Modjeska Monteith Simkins Papers Now Online!

Victory Savings Bank

Interior view of the Victory Savings Bank

We are pleased to announce the digitization and online accessibility of the Modjeska Simkins papers!  After several years of work, the staff of the Digital Collections department recently completed the extensive and rather costly project for SCPC.

Civil Rights activist Modjeska Simkins of Columbia, S.C., served as the South Carolina State Secretary for the NAACP, 1941-1957; as Campaign Director for the renovation of Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital, 1944-1950; as Public Relations Director for the Richland County Citizens’ Committee, 1956-1988; and as President of the Southern Conference Educational Fund, 1972-1974.   She also helped found, in 1921, the Victory Savings Bank of Columbia.  As a voice of African-American leadership in the South, Mrs. Simkins was truly a political force.

Citizens' Committee

Modjeska Simkins leads a meeting of the Richland County Citizens’ Committee

The digital papers are searchable topically or by keyword, and are eminently browsable if you’d just like to have a look at the sort of activities with which Mrs. Simkins was involved.  We hope our researchers and the general public will benefit from having this rich and important collection accessible at their fingertips.

SCPC would like to thank everyone in the Digital Collections department who had a hand in this project, especially Kate Boyd and Ashley Knox, who orchestrated it.


Mrs. Simkins in 1986
(photo from the Nancy Moore Papers, SCPC)

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