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- Anderson, Joseph F., Jr. (b. 1949)Currently closed. Anderson served in the S.C. House from 1980-1986, when he was appointed Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina by President Reagan. He served as chief judge from 2000-2007.
- Appleby, Charles L., Jr. (b. 1923)Papers, c. 1980-2004, 0.5 ft.
Charles L. Appleby, Jr. may be best remembered for his role in developing the Republican Party in South Carolina and his dedication to the community of Florence. He served as chair of the Sixth District Republican Party, c. 1980-1991, and was a delegate to multiple Republican National Conventions.
- Ashmore, Robert T. (1904-1989)Papers, 1914-2002, 3.75 ft.
Ashmore represented South Carolina's Fourth District (Greenville-Spartanburg) in Congress between 1953 and 1969.
- Barley, Willis Bryant "Bill," Jr. (b. 1941)Currently closed. This small collection documents the work of this Columbia photographer, particularly for Governor Robert McNair, c. 1965-1971.
- Barron, Keller (b. 1932)Keller Barron is actively involved in the League of Women Voters, among other organizations, serving as local and state League president. She has championed women’s rights, voters’ rights, improved race relations, and education reform.
- Bates, Lester Lee, Sr. (1904-1988)Papers, 1942-2008, 4 ft.
Bates served as mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, from 1958-1970, leading the city through the tumultuous 1960s.
- Battiste, Luther James, III (b. 1949)Papers, 1965-2011, 5 ft. This collection documents the life and career of Luther J. Battiste, III, an attorney and longtime member of Columbia's City Council.
- Baxley, John Michael (b. 1956)Currently closed. Mike Baxley holds his law degree from USC, served in the South Carolina House from 1987 to 1998, was elected judge of South Carolina’s 4th Circuit Court in 2000, and in 2014 became senior vice-president and general counsel to leading power company, Santee Cooper.
- Beasley, Gov. and Mrs. David, and Nancy BunchOral History Transcript
Former Governor and Mrs. Beasley discuss their lives in the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion from 1995 to 1999. Also present, Nancy Bunch of the Governor’s staff.
- Blatt, Solomon (1895-1986)Papers, 1918-1986, 20 ft.
Sol Blatt's legislative career in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Barnwell County) spanned more than half a century, 1933-1986. He served as Speaker 1937-1946 and 1951-1973.
- Boineau, Charles E., Jr. (1923-2005)Papers, 1934-2003, 2.5 ft.
The first Republican elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1900 (Richland County, 1961-1962), Boineau also campaigned for William D. Workman and Floyd Spence in 1962 and Barry Goldwater in 1964. He was a key figure in the emergence of a viable and active Republican Party in South Carolina.
- Brack, Andy (b. circa 1961)Oral History Transcript
Andrew Clayborne Brack served as campaign spokesman for Fritz Hollings' 1992 campaign for reelection to the U.S. Senate. A journalist and businessman, Brack has held posts at the Charleston Post and Courier and on Capitol Hill as Hollings' Press Secretary.
- Bryson, Joseph R. (1893-1953)Papers, 1917-1953, 7 ft.
Bryson represented South Carolina's Fourth District (Greenville-Spartanburg) in Congress from 1939 until his death. Prior public service included representation of Greenville County in the South Carolina House, 1921-1924, and Senate, 1929-1932.
- Campbell, Carroll A., Jr. (1940-2005)Papers, 1978-2001, 34 ft.
Campbell represented South Carolina's Fourth District (Greenville-Spartanburg) in Congress from 1979 to 1986. He was elected governor in 1986, serving two terms. Following his political career, he was president and CEO of the American Council on Life Insurance (ACLI), 1995-2001.
- Clyburn, James E. (b.1940)Currently closed. Sumter native Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has represented South Carolina’s 6th District since 1993 and since 2011 has held the position of Assistant Leader in the House. Previously, he served on the staff of Governor John West (1971-1974) and as South Carolina Commissioner of Human Affairs (1974-1992).
- Cook, Crawford (1934-2016)Oral History Transcript Crawford Cook, political consultant, talks of his life and entry into politics as campaign manager for Marshall Parker’s 1962 bid for Lieutenant Governor, his work in Fritz Hollings’ successful 1966 race for the U.S. Senate, and his role as Hollings’ first Administrative Assistant, 1966-1968.
- Cook, W. A. “Al” (1925-c. 2005)Oral History Transcript
W. A. “Al” Cook was former Legislative Assistant to S.C. Second-District Congressman John J. Riley and chief of staff to his successors, Albert Watson and Floyd Spence. He served on the Hill from March 1953 to his retirement from federal service in 1985.
- Copps, Michael (b. 1940)Oral History Transcript
Dr. Michael Copps worked on the staff of U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings from 1970 to 1985 as a special research assistant, executive assistant, and eventually Administrative Assistant. Later, Copps was a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, 2001 to 2011, and served as Acting FCC Chairman for six months in 2009.
- Crocker, Virginia Leaman "Ginger" (b. 1951)Currently closed. Virginia Leaman "Ginger" Crocker represented Laurens County in the S.C. House from 1978 to 1984. After leaving the House, she worked as Workers' Compensation Commissioner, 1984-1992. In 1996 she was named Executive Director of the (S.C.) House Democratic Caucus where she worked with then Caucus Leader Jim Hodges, who, as governor, appointed Crocker to his staff as Director of Intergovernmental and Community Relations. Since 2007, she has served the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission as its Judicial Director. Crocker has worked for Presbyterian College and on a variety of political campaigns and served on several boards.
- Culbertson, John Bolt (1908-1983)Papers, c. 1886-1989, 31 ft.
