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Personal Papers


Campaign Files, 4 linear feet (4 cartons), 1938 to 1964, contain correspondence and other materials related to Johnston's campaigns for public office as well as other statewide campaigns. This series contains valuable records from the presidential races of 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1964. Particularly good material exists for the campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, 1952 and 1956, and Barry Goldwater, 1964. William C. Johnston's 1958 gubernatorial campaign is also documented with papers including campaign speeches. Party activities, chiefly at the national level, are documented both in this series and, under the heading "Democratic Party," within Legislative Files.

Correspondence and Topical Files, 2 linear feet (2 cartons), includes early correspondence, 1914-1959, chiefly letters between Olin Johnston and Gladys Johnston, 1922-1927, described in more detail in the 1996 University South Caroliniana Society program. Topical Files include Johnston's 1923 master’s thesis, which "appraise[d] the economic and social resources of Anderson County, South Carolina," correspondence from Wilton Hall's Senate service at the end of 1944; tributes following Johnston’s death in April 1965, materials relating to the activities of Johnston's wife and children, and published materials either written by or featuring Senator Johnston.


  • 1914 - 2004
  • Majority of material found within 1914 - 1965


Library use only


From the Collection: 182 Linear Feet

Repository Details

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