Class of 1956 Donald S. Russell Lectureship
for South Carolina Political Collections

Dr. Donald S. Russell near McKissick, 1955
Dr. Donald S. Russell

This lectureship was established in 2007 by generous members of the Class of 1956, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their graduation, to honor former University President Donald S. Russell.  The fund supports regular lectureships or symposia presented by noted guest lecturers.  Major issues in government, politics, and society in the post-World War II era and the holdings of South Carolina Political Collections are highlighted.

The first Russell symposium was held in 2012 on the career of attorney and civil rights activist John Bolt Culbertson. View a video of this program.

Donald S. Russell

Donald Russell (1906-1998) graduated from the University in 1925 and earned a law degree in 1928.  He served as the University’s president from 1952 to 1957 and is recognized for the great successes achieved during his service.  He went on to serve as a Governor of South Carolina, a United States Senator, and as both a United States Circuit and District Judge.
 

Donald S. Russell Collection

The Russell Collection of over twenty feet of material, 1929-1998, documents Russell's service at the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1943-1944, and as Deputy Director, 1945; Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, 1945-1947; President of the University of South Carolina, 1952-1957; Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965; and United States Senator, 1965-1966.  The bulk of these materials concern his Senate service.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Dr. and Mrs. Russell

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