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Jennie Clarkson Dreher papers

Identifier: SCL-MS-15025

Papers, 1797, 1859-1994 and undated, consisting of manuscripts, bound volumes, pamphlets, and photographs collected by Jennie Clarkson Dreher. Speeches given in Columbia, Gainesville, FL, and Wilmington reflect her interest in the preservation of historic buildings and gardens, the Robert Mills House and the Boyleston Gardens being two examples. Pamphlets issued by the Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1898-1947, promotional material for Chicora College, 1916, and yearbooks of the American Legion Auxiliary to Richland Post no. 6, 1924-1931 reinforce her interest in history. Articles about her work in the community appeared in “The State,” “Newsweek,” and the “Columbia Mirror.” Many of the bound volumes were cash books or business ledgers that were repurposed as scrapbooks, having news articles pasted over ledger entries. A scrapbook, 1925-1929, details the efforts of the American Legion Auxiliary to save the Woodrow Wilson House. Mrs. Henry Cappelmann gave the scrapbook to Dreher. Ledgers belonging to the Columbia Stage Company contain lists of stockholders. An audiocassette of the 1978 Ambassador’s Breakfast and a sound/slide presentation of the 1978 Ambassador of the Year sponsored by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce are included with the papers. Jennie Clarkson Dreher was the first woman ever to be so honored by the group. An oversize folder contains a United Daughters of the Confederacy membership, n.d., two Orders of the Palmetto, 1979 and 1994, Advisory Committee on the Arts membership, 1979 and Xeroxed copies of a petition of the German Protestant Church Zion on Saludy River, 1797 and a petition, undated, signed by women of Lexington District re sale of intoxicating liquors and consumption of the same at the place of purchase.


  • 1797-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1898-1994


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Collection is open for research.

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2.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons 3 bound volumes 1 legal size document box 1 oversize folder)


Born and reared in Columbia, SC, Jennie Clarkson Dreher Evins (1916-2006) graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1937 with an AB in Education and a certificate in Fine Arts. In 1942 she married James F. Dreher. She was active in civic and cultural endeavors, including the Columbia Junior League, the Junior League Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Town Theater, and the Columbia Museum of Art. As president of the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1962-1967 and 1970-1971, she worked to raise monies and to encourage the passage of legislation promoting the saving of historic sites and properties in Columbia, one of which was the Robert Mills Historic House and Park. The Richland County Historic Preservation Commission, the City Planning Commission, The Capital City Development Foundation’s Downtown Revitalization Committee, the South Carolina Bicentennial Commission, the Board of 2 Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Board of Trustees of the National Trust counted her as a valued member. She was twice honored as the recipient of the Order of the Palmetto. After the death of James Dreher, she married Tom Evins.

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