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The Summerton 60

Senator Hollings writes regular op-ed pieces on issues that concern him. Following is one he sent out today, which we want to share with our followers. ~ Herb Hartsook The Summerton 60 An Op-Ed by former U.S. Senator Ernest F. … Continue reading

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Road Map of Justice: Judge Robert W. Hemphill

Robert Witherspoon Hemphill (1915-1983) was a towering figure in South Carolina during his life.  He represented South Carolina’s Fifth District in the United States Congress from 1957 to 1964, when he ascended to a federal judgeship on the United States … Continue reading

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SCPC Celebrates Women’s History Month

I was once asked why I wanted to dedicate my career to the papers of “old, fat, bald” men. The question took me aback because SCPC’s collections contain rich materials documenting women in America, and I feel particularly close to … Continue reading

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Some Brief Reflections: Relationships with Donors

This is very self-indulgent, but I recently went through a stack of my own photos, and thought to share some, reflecting on the people I have had the pleasure to serve over the years.  Following are some favorites, in approximate … Continue reading

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“I refuse to take it personally”: On the Popularity of the U.S. Congress

I have spent the bulk of my career documenting contemporary government and politics.  First as a graduate assistant during the late 1970s at the University of Michigan where I processed the papers of the Michigan Republican Party.  I take great … Continue reading

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Roll In With Olin

Political campaigns require a great deal from candidates.  They have to have the “fire in the belly” to withstand the rigors of a contested election and use all manner of “tools” to reach out to voters.  These might consist of … Continue reading

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Goldwater Nomination Speeches from the 1960 Republican National Convention (Arizona State University)

Arizona State University Libraries holds the Barry Goldwater papers.  Rob Spindler and his excellent staff at their department of Archives and Special Collections, at our request, recently digitized NBC’s coverage of speeches made at the 1960 Republican National Convention nominating … Continue reading

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Researching the Democratic Party at SCPC

South Carolina native and Cambridge graduate student Thomas Hydrick writes about his research for his dissertation at SCPC. Continue reading

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The Passing of a Good Man: Johnnie M. Walters, 1919-2014

Herb remembers Johnnie Mac Walters, who personified “steadfast performance under pressure.” Continue reading

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Remembering Modjeska Simkins

A new publication by the South Carolina Progressive Network tells the story of human rights activist Modjeska Simkins, including great photographs and extensive quotes from Ms. Simkins. Continue reading

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