Let the research begin with the South Carolina Council on Human Relations! 

By Kendall Hallberg

Now that we are getting the South Carolina Council on Human Relations collection up online, the real fun part can begin! There is a reason we are working so hard to get this collection (and, as a department, so many others) up online. That is so that researchers and users can explore, learn, and discover the stories behind these documents. You can read Laura’s post on the materials we’ve gotten up so far.

Digital Collections, as a team, works tirelessly to digitize so many materials and collections. The CLIR team (which you can read about here) has been putting in the effort to upload a lot of material from the records of the South Carolina Council on Human Relations. We are not doing all this work just for our own gratification (though, personally, I get a lot of that). We work so hard so that you, researchers, and users can browse and study the stories that these documents tell.

While creating the metadata, I tend to see some interesting stuff. The South Carolina Council on Human Relations worked in a lot of interesting fields within human relations. It’s amazing to see all the other organizations they collaborated with. But I also get glimpses of some other interesting trends. Since I am working through their general records in the 1950s, there are some hints to research topics one could take much further. Just some of the topics could be how civil rights work was impacted by communism and by women’s clubs and societies, how civil rights organizations work with religious affiliates, and so much more. Here are some examples:

Women’s Society example:  

Typed correspondence
Letter to J. M. Dabbs from Eunice Ford Stackhouse of the South Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs endorsing Alice Spearman for Executive Director, December 3, 1952











Communism example, “Loyalty Statement”:

Typed correspondence
Letter to Richard J. Foster from George S. Mitchell concerning loyalty statement with handwritten notes for drafting a form for Alice N. Spearman and Beryl M. Oglesby, November 24, 1954





Christian Group example: 

Typed correspondence
Letter to Alice N. Spearman from Carl R. Pritchett concerning the Christian Council on Human Relations in Anderson and its relationship with the Southern Regional Council, March 17, 1955.