Personal Papers, 10.5 linear feet, are divided into: General Papers, Campaign Files, Financial Records, Topical Files and Schedules.
General Papers chiefly consist of correspondence with family and friends and document Russell’s personal interests and concerns.
Campaign files, 2.5 linear feet, 1947 to 1966, chiefly relate to Russell’s 1962 gubernatorial campaign against Burnet R. Maybank Jr., and some material documenting his 1966 Senate race. The 1962 materials are arranged by county, and chiefly consist of correspondence, much of it received in response to a form letter Russell sent out soliciting voter sentiment.
Financial Records concern stock, bond, and real estate investments.
Topical papers, 4.5 linear feet, include major topics such as Board Memberships, Education, Foreign Affairs, and Persons with whom Russell was associated. Russell served on a variety of business and charitable boards. He was associated with the Auto Finance Company for years. The Company owned several newspapers, Southeast Fire Insurance and other subsidiaries. Russell was Chairman of the Board in 1949 and President from 1951 to 1953. He also served as Chairman of the American Discount Company, a related company, from 1952 to 1953. Russell served on the board of the Spartanburg County Foundation from 1955 to 1961, raising money for several charitable funds. As Chairman of the Board of Spartanburg General Hospital, 1958 to 1961, Russell worked to improve the Radiology Department at the Nursing School and helped to fight two lawsuits brought against the board. Russell also served on the boards of Bran-Don Inc. and Palmetto Transmission. Russell’s papers as president of The University of South Carolina are maintained by the University Archives, a division of The South Caroliniana Library.
Foreign Affairs remained a Russell interest after he left the Roosevelt administration. Russell served on the Council of Foreign Relations, 1957 to 1958, the Federal Task Force on Intellectual Activities, 1954 to 1956, and the Secretary of State’s Public Committee on Personnel (the Hoover Commission), 1952 to 1958. Persons files chiefly consist of materials relating to individuals with whom Russell corresponded on a regular basis, including friends, business associates and family. These files may not represent the complete body of correspondence between Russell and these individuals. For example, the 1962 campaign files contain letters of advice and encouragement from some of these influential people. Persons with significant materials include; James F. Byrnes, Carter Burgess, Burnet R. Maybank, Anthony J. Panuch, Julian Wolfe, and Charles Cecil Wyche. Schedules chiefly pertain to Russell’s activities while not in public service, 1952 to 1961. Included in the series are appointment books, accepted invitations and schedules.
- 1929 - 1998
Library Use Only
From the Collection: 23.75 Linear Feet
Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA