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In Memoriam: Harvey S. Teal

The South Caroliniana Library has never had a better friend than Harvey Teal (1928-2020).  When I arrived in 1983 as Curator of Manuscripts, the retired educator was an often daily presence conducting research in one of the several areas in … Continue reading

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In the Arena: Presidential Campaigns and Conventions

Every four years the country begins the ever-lengthening process of nominating candidates for President. The first stop in the South is South Carolina, who this year holds its Democratic Presidential Primary on Saturday, February 29th. The newest South Carolina Political … Continue reading

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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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National History Day 101 Workshop, August 9th

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long themed research project competition for 6th-12th grade students across the U.S. and beyond that culminates in an international competition (“Nationals”) held every year at the University of Maryland, College Park, each June. Students … Continue reading

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Politics and the Movies

Politics can be dramatic, and the movie industry has long acknowledged that.  To help introduce the Hollings Library to our public when we opened in 2010, we began a series of twelve politically themed movies presented over the course of … Continue reading

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