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Hastings Wyman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCU-SCPC-015
The Wyman papers consist of papers, 1957-2015 (bulk dates 1985-2010), chiefly including correspondence, writings, topical files, and speeches. Writings include unpublished and published articles and annual editions of the Guide to Southern Politics (1985-1989) and Southern Political Report newsletters (2003, 2008, 2010). Speeches are often annotated, and occasionally include related correspondence, programs, and other associated materials. Topical files include information about political developments in Georgia between 2001 and 2010, and contain materials sent to Wyman by Georgia correspondent and friend, Dan O’Connor. Topical files also include materials gathered about 1958 South Carolina local elections and the 1960 National elections for his undergraduate thesis. Clippings from 1957-1960 are newspaper items collected by Wyman for this thesis. Clippings from 1979-2009 include quotes, commentary, and mentions of Wyman and the Southern Political Report in various newspapers and magazines. Vertical File Materials contain information gathered by SCPC relating to Wyman and may duplicate information already present in the collection.

*Editions of the Southern Political Report from 1978-2003 are available through the Books Division of the South Caroliniana Library.

Dates

  • 1957 - 2015
  • Majority of material found within 1985 - 2010

Creator

Access

Library Use Only

Extent

3.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

Hastings Wyman was an early Republican activist in South Carolina and worked as a legislative assistant for Senator Strom Thurmond from 1967 to 1973. He was manager of the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Albert Watson in 1970. Since 1978, Wyman has written and published the Southern Political Report. The bi-weekly publication provides expert analysis of politics and politicians in the South. Wyman has also written for national publications including the New York Times, Roll Call, Spectator, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and has provided political commentary on television and radio.

Biographical Note

Hastings Wyman has written and published the Southern Political Report since 1978. The bi-weekly publication provides expert analysis of politics and politicians in the South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia).

In 1939, Wyman was born in Aiken to Hastings Wyman Sr. and Elizabeth Babb Wyman. He attended public schools in Camden and Aiken and received his B.A. in American Government from Harvard College in 1961 and his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1964. Wyman was elected chair of the Aiken County Republican Party in 1965 at the age of twenty-six. A year later he became a field representative in the southern states for the Republican National Committee, traveling throughout the South presenting workshops on campaigning. In late 1967 Wyman became a Capitol Hill staffer, working as a legislative assistant for Senator Strom Thurmond. He held that position until 1973, excluding a leave of six months in 1970 to manage the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of Albert Watson. In 1973 he was employed as a special assistant to Secretary of Commerce Frederick B. Dent. From 1975 until 1998 Wyman worked in the public affairs department of the American Petroleum Institute. In addition to publishing the Southern Political Report, Wyman has written for national publications including the New York Times, Roll Call, Spectator, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and has provided political commentary on television and radio.

Provenance

Donated by Hastings Wyman.

Digitized Material

Southern Political Report website http://www.southernpoliticalreport.com/

Copyright

Copyright of the Hastings Wyman Papers has been transferred to the University of South Carolina.

Processing Information

2003, by Laura Koser; 2007, additions by Kristi Castro; 2017, additions by Leslie Yarborough.

Creator

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