Skip to main content

Coastal Issues

From the Collection: The James M. Waddell, Jr. Papers consist of 3.75 linear feet of material documenting the public service and personal life of Waddell. The collection is arranged in four series: Public Papers, Personal Papers, Audiovisual Material, and Clippings and Scrapbooks.

Public Papers include the 1998 Final Report of the Subcommittee to Investigate the Special Capital Gains Tax Provision. The report relates to an investigation into the controversial passage of a capital gains proviso in 1988 by the S.C. Senate, and Waddell gave testimony before the subcommittee. A separate folder relates to his resignation from the Senate to become a member of the South Carolina Tax Commission. Lobbyist Disclosure Statements, a Coastal Council Debate Book, and speeches also are filed with Public Papers.

The bulk of the Personal Papers is composed of general correspondence and other materials arranged chronologically. These include a number of letters he wrote to his parents from the Tennessee Military Institute, The Citadel, and during his wartime military service. The letters reveal a young man eager to experience life yet close to his parents and keenly interested in news from home. Waddell was an avid hunter and mentions hunting frequently. Major topical files relate to the 84th Infantry Division, the Mariculture Institute, and the South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy.

Audiovisual Material includes drawings of Waddell, photographs, and videocassettes. Among the photographs are several of South Carolina’s political notables. These include Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., W. J. Bryan Dorn, James B. Edwards, Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, Olin D. Johnston, Harriet H. Keyserling, Richard W. “Dick” Riley, George Bell Timmerman, and John C. West. Some videocassettes illustrate Waddell’s interest in coastal issues; and particularly the impact of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Many videos document the latter years of Waddell’s political life and include five appearances on the SCETV program Capital View from 1987 to 1991. Memories, on DVD and VHS cassette, is a compilation of family home movie reels dating from 1957 to 1959. The label information from these reels is listed in an addendum on page nine.

The bulk of the clippings are from a variety of newspapers and magazines from the years 1988 to 1991 and cover issues important to Senator Waddell, especially the environment. Also included are clippings on Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Jasper County. Of note is a folder on “Operation Lost Trust,” a 1990 undercover investigation of vote-selling in state government. Clippings filed under James M. Waddell, Jr., document his heated 1988 campaign against Republican challenger J. Patrick Vanderhoof. Scrapbooks contain clippings and ephemera from 1971 to Feb. 1982.


  • 1887-1918, 1935-2004


Library Use Only


From the Collection: 3.75 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