Nancy Crockett Papers, 1752-1999

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Creator: Nancy Louise Crockett (b.1913)

18.75 linear ft. (15 cartons) [Annex]
1 oversized folder. [on site]

Location: Annex and Pob

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Biographical Sketch
Nancy Louise Crockett was born on 22 Feb. 1913, in Riverside, Lancaster County, South Carolina, to Nancy Estelle (1 Aug. 1879-25 Feb. 1973) and Rufus Calhoun Crockett (29 Nov. 1874-14 May 1948).

In 1929, Crockett graduated from Lancaster High School, valedictorian of her class. She attended Winthrop College and graduated, magna cum laude, in 1933. As a student, she was a member of the French Literary Society and the Royal Order of Strawberry Leaf, Winthrop's Debating Society. Crockett taught History at H.R. Rice Elementary School for forty-five years. Through most of this time, she also served as the school's principal.

In the course of her career, she received several awards, including the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Classroom Teacher's Medal and Award in 1963 and the Lederer-Lawson award, recognizing her contributions to historical research, in 1968. Crockett also participated in a variety of local historical and professional organizations such as the Carolinas Genealogical Society, Lancaster County Historical Society, South Carolina Educational Association, and Waxhaws Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Throughout her life, Ms. Crockett remained an active member of Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, one of South Carolina's oldest and most historic churches. She researched the church's history, promoted its history by erecting historical markers, and campaigned to preserve its cemetery.

Scope and Content Notes
The collection consists of approximately 18.75 linear feet (15 cartons plus an oversized flat file folder) of materials that document Nancy Crockett's research interests in the families and history of Lancaster County, South Carolina.

The collection includes correspondence, land grants, photographs, plats, and wills. Materials are arranged in the following series: Surnames, Topical Files, Speeches, Writings, Audio/Visual Materials, and Printed Materials.

Papers filed in boxes 1-12; boxes 13 and 14 consist of various publications pertaining to family history and genealogy (these books listed individually in the USC online catalog; select AUTHOR search forNancy Crockett collection); box 15 holds unprocessed additions.

Description of Series

Series List

I. Surnames Boxes 1-6
II. Topical Boxes 6-8
III. Speeches Box 9
IV. Writings Box 9
V. Audio/Visual materials Box 10
VI. Printed materials Boxes 11-12

Series I: Surnames

This series consists primarily of correspondence and notes relating to the histories of families once located in Lancaster County. Many families descended from Scotch-Irish emigrants who settled in the Waxhaws region east of the Catawba River between North and South Carolina, beginning the mid-eighteenth century. Names include Crockett, Davie, Dunlap, Massey, Richardson, and Walkup (also spelled Wauchope). Materials are arranged alphabetically by surnames.

Series II: Topical Files

Materials in this series pertain primarily to churches, historical events, and persons located in Lancaster and adjacent counties in South Carolina. Inventories of individual estates, land grants, plats, and wills of settlers in the Waxhaws region are arranged alphabetically by surnames. In particular, the Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church subseries contains a plethora of information regarding this church and its founders. It includes historical sketches of the church, a list of Revolutionary War soldiers buried in its cemetery, profiles of its ministers, a transcribed copy of founding member The Rev. William Richardson's journal titled “An Account of My Proceedings,” and copies of the minutes of session, 1847-1948.

Series III: Speeches

This series consists of speeches relating to topics of interest to Crockett, such as Scotch-Irish Presbyterianism, the teaching profession, and University of North Carolina founder William Richardson Davie.

Series IV: Writings

Materials in this series pertain primarily to the history of Lancaster County and Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. Crockett authored many, but not all, of these manuscripts. The series also includes an unpublished draft of James Nisbet's memoir titled Boyhood on a Farm [1995] and article-length essays authored by Winthrop College history professor Louise Pettus, presumably for publication in Lancaster's local newspaper. These later items were apparently sent to Crockett to elicit her editorial comments.

Series V: Audio/Visual Materials

This series consists of photographs, prints, and an audio recording. The photographs of inscribed tombstones in Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church are especially noteworthy, as they include explanations of symbols appearing on the gravestones.

Series VI: Printed Materials

This series consists of published items, including many family histories, that Crockett acquired in her research. “The Pelhams' A Family to Be Remembered, 1999,” by Maxine Hairston Pelham, is particularly noteworthy. This volume, prepared on the occasion of a family reunion, traces the African-American branch of Lancaster's Pelham family and includes numerous illustrations. Titles are arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name.

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Administrative Notes
Accession number: 13768
Citation form: Nancy Crockett Papers, South Caroliniana Library, The University of South Carolina
Copyright: Information concerning copyright must be secured in writing from the Director of the South Caroliniana Library.

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