Author Archives: Laura Litwer

First Run of the Buses in Charleston

Eighty years ago tomorrow, what the News and Courier dubbed a “new era in public transportation” began in Charleston as trolley cars were replaced by motorized buses (“Program for Bus Service,” 1938). William D. Workman, Jr.’s collection offers images of the momentous event when, … Continue reading

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Gubernatorial Inaugurations

Since the state was settled by the English in 1670, South Carolina has had 93 governors—some of whose collections are held by SCPC. In 1865, James Lawrence Orr became the state’s first governor to be elected by popular vote. As … Continue reading

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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (01/09/18)

In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I’d like to highlight the images from William D. Workman’s collection that document the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). According to Hugh Munn’s entry titled “South Carolina Law Enforcement Division” in … Continue reading

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Reprocessing and Digitizing the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers Photographs: Happy New Year!

  The first three months of our NHPRC-funded grant project, Reprocessing and Digitizing the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers Photographs, have been highly productive. As a result of Mae’s diligent and efficient work, the project is more than a month … Continue reading

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Reprocessing the William D. Workman Jr. Papers Photographs: Rehousing Almost Complete

In my last update, the reprocessing of the William D. Workman Papers’ photographic materials was well underway. I had finished rearranging and rehousing all of the slides, standard prints, and contact prints and had begun working on the negatives. This photographic … Continue reading

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The Life and Legacy of Bill Workman

We’ve written several posts about the life and times of William D. Workman, Jr. Today, I want to pause to acknowledge the anniversary of his death and to reflect on his life and legacy. Bill Workman, as he was known, … Continue reading

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In Honor of Veterans’ Day: The Military Career of William D. Workman Jr.

Although we are grateful for our veterans every day of the year, Veterans’ Day provides an excellent opportunity to give special recognition to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. In celebration of Veterans’ Day, I’d like … Continue reading

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The Senate Campaign of William D. Workman, Jr.

This past Monday marked the 55th anniversary of South Carolina’s 1962 US Senate election, in which Democratic incumbent Olin D. Johnston defeated Republican contender William D. Workman, Jr. Although unsuccessful, Workman’s “campaign was the first significant Republican challenge [to Democratic … Continue reading

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Reprocessing and Digitizing the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers Photographs: Beach Music

On October 22, 1960, the Drifters’ beach music classic, “Save the Last Dance For Me,” reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. According to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, “[b]each music, as it is known in the South, … Continue reading

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Reprocessing the William D. Workman Jr. Papers Photographs: First Steps

Last fall, I gathered information about the photographic materials in William D. Workman Jr.’s Papers for use in SCPC’s NHPRC grant application. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, I felt sure that my grasp on local history was sufficient … Continue reading

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