Ellison Durant Smith Research Awards

This award will be offered for the Summer of 2014. Applications accepted through Jan. 31st.

Summer Fellowships

The Ellison Durant Smith Research Awards provide financial support to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate scholars seeking to conduct research at the South Caroliniana Library on government and politics since 1900.

At his death, Ellison Durant "Cotton Ed" Smith (1864-1944) had served longer in the U.S. Senate, 1909 to 1944, than any prior member. Columbia's The State newspaper called Smith, "one of the most colorful senators in theNation's history, a rugged individualist who fought to the very end for his very pronounced ideas on government, on racial relations and other matters. He didn't flinch to stand alone; he was a bitter-end fighter of the New Deal, [and] a staunch supporter of States' rights. . . ." As chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, Smith was a powerful advocate for the farmer. Historian Leonard Plummer stated, "When he came to the Senate he came with a mission. . . . He was one of the first to demand national action for the economic relief of the agriculture of the South. . . ." He was a farmer himself, operating the family plantation, located in what is now Lee County.

The Ellison Durant Smith Awards are endowed through the estate of Harold McCallum McLeod (d.1999), who was a native of Timmonsville (SC), a graduate of Wofford College, and a veteran of World War II. He was employed by the Internal Revenue Service from 1933 until his retirement as District Director in 1973. McLeod is remembered for the friendly and effective manner in which he carried out his difficult duties with the IRS, for his commitment to his church, country and Wofford College, and his fond childhood memories of "Cotton Ed," his famous relative.

Awards are available to underwrite travel, lodging, and other research expenses. Each proposal will be evaluated on its merits. Primary consideration will be given to projects involving the substantive study of issues of general interest and doctoral and post-doctoral studies. Each proposal should be aimed at a discrete end product such as a book, dissertation, thesis, article, documentary, film, or exhibit. Budgets will be examined and may be approved in whole or in part. In return for accepting support, each award recipient is required to acknowledge the Smith Award in any resulting published works and donate a copy (or copies) of said works to the library. The recipient may also be requested to submit a brief article summarizing their findings and research experience for publication in the Library newsletter. No standard form is needed to apply, but each application should include proof of U.S. citizenship and:

For more information, please contact John Heiting at heitingj@mailbox.sc.edu, or call 803-777-3131.

Applications should be addressed to:

South Caroliniana Library
Attention: John Heiting
 910 Sumter St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C. 29208

Columbia Departments Campus Libraries
Columbia Libraries and Collections