Caroliniana Columns
Newsletter of the University South Caroliniana Society
Autumn 2000
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In Memorium: May Belser Douglass (1915-2000)

On August 19, 2000, the South Caroliniana Library lost an esteemed friend, a valuable associate, and a long-time supporter.

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May Belser Douglass

May Belser Douglass, widow of Wilford Franklin Douglass, was the first of eight children born to the late Irvine F. Belser and Mary Heyward Belser. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Carolina, class of 1936, she taught English at Dreher High School in its opening year and was a retired employee of the State-Record Newspaper. Her memberships included the Columbia Junior League, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where she belonged to the Daughters of the Holy Cross.

For more than a decade, from around 1982 to 1993, she served as a volunteer assistant to field archivist Thomas L. Johnson at the Library. In particular, she played an essential role in the development of the Library's vertical file collection. Through the years, as a member of the University South Caroliniana Society, she also made significant gifts to the Library's other holdings, particularly those in the Books Division.

May Douglass' tenure was marked by diligent attention to her work and her kindly disposition and friendly presence. She is remembered with respect and affection by Library personnel and patrons.

--Dr. Thomas Johnson

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