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William R. Stanley archive

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2014-5

This collection is composed of research files, maps, and papers that were entrusted to Dr. William R. Stanley by Dr. Richard F. Logan and supplemented by material amassed by Dr. Stanley over the course of his career.

Dr. William R. Stanley, born 1932, is a distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Geography of the University of South Carolina. He earned his PhD. in Geography from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966. For the majority of his career he focused on Liberia, but he has worked on major atlas projects in Liberia, Saudi Arabia, and Namibia. Included in the collection is a copy of the Republic of Liberia Planning and Development Atlas, one of the major atlas projects on which Dr. Stanley worked. As he puts it in the preface to his resume, Dr. Stanley “spent 65 years in the armpits of the world.” He believes it crucial to spend a significant amount of time in a place in order to truly know it.

Dr. Richard F. Logan (1914 - 1994) was a professor of Geography at the University of California Los Angeles. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1949 and was the last person to receive a PhD in Geography from that prestigious institution. Dr. Logan spent most of his career mapping and studying Namibia, labeled Southwest Africa on some maps. He was an Associate Editor for GeoJournal and presented information on Namibia (then Southwest Africa) to the Sub-Committee on Africa, Foreign Affairs Committee, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress and to the World Court in the Hague, Netherlands.

Dr. Stanley and Dr. Logan never met in person. Dr. Logan contacted Dr. Stanley after reading a paper on Namibia by Dr. Stanley in GeoJournal in 1991. The two professors spent the next three years corresponding until Dr. Logan passed away in 1994. Shortly before his death, Dr. Logan asked Dr. Stanley if he would be willing to care for his collection of research.

While the vast majority of the materials in the collection are in English, there are also materials in Dutch, German, and Afrikaans.

The large maps and the Republic of Liberia Planning and Development Atlas are housed in the map drawers, as they are too large to fit in the boxes that house the rest of the collection.


  • 1931-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1980


Access Restrictions

Open to research

Publication Rights

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.


5 boxes


Gift, 2014

Repository Details

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

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

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