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James W. Jackson, Jr. Papers

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2000-4

The materials here come from the personal files of James W. Jackson, Jr., (1924-1990) and span the course of his working life from 1947 to 1990. Bright, charming, ambitious, entrepreneurial, and well-organized, he worked mainly in or around colleges and universities. Many of his earlier positions were in the development or alumni offices. He was also, briefly, a sportswriter and broadcaster. More importantly, Jackson was a producer of two television series aired by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) – William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line,” and “Lowell Thomas Remembers.” There are no “Firing Line” documents in this collection, but abundant Lowell Thomas papers. The Lowell Thomas materials are in this collection as their own series. They provide a window into what those choosing the topics in the late 1970’s thought important for the general public and school children to know. Jackson also worked with local South Carolina television stations to produce “American South Comes of Age,” (ETV) and “Carolina Yesterday” (WIS). Jackson seemed to be at the center of those working towards the successful donation of Fox Movietone News to the University of South Carolina on March 27, 1980. These documents also form their own series. Finally, the collection includes a number of assessments of towns or colleges meant for their administrators or trustees. It is unclear why Jackson had these documents. While photographs form their own Series, there are also some photos in these folders where they are necessary to make sense of the material.


  • 1947-1990

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Collection is open to research.

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James Wylie Jackson, Jr., was born in February 2, 1924 in Tallahassee, Florida to the Rev. James Wylie Jackson, a Presbyterians minister, and Alice Stewart Jackson. He graduated from Dreher High School in Columbia, South Carolina, and went on to Davidson College from which he graduated in 1947. He later took graduate courses but did not finish a degree. A World War II pilot, Jackson was recalled to active duty in 1951. He retired as a Major in the Air Force Reserves. His first wife, Blanche Deween Gibbs, died in December, 1983. Jackson married Jacqueline Miller in March, 1984. He died June 9, 1990 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Winnsboro, South Carolina.

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Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
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Columbia SC 29208 USA
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James W. Jackson, Jr. Papers, 1947-1990
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