We recently put up our last exhibit in the East Gallery at Thomas Cooper. (The gallery is just inside the front doors to the left.) After May, we’ll move to our beautiful new gallery in the Hollings Library!
“South Carolina Governors” offers a snapshot into the administrations of 11 men who have led our fair state since 1935. They are: Olin D. Johnston, George Bell Timmerman, Fritz Hollings, Donald Russell, Robert McNair, John West, James Edwards, Richard Riley, Carroll Campbell, Jr., James Hodges, and finally, Mark Sanford.
On the left we have one of Campbell’s royal blue re-election t-shirts and the top notecard from a 1991 speech of his. On the right you’ll see a colorful copy of Jim Hodges’ second State of the State Address and some of Mark Sanford’s campaign materials.
By February, there will be a video accompanying the exhibit, showing a few minutes of speeches, interviews, etc. of each governor at work (drawn from archival footage held by SCPC and Newsfilm Collections here at USC).
And FYI, many of these collections are open to research. Check out the finding aids for the collections of: Olin D. Johnston, George Bell Timmerman, Fritz Hollings, Donald Russell, Robert McNair, and John West.
–contributed by Lori Schwartz