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University Libraries - South Carolina Political Collections

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South Carolina Political Collections supports the study of contemporary government and society by collecting and making available archival materials and oral histories documenting South Carolina government and political activities at the local, state, and national levels, primarily since World War II, and by providing relevant programming for scholars, students, and the public.

Our collections include manuscripts, electronic records, and audiovisual materials documenting the activities of South Carolina’s leaders in Congress and the General Assembly, the state’s political parties, and other individuals and organizations playing substantive roles in politics and government.

PLEASE NOTE: All of our collections are closed to research until their arrangement and description have been completed.

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Ross, Daniel I., Jr. (1923-2008)

Currently closed, this collection documents Ross' work as County Chair, State Executive Committeeman, 2nd District Chair, Deputy State Chairman of the Nixon Presidential Campaign, District Campaign Chair for Strom Thurmond's 1972 reelection campaign, Chair for James Edwards' 1974 gubernatorial primary campaign and co-chair of Edwards' successful general election campaign. He became active in the state Republican Party in the early 1950s, served as Party chairman from 1976 to 1980 and held a leading role in George Bush's 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. In this lengthy oral history interview, Ross reflects on his life and particularly his activity in the Republican Party in South Carolina.