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Erminie M. and John T. Nave Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCU-SCPC-011
The Erminie M. and John Nave Collection consists of 1.25 linear feet of papers, chiefly 1964-1973 and 1980-1993. The collection principally relates to Republican Party activities in Greenwood County, South Carolina. It also documents political activities in the city of Greenwood, the Third Congressional District of South Carolina, and the state of South Carolina, and John Nave’s mayoral campaigns. Little relates to statewide Republican candidacies, national politics, or the Naves’ personal lives.

The collection is arranged in six series. The bulk of the collection falls under series for Elections, 1964-1992, and Republican Party, 1958-1993. The latter is broken down into sub-series for the Party in Greenwood, Greenwood County, the Third Congressional District, and South Carolina. A copy of Nave’s book is filed within this series. The other series consist of General Papers, 1916-c.1993; Mailing Lists; Photographs; and Newspaper Clippings, 1958-1996. Much of the material related to the Republican Party is derived from the Naves’ committee service. Of particular interest are Mrs. Nave’s history of the Greenwood County Republican Party and a brochure from the early 1960s attacking the “loyalty oath” that bound all those who voted in the South Carolina Democratic primaries to vote for the Democratic nominees in the general elections. A 1916 document lists the South Carolina Republican Party’s Electoral College slate.

Dates

  • 1916 - 1998

Creator

Access

Library Use Only

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

Erminie McKnight Nave and her husband John Thomas Nave were active leaders in Republican politics from the 1960s to the early 1990s, chiefly in Greenwood County but also at the district and state levels. Mrs. Nave served as chair of the Greenwood County Republican Party and of the Third District Republican Party. Mr. Nave served as Mayor of Greenwood, Greenwood County Republican Party chair and as state executive committeeman.

Biographical Note

Erminie McKnight Nave (b.1923) and her husband John Thomas Nave (b.1921) were active leaders in Republican politics from the 1960s to the early 1990s, chiefly in Greenwood County but also at the district and state levels. Mrs. Nave, a Florence native, served as chair of the Greenwood County Republican Party from 1988 to 1989. Prior to that, she served as chair of the Third District Republican Party, 1984 to 1985 and 1986 to 1987. She is also the author of A History of the Republican Party in Greenwood County. Published in 1996, her book provides a detailed chronology of the development of the Republican Party in Greenwood County between 1958 and 1993. John T. Nave (b.1921), a Tennessee native and former pilot with Abney Mills, served as Mayor of Greenwood from 1967 to 1971 and 1986 to 1994, Greenwood County Republican Party chairman, 1964 to 1967 and 1976-1977, and as state executive committeeman, from 1978-1986. The Nave Papers chiefly reflect their involvement in local and state Party affairs.

The Naves became politically active in the early 1960s, when the Republican Party was developing across South Carolina. Their efforts focused on grass-roots activities aimed at building the Greenwood County Republican Party. In her acceptance remarks following her 1988 election as county chair, Mrs. Nave noted—“Much progress and growth has taken place in the Greenwood County Republican Party since the mid-60s when I first became an active participant. Credit is due to a number of persons who held the Party together when the ‘going was rough’ and to many others who through their persistence and perseverance over the years have constantly worked to build a viable two-party political system in Greenwood County.”

Provenance

Donated by Erminie M. and John T. Nave.

Copyright

Copyright has been transferred to the University of South Carolina.

Processing Information

Processed by Charles Rector, 1997; additions by H.J. Hartsook, 1998 & 2008.

Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Contact:
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-0577