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Governor, 1979-1987

Gubernatorial papers include administrative materials, such as staff information and schedules, as well as an extensive Topical subseries. Among the Topical materials are papers regarding the development of and advocacy for the EIA. One notable letter from Riley, following the hard-fought passage of the EIA, thanks state Senator Thomas E. Smith, Jr. for a symbolic gift: “Of the many kind expressions of friendship that I have received over the years, none will exceed the joy to Tunky and myself which we received when you presented me with the ‘boot jack.’ .... I appreciate your strong support for public education. You and I will live to see the day that we are proud of the results of our efforts.” Other topical files include wide-ranging information on nuclear waste and on the initiative to allow gubernatorial succession, as well as the transition between Riley’s consecutive terms, the first of its kind in South Carolina history. Riley’s efforts toward economic and industrial development in South Carolina are detailed, including material on the Southern Growth Policies Board, rural development programs, and the South Carolina Research Authority, created in 1983. Travel files particularly document Riley’s efforts to recruit new industry, especially foreign investment, into the state.


  • 1979-1987


From the Collection: 138 Linear Feet (138 boxes)


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