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Speeches, 1952-2004


Speeches consist of 8 linear feet of material (8 cartons), 1952 to 2004, and are arranged chronologically within two sections: speech texts (approx. 1450 in all) and speech-related material. Speech texts include full texts of speeches, notes for speeches, speech drafts (edited and unedited), and speech memos. Hollings often spoke without a full text version in front of him. Filed throughout the speech texts are speaking invitations and event programs. Speech-related material consists of handwritten notes, reference materials, sample introductions, and quotes. Hollings and his staff used these materials to craft speeches.

The majority of speeches are from Hollings' Senate career, which began in 1966, during radio broadcasts, on the Senate floor, at Democratic conventions, on campaign stops, and at invited speaking engagements. Major topics include agriculture, textiles, oceans, tobacco, civil rights, foreign policy and Vietnam, healthcare, education, veterans' affairs and the Democratic Party. Notable early speeches include his Inaugural Address of Jan., 1959, and his final speech to the General Assembly in Jan., 1963. In this speech, then-Governor Hollings called upon the Assembly and the public to accept the court-ordered integration of the public schools and admission to Clemson University of Harvey Gantt and urged that the Assembly must 'make clear South Carolina's choice, a government of laws rather than a government of men.'

Please see the Speech Appendix for a list of every speech in date order.


  • 1952-2004


From the Collection: 800 Linear Feet

Digitized Materials

Several dozen speeches from throughout his career, including his 1959 Gubernatorial Inaugural Address and 1963 historic final speech to the General Assembly (both mentioned above), are available online in 'Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words,' a digital collection of writings, speeches, photographs, and audio files. One of the speeches available, 'Hunger A Disease We Can End Now' given by Hollings in 1971 on the National Day of Bread, is shown at right.


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