Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 056 Mary Anne SummersReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 056 Mary Anne Summers

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 056 Mary Anne Summers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 056 Mary Anne Summers
Creator Summers, Mary Anne.
Dates 2008 November 5
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractIn this interview Mary Anne Summers discusses her experiences working with a variety of Georgia politicians and public figures throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Summers became a secretary for Richard Ashford during the Vandiver administration. During the Sanders administration, she was secretary to Doug Barnard, and assistant to the governor. She then went to work as an assistant to the Georgia Senate, and helped numerous Georgia senators with speeches and bills. After that, she worked with the Tourism Committee and traveled around Georgia. She worked on Charles Weltner’s 1964 campaign for Congress and assisted Zell Miller in his 1974 campaign for lieutenant governor. She became involved with Elliot Levitas’ campaign for the house of representatives, and remained on his staff throughout his time as a Georgia congressman.

Administrative Information

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


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Biographical Note

Mary Anne Summers was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked as a secretary for Delta Airlines, and then as an assistant for the women’s programs at the Southeastern Fair. Constant networking around the state led her to become a secretary for Richard Ashford during the Vandiver administration. During the Sanders administration, she was secretary to Doug Barnard, and assistant to the governor. She then went to work as an assistant to the Georgia Senate, and helped numerous Georgia Senators with speeches and bills. After that, she worked with the Tourism Committee, and traveled around Georgia. She worked on Charles Weltner’s 1964 campaign for Congress and assisted Zell Miller in his 1974 campaign for lieutenant governor. She became involved with Elliot Levitas’ campaign for the house of representatives, and remained on his staff throughout his time as a Georgia congressman.


Scope and Content

Summers discusses her early life and education, as well as her work for Delta Airlines, the Ordinary's Office, and the Southeastern Fair.

Summers explains how she became involved in politics, working for the Vandiver administration and the Sanders administration. She explains her role as a secretary to the State Senate.

Summers recalls experiences with Roscoe Dean, Oliver Bateman, Kyle Yancey, Charles Weltner, Elliott Levitas, Tom Murphy, Max Cleland, and Zell Miller.

Summers talks about working with the Tourism Committee and Charles Weltner's Congressional campaign. She recalls other experiences with Charles Weltner, including advising him to vote on the Civil Rights Bill. Summers recalls her subsequent work with Elliott Levitas and the anti-Semitism faced by his employees. Summers discusses her work on Zell Miller's campaign for lieutenant governor, including the concerts they arranged for constituents. Summers reflects on her perceptions of politics from an outsider's point of view and also touched on the Three Governor controversy.


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Access Points

Civil rights--Georgia.
Dean, Roscoe
Georgia. General Assembly. Senate.
Georgia. Governor (1959-1963 : Vandiver)
Georgia. Governor (1963-1967 : Sanders)
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Assassination.
Levitas, Elliott Harris, 1930-
Miller, Zell Bryan, 1932-
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--1970-1980.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Tourism--Georgia.
United States--Congress--House.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.
Weltner, Charles Longstreet.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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