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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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An Invitation: The Donald S. Russell Lecture with the Hon. Jean Toal

Please join us next Thursday, February 11th! Free and open to the public! See Herb’s blog entry from last week about Justice Toal, Judge Russell, and this event.

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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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Lessons Learned in a Career of Public Service: Nick Theodore

Nick Theodore is a progressive Democrat who served over twenty years in the South Carolina House and Senate and, from 1987 to 1995, under Republican Carroll Campbell, as the state’s 85th Lieutenant Governor. Theodore knows as much about South Carolina … Continue reading

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I Can Still Recall My Last Summer: Processing the Turnipseed Papers

This past summer I had to the pleasure of completing an internship in the South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina. My project for the summer was processing the Tom Turnipseed papers, and it was a marvelous … Continue reading

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