A Letter to Friends and Donors

Dear Friends:                                              14 December 2012

JBC2012 was highlighted by the acquisition of the papers of early Republican Party leaders Bernard Manning and Dan Ross, and diplomat and educator Richard “Dixie” Walker, giving us a current total of 102 collections; the opening to research of the papers of attorney and activist John Bolt Culbertson, journalist Edward Hull, Manning, House member and activist Candy Waites, and Walker; and a significant digital publication of selected items from the Walker Collection.  The number and broad range of our holdings distinguishes us from the great majority of congressional repositories across the country.


During the year we lost donors and good friends of SCPC Nick Zeigler, Peatsy Hollings, and Phil Grose (pictured above).

We also enjoyed a great year of public programming.  We celebrated the opening of the Culbertson Collection with talks by historian Tom Terrill and SCPC Associate Director Dorothy Walker.  (If you missed their talks, watch them here!)  Exhibit topics included Culbertson; the campaign activities of a prominent all-woman advertising firm in Columbia; presidential campaigning; our traditional year-end exhibit of holiday cards; and, sadly, memorial exhibits on the lives of Phil Grose, Peatsy Hollings and Nick Zeigler (links will take you to posts from Herb with his thoughts upon their passing).


Jack Roper at work in the Dorn collection

A William Jennings Bryan Dorn Research Award was made to Jack Roper, a distinguished professor of history at Emory & Henry College, who spent a great deal of time with us researching a forthcoming biography of Mr. Dorn.  Roper’s biography of Benjamin Mays was recently published by the USC Press. (Read Mr. Roper’s guest post about his experiences.)


Captioned “Maybe I’m reading it wrong!” this Walt Lardner cartoon illustrates the confusion felt by many in the desegregation-era South.

2013 will see a maturation of our outreach program with SCPC hosting panel discussions on political biography; the career of Gen. William Westmoreland; and the art of editorial cartooning.  Exhibit topics will include Governor “Fritz” Hollings’ achievements in education and the recruitment of industry; the integration of higher education; a look at the lighter side of representative democracy; and a contemplation of religion in the personal and political lives of public figures.

Your financial contributions helped fund significant work on the papers of the League of Women Voters, Kate Salley Palmer, John Spratt, and Joe Wilson.  Heather Adkins of  Middle Tennessee State University was our 2012 Schuyler and Yvonne Moore summer intern.  Heather did a fine job helping process the Walker, Spratt, and Manning collections.  (For a firsthand look at our summer internship program, check out Heather’s post about her summer and then click on the “Student Assistants” category to read about the experiences of past summer interns and assistants. Heather also wrote a guest blog with her thoughts on the Walker Papers.)

Thank you for your interest and support.  We hope to see you during the new year.

Herbert J. Hartsook, Director

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