Caroliniana Columns
Newsletter of the University South Caroliniana Society
Spring 2001
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Web Exhibits at Modern Political Collections: Gov. John C. West

Modern Political Collections is working to expand its presence on the web by developing online exhibits featuring individuals and topics encompassed in its collections. The first of these exhibits is A Good Man - A Life in Service which highlights the life and career of Kershaw County native John Carl West, whose public service included terms as a state senator, the governor of South Carolina, and a United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia under President Jimmy Carter.

Bumper sticker, 1970, from West's S.C. Gubernatorial Campaign.

Bumper sticker, 1970, S.C. Gubernatorial Campaign
The electronic project was adapted from a physical exhibit previously on display at the South Caroliniana Library. Photographs were scanned and converted to an electronic format compatible with webpage use, and the original exhibit text was edited and arranged to facilitate navigation as part of the Library's website.

The exhibit is divided into six sections: The Early Years, Service to South Carolina, Service to the Nation, "Elect a Good Man Governor," Accomplishments, and the West Family. Links to a John West timeline and examples of slogans he considered for his 1970 gubernatorial campaign are included in the online presentation.

The West Collection housed at the Modern Political Collections is comprised of more than thirty feet of material that includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, audio-visual, electronic, and other records. Of particular interest is a diary begun by West during his campaign for lieutenant governor and which he resumed during his terms as governor and ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Anticipated future online exhibits will spotlight Congressman Floyd Spence and former South Carolina Governor Robert McNair.

--Kate Moore

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