Lowe Family Papers,
1810-1995 (bulk, 1869-1995)

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Extent: 6.25 linear ft. (5 cartons)
Location: Annex
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Chronology

 

1916 Mar 15 Thomas Jackson Lowe born to Francis J. and Maggie Mae Skinner Lowe, Macon, GA
1916 Apr 6 Rose Walker Mayne Lowe born to George Stovall Mayne and Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne, Athens, GA
1935 TJL graduated Lanier High School, Macon, GA
1936 RWML, A.B. Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1937 TJL, Middle Georgia College
RWML, Master of Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1939 TJL, B.S. Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1940 June 22 TJL and RWML married
1942 Dec 6 Harriet Rose Lowe born, Athens, GA
1942-1949 TJL teacher, superintendent, Oglethorpe, Marshallville, Graniteville, Hogansville, GA
1945 HRL diagnosed with cerebral palsy
1949 Lowe family moved to Columbia, SC
1949-1957 TJL director of professional services of South Carolina Education Association
RWML first person outside medical profession to receive a fellowship granted by the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults and Alpha Chi Omega
1949-1950 RWML cerebral palsy coordinator for Crippled Children Society of South Carolina, Inc.
1949-1954 HRL attended orthopedic school, Columbia, SC
1950 RWML program director for Crippled Children Society of South Carolina, Inc.
1951-1981 RWML executive director, Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults of South Carolina, Inc.
1954-1961 HRL attended Crippled Children's School, Jamestown, ND
1958-1975 TJL executive director, South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc.
1959 TJL organized first Governor's Conference on Business, Education, Industry and Agriculture
1961 RWML nominated South Carolina State Mother of the Year
1963 RWML instrumental in South Carolina becoming the first state to require that public buildings constructed with public funds be accessible to the physically handicapped
1965 HRL South Carolina delegate to DIADEM (Disabled Americans Denmark Meeting), Denmark and Sweden
1971 HRL B.S., B.A. Accounting, Management and Economics, University of South Carolina
1974 HRL Master of Public Administration (MPA), Public Administration and Political Science, University of South Carolina
1974-1979 HRL employed at Richland County Department of Finance
1976 Aug 26 TJL died, Miami, FL
1979-1985 HRL employed at Richland County Assessor's Office as managerial accountant
1981 South Carolina state headquarters building, Easter Seal Society, named Rose M. Lowe State Rehabilitation Center
1985 HRL medically retired
1992 HRL Ph.D. candidate, College of Business, University of South Carolina
1994 Jan 28 RWML died, Columbia, SC


Scope and Content Notes

The papers of the Lowe family consist of correspondence, topical files, genealogical files, photographs, and related materials dating from 1810 to 1995; however, the bulk of the collection dates between 1869 and 1995. The collection also includes twelve manuscript volumes, 1899 1977 and undated.

Personal and family correspondence comprises a large part of the papers of the Lowe family. The Lowes wrote frequently to members of their immediate family and to other relatives and friends. Concerns of health, food, weather, and fashions and expressions of affection for each other fill their letters. Although the collection centers around the family of Thomas Jackson Lowe (1916-1976) and Rose Walker Mayne Lowe (1916-1994), correspondence and miscellaneous materials relate to members of the extended family—Rose Walker Mayne Lowe's mother, Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne (1874 1947), her aunt Stella Walker Salisbury (1881 1975), and her half sister Harriet Emily Mayne Cooke (1901 1953).

Among the topical files are extensive materials relating to the professional careers of Thomas Jackson Lowe and Rose Walker Mayne Lowe. Thomas Jackson Lowe, a former educator and coach, was associated with the South Carolina Education Association and served as executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc. He was instrumental in the organization of the Governor's Conference on Business, Education, Industry and Agriculture in 1959. This conference subsequently became an annual event.

Rose Walker Mayne Lowe was executive director of the Easter Seal Society for the Crippled Children and Adults of South Carolina, Inc. Largely through her efforts, in May 1963 South Carolina became the first state to require that any public building constructed with state, county, or municipal funds be fully accessible to the physically handicapped. Both Thomas Jackson Lowe and Rose Walker Mayne Lowe were members of numerous civic, fraternal, and patriotic organizations. Materials documenting their involvement in such clubs are found among the topical files.

Other items of interest among the topical files include an affidavit signed by Columbia attorney and entrepreneur James H. Hammond in reference to the question of President Abraham Lincoln's illegitimacy; correspondence about Confederate bills, bonds, and imprints; and documentation of efforts to have a commemorative stamp issued marking the one hundredth anniversary of the National Education Association.

Genealogical information on the Lowe and related families is found in handwritten notes, official documents, and bound volumes. Correspondence with inquiries and information about the various families is included.

In addition to family photographs, the collection includes images of Easter Seal Society functions, Easter Seal family camps, and the South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc. Photographs of Strom Thurmond, Ernest F. Hollings, Donald S. Russell, Robert E. McNair, and Richard W. Riley are included with those of other dignitaries and elected officials.

Among the bound volumes is an autograph book (1899) which belonged to Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne and Critical Study of the Concept Normal Psychology (1937) by Rose Walker Mayne Lowe.


Series List
Description of Series

Personal/Family Papers (Boxes 1-2)

Consisting of letters exchanged between Harriet Rose Lowe, Rose Walker Mayne Lowe, and Thomas Jackson Lowe; letters exchanged with other family members—namely Harriet Emily Mayne Cooke, Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne, Stella Walker Salisbury, and friends. A subseries documenting the education of Harriet Rose Lowe consists chiefly of her correspondence while a student in North Dakota, correspondence of Rose Walker Mayne Lowe pertaining to Harriet Rose Lowe and her transportation to and from school, and school progress reports. This series also includes letters of earlier generations of the family.

Topical Files (Box 2)

Including organizational materials and notices of meetings reflecting the Lowes' interest in such representative groups as the Boy Scouts of America, Business and Professional Women, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, and United Daughters of the Confederacy. Other files document the careers of Rose Walker Mayne Lowe and Thomas Jackson Lowe.

Genealogical Files (Box 3)

Chiefly genealogical materials, bound and unbound, relating to the Battle, Mayne, Stovall, Walker, and Wilbourne families.

Photographs (Box 3)

Subdivided into persons and topics; includes images of Harriet Rose Lowe, Rose Walker Mayne Lowe, Thomas Jackson Lowe, and other family members and friends, as well as pictorial materials relating to the Easter Seal Society and the South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc.

Bound Volumes (Box 4-5)

Consisting of photograph albums, autograph books, diaries, travel journal, and reports written by Rose Walker Mayne Lowe.

Container List

The container list for the Lowe Family Papers, 1810-1995, consists of a three page file available in

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