Category Archives: collections

Herb Hartsook: Reflections on a Career

Dean of Libraries Tom McNally has pleased us all by the announcement that Associate Director Dorothy Walker will succeed me as Director of SCPC.  I retire at the end of December and Dorothy will take over on January 2.  Her … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Potomac 2017

For years, SCPC has mounted an annual holiday exhibit to showcase cards from its holdings.  It all began when, in processing the papers of former congressman Bryan Dorn in the 1980s, we discovered three cartons of Christmas cards sent to … 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 the William D. Workman Jr. Papers Photographs: Rehousing

When I last posted, the processing plan for the William D. Workman Papers’ photographic materials had just been approved. This document outlined a plan for improving access to the materials by altering the existing finding aid’s organization and further developing … 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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Impeaching the President

Jim Mann, son of former U.S. representative James R. Mann, recently suggested I might enjoy watching a 1983 documentary on the Nixon impeachment hearings.  Mann (1920-2010), a Democrat, represented South Carolina’s 4th District from 1969 to 1979.  He donated his … 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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Launching Our Grant Project: Reprocessing and Digitizing the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers

If you follow SCPC on Facebook or Twitter, you probably saw our June announcement that the National Historical Publications & Records Commission granted us $17,658 for our project, Reprocessing and Digitizing the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers. As I wrote … Continue reading

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