The Personal series includes information about Bates’ business interests: the Capital Life and Health Insurance Company (1936 to 1954), the Laurel Hill Highway Hotel and Theatre Restaurant (circa 1960s), and the New South Life Insurance Company (1955 to 1978). The papers consist of extensive coverage of New South Life’s financial and legal difficulties in the 1970s, as well as the company’s published annual reports from 1958 to 1970.
The Personal series also offers considerable material on the life and achievements of Bates’ son, Lester, Jr., including the research, notes, and drafts from the biography the younger Bates planned to write and publish about his father. Lester, Jr. died in early 2009 without having completed the project. Interesting aspects of this section are the programs from the 1960 and 1961 Miss Columbia pageants, sponsored by the Columbia Junior Chamber of Commerce, in which Lester, Jr. was heavily involved.
From the Collection: 4 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