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Loretta Dunbar Oral Correspondence Collection, 1974-1979
Loretta Dunbar served in the Peace Corps in West Africa (specifically Nigeria and Ghana) in the 1970s, where she met, fell in love with, and married Scotsman James “Hamish” Dunbar. Her recorded letters home to her mother and step-father (Lola & Wesley Kelley) in the U.S. offer rare, unguarded glimpses of daily life in this time and place. Decades later when the cassette tapes, long gathering dust, were returned to Loretta, she donated them to the South Caroliniana Library. The collection is now cataloged, digitized, and presented here with access to full transcripts and audio files.
Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina, An Oral History Exhibit
The Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina exhibit features as its center the forty-three oral history interviews forming the Tom Crosby Oral History Collection that describe the educational experiences of African Americans in South Carolina 1910s-1970s, most of whom attended Rosenwald schools and/or Allen University.
United States Marine Corps Films
William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle
The William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle consists of 41 oral history interviews and accompanying supplementary materials. Dr. William Gravely, Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Denver, recorded the recollections of journalists, law enforcement officers, attorneys, clergy, relatives of Willie Earle, and other community members in relation to the lynching of African American and native South Carolinian Willie Earle on February 17, 1947
William Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words
Named after William Jennings Bryan, Dorn was destined for a life in politics. He began his career at the age of 22 as the youngest member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and served in the United States Congress for 26 years. In his autobiography, Dorn: Of The People, he wrote, "Public speaking was a way life."
This collection of audio clips highlights Dorn's career of service to South Carolina and the nation. Through his pleasing Southern drawl, Dorn draws in his audiences with warmth and passion. The collection is composed of various speeches from the campaign trail and addresses to the American Legion. Additional clips are excerpts from his 1980 and 1981 oral history interviews. Topics include World War II, civil rights, and national defense.
William Savage oral history collection, 1982-1988
The William Savage (1914-1997) oral history collection documents a small part of the institutional history of the University of South Carolina through oral history interviews with forty former faculty and staff members.
Dr. William Savage, founder and curator (1973-1985) of the Museum of Education in the College of Education, conducted most of the interviews in the late 1980s. They include a wide array of recollections related to the changing physical landscape of the campus, the founding and growth of numerous academic programs and departments (including McKissick Museum and Thomas Cooper Library), and past presidents.
Among the interviewees are Hal Brunton, Amy Cockcroft, John Duffy, Al Rawlinson and Barnard Daetwyler. Click here to view the full collection list.