Culbertson, a labor lawyer and activist, was a "liberal lion" of South Carolina's Upstate for most of the twentieth century, establishing a law practice in which he represented unions, the working class, disabled veterans, African-Americans, and others in need of a voice. He also served in World War II, as a private secretary to Congressman John J. McSwain (D-SC), and as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Dell, Wayne EricCurrently closed. Eric Dell served as chief of staff for Congressman Joe Wilson.
- Democratic Party of South CarolinaPapers, 1924-2008, 85 ft.
The records of the Democratic Party of South Carolina document its efforts at the local, state, and national levels.
- Democratic Women's Council of South CarolinaPapers, c. 1967-1989, 1 ft.
Affiliated with the Democratic Party of South Carolina, this organization works for the election of Party candidates; initiates and carries out programs and projects on behalf of the Party and its candidates; and encourages women to become involved in the Democratic Party at all levels.
- Dennis, Rembert C. (1915-1992)Papers, 1938-1992, 7.5 ft.
Dennis was one of the most influential legislators of his time. Representing Berkeley County, his career spanned almost fifty years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1939-1942, and the South Carolina Senate, 1943-1988.
- Derrick, Butler (1936-2014)Papers, c. 1968-1998, 117.5 ft
Elected to Congress in 1974, Derrick represented northwestern South Carolina's Third District from 1975 to 1995 and rose to serve as Chief Deputy Majority Whip before retiring from office in 1994.
- Dorn, William Jennings Bryan (1916-2005)Papers, 1912-1995, 151 ft.
Dorn represented Greenwood County in the General Assembly, 1939-1942, and, following service in World War II, was elected to Congress, representing northwestern South Carolina's Third District from 1947-1948 and 1951-1974. Dorn was active in the leadership of the South Carolina Democratic Party and served as its chairman, 1980-1984.
- Drummond, John (1919-2016)Papers, c. 1944-2008, 5 ft.
Drummond represented the Greenwood area in the South Carolina Senate for more than forty years, including service as president pro tempore, before retiring in 2008.
- Edwards, Governor James B., Mrs. Ann Edwards, and children James B. Edwards, Jr., and Katherine Edwards WingateOral History Transcript
The Edwards family reflect on their years in the Governor’s Mansion from 1975 to 1979.
- Edwards, James B. (1927-2014)Currently closed, the collection primarily documents Edwards' term as Governor of South Carolina, 1975-1979, and as U.S. Secretary of Energy, 1981-1982. Personal papers include material concerning campaigns and Republican Party activities. The Edwards family reflects on their years in the Governor's Mansion in this Oral History Transcript. See related interview conducted by Ann Edwards.
- Environmentalists, Inc.Currently closed. Environmentalists, Inc. (E.I.) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in February of 1972 originally in “reaction to fears over the building of the Barnwell Fuel Plant” and later devoted itself “to the protection of the environment and public health.” E.I. is primarily involved in nuclear issues but also addresses toxins and other environmental projects.
- Ferillo, Charles T. "Bud" (b. 1945)Papers, 1950-2016, 1.5 ft.
Ferillo was a key staff member to South Carolina State Senator Isadore Lourie, Speaker Rex Carter, and Lieutenant Governor Mike Daniel in the 1970s and 1980s. He engaged in campaign work beginning in the 1960s, and worked on Charles “Pug” Ravenel’s 1974 campaign for governor, among many others. In 1987, Ferillo founded Ferillo & Associates, Inc., a public relations and advertising firm based in Columbia.
- Forbes, Wanda L. (b. 1925)Papers, 1969-2008, 1.75 ft.
Forbes was an educator, General Assembly candidate, longtime activist for the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of a two-party political process.
- Fowler, Donald L. (b. 1935)Currently closed, the collection documents Fowler's leadership roles in the Democratic Party of South Carolina, the 1988 Democratic National Convention, and the Democratic National Committee.
- Gasque, Allard Henry (1873-1938)Papers, 1920-1938, 7 ft.
Gasque represented South Carolina's Sixth District in Congress, 1923-1938. Gasque also served as Superintendent of Education, Florence County, 1902-1923, and on the Democratic State Executive Committee, 1912-1920.
- Glad, Betty (1927-2010)Papers, 1966-2009, 4 ft.
University of South Carolina professor Betty Glad is remembered as a teacher, writer, political scientist, historian, researcher, and mentor. Her publications on political leaders Charles Evans Hughes, Key Pittman, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter gave her the reputation for being a top authority on American politics and leadership.
- Gressette, L. Marion (1902-1984)Papers, c. 1920-1924, 1950-1984, 10 ft.
Marion Gressette served Orangeburg County for half a century in the South Carolina General Assembly. He began his public service in the House, 1925-1928, 1931-1932, and spent the majority of his career in the Senate, 1937-1984 (and as president pro tempore, 1972-1984).
- Grose, Philip G. (1938-2012)Papers, 1966-2011, 11.5 ft
Grose was a journalist, government administrator, speechwriter, public affairs aficionado, and author. He devoted his life to writing about and serving the government of South Carolina.
- Gunn, Anton J. (b. 1973)Currently closed. Former Gamecock football player Anton J. Gunn was the political director for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential primary campaign in South Carolina, and he served as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Gunn was head of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and he played a role in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” In January 2014, he stepped down to return to the private sector as a consultant, health care entrepreneur and professional speaker. In January 2015, Gunn became Executive Director of Community Health Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina.
- Hamby, Lottie D. "Dolly" (1918-2001)Papers, 1946-2001, 6 ft.
Dolly Hamby was a partner in the all-female, Columbia-based Bradley, Graham, & Hamby Advertising and Public Relations Agency. The firm worked for high-profile political candidates and businesses, and on issues of public interest.
- Hare, Butler Black (1875-1967)Papers, 1900-1966, 1 ft.
Butler Hare served South Carolina's Second District, 1925-1933, and Third District, 1939-1947, in the U.S. House of Representatives. As chairman of the House Insular Affairs Committee, 1931-1933, he authored the Philippine Independence Act, which began the process of granting independence to the Philippines, a United States possession since 1898.
