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Lowe Family papers

Identifier: SCL-MS-12602

The papers of the Lowe family consist of correspondence, topical files, genealogical files, photographs, and related materials dating from 1810 to 1995; however, the bulk of the collection dates between 1869 and 1995. The collection also includes twelve manuscript volumes, 1899 1977 and undated.

Personal and family correspondence comprises a large part of the papers of the Lowe family. The Lowes wrote frequently to members of their immediate family and to other relatives and friends. Concerns of health, food, weather, and fashions and expressions of affection for each other fill their letters. Although the collection centers around the family of Thomas Jackson Lowe (1916-1976) and Rose Walker Mayne Lowe (1916-1994), correspondence and miscellaneous materials relate to members of the extended family—Rose Walker Mayne Lowe's mother, Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne (1874 1947), her aunt Stella Walker Salisbury (1881 1975), and her half sister Harriet Emily Mayne Cooke (1901 1953).

Among the topical files are extensive materials relating to the professional careers of Thomas Jackson Lowe and Rose Walker Mayne Lowe. Thomas Jackson Lowe, a former educator and coach, was associated with the South Carolina Education Association and served as executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc. He was instrumental in the organization of the Governor's Conference on Business, Education, Industry and Agriculture in 1959. This conference subsequently became an annual event.

Rose Walker Mayne Lowe was executive director of the Easter Seal Society for the Crippled Children and Adults of South Carolina, Inc. Largely through her efforts, in May 1963 South Carolina became the first state to require that any public building constructed with state, county, or municipal funds be fully accessible to the physically handicapped. Both Thomas Jackson Lowe and Rose Walker Mayne Lowe were members of numerous civic, fraternal, and patriotic organizations. Materials documenting their involvement in such clubs are found among the topical files.

Other items of interest among the topical files include an affidavit signed by Columbia attorney and entrepreneur James H. Hammond in reference to the question of President Abraham Lincoln's illegitimacy; correspondence about Confederate bills, bonds, and imprints; and documentation of efforts to have a commemorative stamp issued marking the one hundredth anniversary of the National Education Association.

Genealogical information on the Lowe and related families is found in handwritten notes, official documents, and bound volumes. Correspondence with inquiries and information about the various families is included.

In addition to family photographs, the collection includes images of Easter Seal Society functions, Easter Seal family camps, and the South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc. Photographs of Strom Thurmond, Ernest F. Hollings, Donald S. Russell, Robert E. McNair, and Richard W. Riley are included with those of other dignitaries and elected officials.

Among the bound volumes is an autograph book (1899) which belonged to Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne and Critical Study of the Concept Normal Psychology (1937) by Rose Walker Mayne Lowe.


  • 1810-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1869-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights reside with creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact The South Caroliniana Library.


6.25 Linear Feet (5 cartons)


1916 Mar 15, Thomas Jackson Lowe born to Francis J. and Maggie Mae Skinner Lowe, Macon, GA; 1916 Apr 6, Rose Walker Mayne Lowe born to George Stovall Mayne and Rosa Montgomery Walker Mayne, Athens, GA; 1935, TJL graduated Lanier High School, Macon, GA; 1936, RWML, A.B. Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; 1937, TJL, Middle Georgia College RWML, Master of Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; 1939, TJL, B.S. Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; 1940 June 22, TJL and RWML married; 1942 Dec 6, Harriet Rose Lowe born, Athens, GA; 1942-1949, TJL teacher, superintendent, Oglethorpe, Marshallville, Graniteville, Hogansville, GA; 1945, HRL diagnosed with cerebral palsy; 1949, Lowe family moved to Columbia, SC; 1949-1957, TJL director of professional services of South Carolina Education Association, RWML first person outside medical profession to receive a fellowship granted by the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults and Alpha Chi Omega; 1949-1950, RWML cerebral palsy coordinator for Crippled Children Society of South Carolina, Inc.; 1949-1954, HRL attended orthopedic school, Columbia, SC; 1950, RWML program director for Crippled Children Society of South Carolina, Inc.; 1951-1981, RWML executive director, Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults of South Carolina, Inc.; 1954-1961, HRL attended Crippled Children's School, Jamestown, ND; 1958-1975, TJL executive director, South Carolina Association of School Boards, Inc.; 1959, TJL organized first Governor's Conference on Business, Education, Industry and Agriculture; 1961, RWML nominated South Carolina State Mother of the Year; 1963, RWML instrumental in South Carolina becoming the first state to require that public buildings constructed with public funds be accessible to the physically handicapped; 1965, HRL South Carolina delegate to DIADEM (Disabled Americans Denmark Meeting), Denmark and Sweden; 1971, HRL B.S., B.A. Accounting, Management and Economics, University of South Carolina; 1974, HRL Master of Public Administration (MPA), Public Administration and Political Science, University of South Carolina; 1974-1979, HRL employed at Richland County Department of Finance; 1976 Aug 26, TJL died, Miami, FL; 1979-1985, HRL employed at Richland County Assessor's Office as managerial accountant; 1981, South Carolina state headquarters building, Easter Seal Society, named Rose M. Lowe State Rehabilitation Center; 1985, HRL medically retired; 1992, HRL Ph.D. candidate, College of Business, University of South Carolina; 1994 Jan 28, RWML died, Columbia, SC.

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