Dennis, Rembert C. (1915-1992)
Papers, 1938-1992, 7.5 ft.
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 5 pages)
The collection consists of papers relating to Dennis' career as well as personal papers, speeches, audiovisual materials, and scrapbook materials.
Oral History Interview:
Transcript 1 (pdf, 149 pages)
Transcript 2 (pdf, 154 pages)
This interview was held over a series of twenty dates from 1989 to 1990. The transcript is divided into chapters in which Dennis describes his family history, formative years, personal life, and public career. He speaks about his relationships with S.C. politicians and his views about the state political scene, and how events such as the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and Watergate influenced his beliefs. An enthusiastic hunter and outdoorsman, Dennis discusses his passion for these activities and his interest in wildlife-focused legislation. A large portion of the interview is devoted to exploring his long legislative career; his campaigns, which were often uncontested; the work he completed for Berkeley County; his involvement as Chair of the Finance Committee; his personal interests; recognition and awards; and his reluctant decision to retire in 1988 following a series of health-related problems. Dennis briefly discusses his law career, which lasted nearly as long as his political career, and his opinions about integration and race relations.
Memory Hold the Door (USC Law School)