Strom Thurmond Collection: Personal Series
Mss.0100.02

Summary Information

Repository
Clemson University Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003
Title
Strom Thurmond Collection: Personal Series,
ID
Mss.0100.02
Date [inclusive]
1923-1956
Extent
16.2 cubic feet
Language
English
Abstract
The records in this series concern Strom Thurmond's personal life, excluding his legal and military careers, which are represented in a series of their own. The series is divided into four subseries: College Days, Educational Career, General Correspondence and Subject Correspondence. There are some family trees on the Thurmond/Strom families stored in the Special Collections' oversize section.

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Scope and Content Note

The College Days subseries (Subseries A, 1919-1923; .30 cu. ft.) has records concerning Thurmond's attendance as a student at Clemson Agricultural College. Materials include class notes, college schedules, grade reports and some articles from the Tiger. There are also dance and commencement programs, a copy of his college transcript, and a  Taps description of him in this subseries.

The Educational Career subseries (Subseries B, 1922-1942; .15 cu. ft.) concerns Thurmond's years as a teacher and as the Superintendent of Education for Edge-field County. There is information on teaching, such as the qualifications and salaries of teachers, and lists of students. Included in a small group of financial correspondence from Thurmond's period as Superintendent of Education for Edgefield County, there is a letter on a program for health exams for black and white students in the county. During this same period, Thurmond did a report on the Edisto Academy, which is in the subseries. Thurmond's teaching certificate and education record can also be found in this subseries.

Much of the General Correspondence (Subseries C, 1923-1954; 9.9 cu. ft.) deals with Thurmond's private efforts to aid constituents by using his state senatorial contacts with various New Deal agencies, such as the Works Progress Administration. Two groups he aided frequently were servicemen and their families seeking pensions or hardship discharges, and farmers hit hard during the Depression and times of natural disasters, such as the drought of 1936. Also included are many incoming and outgoing letters of congratulation for election victories and other achievements, letters of condolence received by Thurmond when his father died in 1934, and letters of solicitation asking for job recommendations and for financial or other assistance. A number of family letters are part of this subseries, especially from 1942 to 1946 when Thurmond was serving in the army during World War II. However, most of the personal correspondence for 1946-1951 is in the Gubernatorial series. Thurmond's post-gubernatorial legal practice is also reflected in these files. There are a few letters that give Thurmond's (and others, like Robert McC. Figg) reactions to the Brown decision regarding desegregation.

The Subject Correspondence (Subseries D, 1922-1956; 5.4 cu. ft.) reflects Thurmond's many private and public interests and activities, from social activities and personal and family financial investments to his membership in and leader-ship of various fraternal, political, and public service organizations. Thurmond contributed his talents to various local and state public service projects, such as the Clark's Hill Power Project, the Edgefield County Home and the Tillman Memorial Commission. Management of his many investments both in stock and land purchases and rentals during this period are reflected in this subseries. Included also are outgoing letters of condolence as well as invitations to family gatherings, graduations, and weddings.

Correspondents consist mainly of attorneys; bankers; businessmen; college and university officials; congressmen and senators (both state and federal); family; friends; federal, state and local officials; with some communications from local farmers, servicemen, students, and constituents in general. Important correspondents include D. Gordon Baker, Ira C. Blackwood, Cole L. Blease, Eugene S. Blease, Edgar A. Brown, J. Fred Buzhardt, Harry F. Byrd, James F. Byrnes, John M. Daniel, John W. Davis, James A. Farley, Robert McCormick Figg, Jr., Burton B. Hare, Butler B. Hare, John Edgar Hoover, Mildred Huggins, Olin D. Johnston, Burnet R. Maybank, Henry Morgenthau, Sam J. Nicholls, George S. Patton, Paul Quattlebaum, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eugene Talmadge, John C. Taylor, Lowell Thomas, George Tell Timmerman, Jr., Ray Lyman Wilbur, and Ransome J. Williams.

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Arrangement

The College Days, Educational Career, and Subject Correspondence subseries are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically within each folder. The General Correspondence sub-series is arranged alphabetically, then chronologically within each letter of the alphabet.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Clemson University Libraries Special Collections 2010 July 31

Processing Information note

The conversion of this finding aid to Encoded Archival Description format was made possible with a grant from the South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board in 2009-2010. The finding aid was prepared for encoding by Kristi Roberts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Clemson University.

Personal Name(s)

  • Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003 -- Knowledge and learning

Subject(s)

  • Education--South Carolina.

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Collection Inventory

Personal 

Thurmond Oversize 

Oversize_folder

Macon-Massie-Moss-Thurmond Record 

1

Reynolds Family Tree 

1

Strom Family Tree 

1

Thurmond Family Record 

1

Thurmond Family Tree 

1

College Days 1919-1923 

Box

Advice letter from J.W. Thurmond to J.S. Thurmond. 1923 

1

Agricultural Economics Seminar February, 1923   2.0 item(s) Photocopies.

