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Martha Cunningham Monteith Collection

South Carolina Political Collections

Martha Cunningham Monteith was the first trained speech therapist employed by the South Carolina public school system, establishing the inaugural program at Richland County District One in 1949. She worked to secure state funding for speech and hearing services throughout SC public schools. While teaching at South Carolina State University (c. 1954-1962), she helped establish its department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and in 1966 helped launch a Speech Pathology and Audiology graduate program at the University of South Carolina. Throughout her career, Mrs. Monteith was dedicated to helping children with speech impediments. She also worked (1945-1980) to promote the many services offered by the Victory Savings Bank during its leadership by her husband, Dr. Henry D. Monteith. Her papers are held by the University of South Carolina Libraries’ South Carolina Political Collections and consist of about 1 linear foot of material from 1938 to 2016. For a folder level description, see the Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 3 pages).