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Henry Eichel Papers

Identifier: SCU-SCPC-HE

The Henry Eichel Papers consist of four linear feet split into three series: Persons, Topics, and Photographs.

The Persons and Topics series consist of newspaper clippings and notes from stories Eichel planned on writing.

The Photographs series consists of mainly headshots of many South Carolinians in the news in the 1970s. Many of the photos have percentages written on the back as indicators of how they should appear in a newspaper, and some have been cut out from their original print shape.

Of particular interest is the folder "Movie Stars" which contains photographs from television shows and movies provided by networks and studios in order to write advertisements or reviews of the films and television shows. Photographs include Al Pacino, Clint Eastwood, Mia Farrow, Jack Nicholson, Roman Polanski, Richard Pryor, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Gene Wilder, and others. Shows or movies include "The Carol Burnett Show," "Hawaii Five-O," "Serpico," "The Great Gatsby," and "The Exorcist" among others.


  • 1958 - 2003

Use Guidelines

Library use only.


Copyright of the Henry Eichel Papers has been transferred to the University of South Carolina. However, this collection contains numerous newspaper clippings. Researchers should contact the publisher of the newspaper clippings for further information on copyright.


4 boxes

Biographical Note

A Camden native, Henry Eichel spent 42 years – his entire career – devoted to informing the public through the news.

Eichel graduated from Camden High School in 1962. A lover of the news, Eichel attended the University of South Carolina for journalism and was involved in the Young Democrats, the Press Club, and the Clariosophic Literary Society. After graduating, he joined the Navy and served in South Vietnam first aboard a landing craft on the Hương Giang and Cua Viet Rivers and then as a combat correspondent.

In 1969, after leaving the Navy, Eichel worked for the Buffalo Evening News in Buffalo, New York, for almost a year before he found his permanent home: the Charlotte Observer. Here he would stay, first as a reporter from November 1969 to July 1975, and then as the Columbia Bureau Chief from July 1975 until his retirement in September 2006.

Not one to be away from the news for long, Eichel was the editor for Gamecocks Illustrated, a semi-monthly magazine for coverage of Gamecocks football, basketball, and baseball, from November 2006 until it ceased publication in December 2009.

Physical Location

South Carolina Political Collections, Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, University of South Carolina. 1322 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29208

Donated by

Donated by Henry Eichel.

Processing Information

Processed in 2022 by Ann Abney

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

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