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Modern Political Collections:
Gifts to the Library in 1995

During the past year the papers of William D. Workman, Jr., and Walt Lardner were opened for research. Work continued or was begun on the papers of Rembert C. Dennis, Ernest F. Hollings, Harriet Keyserling, Isadore Lourie, and Modjeska Simkins.

The division received additions to the papers of Ernest F. Hollings, Olin D. Johnston, and the Democratic Party of South Carolina. The Johnston material forms a fascinating and valuable addition to the Library's collection as it includes over one hundred letters, ca. 1920-1958, between Johnston and his fiancee, later wife, Gladys Atkinson. Mrs. Johnston was a strong woman with a quick intellect who played a significant role in furthering her husband's career. Before this addition, donated by daughters Liz Patterson and Sallie Scott, the collection contained little evidence of Mrs. Johnston and her influence.

Oral history interviews were conducted with Isadore Lourie and staff members of former congressmen Butler Derrick and William Jennings Bryan Dorn.