Congressman Mike McIntyre, North Carolina's Seventh District Representative, continues his longstanding support of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the region through a donation of his congressional papers to the William Madison Randall Library Special Collections, the University announced on November 10, 2014.
Since his election in 1996, Rep. McIntyre's dedication and leadership have played an integral role in securing significant federal funding on behalf of UNCW. During his tenure in Congress, UNCW has received over one hundred million dollars in federal grants and contracts, supporting multiple initiatives across campus including the construction of UNCW's MARBIONC facility in CREST Research Park; the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program; assistive technology in the Watson College of Education; distance education capabilities and community health outreach in the School of Nursing; and Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention programs.
"It is a great honor and privilege to be able to donate my Congressional Collection to this esteemed university, located in the heart of Southeastern North Carolina, where our energy and efforts have been focused over the course of my 18 years in Congress,” said Congressman McIntyre. “This Congressional collection is a living history of the events that shaped our lives in Southeastern North Carolina over the past two decades, and it serves as a testament to the indelible partnerships we have been blessed to create with the people of the 7th district."
The donated documents span McIntyre's nine Congressional terms. The collection will also contain photographs, oral histories, artifacts, congressional awards and recognitions and will allow students, faculty, staff and other researchers to better understand the legislative process and North Carolina's history.
These documents will undergo archival processing and be made available to the public for research purposes. McIntyre has also made a gift to Randall Library to offset the anticipated cost of archival processing. The collection will not be available until late 2015.
"Congressman McIntyre's generous contribution will be a great point of pride in Randall Library's Special Collections and will be a significant source of research material for UNCW's students, faculty, staff and the Wilmington community for years to come," said Sarah Watstein, UNCW librarian.
Throughout his tenure, McIntyre has been a leader on coastal, veterans, senior citizens, and law enforcement issues, and has been an advocate for improved health care and education. He is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, and has won multiple awards and received honors on international, national, regional, and state levels for his leadership and innovation. In 2004, UNCW bestowed Rep. McIntyre with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Randall Library Special Collections contains rare books, manuscripts, and other materials that have special historical significance for the Lower Cape Fear Region, including the North Carolina Coastal Federation manuscript collection and papers of Congressman Alton Lennon.