- Harper, Walter W.Oral History Transcript
Walter W. Harper served as Director of the South Carolina Development Board from 1959 to 1967. Gov. Fritz Hollings brought Harper in to plan, organize, and help lead an energetic development effort aimed at expanding current manufacturing enterprises, bringing new industry to South Carolina, and promoting tourism. Previously, Harper was engaged in similar development work for Gov. Luther Hodges in North Carolina.
- Harrell, Flynn T., Collection on the Separation of Church and StatePapers, 1948-present, 17.5 ft + published
Flynn Harrell, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, has dedicated his life to the study and promotion of religious liberty.
- Harrelson, James P. "Preacher" (1919-2003)Oral History Transcript
James P. "Preacher" Harrelson (1919-2003) of Colleton County was a Walterboro pastor and attorney who served in the South Carolina House (1957-1960) and Senate (1963-1976).
- Harris, Raymond A. (1927-2016)Currently closed, this small collection documents the activities of Raymond A. Harris, former South Carolina Republican Party executive director (1965 to 1968) and chairman (Dec. 1968 to Jan. 1971). In an Oral History interview from November 2001, Harris reflects on his life and particularly his leadership in the Republican Party.
- Harvin, C. Alexander, III (1950-2005)Papers, 1968-2005, 23 ft.
Harvin served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Clarendon and Williamsburg Counties) from 1977 to 2005. He was Majority Whip, 1979 to 1982, and Majority Leader, 1982 to 1986.
- Hayes, Rita Derrick (b. 1942)Currently closed, the collection documents Hayes' activities as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative in Geneva, Switzerland, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), 1997-2001. Hayes was appointed Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2001.
- Hemphill, Robert W. (1915-1983)Papers, 1926-1984, 5 ft. and 10 scrapbooks
Robert W. Hemphill served South Carolina's Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1957-1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him to a federal district court judgeship in April 1964, and he served in that capacity until his death in 1983.
- Hendricks, Lloyd I. (b. 1942)Papers, c. 1960s-2012, 4.75 ft.
Hendricks had a long career as a banker, lawyer and as a Representative in the South Carolina General Assembly. He served five terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1977-1987, and was named Legislator of the Year in 1984 by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and in 1985 by the Greenville News.
- Hodges, Governor James H., and Mrs. Rachel HodgesOral History Transcript
Governor and Mrs. Hodges reflect on their first 20 months in the Governor's Mansion. Jim Hodges served as Governor of South Carolina from 1999 to 2003.
- Hodges, James H. "Jim" (b. 1956)Currently closed, these papers document the lives and careers of Governor and Mrs. Hodges. Hodges served as Governor of South Carolina from 1999 to 2003. In this Oral History, Jim and Rachel Hodges reflect on their first 20 months in the Governor's Mansion.
- Holland, Donald H. (1928-2003)Papers, 1923, 1942-2003, 17 ft.
Almost continuously in public office from 1950 until his death, Donald Holland served in both the South Carolina House of Representatives (Kershaw County), 1950-1954, 1956-1964, and Senate, 1969-2003. He was District Highway Commissioner from 1964-1968.
- Hollings, Ernest F. "Fritz" (b. 1922)Papers, 1943-2009, 800 ft.
Hollings served in World War II, practiced as a lawyer, represented Charleston in the South Carolina House, 1949-1954, and served as Lt. Governor of South Carolina, 1955-1959, Governor, 1959-1963, and U.S. Senator, 1966-2005.
- Hull, Edward Whaley Seabrook (1923-2007)Papers, 1947-2007, 10 ft.
Hull was a journalist and expert in marine science and rocketry. He published widely on a variety of subjects and was a skilled photographer and a poet.
- Hunter, Thomas William "Bill" (1906-1979)Papers, 1932-1992, .25 ft.
Attorney, farmer, lumberman, and oil distributor, Bill Hunter was a leader in promoting rural electrification in Newberry County and throughout the United States. He served the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as Secretary-Treasurer, 1963-1965, Vice President, 1965-1967, and President, 1967-1970.
- Inglis, Robert Durden "Bob" (b. 1959)Currently closed, the collection documents Inglis' public service as U.S. Representative for South Carolina's Fourth Congressional District, serving from from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2005 until 2011. The district includes much of the Upstate region, including Greenville and Spartanburg.
- Johnson, I.S. Leevy (b. 1942)Currently closed. Recognized as one of the top criminal and civil lawyers in S.C. and the U.S. (Johnson, Toal and Battiste, P.A.), I.S. Leevy Johnson made history in 1970 by becoming one of the first Blacks elected to the S.C. General Assembly since Reconstruction. In 1995, he became owner of Leevy's Funeral Home, a generations-old local business founded by his grandparents.
- Johnston, Olin Dewitt Talmadge (1896-1965)Papers, 1914-1965, 182 ft.
Olin D. Johnston served South Carolina as a U. S. Senator from 1945 until his death in 1965. Prior to his election to the Senate, Johnston served two terms as Governor, 1935-1939 and 1943-1945, and in the state House of Representatives, 1923-1924 (Anderson County), 1927-1930 (Spartanburg County).
- Kattenburg, Paul M. (1922-2004)Papers, 1938-2004, 13.75 ft.
Paul Kattenburg, a native of Belgium, served in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1950-1973, with postings to Washington, Saigon, Manila, Frankfurt, and Guyana. Among materials of interest are those regarding Kattenburg's role as an early dissenter against U.S. policy in Vietnam.
- Kelly, Mary T. (1923-2013)Papers, 1970-2008, 18 ft.
Mary Kelly spent more than 35 years as an active environmentalist. She joined the League of Women Voters of South Carolina in 1972, and at various times during the following decades, she served as the State League President, Co-President, Director, Natural Resources Chair, Associate Director, Spokesperson, and Grant Administrator.
