Robert McNair: In His Own Words

The 2nd installment in our “In His Own Words” series is here! Robert McNair: In His Own Words includes approx. 70 documents from the McNair Papers, digitized for your research and viewing pleasure. These documents include speeches, correspondence, clippings, and photographs on topics such as education, tourism, industrial expansion, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War. They are searchable by year, subject, or keyword.

photo of 1st page of a McNair speechOne of the approx. 40 speeches included in Robert McNair: In His Own Words is shown at left. It is the beginning of McNair’s Statement on the opening of his campaign headquarters, Columbia, Aug. 16, 1966.

Our 2010 Schuyler L. and Yvonne Moore graduate summer intern, Mark Firmin, completed the bulk of the project over a whirlwind five-week period. As I detailed in an earlier post about his internship,  Mark combed through the McNair papers and selected a set of documents to digitize. He scanned and described each one and uploaded everything for all the world to see. (For a more technical and complete description of his efforts, read here.)

I wrote this on our blog a few months ago about Mark and it bears repeating:
Mark did a wonderful job for us.  His attention to detail and good scholarship will be immediately evident when people look at the finished product. He was a pleasure to have around our office–hardworking, of course, and always with a smile.

To learn more about Robert McNair, please visit his collection homepage where you’ll find links to the finding aid for the McNair Papers, a lengthy oral history transcript, and an exhibit about his life.

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Funding for Mark’s internship was made possible through the Schuyler L. and Yvonne Moore Endowment. Every summer, SCPC welcomes a paid intern from an out-of-state graduate archival program. If you’d like to think ahead to next spring, we’ll be welcoming more applications at that time!

–contributed by Lori Schwartz

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