 2005 to introduce the 21st Century Health Information Act. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution.

Scope and Content

This is a small collection of documents and memorabilia related to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Documents include news clippings and summaries; invitations, notes, and other correspondence; graphical materials such as photographs and posters; articles; and ephemera. The collection also includes a selection of plaques and other awards given to Speaker Gingrich over the course of his career and six VHS cassettes about conservative politics during the late 1990s.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series: Personal and Political Files, Audiovisual Materials, Oversize, and Objects.

Documents in the Personal and Political Files series were retained in their original order.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use.

Preferred citation

Jackie Gingrich Cushman and Kathy Gingrich Lubbers Collection of Newt Gingrich Materials. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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 Robert Lay, 2018-11-15.

Related Materials and Subjects

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Personal and Political Files

11GA Republican Clips, 1962-63
12Office Copies of Correspondence Memos, 1967-1968
13Tulane Commencement Program M.A. Degree, May 1968
14Selective Service Permit - Belgium Registration, 1969
15Newt Gingrich for Congress, undated
16Campaign - Newt Bumperstickers, undated
17Photographs - Campaign , circa 1968
18Photographs - Kathy-Jackie Gingrich, undated
19Campaign Photographs - Newt-Jackie Gingrich Grocery Shopping, undated
110Negative Photographs - Newt Gingrich, undated
111Photograph - Campaign Planning, 1970s
112Photographs - Campaign, undated
113[Photographs of Newt Gingrich]
114Photographs - Campaign, undated
115-16Photographs - Campaign Publicity Photos, undated
117-18Campaigning , undated
119Campaign, 1976
120Salute to the President - Autographed by Pat Boone, October 07, 1976
121Photographs - Victory Celebration Campaign, 1976
122Photographs - Gerald Ford & Newt Gingrich, 1970s
123Photographs - Newt Gingrich & Gerald Ford at White House, circa 1976
124Newt Gingrich Speaking at Optimist Club, 1970s
125Photographs - Newt and Jackie Gingrich Campaign, June 1980
126Photographs - Newt Gingrich, Daughter, Friend, and Alligator, 1980
127Campaign Photographs, circa 1980s-90s
128Photographs - Ronald Reagan & Newt Gingrich, circa 1980s
129Photographs - N. Gingrich Speaking House..., 1990s
130Photographs - Campaign 2012, 2012
131Photographs - M/M N. Gingrich, circa 2012
132Certificate to Newt Gingrich, 1977-1978
133Republican Party - Congress Today, November - December 1978 & September 1979
134Personal Family Notes by Father, 1980
135News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, August 1981
136News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, November - Decemeber 1981
137News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, May - June 1982
138News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, July 1982
139News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, August 1982
140News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, September 1982
141News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, October 1982
142News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, November 1982
143News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, January 1983
144News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, May 1983
145News Summaries for Newt Gingrich, June 1983
146Inaugural Invitatations, 1973, 1985
147Gingrich Family Clips, undated
148Articles , 1994-95
149Newt! A paper Doll Book, 1995
150Set of Viewmaster Pictires inc. - Belgium, 1973
2Newspapers , 1981-1995
The Atlanta Consititution (Jan. 21, 1981) The Daily Times- Georgian (Jan. 23, 1981) The Atlanta Journal (Jan. 14, 1995) The Atlanta Journal (Jan. 07, 1995) Times-Georgian (Nov. 29, 1994) The Atlanta Constitution (Nov. 18, 1994) The Atlanta Journal (Jan. 28, 1995) The Atlanta Journal (Dec. 23, 1994) The Atlanta Journal (Jan. 01, 1995) The Atlanta Journal (Aug. 21. 1994) The Atlanta Journal/ The Atlanta Constitution (Jan. 23-29, 1993) The Atlanta Constitution (May 18, 1992) The Atlanta Journal (Nov. 09, 1994) The Daily Times-Georgian (Mar. 24, 1981) Carroll County Georgian (Oct. 23, 1980)

Audiovisual Materials

RBRL339-VHS_0001 It's A Great Country Celebration, August 13, 1996
Honoring Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the Republican National Convention
RBRL339-VHS_0002 Vision'95: Idea Matter, February 1995
The Honorable Newt Gingrich Speaker, US House of Representatives NAW Annual Meeting and Washington Conference
RBRL339-VHS_0003 Newt Gingrich and The Republican Revolution, 1995
A Television Special for the Arts & Entertainment Network
RBRL339-VHS_0004 It's A Great Country Celebration copy (2) , August 13, 1996
Honoring Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the Republican National Convention
RBRL339-VHS_0005 An American Portrait, undated
RBRL339-VHS_0006 GA GOP Video, January 06, 1996


1Posters: Contract with America and Republican Mock Convention, 1994, 1996
3.210805061834E13Photographs, undated
Includes a photograph of Gingrich with President Gerald Ford.
321st Century Contract with America, [2011]
Signed by multiple political figures, including Nathan Deal, Mac Collins, Lauren (Bubba) McDonald, Carl Rogers, Elaine Boyer, and Tex McIver.
4Campaign Photographs, undated
5Photographs, undated
Includes a photograph of Gingrich with President Ronald Reagan.
6Photographs, undated
31Newt Gingrich, U.S. Congress sign, undated
32First Issue Stamps: Stone Mountain Memorial and Georgia Bicentennial, 1970, 1976
33Office of Inspector General Audit Report - Audit of Financial Statements for the 15-month Period Ended December 31, 1944 (Report Cover in Matte), 1995
34Baldy Cartoons [signed], undated
35Newt Explore 2012 Event Leadership Committee, 2012
31Jewish National Fund Lifetime Achievement Award Plaque, 2007
32Newt Gingrich Poster, undated
41Framed Photo Collage of Victory Night, November 7, 1978
Photography by David Cheves


Plaques given to Gingrich by various organizations to commemorate awards and achivements, including two given to then-Speaker Gingrich from the Nicaraguan community.
Plaques given to Gingrich by various organizations to commemorate awards and achivements, including two given to then-Speaker Gingrich from the Nicaraguan community.
7Political Buttons
Assorted historical campaign buttons, some in collectors' mattes.
8Awards, Campaign Buttons, Memorabilia
9Awards and Memorabilia
10Desk Clock in Decorative Case, Gift of the State of Qatar