- Keyserling, Harriet H. (1922-2010)Papers, 1965-2007, 48 ft.
Harriet Keyserling, a Democrat and self-proclaimed "New York Jewish liberal," represented Beaufort County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1977 until her retirement in 1993. During her legislative career and her service in numerous cultural organizations, Keyserling was a tireless advocate of the arts, of education, and of the protection of the environment from nuclear waste and other energy hazards.
- Kollmansperger, Karen (1941-2012)Oral History Transcript
Karen Kollmansperger was a Senate staff member in the office of Fritz Hollings. She joined his staff in 1967 after working on several campaigns in Tennessee. Kollmansperger started as a case worker, moved to loans and grants, and eventually became one of the Senator's secretaries.
- Lardner, Walt (b. 1931)Original Drawings, 1967-1988, 25.5 ft.
Walt Lardner sold his first cartoon in 1954 while a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He later became a free-lance artist for national publications, as well as a contributor to The State and chief animator for South Carolina Educational Television.
- League of Women Voters of Columbia/Richland CountyPapers, 1942-2005, 16 ft.
The collection documents the activities of this league, first organized as a provisional league in 1947 and recognized as a local league in 1950.
- League of Women Voters of South CarolinaPapers, 1919-2011, 43 ft.
The collection documents the activities of the organization, formed in 1951 from the three local leagues then existing in Charleston, Columbia, and Spartanburg.
- League of Women Voters of SpartanburgPapers, 1940-1961, 1973-1994, 2.5 ft.
The collection documents the activities of this league, organized in 1948. The Spartanburg group disbanded during the spring of 1960 and reorganized circa 1974-1975.
- Leverette, Sarah (b. 1919)This collection documents the life of attorney, law librarian, workers’ compensation commissioner, and legal consultant Sarah Leverette. Outside of her professional life, she has been a devoted and active member of numerous community organizations and professional associations, most notably the League of Women Voters.
- Littlejohn, C. Bruce (1913-2007)Papers, 1861 and 1906-2005, 20 ft.
Cameron Bruce Littlejohn represented Spartanburg County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1937 to 1943 and 1947 to 1949, the latter three years as Speaker. He resigned in 1949 when he won a judicial appointment. For the next thirty-five years, Littlejohn served on South Carolina's Seventh Circuit Court and the South Carolina Supreme Court, attaining the post of Chief Justice in his last two years on the Court.
- Lourie, Isadore E. (1932-2003)Papers, 1961-1994, 23.75 ft.
Isadore Edward Lourie served in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1965 until his retirement in 1993 and gained a reputation as the champion of the common man and woman. He represented Richland County in the House, 1965-1973, and in the Senate, 1973-1993.
- Mann, James R. (1920-2010)Papers, 1948-1998, 28.75 ft.
James Robert Mann represented Greenville in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1949 to 1953, then became solicitor of the 13th Judicial Circuit. In 1969, Mann was elected to represent the Fourth Congressional District (Greenville-Spartanburg) in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served until 1979.
- Manning, Bernard (b. 1925)Papers, 1958-1984, 1.5 ft.
Bernard Manning was a Republican pioneer most active in Richland County. He assisted the Party with numerous legal matters over the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including cases, petitions, and protests, and researching and drafting election laws.
- Manning, Samuel P. (1926-1999)Papers, 1937-1996, 1 ft.
Representing Spartanburg County in the South Carolina House from 1967 to 1982, Manning was a major advocate of promoting and commemorating the state's history. He was particularly successful in gaining recognition for the Battle of Cowpens as a pivotal event in the American Revolution and helping to establish Cowpens National Battlefield as a national park.
- Marchant, T. Eston (1920-2006)Papers, 1947-2000, 7.5 ft.
T. Eston Marchant served as the Adjutant General of South Carolina from 1979 to 1995. His career in the military spanned almost fifty years. He also was an attorney and active in his community. Marchant served on the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina from 1965 to 1978.
- Martin, John A. (1921-2009)Oral History Transcript
John A. Martin (1921-2009), a native of Winnsboro, served as a South Carolina state senator for thirty-five years (1953-1960 and 1965-1993). He served one term in the House (1951-1952) before his election to the Senate.
- Martschink, Sherry Shealy (b. 1949)Currently closed. Martschink served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975. She was a junior at the University of South Carolina when elected in November 1970 to represent Lexington County, becoming the nation's youngest lawmaker. In 1986, after serving five years on a local school board, she was elected to the South Carolina Senate from Charleston County in a special election and in 1988 was elected to a full term. Martschink was appointed to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission in 1992 and served as commissioner until 2004, including one term as vice chair of the commission.
- Mauldin, Doug (1933-2007)75 Photographs, c. 1964-1974
This small collection consists of 75 photographs of public figures, taken by Doug Mauldin, a South Carolina journalist and photographer who worked for The State, the Greenville News, and the Associated Press, frequently reporting on state government.
- Maupin, Joe (1933-2015)Oral History Transcript
Joe Maupin served as Charleston Area Director for U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings. He began directing the Low Country operations of the Senator's office in 1978. Maupin had just retired from a career in the U.S. Army, where he was serving as a congressional liaison for the Secretary of the Army.
- Maybank, Burnet Rhett (1899-1954)Scrapbook, 1947-1950
Burnet Rhett Maybank served as Charleston mayor from 1931 to 1938, as Governor of South Carolina from 1939 to 1941, and later as U.S. Senator from 1941 until his death in 1954. The scrapbook covers part of Maybank's term in the Senate.
- McDonald, Heyward E. (1925-2000)Papers, 1962-2000, 2005, 3.25 ft.
McDonald was an attorney and member of the South Carolina House (Richland County), 1963-1966, and Senate (Richland, Fairfield, and Chester Counties), 1977-1984. He also served on the state Board of Education.
