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In Memoriam: Ray Harris

Republican pioneer Ray Harris of Darlington, S.C., passed away this week.  He served as state Party chairman from 1968 to 1971 and as its Executive Director from 1965 to 1968.  In 2001, he graciously sat for an interview as part … Continue reading

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“Dear Fritz – I’ve been meaning to send this to you for more than a year…”

Among materials recently received for our Ernest F. Hollings Collection is a letter from former president Bill Clinton enclosing a copy of Hollings’ June, 1972, newsletter sent to his constituents. Clinton, writing in August, 2005, notes “I came across it … Continue reading

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A Senator’s Devotion: Condolence Letters Written to Ernest Hollings on the Loss of his Wife, Peatsy

This week, we visited Sen. Hollings’ office at MUSC (the Medical University of South Carolina) and picked up more materials for his collection.  Among these were condolence letters he received after the passing in 2012 of his beloved wife, Peatsy. … Continue reading

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The Story Behind a Photograph

This wonderful photo shows Dr. James B. Edwards with J. Clyde Shirley, signing Shirley’s 1978 book Uncommon Victory for journalist William D. Workman.  Uncommon Victory remains the only book-length study of Edwards’ remarkable 1974 campaign for Governor.  Edwards defeated his … Continue reading

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SCPC’s Endowment Allows Us to Thrive

To celebrate Congress Week, April 1-7, 2016, South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) is posting daily blogs reflecting on our history and celebrating our 25th anniversary. Our early years were dedicated to developing procedures for archival work with legislative collections; with … Continue reading

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SCPC Today: 121 Collections and Growing (Part 2)

To celebrate Congress Week, April 1-7, 2016, South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) will post daily blogs reflecting on our history and celebrating our 25th anniversary.  Today’s post concludes my reflection on how we have developed our holdings. We were very … Continue reading

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SCPC Today: 121 Collections and Growing (Part 1)

To celebrate Congress Week, April 1-7, 2016, South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) will post daily blogs reflecting on our history and celebrating our 25th anniversary. Some repositories are defined by one major collection.  This is certainly true of the presidential … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary of SCPC: How we began

To celebrate Congress Week, April 1-7, 2016, South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) will post daily blogs reflecting on our history and celebrating our 25th anniversary. Modern Political Collections, now SCPC, was created in April 1991 as a division of the … Continue reading

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Governor on the Move: Adventures of SCPC’s Johnston Portrait

SCPC is proud to hold the personal papers of most of our post-WWII governors. These include the papers of Olin D. Johnston, who served as governor from 1935 to 1939 and again from 1943 to 1945. In 1945, he entered … Continue reading

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Force of Nature – Jean Toal

We hope you will join us Feb. 11 at 5:30 in the Hollings Library to hear retired Chief Justice Jean Toal, SCPC’s newest donor, present our inaugural Donald S. Russell Lecture. In a December feature, The State newspaper called Toal … Continue reading

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