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Alexander Samuel Salley, Jr.,
    Papers, 1899-1950 [Addition]

    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2004

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Nine letters, 26 May 1899-10 May 1950, added to the South Caroliniana Library’s holdings of the papers of Alexander Samuel Salley, Jr. (1871-1961) relate primarily to his work as state historian of the Historical Commission of South Carolina. While most of the letters are brief, together they represent a interesting cross-section of the notable personalities in the fields of history and politics with whom Salley interacted during his forty-five-year career with the Historical Commission and State Archives. Among the correspondents are James F. Byrnes, Fairfax Harrison, Marquis James, Colyer Meriwether, Charles P. Summerall, and Harry Worcester Smith.

Of particular interest is a letter from American historian Ulrich B. Phillips (1877-1934), a professor at University of Wisconsin and noted authority on the antebellum South, who wrote on 31 May 1906 asking that Salley “remember me very cordially to such of my acquaintances in South Carolina as are not likely to be given displeasure by such remembrance.” “I shall have to try in future to make my exterior show more clearly the true goodness of my intentions and the fact that I am genuinely harmless and inoffensive,” Phillips added, and in closing reminded him to “hold fast to any plantation material that your eye lights on, and advise me of it.” Phillips was himself a collector of Americana and aided the Wisconsin Historical Society in collecting.

Sculptor Frederick Wellington Ruckstull ( 1853-1942), who was responsible for the designs of the Wade Hampton and Women of the Confederacy monuments on the State House grounds, wrote from St. Petersburg, Fla., on 20 March [19]31 to advise that he would be visiting Columbia and would like “to see what can be done about the Lettering on the ‘Hampton’ Pedestal, which the Souvenir fiends seem to have a liking for.”

This page updated 8 April 2004
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