- McMaster, Henry Dargan (b. 1947)Currently closed. Henry McMaster has enjoyed a rich and varied career in government and politics. He served as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, 1981 to 1985, where he played a lead role in Operation Jackpot, served as chair of the S.C. Republican Party, 1993-2002, state Attorney General, 2003-2011, and as Nikki Haley’s Lt. Governor since 2015.
- McMillan, John L. (1898-1979)Papers, 1938-1972, 8.5 ft.
John Lanneau McMillan represented South Carolina's Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives for seventeen consecutive terms between 1939 and 1973. McMillan was called the "Mayor of DC" in recognition of his key role in the management of Washington, D.C., as chairman of the House Committee on the District of Columbia. He served as chair for over twenty years.
- McMillan, Thomas S. & Clara G. (1888-1939 & 1894-1976)Papers, c. 1870-1980, .75 ft.
The McMillans both served South Carolina's First District (Charleston) in the U.S. House of Representatives, he from 1925-1939, and she completing his term after he died, 1939-1940.
- McNair, Governor Robert E., and Mrs. Josephine McNair
- McNair, Robert E. (1923-2007)Papers, 1953-2008, 135 ft.
McNair's public service included stints in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Allendale County), 1951-1962, and as Lieutenant Governor, 1963-1965. The collection also includes his official records as Governor of South Carolina, 1965-1971.
- Meng, Bernard B. "Bubba" (b. 1938)Oral History Transcript
Bernard B. "Bubba" Meng (b. 1938) initially became involved in South Carolina politics through his friendship with fellow USC student Liz Johnston, daughter of U.S. Senator Olin D. Johnston. Meng worked for Senator Johnston in Washington in the early 1960s, later joining "Fritz" Hollings' 1966 Senate campaign. He stayed on as Hollings' home secretary, working for the Senator until 1989.
- Moore, Nancy (b. 1939)Papers, 1970-2008, 4 ft.
Among Moore's many accomplishments are her service as SC ERA Chair for the League of Women Voters in 1978, participation on the ERA Countdown Campaign in 1982, and two-year term as President of SC NOW (National Organization for Women) beginning in 1986. She is co-founder of the Spartanburg National Women's Political Caucus, which operated in the 1990s, and was the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at USC Spartanburg from 1995 until her retirement in 2001.
- Moore, Richter H., Jr. (1928-1996)Papers, 1928, 1937-2003, 1.25 ft.
Richter H. Moore, Jr., an active member of the Democratic Party, belonged to the States Rights Democrats Club and the Young Democratic Club as a student at the University of South Carolina in the late 1940s. He served on the Washington County (TN) Democratic Executive Committee, 1958 to 1972, and was a delegate to numerous state conventions and three national conventions.
- Moore, Robert J. (b. 1934)Currently closed, retired Columbia College history professor Robert "Bob" Moore is one of South Carolina’s premier scholars on the Civil Rights movement. He has focused particularly on Matthew Perry’s leadership in the movement. Oral history interviews with Judge Perry and Isaac W. "Ike" Williams conducted by Moore are available.
- Morrah, P. Bradley, Jr. (1915-1992)Papers, 1931-1990, 3.75 ft.
P. Bradley Morrah, Jr., represented Greenville County in the S.C. House of Representatives in 1940 and 1947 to 1948, and served in the state Senate from 1953 to 1966. During these years, Morrah and several others, including John West, Earle Morris, and Marshall Parker, banded together to pursue their legislative goals in an informal group they called "the left field boys." The group challenged the old-line establishment represented by Edgar Brown and Marion Gressette.
- Morris, Edgar L. and Ann B. (1911-1975 & 1917-2006)Papers, 1950-2006, 1.25 ft.
Edgar and Ann Morris were key figures in the growth of the Republican Party in South Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1950, Morris was named Chairman of the state Republican Party and became involved in an effort to renew the Party, working on presidential and local campaigns.
- Moxon, Barbara (1921-2011)Papers, 1964-2006, 4 ft.
Speaker, motivator, mentor, recruiter and leader, Moxon dedicated her life to service. She was involved in and held positions in organizations and campaigns that primarily focused on the rights and well-being of women and children, such as the League of Women Voters and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
- Mulvaney, John Michael "Mick" (b. 1967)Currently closed, the collection documents the career of Mick Mulvaney, who is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district since 2011. Mulvaney previously served as a member of both the South Carolina House (45th District) from 2007 to 2009, and Senate (16th district - Lancaster and York Counties) from 2009 to 2011. He is the first Republican to represent South Carolina's 5th district since 1883.
- Napier, John Light (b. 1947)Oral History Transcript
Republican John Light Napier had a long professional association with Senator Strom Thurmond, and in his own right served a term in Congress (1981-1982), as representative for South Carolina’s Sixth District.
- Nave, John & Erminie (b. 1921 & b. 1923)Papers, 1916-1996, 1.25 ft.
Erminie McKnight Nave and her husband John Thomas Nave were active leaders in Republican politics from the 1960s to the early 1990s, chiefly in Greenwood County but also at the district and state levels.
- Newman, Isaiah DeQuincey (1911-1985)Papers, 1929-2003, 2.5 ft.
I. DeQuincey Newman was a Methodist pastor, civil rights activist, and entrepreneur. A leading figure in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina, he helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP in 1943, helped found the Progressive Democratic Party, and served the South Carolina NAACP as state field director from 1960 to 1969. In 1983, at age 72, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate, thus becoming the first African American to serve in that body since Reconstruction.
- Occupy ColumbiaPart of the larger national "Occupy" movement that asserted its goal was to force the creation of a more just and economically egalitarian society, Occupy Columbia emerged in October 2011. This is a very small collection of artifacts from the protests.
