Life in the Mansion

Columbia’s historic Governor’s Mansion is not only a home to South Carolina’s first family but a symbol representing the elegance and grace that is the South.

South Carolina Political Collections is honored to hold the papers of eleven men who have led South Carolina as governor: Olin D. Johnston, George Bell Timmerman, Ernest F. Hollings, Donald S. Russell, Robert E. McNair, John C. West, James B. Edwards, Richard W. Riley, Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., James H. Hodges, and Marshall C. Sanford.

Govenor's Mansion PhotographSCPC also holds a collection of interviews conducted by former USC Dean of Libraries Dr. George Terry.  Dr. Terry interviewed many of the First Families about their experiences as residents in the Mansion and garnered rich insights into the lives of the families and the value of the Mansion as an engine for economic development.

Drawing on the papers of the governors and the interviews, this exhibit offers a glimpse at Life In The Mansion.

The Big Picture, a televised program that focuses on issues and interests of South Carolinians, sat down with Mrs. West, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Beasley, and Mrs. Hodges in March 2009 to discuss life as a first lady and living in the Mansion.  For a look at the interview, please visit SCETV.

Exhibit created by Katharine Klein with text by Herb Hartsook and Katharine Klein, 2011




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