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Bates, Lester Lee, Sr. (1904-1988)
Papers, 1942-2008, 4 ft.

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This collection documents Bates' service as mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, from 1958-1970, and includes the daily difficulties of leading a southern city through the tumultuous 1960s, as well as the challenges he faced in the business arena with two insurance companies.

Blatt, Solomon (1895-1986)
Papers, 1918-1986, 20 ft.

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The collection documents Blatt's personal life, legal practice, and legislative career in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Barnwell County), 1933-1986; Speaker, 1937-1946, 1951-1973. In addition, there are photographs, loose newspaper clippings and forty-one scrapbooks, and papers relating to the life and career of son and federal judge Solomon Blatt, Jr.

Boineau, Charles E., Jr. (1923-2005)
Papers, 1934-2003, 2.5 ft.

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The first Republican elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1900 (Richland County, 1961-1962), Boineau also campaigned for William D. Workman and Floyd Spence in 1962 and Barry Goldwater in 1964. The collection, chiefly 1961-1964, documents more fully the emergence of a viable and active Republican Party in South Carolina than it does Boineau's brief tenure in the General Assembly.

Campbell, Carroll A., Jr. (1940-2005)
Papers, 1978-2001, 34 ft.

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The bulk of the collection documents Campbell's personal activities undertaken while Governor of South Carolina (1987-1995) and President and CEO of the American Council on Life Insurance (ACLI, 1995-2001). These activities include his work in the National Governors Association and the Republican Party, his education and tax reform efforts as a member of several national policy groups, and his campaigns for public office.

Culbertson, John Bolt (1908-1983)
Papers, c. 1886-1989, 31 ft.

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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.

Dennis, Rembert C. (1915-1992)
Papers, 1938-1992, 7.5 ft.

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The collection consists of personal and public papers relating to Dennis' career in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Berkeley County), 1939-1942, and the South Carolina Senate, 1943-1988.

Drummond, John (b. 1919)
Papers, c. 1944-2008, 5 ft.

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This collection includes material relating to the public service career of John Drummond, who represented the Greenwood area in the South Carolina Senate for more than forty years before retiring in 2008. The papers also contain material on Drummond's time as a World War II fighter pilot and his reunions with other veterans from his air group.

Edwards, James B. (b. 1927)

Currently closed, the collection primarily documents Edwards' term as Governor of South Carolina, 1975-1979, and as U.S. Secretary of Energy, 1981-1982. Personal papers include material concerning campaigns and Republican Party activities.
Gressette, L. Marion (1902-1984)
Papers, c. 1920-1924, 1950-1984, 10 ft.

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The collection documents Gressette's tenure in the South Carolina Senate (Orangeburg County area), 1937-1984. The bulk of the papers date from the 1970s to 1984. A small but significant group of records dates from 1953-1956.

Harvin, C. Alexander, III (1950-2005)
Papers, 1968-2005, 23 ft.

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This collection documents Alex Harvin's service in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Clarendon and Williamsburg Counties) from 1977 to 2005.

Hendricks, Lloyd I. (b. 1942)
Papers, c. 1960s-2012, 4.75 ft.

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Hendricks had a long career as a banker, lawyer and as a Representative in the South Carolina General Assembly. He served five terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives and was named Legislator of the Year in 1984 by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and in 1985 by the Greenville News. He became the public face of the state’s banking industry until his retirement in 2012.

Holland, Donald H. (1928-2003)
Papers, 1923, 1942-2003, 17 ft.

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The collection documents Holland's service in both the South Carolina House of Representatives (Kershaw County), 1950-1954, 1956-1964, and the South Carolina Senate, 1969-2003, as well as his political campaigns and work as District Highway Commissioner.

Hollings, Ernest F. "Fritz" (b. 1922)
Papers, 1943-2009, 800 ft.

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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.
Johnston, Olin Dewitt Talmadge (1896-1965)
Papers, 1914-1965, 182 ft.

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The collection chiefly documents Johnston's U.S. Senate service, 1945-1965, particularly his work on the Post Office and Civil Service Committee and the Judiciary Committee, as well as the interests and concerns of his constituents across South Carolina. There is also a small amount of material regarding Johnston's years as Governor of South Carolina, 1935-1939 and 1943-1944.