- Palmer, Kate Salley (b. 1946)Currently closed, the collection consists of drawings, sketches, and papers relating to Palmer's work as an editorial cartoonist and children's book author. See samples of her work in our online exhibit, "The Acerbic Pen."
- Parker, Marshall (1922-2008)Oral History Transcript
Marshall Parker served as state senator from Oconee County from 1956 to 1966. He joined the Republican Party in 1966 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 1966 and 1968. Parker went to UNC and served with the Marines in the Pacific during WWII. Parker owned and operated Oconee Dairies in Seneca from 1950 to 1981.
- Patterson, Elizabeth J. (b. 1939)Papers, c. 1930-2010, 19 ft.
The collection documents Patterson's service in the South Carolina Senate (Spartanburg County area), 1979-1986, and the U.S. House of Representatives, Fourth District, 1987-1993. Personal Papers reflect her campaigns for office and service outside of public office.
- Patterson, Grady L., Jr. (1924-2009)Papers, 1990-2009, <1 ft.
Patterson served as South Carolina State Treasurer for thirty-six years, November 1966 to 1994 and 1998 to 2007 when he retired. This small collection chiefly documents the years 1998-2007.
- Payne, Martha (1922-2014)Oral History Transcript
Martha Payne worked for Ernest F. Hollings during his term as Governor of South Carolina and rejoined his staff shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate. Her work in the Senator's Columbia office chiefly entailed constituent service work. Payne retired in 1995.
- Perry, Matthew J., Jr. (1921-2011)Oral History Transcript
Judge Matthew Perry (1921-2011) was a leading civil rights attorney and the first African American federal judge from South Carolina. A native of Columbia, Perry began practicing law in 1951. He took on civil rights cases in private practice and as chief counsel to the S.C. State Conference of the NAACP. In 1974, Perry became the first African American in the 20th century to win the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress, but failed to unseat incumbent Floyd Spence. In 1976, he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. In 1979, he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for South Carolina and served on the bench until his death in 2011.
- Powell, C. Kenneth (b. 1939)Papers, 1964-1982, 1.25 ft.
C. Kenneth Powell was active in the establishment of the modern Republican Party in South Carolina, beginning with his work on Floyd Spence's landmark 1962 campaign for Congress as a Republican. He ran several times for elective office and became chair of the Richland County Republican Party in 1970, organizing the Party's first primary in the county.
- Ravenel, Charles D. "Pug" (b. 1938)Papers, 1973-1996, 5 ft.
In 1974, Charles D. Ravenel, a political newcomer, became the Democratic Party's nominee for governor, but a dispute over residency qualifications kept him off the general election ballot. Campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 1978 and for Congress in 1980 were also unsuccessful. However, Ravenel's innovative style and charismatic manner reinvigorated the political system, and his method of using the media as a campaign tool was a first for South Carolina and changed politics within the state.
- Republican Party of South CarolinaPapers, 1932-2012, 34 ft.
The papers of the Republican Party of South Carolina document the Party's activities at the local, state, and national levels.
- Richards, James P. (1894-1979)Papers, 1932-1974, 10 ft.
James Prioleau "Dick" Richards represented South Carolina's Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1933 until his retirement following the 1956 session. He served on the Foreign Affairs committee throughout his Congressional career and became expert in the subject. Richards served as Special Assistant to President Eisenhower for the Middle East from January 1957 to January 1958.
- Riley, Ann Yarborough "Tunky" (1935-2008)Papers, c.1880s-2008, bulk 1978-1988, 3 ft.
Ann Osteen Yarborough Riley served as South Carolina's First Lady from 1979 until 1987. She was known not only for her gracious hospitality and warmth, but for her work toward improving South Carolina's educational system and her active involvement in the Governor's Mansion renovations.
- Riley, Edward P. "Ted" (1900-1994)Papers, 1923-1994, 3 ft.
Ted Riley served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of South Carolina, 1933-1952, with an interlude of service in the Navy during World War II. In 1953, he became the Greenville County Attorney. Always active in Democratic Party politics, Riley chaired the Greenville County Democratic Party Executive Committee, 1954-1955, and the South Carolina Democratic Party for two terms, 1960-1964.
- Riley, Governor Richard W., Mrs. Ann “Tunky” Riley, and son Ted RileyOral History Transcript
The Rileys reflect on their years in the Governor’s Mansion from 1979-1987.
- Riley, Richard W. (b. 1933)Currently closed, the collection primarily documents Riley's tenure as U.S. Secretary of Education, 1993-2001. A smaller portion consists of materials from his time as South Carolina Senator (Greenville County area), 1967-1976, and Governor, 1979-1987. The Riley family reflect on their years in the Governor's Mansion in this Oral History Transcript. SCPC also holds the papers of his wife, First Lady Ann "Tunky" Riley, and of his father, Edward "Ted" Riley.
- Roettinger, Ruth Locke (c. 1905-2005)18 items
Ruth Locke Roettinger was a professor of government at Winthrop College in 1949, when a Committee to Study [the] Existing State Constitution was established to study South Carolina's 1895 Constitution and recommend necessary changes. Roettinger was appointed to the committee by Governor Strom Thurmond, and she served as its secretary.
- Rogers, Joseph O., Jr. (1921-1999)Papers, 1942-1999, 1.25 ft.
Joseph O. Rogers was the first gubernatorial candidate of the modern Republican Party in South Carolina. Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives as a Democrat for Clarendon County, he served six consecutive terms, 1955-1967. Rogers gradually became discouraged with what he viewed as a lack of resolve on the part of South Carolina Democrats to resist federal encroachment into the affairs of state government. On March 7, 1966, Rogers formally announced that he was switching to the Republican Party, and he became the first Republican candidate for the governor's office in the 20th century.
- 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.
