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Documenting Political Lives Through Oral History

Thomas Cooper Library East Gallery
Apr 1, 2009 - Jun 30, 2009
Documenting Political Lives Through Oral History will be exhibited in Thomas Cooper Library's East Gallery from April 1 through June 30, 2009. South Carolina Political Collections is engaged in an ongoing oral history program to develop the documentary record, both by conducting its own interviews and by making available interviews with political figures conducted by others. Interviews are conducted with prominent legislators as well as key staff members and associates. The recorded interviews are then transcribed, edited, and placed on the SCPC web site - - The exhibit will explain how interviews are planned and conducted and showcase some of SCPC’s narrators. Among the interviews already available on the website are those of Charlie Boineau, the first Republican elected to the South Carolina General Assembly since Reconstruction; Watson Dorn and Steve Griffith recalling the 1950 congressional campaign of William Jennings Bryan Dorn; Martha Edens, former Republican National Committeewoman; Marshall Parker, former state senator; Tom Pope, prominent Newberry attorney and Speaker of the South Carolina House; Ted Riley, state Democratic Party chairman; Dan Ross, state Republican Party chairman; and John West, Governor and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.