Keyserling, Harriet H. (1922-2010)
Papers, 1965-2007, 48 ft.

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The collection chiefly documents Keyserling's tenure in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Beaufort County), 1977-1992, and the areas in which she developed expertise, including the arts, Beaufort County, education, and energy.

Littlejohn, C. Bruce (1913-2007)
Papers, 1861 and 1906-2005, 20 ft.

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The collection consists of records, chiefly 1935-1996, documenting Littlejohn's legislative career as member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (Spartanburg County), 1936-1943, and Speaker, 1946-1949; his service as resident judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, 1949-1967; his tenure as associate justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, 1967-1984, and Chief Justice, 1984-1985; and political campaigns and writings.

Lourie, Isadore E. (1932-2003)
Papers, 1961-1994, 23.75 ft.

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The collection consists of material, chiefly 1978-1992, documenting his career in the SC House of Representatives (Richland County), 1965-1972, and the SC Senate, 1973-1992.

Mann, James R. (1920-2010)
Papers, 1948-1998, 28.75 ft.

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The collection documents Mann's service in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Greenville County), 1949-1952, and representation of the 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1969-1978. Personal papers contain campaign files.

Manning, Samuel P. (1926-1999)
Papers, 1937-1996, 1 ft.

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Representing Spartanburg County in the South Carolina House from 1967 to 1982, Manning was a major advocate of promoting and commemorating the state's history. He was particularly successful in gaining recognition for the Battle of Cowpens as a pivotal event in the American Revolution and helping to establish Cowpens National Battlefield as a national park.

McDonald, Heyward E. (1925-2000)
Papers, 1962-2000, 2005, 3.25 ft.

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The collection documents the life of this attorney and member of the South Carolina House (Richland County) and Senate (Richland, Fairfield, and Chester Counties), 1977-1984. He also served on the state Board of Education.

McNair, Robert E. (1923-2007)
Papers, 1953-2008, 135 ft.

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The collection documents McNair's public service in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Allendale County), 1951-1962; as Lt. Governor, 1963-1965; and includes his official records as Governor of South Carolina, 1965-1971. Personal papers include materials relating to McNair's campaigns and the Democratic Party.

Morrah, P. Bradley, Jr. (1915-1992)
Papers, 1931-1990, 3.75 ft.

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The collection documents Morrah's service in the South Carolina Senate (Greenville County area), 1953-1966. Personal papers chiefly document his political campaigns, notably his pursuit of a circuit judgeship, 1961-1962, and his 1966 bid for the U. S. Senate. Clippings touch upon his WWII years and cover his 1966 Senate race in depth.

Newman, Isaiah DeQuincey (1911-1985)
Papers, 1929-2003, 2.5 ft.

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This small collection documents the life of this Methodist pastor, NAACP leader, entrepreneur, and member of the South Carolina Senate (Richland County area), 1983-1985.

Patterson, Elizabeth J. (b. 1939)

Currently closed, the collection documents Patterson's service in the South Carolina Senate (Spartanburg County area), 1979-1986, and the U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District, 1987-1993. Personal Papers reflect her campaigns for office and service outside of public office.
Patterson, Grady L., Jr. (1924-2009)
Papers, 1990-2009, <1 ft.

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This small collection chiefly documents Patterson's service as S.C. State Treasurer, 1998-2007, and includes speeches, correspondence, office files, clippings, photographs, and a scrapbook. He also served as Treasurer from 1966 to 1994.

Riley, Richard W. (b. 1933)

Currently closed, the collection primarily documents Riley's tenure as U.S. Secretary of Education, 1993-2001. A smaller portion consists of materials from his time as South Carolina Senator (Greenville County area), 1967-1976, and Governor, 1979-1987.
Rogers, Joseph O., Jr. (1921-1999)
Papers, 1942-1999, 1.25 ft.

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The collection documents Rogers' service in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Clarendon County), 1955-1967; as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, 1969-1970; his 1966 bid for governor; and his leadership in the Republican Party.

Russell, Donald S. (1906-1998)
Papers, 1929-1998, 23.75 ft.

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The collection documents Russell's service at the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, 1943-1944, Deputy Director, 1945; Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, 1945-1947; Governor of South Carolina, 1963-1965; and U.S. Senator, 1965-1966. The bulk of these materials concern his Senate service. Personal papers reflect Russell's interests in business, finance, charity, education and Foreign Service.

