Our good friend Craig Metz, former chief of staff to Congressman Floyd Spence (1928-2001), pointed out that the Carl Albert Center includes among its holdings the papers of the Congressional Sunbelt Caucus. Eleven feet of papers, chiefly 1981 to 1982 and 1987 to 1994, document the efforts of this bipartisan coalition of Southern and Southwestern representatives. Mr. Spence was its first vice-chair. The caucus proposed and tracked legislation for the Sunbelt states, and also advocated for more federal funding targeting the region.
The Albert Center was established in 1979 and holds a broad range of political collections consisting of over sixty collections ranging in size from 0.25 to 697 feet. The Center also has a very active programming component.
Our Spence collection consists of some 74 feet of material, c. 1928-2001, and researchers studying the Caucus will find listed on our description, which is available on our website, seven folders of papers relating to the Caucus, 1981 to 1989.
I will never forget, when we first established SCPC, we wrote to each member of the South Carolina delegation, inviting them to entrust their papers to us. Mr. Spence called me the day the letter arrived and asked what he could do to help us. I responded that he could designate us as his repository. He replied, “Done, what more can I do?” A great gentleman!
–Contributed by Herb Hartsook