John C. West Exhibit
South Carolina Political Collections
South Caroliniana Library
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Research
Research in the West Collection


The John C. West Collection is a remarkable historical resource documenting West's entire life. Extensive records generated during important periods of his life provide detailed and intimate source material on government and society. Over thirty feet of material includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, audio-visual, electronic and other records. Certain portions of the collection are closed to research until January 1, 2005.

West's diary is of particular interest. It was begun as a campaign tool shortly after he decided to run for lieutenant governor. On taking office as governor, he renewed his keeping of a diary. On an almost daily basis, West recorded commentaries, at times quite lengthy, concerning his activities and issues facing the state. A third and final diary segment documents his service as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

In addition to the papers and diary, an oral history interview conducted by South Carolina Political Collections supplements the record of West's life and impact at the local, state, national and international levels.

The University is grateful for the support of the West Foundation in helping to fund our work preparing the West Collection for research.

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