Photo courtesy of: Alden Library
Sep 21, 2011
From staff reports
The public is invited to the dedication of the George V. Voinovich Seminar Room and Welcome Exhibit at 10 a.m. Oct. 1, in Ohio University's Alden Library.
George V. Voinovich, who served 43 years in public office, was elected to more offices than any other person in Ohio history starting with the Ohio House of Representatives. He was on the front lines of American politics as a mayor, a governor and a senator. To many Ohioans, regardless of their political preference,
Voinovich made a difference.
So what happens to all the political history that surrounds a person who was in public office for over four decades? In this case, the former senator and Ohio alumnus (1958) donated his senatorial papers to the Ohio University Libraries.
Those senatorial papers are part of a larger assemblage of materials in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections at Ohio University Libraries called the Voinovich Collection that offers a unique perspective on United States politics. As part of the dedication celebration, artifacts and papers from the Voinovich collection will be on display.
Today, researchers are able to explore, discover and interact with the collection as it relates to history, current events and classroom assignments.
"His [senator's] work on environmental and human capital policy, fiscal responsibility and national security affects the lives of every American. Those papers will support our programs such as political science, contemporary history and journalism, and Ohio University is proud to be home to such a wealth of history," said Ohio University President Roderick McDavis.
Alden Library Assistant Dean for Research and Education Kelly Broughton, who is coordinating the project said, "The Libraries are honored and excited that Senator Voinovich selected our archives for his collection. By collaborating with him to exhibit the documents and artifacts that represent his impressive career in public service, we hope to inspire student researchers and future public servants for years to come."
In addition to collaborating with Ohio University Libraries to create the Seminar Room in Alden Library, the senator also worked with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs to develop a Welcome Exhibit in Building 21 at the Ridges. Both spaces offer an opportunity for students and faculty to see examples of important materials from the collection.
"The Voinovich project was realized through the collaborative efforts of the staffs at Alden, the Voinovich School and the Office of Government Relations," said Ohio University Libraries Dean Scott Seaman. "Such generosity will make a lasting and positive impact upon the quality of undergraduate and graduate education and the lives of our students here at OHIO."
Distinguished speakers and guests scheduled to attend the dedication include McDavis, Voinovich, and President Emeritus Vernon Alden.