Two collections find each other: Dixie Walker Papers

Richard L. “Dixie” Walker

Ambassador Richard L. “Dixie” Walker

We recently learned that Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, holds a collection of papers of Richard L. “Dixie” Walker, former ambassador to the Republic of Korea (1981-1986) and founder of the Institute for International Studies at U of SC (since renamed the Walker Institute in his honor).  Walker received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew in 1944, before going on to graduate studies at Yale University.

SCPC has a small collection from Walker, consisting of 9.5 linear feet of material primarily documenting his service as ambassador, his family, his publications, and some speeches and topical files.  We were excited to see that Drew’s collection of Walker materials encompasses some 55 linear feet, including very extensive correspondence files and substantive information on his research, publications, and travels.  Drew also holds additional files on Walker’s career in what was then U of SC’s Department of Government and International Studies, as well as scrapbooks, desk diaries, and audiovisual materials.

Now that we know of these complementary collections, the two finding aids are linked online, making it easier for researchers to see what resources are available at both repositories on Walker’s fascinating career in academia as well as public service.

Walker exhibit

Items in the Drew University exhibit on Amb. Walker
(photo from Drew University)

Drew also has installed a temporary exhibit, “The Ambassador’s Life: Richard ‘Dixie’ Walker in South Korea,” curated by Brian Shetler, which will be on display until August 11 in the United Methodist Archives and History Center and Main Library. 

If you are in the area of Madison, New Jersey, please stop by to see it!

By Dorothy Walker (no relation!)

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