Groundbreaking ceremonies were held May 10, 2006, for the South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) wing which is being added to the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library at the library. A similar wing will be added to the opposite side of the library to house the University's rare books and special collections holdings.
Featured speakers for the SCPC event were the Hon. James B. Edwards, former governor of S.C. and the Hon. Ernest F. Hollings, former U.S. Senator from S.C. Remarks also were offered by Paul Willis, Dean of Libraries; Andrew Sorensen, President of the University; Herb Hartsook, Director of SCPC; and Trip King, Director of Development for SCPC.
James B. Edwards has served South Carolina and the nation as a state senator (1973-1974), Governor (1975-1979), U.S. Secretary of Energy (1981-1982), and as president of the Medical University of South Carolina (1982-1999). A leader in the Republican Party, Dr. Edwards was the first Republican elected governor of South Carolina since Reconstruction. The James B. Edwards Collection held by South Carolina Political Collections documents Dr. Edwards' life and career in public service.
Ernest F. Hollings has dedicated his life to public service having held elective office for more than fifty years. He served as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives (1948-1952) and was elected President Pro Tempore of that legislative body in his second term. Hollings served as South Carolina's Lt. Governor (1955-1959) and Governor (1959-1963), the youngest man elected chief executive of the state in the 20th century. In 1966, Hollings was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served with distinction until his retirement in 2005. With the 1991 announcement that Senator Hollings would donate his papers to the University of South Carolina, University Libraries created a political collections division, now called South Carolina Political Collections, to manage the Hollings Collection as well as other collections held or acquired by USC.
Photographs courtesy of Phil Sawyer, USC