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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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Butler Carson Derrick, Jr. (1936-2014)

A memorial exhibit will be on display in the Brittain Gallery of Hollings Library through the end of May. Continue reading

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The Inspirational Sarah Leverette

The donor of our 109th collection is a fascinating individual who has several connections to our Library’s namesake. Continue reading

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Sol Blatt: In His Own Words

Learn about the powerful, former longtime Speaker of the SC House, Sol Blatt, in the latest installment from our “In Their Own Words” series! Continue reading

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Investing in the Future: Gov. Robert McNair, the Moody Report, and Funding Change

Doctoral candidate Elizabeth Pearson contributes a blog post on her recent research at SCPC, including her discovery of some interesting exchanges between Governor Robert McNair and Speaker of the House Sol Blatt in 1968. Continue reading

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