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William Jennings Bryan Dorn Endowment for Modern Political Collections

The Honorable William
Jennings Bryan Dorn
William Jennings Bryan Dorn served in the South Carolina General Assembly as both a representative (1939–40) and as a senator (1941–42) and was the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party (1980–84), but it as the representative for South Carolina's Third District in the United States Congress (1947–74) that Mr. Dorn is perhaps best remembered. An eloquent advocate for South Carolina's interests, Dorn helped organize the informal House Textile Committee around 1961 and served as it secretary. He was also known for his strong advocacy for the interests of America's veterans, in honor of which the Dorn Veterans' Hospital in Columbia was named for him.

The Dorn Endowment benefits the South Caroliniana Library's division for Modern Political Collections and helps fund expensive preservation work on the Dorn Collection and Bryan Dorn graduate assistantships in Modern Political Collections. The W. J. B. Dorn Collection is among the finest and most complete Congressional collections preserved anywhere. The materials, forming one of the largest collections ever accepted by the University, document Mr. Dorn's campaigns for office, his life and career in public service, his terms as chair of the state Democratic Party, and his interests outside government. In addition, his collection documents in a very personal way the lives and concerns of his constituents.

Major Donors
The Barnet FoundationArcadia, SC
The Duke Energy FoundationCharlotte, NC
Gregg Graniteville FoundationGraniteville, SC
Inman-Riverdale FoundationInman, SC
Phifer Johnson FoundationSpartanburg, SC
Mr. E. Crosby LewisColumbia, SC
NationsBankColumbia, SC
Mr. James C. Self, Sr.Greenwood, SC
Spring Industries, Inc.Fort Mill, SC
Additional Donors
Professor Martine Watson BrownleyAtlanta, GA
The Honorable Isadore LourieColumbia, SC
Ms. Hazel E. SimmonsGreenwood, SC

The Dorn Endowment helps fund expensive preservation work on the Dorn Collection, a research awards program, and graduate assistantships in Modern Political Collections. For more information, please contact us.

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