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A Statistical Surprise, or Blogging on SCPC’s Blog

We have hard numbers on how many folks visit our website, and I recently reviewed these statistics in preparing SCPC’s annual report.  For the first time, the report will include a brief summary on the use of our web site.  … Continue reading

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An Avalanche of Telegrams: Olin D. Johnston Papers

Among the materials recently received from the family of former South Carolina governor and U.S. senator Olin D. Johnston were scrapbooks containing some 670+ telegrams received during the Senator’s final hospitalization in 1965 and after his passing. Billy Graham wrote, … Continue reading

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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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Insurgents All: The General (Jackson) and the Mogul (Trump)

A guest post contributed by Dr. Lacy K. Ford, Jr., senior vice provost and dean of graduate studies and professor of southern history at U of SC Political observers are prone to search the historical landscape far and wide for … Continue reading

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A Successful Evening: The Donald S. Russell Lecture with the Hon. Jean Toal

Held on the evening of February 11th, the inaugural Donald S. Russell Lecture by the Hon. Jean Toal was a great success!  We are pleased to announce that the event is available on YouTube.  The entire program is presented, including … 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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Are All Primary Seasons Crazy?

Political pundits have been shocked and amazed by the unfolding of both the Democratic and Republican presidential primary contests. No one but the candidates and their close associates gave any legitimacy or hope to Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump when … Continue reading

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