- Rubin, Hyman S. (1913-2005)Oral History Interview
In this interview Rubin, former Columbia mayor pro tem and state senator, reflects on his thirty-two years of public service and particularly the battle to integrate South Carolina society. Mrs. Rubin also comments on her recollections of this era.
- Russell, Donald S. (1906-1998)Papers, 1929-1998, 23.75 ft.
Russell began his career during World War II at the federal Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion before following director James F. Byrnes to the State Department. He went on to serve as president of the University of South Carolina; Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965; U.S. Senator, 1965-1966; and a federal district and appellate court judge, 1967-1998.
- Saleeby, Edward E. (1927-2002)Papers, 1968-2002, 0.2 ft.
A native of Hartsville, Saleeby was elected to the S.C. House in 1950 and served there from 1951 to 1959. In 1972 he opposed and defeated powerful incumbent South Carolina state senator "Spot" Mozingo, a legendary figure in South Carolina politics, in a fiercely competed Democratic primary contest and served in the Senate from 1972 until his death.
- Sanford, Marshall C. "Mark" Jr. (b. 1960)Currently closed, the collection documents Sanford's three terms representing the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-2001, as well as his 1994 campaign for Congress, his 2002 campaign for Governor of South Carolina, and his two terms as Governor. Additional material will document Sanford's second stint in Congress, 2013-present.
- Scott, SallieOral History Transcript
Sallie Scott was the elder daughter of Olin D. and Gladys Atkinson Johnston. She recalls life in the Governor’s Mansion and in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., her father’s political campaigns, and her mother’s active role in Johnston’s political career.
- Shorey, Gregory D. (b. 1924)Papers, 1948-2009, 8 ft.
Businessman Greg Shorey became a leading force in developing the Republican Party in South Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s. He served as an active state leader in Eisenhower's presidential campaigns in 1952 and 1956, and in Barry Goldwater's presidential campaigns in 1960 and 1964. He was chair of the state Party from 1958 to 1961, and continues his involvement to this day.
- Simkins, Modjeska (1899-1992)Papers, 1909-1992, 6.25 ft.
A Columbia civil rights activist, Simkins served as the South Carolina State Secretary for the NAACP, 1941-1957. She also had leadership roles in the renovation of Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital and the Richland County Citizens Committee. Simkins was a founder, in 1921, of the Victory Savings Bank of Columbia. PLEASE NOTE: The Simkins Papers are now available online.
- Smith, Frances (c. 1920-2009)Oral History Transcript
Frances Smith was the first woman to serve as Clerk of the South Carolina Supreme Court.
- Smoak, Marion (b. 1916)Papers, 1964-1968, .5 ft.
One of the first Republicans elected to the South Carolina State Senate since Reconstruction, Smoak served one term and then pursued careers with the State Department and in private law practice. The collection, 1964-1968, documents Smoak's campaigns for office and brief tenure in the Senate.
- South Carolinians for EisenhowerPapers, 1952, 1 ft.
South Carolinians for Eisenhower organized in 1952 to promote Ike's campaign in South Carolina, and was an outlet for southern Democrats dissatisfied with the national Democratic Party.
- Spence, Floyd D. (1928-2001)Papers, c. 1928-2001, 75 ft.
Spence served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Lexington County), 1957-1962, when he announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and would run for Congress as a Republican, making him the first notable office holder in SC to switch parties. He went on to represent South Carolina's Second District in Congress from 1971 until his death in 2001.
- Tenenbaum, Inez M. (b. 1951)Currently closed, the collection documents Tenenbaum's service as State Superintendent of Education, 1999-2007, as well as her two campaigns for that position in 1998 and 2002. Other campaigns covered are her 1994 Lt. Governor and 2004 U.S. Senate races. This collection also documents her community service work with the United Way and the South Carolina Center for Family Policy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming the state's juvenile justice system.
- Thigpen, Neal D. (b. ?)Currently closed. Neal Thigpen, the “Father of the Florence GOP,” was vice-chairman of the S.C. Republican Party from 1974 to 1978, a delegate to five Republican National Conventions, and retired Chairman of the Francis Marion University Political Science Department.
- Timmerman, George Bell, Jr. (1912-1994)Papers, c. 1904-1997, 2.5 ft.
George Bell Timmerman, Jr. served as governor of South Carolina from 1955 to 1959, leading the state during a period of growing racial strife. He served as lieutenant governor under both Strom Thurmond and Jimmy Byrnes, 1947-1955. From 1967 until 1984, Timmerman served as Judge for the 11th Circuit; he subsequently served as a special judge, filling in on the Circuit, until his death on Nov. 29, 1994.
- Toal, Jean Hoefer (b. 1943)Currently closed. Columbia native Jean Toal received her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina and was a leading liberal presence in the South Carolina House from 1975 to 1988. She was elected to the state Supreme Court in 1988 and served as Chief Justice from 2000 to her retirement in 2015.
- Turnipseed, TomCurrently closed, the collection documents the life and career of the attorney and former S.C. State Senator (1976-1980). Turnipseed has a long history of involvement in state politics: in 1980, he was the Democratic nominee for Congress for the 2nd District; he is formerly a member of the Executive Committee for Lexington County and has been a member of the Executive Committee and Executive Council of the South Carolina Democratic Party; he was the 1998 Democratic nominee for state Attorney General, carrying 26 counties and winning over 46% of the vote.
- Vertical FilesVertical Files collection, c. 700 folders
These files include newspaper clippings, campaign materials, brochures, and other information about people, places, and subjects relating to South Carolina politics and government.
- Waddell, James M., Jr. (1922-2003)Papers, 1887-1918, 1935-2004, 3.75 ft.
James Madison Waddell, Jr., represented Beaufort and Jasper Counties as a Democrat in the South Carolina General Assembly for over thirty-five years. He was particularly interested in coastal conservation issues, and was founder and chairman of the South Carolina Coastal Council (now the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management).
