Category Archives: oral history

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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Eulogy for Fritz Hollings by Dr. Michael Copps

Senator Hollings’ funeral in April included eulogies from a number of family members, colleagues, and friends.  Among the heartfelt tributes to the Senator’s life and career was one given by Dr. Michael Copps, who worked on Hollings’ staff from 1970 … 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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In Memoriam: Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel

Charles D. “Pug” Ravenel (1938-2017) passed away Saturday after battling cancer.  A small memorial exhibit is on display at the entrance to the Hollings Library through the end of April.  SCPC is honored to preserve Ravenel’s papers, five feet of … Continue reading

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A Towering Legacy: Remembering Bryan Dorn

William Jennings Bryan Dorn has been on my mind lately.  In truth, I think of Mr. Dorn often.  I got to know him well, late in his life.  He made a big impression. Bryan Dorn was born for politics.  He … Continue reading

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Labor of Love

For over a decade, the Libraries have supported a project by Marvin Lare to document the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina through oral history.  This month, USC Press will publish the first volume in this epic work, envisioned as … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Crawford Cook

Crawford Cook passed away this past weekend.  He was the ultimate political insider.  In 1997, he graciously sat for an oral history interview during which he reflected on his life. He began his life in politics as campaign manager for … Continue reading

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Governor Robert E. McNair

In 1979, I came to South Carolina to work for the state Department of Archives and History.  At that time, the Archives was engaged in a major oral history project documenting the gubernatorial term (1965-1971) of Robert McNair (1923-2007).  In … Continue reading

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A Great Scholar and a Big Man — Bob Moore & Ike Williams

We are currently at work arranging and describing the papers of retired Columbia College history professor Robert Moore. Bob is one of South Carolina’s premier scholars on the Civil Rights movement. He has focused particularly on Matthew Perry’s leadership in … Continue reading

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A Judicial Temperament: Donald S. Russell

For July and August, SCPC has mounted in our Brittain Gallery a small exhibit celebrating the life of Donald S. Russell (1906-1998). As I have written in the past, few individuals achieve the success that Donald Russell enjoyed, fewer still … Continue reading

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