WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At an event at UNCW’s Randall Library Monday, Rep. Mike McIntyre donated his Congressional papers and memorabilia, in anticipation of his retirement from the US House.
The Special Collections room at the library is now home to thousands of newspaper clippings, documents, keys, campaign signs and, of course, his famous big check. He says he’s happy to make the donation, saying it was more about a living history of the area rather than just his time in office.
“We’re really excited to make this donation,” Rep. McIntyre said. “UNCW best represents the heart of this area and I think it’s very important for folks to have that sense of history, that sense of partnership that we shared. This office has been and I hope always will be about working with folks about issues that affect their lives.”
Angela Douglas, a political science professor at UNCW, says the items will also be used to help with a new campaign management minor at the university.
“The campaign materials right here behind us. You see some of the signs, the usage, the imagery, the branding and so often people don’t understand what it means to have that involved in campaigns. so now our students are able to see it,” Douglas said.
McIntyre, a Lumberton Democrat, will retire in January at the end of his ninth term. He has held the District 7 seat since 1996.
“We’ve received 22 boxes of memorabilia,” Douglas said. “There’s another 40-50 boxes, we’re not sure, of memorabilia and 30-40 boxes of papers that will be delivered within the next two weeks,” Douglas said.
Emily Emanuels, a political science student at UNCW, is excited about the memorabilia.
“To have like exclusive access for years to come to all his congressional papers, It really will give us a lot of insight into like what they do,” Emanuels said.
David Rouzer will replace McIntyre. Rouzer becomes the first Republican to hold the seat since 1871 after beating Democrat Jonathan Barfield and Libertarian J. Wesley Casteen last week.