Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 009 Carlton Colwell and Eric Holmes on Politics and LobbyingReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 009 Carlton Colwell and Eric Holmes on Politics and Lobbying

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 009 Carlton Colwell and Eric Holmes on Politics and Lobbying

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 009 Carlton Colwell and Eric Holmes on Politics and Lobbying
Creator: Colwell, Carlton, 1926-
Creator: Holmes, Eric.
Dates: 2007 January 12
Extent: 1.0 interview
Collection Number: RBRL/220/ROGP
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Carlton Colwell was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1964. He represented several North Georgia mountain counties for thirty years. Colwell served on various committees, including Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Fiscal Affairs. He served as chairman of the State Institution and Property Committee, and oversaw the prison system in Georgia. In the early 1980s Colwell helped rewrite the Georgia Constitution as a member of the Constitutional Revision commission. In this interview, Colwell and Eric Holmes discuss lobbying’s role in politics from the perspectives of both the lobbyist and the legislator.

Collection Description

Biographical note

Carlton Colwell was born in Blairsville, Georgia on June 27, 1926. He worked for General Motors for twelve years, until Jim Gillis asked him to run for the Georgia Senate. Despite winning the primary, redistricting prohibited him from serving. In 1964, he ran a successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. He represented several North Georgia counties for thirty years. Colwell served on various committees, including Appropriations, Ways and Means, and Fiscal Affairs. He served as chairman of the State Institution and Property Committee, and oversaw the prison system in Georgia. In the early 1980s Colwell helped rewrite the Georgia Constitution as a member of the Constitutional Revision commission. After Colwell left politics, numerous highways, prison facilities, and technical schools in North Georgia were funded by and named after Colwell.

Scope and Content

Colwell and Holmes discuss the role of lobbying in politics from the perspectives of both the lobbyist and the legislator.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 009, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2013.


Related Materials

Access Points

Lobbyists--Georgia.
Oral histories.

Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ROGP 009 Carlton Colwell and Eric Holmes video, 2007 January 12 (Extent: 92.0 minutes ) Access Online