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Is SC’s 6th Congressional District the Best Documented in America?

South Carolina Political Collections enjoys a national reputation for its broad holdings documenting all aspects of government, politics, and contemporary life.  We will soon open our newest and thirty-first congressional collection.  John Wilson Jenrette, Jr. (b. 1936) represented South Carolina’s … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Ruth Thomas’s Stewardship of the Environment

Ruth Sackett Thomas (1920-2020) devoted the bulk of her adult life to safeguarding the environment and particularly to monitoring the impact of nuclear power.  In 1972, she helped create the South Carolina organization Environmentalists, Inc. [EI] and soon became the … Continue reading

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New Joe Azar Material

Columbia recently lost a well-known local figure when Joseph “Joe” Azar passed away in September after a battle with cancer.   A native of the Capital City, he was widely known for his long-running and successful store, Upstairs Audio and Video, … Continue reading

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New Exhibit – “Graphic” Opinions: South Carolina Political Cartoons

Editorial cartoons grace the pages (or webpages) of many American daily newspapers and are widely popular with readers. Their subject matter ranges from local to international matters, and the cartoons often provide biting commentary. As the famous cartoonist Herbert Block … Continue reading

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learners show an intense drive to understand their world and all the myriad elements that impact on their lives and their society.  Their character is, at least in part, defined by a deep and innate curiosity.  I have been … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Martha Cunningham Monteith (1921-2019)

Martha Cunningham Monteith passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019. A pioneer in speech pathology, she was the first trained speech therapist employed by the South Carolina public school system, establishing the inaugural program at Richland County District One in 1949. … Continue reading

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Fritz Hollings Remembered (Part 1 of 2)

Fritz Hollings’ decision in 1989 to entrust his papers to U of SC Libraries had a major impact.  We knew the collection would become the largest manuscript collection ever received at U of SC.  It would require a major commitment … Continue reading

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by Herb Hartsook We are all mourning the passing of Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings.  He was a giant among our political elite, but more important to me, he was an inspiration.  I was blessed to get the opportunity to work … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Senator Hollings!

The beginning of the New Year also marks another special milestone: the birthday of U.S. Senator Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, who was born on January 1, 1922.  Senator Hollings is now the oldest living former Senator at the age of … Continue reading

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Liz Patterson: A Personal Tribute

Liz Patterson will be sorely missed.  As you’ve already read in the memorial blog post, she and her family have been generous donors in developing our Olin Johnston collection and then her own congressional collection. Son Pat has been quoted … Continue reading

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