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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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iPRES 2015

I recently attended the 12th International Conference on Digital Preservation, also known as iPRES 2015. Over 300 people from around the world gathered on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to discuss a variety of … Continue reading

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Congressman Tom Rice Visits SCPC

Tom Rice was on campus last week for Homecoming and took time from his hectic schedule to tour SCPC and learn more about our program. Rice earned both his master’s and law degrees from USC, and on that Homecoming Friday … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Martha Edens

Martha Edens was laid to rest yesterday. Among her many achievements, she played an important role in the rise of South Carolina’s Republican Party. Ms. Edens took an interest in South Carolina Political Collections soon after we were created in … Continue reading

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Top Ten Books on Government and Politics: Recommendations by Historian Jack Roper

The other day, SCPC friend and historian Jack Roper and I began to discuss “must reads,” and I challenged Jack to list his ten “must reads” on government and politics. He graciously suggested the following titles, and provided a brief … Continue reading

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Congressman, Gentleman, Friend: Remembering Floyd D. Spence

Politicians are typically “people persons.” They like people and want to serve, to do good things that help their constituents. That constituent base might take the form of a neighborhood, a city, a congressional district, a state, or the nation. … Continue reading

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The Passing of a Giant

Olin Dewitt Talmadge Johnston (1896-1965) served as S.C. Governor (1935-1939 & 1943-1945) and U.S. Senator (1945 until his death in office).  Shortly after he died, his family donated to the University an extensive collection of personal papers and memorabilia.  Johnston’s … Continue reading

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Oh, for a Rose by ANY Other Name!

You never know what may show up in political collections.  Among some recently-acquired material, we discovered evidence of one organization’s rather optimistic effort to shake up Congress. As a response to the news that only 14% of Americans in 2013 … Continue reading

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South Carolina’s Nuclear State

As you may have seen, at the end of May we installed a new exhibit in our galleries entitled “Nuclear Carolina: Energy and Waste in the Palmetto State.” When Dorothy Walker, SCPC’s Associate Director, first approached me with the idea … Continue reading

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A Great Scholar and a Big Man — Bob Moore & Ike Williams

We are currently at work arranging and describing the papers of retired Columbia College history professor Robert Moore. Bob is one of South Carolina’s premier scholars on the Civil Rights movement. He has focused particularly on Matthew Perry’s leadership in … Continue reading

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