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Papers of Isaiah DeQuincey Newman, 1929-2003

I. DeQuincey Newman, 1911-1985, was a Methodist pastor, activist, entrepreneur, and a leading figure in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina. His papers have been digitized here in their entirety.


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.


The South Carolina Equal Suffrage League, helped see the passage in August 1920 of the 19th Amendment allowing women the vote.  Shortly thereafter, the Equal Suffrage League was renamed the South Carolina League of Women Voters.  In 1921, it published a seventy-four page booklet titled The New Voter, and we found a copy in an addition to the League collection donated by Laurel Suggs.  The New Voter provides a tutorial on government and elections, describing in detail the primary and general election process, the laws affecting women, and the overall system of government at the federal, state and local levels.


"In Their Own Words" Series

Solomon Blatt with Book

Solomon Blatt: In His Own Words 
Documents from the Papers of Solomon Blatt at South Carolina Political Collections

Blatt represented Barnwell, Bamburg and Allendale counties in the SC House of Representatives from 1933 until his death in 1986. He was Speaker of the House almost continuously from 1937 to 1973. These documents reveal Blatt's thoughts on issues such as race, economic development, taxes, and nuclear energy. Personal letters also detail the day-to-day work of a state politician as well as something of Blatt's drive and personality.

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William Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words
Audio clips from the Papers of William Jennings Bryan Dorn at South Carolina Political Collections

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.

fritz hollingsFritz Hollings: In His Own Words 
Documents from the Papers of Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings at South Carolina Political Collections

Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words is a collection of Senator Hollings' writings, speeches, photographs, and audio files from his days as Lt. Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator. 200 items showcase the compelling intellect, keen wit, and, at times, sharp tongue that Senator Hollings was known for in South Carolina and on Capitol Hill.

McNairRobert McNair: In His Own Words
Documents from the Papers of Robert E. McNair at South Carolina Political Collections

Digitized here are speeches, correspondence, clippings, and photographs that highlight Governor McNair's dedication to and focus on education, tourism, and industrial expansion as well as illuminating the Governor's thoughts and reactions to the Civil Rights movement, desegregation, and the Vietnam War.


Modjeska Monteith Simkins: In Her Own Words
Documents from the Papers of Modjeska Simkins at South Carolina Political Collections

Digitized here are a select group of writings from Simkins and other documents that offer insight into Simkins' life and work as a Columbia civil rights activist and a voice of African-American leadership in the South.

Richard L Walker Wolfpack CountryRichard L. Walker: In His Own Words
Documents from the Papers of Richard L. “Dixie” Walker at South Carolina Political Collections

This is a collection of Walker’s speeches, articles, and academic papers from his days as a USC professor and as U.S. Ambassador to Korea. These documents highlight Walker’s passion for education, culture, and diplomacy.

John West PhotoJohn West: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of John C. West at South Carolina Political Collections

West served South Carolina as a state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor, and went on to become ambassador to Saudi Arabia.  The selection of documents digitized here encompasses the entirety of West's life and career, including legislative and executive work in South Carolina, documents from his diplomatic tenure, speeches, photographs, and personal reflections in correspondence, memoirs, and diaries

butler derrickButler Derrick: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of Butler C. Derrick, Jr., at South Carolina Political Collections

Butler Carson Derrick (1936-2014) represented South Carolina's Third District from 1975 to 1995, and at the time of his retirement was considered one of the ten most influential members of Congress. The selection of digitized documents includes campaign and legislative material, speeches, and photographs.

Please note: This selection is partially complete. More items will be added later in 2016.

Oral History Transcripts

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Our Oral History program supplements the collection materials by providing additional insights into key personalities and in-depth descriptions of important events as experienced by the people involved.  These transcripts are a rich source for our researchers and should not be overlooked!

We open new interviews periodically, so this list will change.  See all the open interviews here.


SCPC Film digitized by Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC)

EFH still Several film items from our collections have been digitized and made available on the MIRC website

Currently available:

Ernest F. Hollings Papers: Campaign and promotional television spots

Olin D. Johnston Papers: Television spots, including one with the Citizens Council Forum