Former Congressman Cramer makes donation to preserve his legacy at UAH

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) -  A former Alabama politician made a sizable contribution to a local university to preserve his archive.

Robert E. Cramer served as a Democratic member of the House of Representatives for 18 years for Alabama's 5th congressional district.

"It seemed like a perfect fit for me, it's in my hometown," said Cramer.

He donated $50,000 to the library at the University of Alabama in Huntsville to aid with the digitization and index of the extensive collection.

"It's a variety of material that encompasses papers and books and papers and maps and posters and things like that," said David P. Moore, director of the library.

"I've burdened them, in a way, with these boxes and boxes of papers that they have to go through and organize," said Kramer. "I just thought it was only appropriate that I help them with that, so the donation was meant to help UAH with that particular part of the documents."

UAH currently has 604 boxes of Cramer's legacy with more to come. Library officials say having the former congressman's archive there is a gift.

"It's wonderful," said Moore. "It allows us to, I hate to say the word 'brag,' but showcase what we really have the the library."

Cramer's donation will help make sure the hometown politician's records will always be available.