Saleeby, Edward E. (1927-2002)
Papers, 1968-2002, 0.2 ft.

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Edward E. Saleeby opposed and defeated powerful incumbent South Carolina state senator "Spot" Mozingo in a fiercely contested 1972 Democratic primary and served in the Senate from 1972 until his death. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment during a distinguished career was his role in reforming South Carolina's automobile insurance industry.

Sanford, Marshall C. "Mark" Jr. (b. 1960)

Currently closed, the collection documents Sanford's three terms representing the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-2001, as well as his 1994 campaign for Congress, his 2002 campaign for Governor of South Carolina, and his two terms as Governor.
Smoak, Marion (b. 1916)
Papers, 1964-1968, .5 ft.

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One of the first Republicans elected to the South Carolina State Senate since Reconstruction, Smoak served one term and then pursued careers with the State Department and in private law practice. The collection, 1964-1968, documents Smoak's campaigns for office and brief tenure in the Senate.

Spence, Floyd D. (1928-2001)
Papers, c. 1928-2001, 74 ft.

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This collection chiefly documents Spence's tenure serving South Carolina's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1971-2001, where he chaired the Committee on National Security, later renamed the Committee on Armed Services, 1995-2000. Spence served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Lexington County), 1957-1962, when he announced he was leaving the Democratic Party and would run for Congress as a Republican, making him the first notable office holder in SC to switch parties. He served as minority leader in the South Carolina Senate, 1966-1970.

Tenenbaum, Inez M. (b. 1951)

Currently closed, the collection documents Tenenbaum's service as State Superintendent of Education, 1999-2007, as well as her two campaigns for that position in 1998 and 2002. Other campaigns covered are her 1994 Lt. Governor and 2004 U.S. Senate races. This collection also documents her community service work with the United Way and the South Carolina Center for Family Policy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reforming the state's juvenile justice system.
Timmerman, George Bell, Jr. (1912-1994)
Papers, c. 1904-1997, 2.5 ft.

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The collection consists of personal and public papers relating primarily to Timmerman's service as lieutenant governor of South Carolina under both Strom Thurmond and James Byrnes, 1947-1955, and as governor from 1955 to 1959. A substantial amount of material relating to his judicial career is also present in the collection.

Waddell, James M., Jr. (1922-2003)
Papers, 1887-1918, 1935-2004, 3.75 ft.

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The collection consists of personal and public papers relating to various aspects of Waddell's life and more than thirty-five years of service in the South Carolina General Assembly (Beaufort and Jasper Counties) between 1954 and 1992.

Waites, Candy Yaghjian (b. 1943)
Papers, 1964-2010, 6 ft.

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This collection documents the activities of this former president of the League of Women Voters of Columbia, Richland County Councilwoman, State Representative for House District 75, Associate Director of Children's Services under Gov. Hodges, and Columbia College lecturer of Political Science.

West, John Carl (1922-2004)
Papers, 1840s, c.1857, 1905, 1924, 1938-2004, 52.5 ft.

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The collection documents West's career in public service in the South Carolina Senate (Kershaw County area), 1954-1966; as Lt. Governor, 1966-1971; as Governor, 1971-1975; and as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1977-1981. Personal files include material concerning West's political campaigns and military service, and the Middle East.

Wilkins, David H. (b. 1946)

Currently closed, the collection documents the career of this attorney, legislator, and diplomat. Wilkins served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Greenville County) from 1981 until his resignation in 2005 to become U.S. Ambassador to Canada. In the House, he chaired the Judiciary Committee, 1986-1992, and served as Speaker, 1994-2005.
Wilson, Addison Graves "Joe" (b. 1947)

Currently closed, this collection will document the life and public service of Congressman Joe Wilson. Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (2nd District) in 2001, he served seventeen years in the S.C. Senate.
Zeigler, Eugene N. "Nick," Jr. (1921-2012)
Papers, 1921-2000, 32.25 ft.

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The collection ably documents Zeigler's life and interests and is particularly valuable in providing insight into the development of Florence's cultural institutions. The papers include campaign files and legislative files from Zeigler's career in the South Carolina House of Representatives (Florence County), 1961-1962 and the South Carolina Senate, 1967-1972.

 

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