South Carolina Political Collections


Our collections include records 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.

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Culbertson, John Bolt

This collection documents the career of labor lawyer and liberal activist John Bolt Culbertson. He served in the South Carolina House from 1949 to 1950, and was a frequent candidate for office in later years, challenging the establishment candidates. 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. He was an outspoken advocate from the 1940s onward on behalf of the NAACP, the labor movement, and other causes, and this work is well documented in the collection. View Collection


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  Hollings, Ernest F. "Fritz"

This extensive collection documents Hollings' career, chiefly as Lt. Governor and Governor of South Carolina, 1955-1963, and as U.S. Senator, 1966-2005. Also included are records from his personal life, leadership in the Democratic Party, and campaigns for office, starting with his re-election campaign for S.C. House in 1950.  View Collection


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