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Republican Party, Greenville County Convention, 2003

 File — Box: 3
From the Series: Personal Papers consist of correspondence and other papers arranged in sub-series that document Walters’ education, service in the military, early career struggles, successful legal practice and relationships with public figures.

Education is comprised of material from Walters’ high school and undergraduate studies. Yearbooks and papers reflect his active involvement in student activities and his reputation for responsibility. His early interest in aviation is represented by a Student Logbook from flying lessons Walters completed while working his way through college at Furman University. His continuing involvement with Furman is demonstrated by the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree presented to him in 1973 and correspondence suggesting Walters as a candidate for President of the University. Records of his legal studies at the University of Michigan Law School also are present.

Military Service, 1942-1945, contains a wealth of information relating to Walters’ service in the Army Air Force Reserves during and after World War II. Notably, papers include navigator’s logs from bombing raids within Nazi controlled Europe on which Walters acted as navigator. The logs include a record of the mission on which Walters was wounded by flak, earning him the Purple Heart. Walters’ handwritten war diary covers three months of his 1944 service in Italy. The Photograph series contains numerous images of Walters’ military service.

Legal papers are arranged by the different legal firms for which Walters worked. Legal association papers and correspondence from various groups Walters participated in evince his career-long efforts to improve the tax system and the legal profession. Walters’ applications to the New York and South Carolina State Bars, and papers relating to his admission to the Supreme Court are present. Published documentation of the legal suit Darlington-Hartsville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. v. U.S. provides an example of Walters’ work with taxation issues while with Greer, Walters, and Demo in the 1960s. A continued interest in and emphasis on tax reform is apparent in papers relating to case work, legislation, and lobbying created by Walters while with Hunton, Williams, Gay & Gibson. Walters’ view of the need for increased legal specialization and standardization within the legal profession appears in letters relating to his work on various American Bar Association committees.

The Persons sub-series consists of files created by Walters relating to public figures with whom Walters maintained a personal relationship, often as an advisor, friend, or confident. Included are files on John B. Connally, Judge Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., and South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell.

Writings include articles authored by Walters for law journals and other publications.


  • 2003


Library Use Only


From the Collection: 7.5 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