Hosting Richard Shelby’s official Senate documents at the University of Alabama will provide researchers with a unique opportunity, AU officials said.
“… It is impossible to overstate the great historical significance and lasting impact this donation will have on the University of Alabama,” UA System Chancellor Finis St. John said in a press release. “We are grateful for Senator Shelby’s service to our state and for his decision to entrust us with his official documents. His legacy will be felt for generations to come.
The announcement that UA would house official Senate documents, records, and Shelby documents was made during the UA System’s board meeting on November 5.
Shelby, a Birmingham native who earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the AU, will retire from the Senate after completing his sixth term in 2022.
He said he was honored to have his papers kept in his alma mater at the end of his career.
“I hope that this material will facilitate academic research for academics and students of law, history, politics, political science and other fields, because I believe that one of the most important investments that we realize is in our classrooms, âShelby said in the release.
AU President Stuart R. Bell said the reception of Shelby’s articles could serve as a catalyst for the creation of a new institute that would give students, faculty and staff opportunities to engage with politicians and policy professionals through new academic research, leadership and academic research programs. .
âProvost Jim Dalton and I look forward to working with our faculty and students to develop the genre’s leading curriculum, as the university continues its mission of promoting the advancement of this state,â said Bell.
Shelby is Alabama’s longest-serving US senator and has chaired four Senate committees – credits, rules, banking, and intelligence. Prior to her election to the United States Senate, Shelby served four terms in the United States House of Representatives and eight years in the Alabama Legislature.
Shelby lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Annette N. Shelby, AU graduate and former AU professor. A Tuscaloosa park at the corner of Queen City Avenue and 15th Street is named after Annette Shelby.
The Shelby Hall Center for Research on the AU campus is named in honor of Shelby and his wife.
Richard Shelby was appointed attorney for the city of Tuscaloosa in 1964, and his political career began in 1970 when he was elected to the Alabama Senate.
In 1978, Shelby was elected to the Tuscaloosa 7th District United States House of Representatives.
In 1986, he was elected to the United States Senate.