Caroliniana Columns
Newsletter of the University South Caroliniana Society
Autumn 1999

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Summer Scholars Complete Research Projects

At a reception held on August 11, the South Caroliniana Library acknowledged the work of this year's William Gilmore Simms Visiting Research Professor, Dr. James B. Meriwether. Meriwether, who taught in the University's Department of English for many years before his retirement, worked towards finishing his bibliography of Simms' separate publications, including books, pamphlets, and broadsides. Meriwether has worked on this project since 1964, when he started teaching at the University and became Textual Editor of the Centennial Edition of Simms. He was aided in his research by Sean Busick.

Present at the reception were members of Meriwether's family, several of his former students, South Caroliniana Library staff, Society members, and representatives of several generations of Simms descendants.

Two Lewis P. Jones Scholars also concluded their work in August. Ms. Mary Galvin, assistant professor in Ohio State University's Department of African-American and African Studies, conducted additional research on her dissertation topic, Piecing Together a Colonial Quilt: Cultural Evolution in Colonial South Carolina.

Dr. William F. Bagwell, a retired professor at Cheyney State University in Pennsylvania, collected further information on an African-American woman who arrived in Charleston in the eighteenth century.

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