- Waites, Candy Yaghjian (b. 1943)Papers, 1964-2010, 9 ft.
Since 1973, Candy Waites has been a prominent figure in the Columbia community. A former president of the League of Women Voters of Columbia, Waites went on to serve on Richland County Council for twelve years. In 1988, Waites was elected State Representative for House District 75, a position she held for six years.
- Walker, Harry (1929-2008)Oral History Transcript
Harry Walker (1929-2008) served as Governor Fritz Hollings' legal assistant from 1959 to 1963. He advised Hollings on all legal matters that reached the Governor's office, including statewide appointments and the constitutionality of bills. As the Governor's liaison with law enforcement, Walker worked closely with SLED chief Pete Strom during this watershed period of civil rights activities.
- Walker, Richard L. "Dixie" (1922-2003)Papers, c. 1940s-2003, 9.5 ft.
Richard L. "Dixie" Walker dedicated his life and career to intercultural understanding. He served his nation as a soldier during World War II, as a professor of international studies both at home and abroad, as a foreign policy adviser to the government, and as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, 1981-1986. In the mid 1990s, Walker retired as the James F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus and Ambassador-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina. President Ronald Reagan regarded Walker's service as quiet diplomacy turned into an art form.
- Walters, Johnnie M. (1919-2014)Papers, 1918-2003, 7.5 ft.
Johnnie M. Walters began his legal career with the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., in 1949. In 1953, he moved to the private sector and eventually returned to practice law in his native South Carolina. In 1969, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice. He was named Commissioner of Internal Revenue in 1971 and served until 1973. He is best known for his efforts to reorganize the IRS to be more efficient and taxpayer friendly, and for his defiance of President Richard Nixon's orders to use the IRS to investigate and audit those on his "enemies list."
- West, Governor John C., Mrs. Lois West, and daughter Shelton West BosleyOral History Transcript
John West, Lois West and daughter Shelton West Bosley reminisce about their years in the Governor’s Mansion from 1971-1975.
- West, John Carl (1922-2004)Papers, 1840s, c.1857, 1905, 1924, 1938-2004, 52.5 ft.
John West served his state and nation well as a soldier during World War II, as a member of the South Carolina Senate, 1955 to 1966, as Lieutenant Governor, 1967 to 1971, as Governor, 1971 to 1975, and as United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1977 to 1981. Returning from Saudi Arabia, West practiced law, lectured on government and the Middle East at the University of South Carolina, served as Chairman of the Board of the Seibels Bruce Insurance Company, and engaged in a number of philanthropic enterprises.
- Wickenberg, Charles H., Jr. (1923-2004)Papers, c. 1835-2004, 6.25 ft.
Charles H. Wickenberg, Jr. was a journalist for 40 years, primarily with The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He served in the Marine Corps in both World War II and the Korean War, and subsequently as Gov. George Bell Timmerman's Executive Secretary from 1955 to 1958.
- Wilkins, David H. (b. 1946)Currently closed, the collection documents the career of this attorney, legislator, and diplomat. Wilkins served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Greenville County) from 1981 until his resignation in 2005 to become U.S. Ambassador to Canada. In the House, he chaired the Judiciary Committee, 1986-1992, and served as Speaker, 1994-2005.
- Wilkins, William W. (b. 1942)Currently closed, this collection chiefly documents Wilkins' career as as Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1986- 2007, and Chief Judge, 2003-2007. Previously, Wilkins served as U.S. District Judge, 1981 -1986; Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, 1985-1994; and Solicitor for the 13th Judicial Circuit, 1974-1981.
- Williams, Isaac W. "Ike" (1945-2008)Oral History Transcript Ike Williams (1945-2008), former NAACP field director and aide to Congressman James Clyburn discusses his relationship with Matthew Perry and his experiences as a Civil Rights leader in South Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s. He also addresses the role of Civil Rights organizations such as the NAACP, Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Black Action Coordinating Council (BACC).
- Williams, Marshall (1912-1995)Oral History Transcript
Marshall B. Williams (1912-1995) represented Orangeburg County in the General Assembly for almost half a century. He served in the House of Representatives from 1947 until his election to the Senate in 1952. He remained in the Senate for over forty years, becoming President pro tempore in 1989. Williams served until his death in 1995.
- Workman, William D., Jr. (1914-1990)Papers, 1915-1986, 65 ft.
William D. Workman, Jr. is best remembered for his pivotal role in the emergence of a viable Republican Party in South Carolina. In 1962, when the Democrats were the dominant political power in the state, he made a serious, competitive bid for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. In his career as a journalist, he wrote for Charleston's Post and Courier and Columbia's The State, becoming editor of the latter in 1966.
- Wyche, Charles Cecil (1885-1966)Papers, 1906-1969, 4 ft.
Charles Cecil Wyche served as the U.S. District Judge for the Western District of South Carolina for almost thirty years, from 1937 until his death in 1966. The collection primarily documents this portion of his career, although he also served a term in the S.C. House in 1913-1914, as well as serving in World War I, as city and county attorney for Spartanburg, and as a specially appointed associate justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1924.
- Wyman, Hastings (b. 1939)Papers, 1957-2006, 1.25 ft.
Hastings Wyman was an early Republican activist in South Carolina and worked as a legislative assistant for Senator Strom Thurmond from 1967 to 1973. He was manager of the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Albert Watson in 1970. Since 1978, Wyman has written and published the Southern Political Report. The bi-weekly publication provides expert analysis of politics and politicians in the South.
- Zeigler, Eugene N. "Nick," Jr. (1921-2012)Papers, 1921-2012, 32 ft.
Zeigler's public service began with his election to serve Florence County in the South Carolina House in 1960. In 1966, he was elected to the state Senate, where he served until 1972. Zeigler was a candidate in the 1974 Democratic primary for Governor. In addition, he had a distinguished legal career and was an author of numerous books.