1

Agronomy Notes 1920-1921 

1

Animal Husbandry Notes 1921 

1

Botany Notes 1921 

1

Chemistry Notes 1920-1921 

1

[College Schedules] 1920-1923 

1

[College Transcript] 1923 

1

[Commencement Exercises] June, 1923 

1

Dance Programs and Reports to the Parents March,1920-June, 1923 

1

[Dairying] [c. 1922] 

1

[Economics] 1922 

1

English Notes 1923 

1

Entomology Notes [1921] 

1

Entomology Notes (Second Semester) 1922-1923 

1

Floriculture Notes [1923] 

1

Grade Reports September,1919-March 1923 

1

Landscape Gardening Notes 1923 

2

Miscellaneous 1919-1923 

2

Olericulture Notes 1922-1923 

2

Plant Pathology Seminar February, 1923 

2

Pomology Notes 1923 

2

[ Taps Description of James Strom Thurmond] 1923 

2

Tiger Articles 1919-1923 

2

Zoology Notes 1920-1921 

2

Educational Career 1922-1942 

Box

County Superintendent of Schools, Edgefield 1929-1932 

2

Education Record of James Strom Thurmond September,1922-March, 1942 

2

Horticulture Notes [McCormick High School] 1923-1924 

2

Report of Edisto Academy (Summer School) [c. 1929-1932] 

2

School Registers (McCormick, Ridge Spring, and Edgefield, S.C.); [Restricted] 1923-1927 

2

Teacher: [Lists of Students] 1923-1932 

2

[Teacher's Certificate] July, 1923 

2

[Teaching Information] 1922 

2

General Correspondence 1923-1954 

Box

 January 18,1951-December 24, 1952 

3

 January 18,1953-December 29, 1954 

3

Box

 August 30,1923-December 29, 1932 

3

 January 10,1933-December 31, 1934 

3

 January 1,1935-December 28, 1936 

3

 January 2,1937-December 24, 1938 

3

 January 1,1939-December 31, 1940 

4

 January 1,1939-December 31, 1942 

4

 January 3,1941-December 30, 1945 

4

 January 5-November 9, 1946 

4

 November 11-December 30, 1946 

4

 February 8,1947-January 22, 1951 

4

 January 20-June 30, 1951 

4

 July 12-December 31, 1951 

5

 January 3-June 27, 1952 

5

 July 1-December 29, 1952 

5

 January 2-June 30, 1953 

5

 July 2-December 31, 1953 

5

 January 2-May 29, 1954 

5

 June 9-December 29, 1954 

5

Box

 June 15,1931-December 28, 1933 

5

 January 2,1934-December 29, 1936 

6

 January 20,1937-December 21, 1939 

6

 January 19,1940-November 10, 1945 

6

 January 10-October 26, 1946 

6

 October 29-December 28, 1946 

6

 January 25,1947-February 9, 1951 

6

 January 18-December 31, 1951 

6

 January 3-December 29, 1952 

7

 January 2-December 28, 1953 

7

 January 13-December 30, 1954 

7

Box

 November 29,1929-December 23, 1936 

7

 January 5,1937-December 1, 1939 

7

 January 4,1940-December 25, 1945 

7

 January 15-October 20, 1946 

7

 October 21-December 30, 1946 

8

 March 1,1947-January 16, 1951 

8

 January 22-December 29, 1951 

8

 January 23-December 29, 1952 

8

 January 3-December 30, 1953 

8

 January 2-December 30, 1954 

8

Box

 December 24,1923-December 28, 1954 

8

 January 15-December 19, 1946 

8

 January 18,1947-January 16, 1951 

8

 January 25,1951-December 30, 1952 

8

 January 15,1953-December 29, 1954 

8

Box

 February 15,1931-October 1, 1938 

8

 January 3,1939-December 1, 1945 

9

 January 2,1946-March 31, 1948 

9

 April 9,1948-January 16, 1951 

9

 January 22-December 15, 1951 

9

 January 16-December 31, 1952 

9

 January 2-December 28, 1953 

9

 January 13-December 28, 1954 

9

Box

 November 3,1924-December 7, 1935 

9

 March 25,1936-December 28, 1939 

9

 January 7,1935-December 30, 1936 

9

 January 25,1940-December 3, 1945 

10

 January 5-December 31, 1946 

10

 February 25,1947-January 16, 1951 

10

 January 17-December 26, 1951 

10

 January 3-December 26, 1952 

10

 January 21-December 23, 1953 

10

 January 6-December 27, 1954 

10

Box

 April 11,1923-November 16, 1934 

10

 January 4,1937-December 12, 1938 

10

 January 2,1939-December 31 1940 

11

 January 3,1941-December 26, 1945 

11

 January 5-October 8, 1946 

11

 October 8-December 31, 1946 

11

 April 6,1947-January 15, 1951 

11

 January 17-December 31, 1951 

11

 January-June, 1952 

11

 July-December, 1952 

11

 1953 

12

 1954 

12

 January 17,1951-1954 

12

Box

 1931-1940 

12

 September 12,1946-January 2, 1947 

12

 January, 1951 

12

J 1930-1937 

Box
12
Box

 1938-1945 

12

 January 19,1946-January, 1947 

12

 July 7,1947-January 16, 1951 

12

 January 17,1951-1952 

12

 1953-1954 

12

Box

 1931-1945 

12

 February 2-December 25, 1946 

13

 January 30,1948-January 15, 1951 

13

 January 17-December, 1951 

13

 1952 

13

 1953-1954 

13

Box

 1925-1936 

13

 1937-1939 

13

 1940-1946 

13

 January 15-October 12, 1946 

13

 October 14-December 26, 1946 

13

 January 17,1947-December 9, 1951 

13

 January 17-December, 1951 

13

 1952 

14

 1953 

14

 1954 

14

Box

 1923-1934 

14

 1935-1936 

14

 1937-1938 

14

 1939-1940 

14

 1941-1945 

15

 January 24-September 27, 1946 

15

 October 3-November 23, 1946 

15

 November 26-December 28, 1946 

15

 January 9,1947-January 16, 1951 

15

 January 17-June, 1951 

15

 July-December, 1951 

15

 January-June, 1952 

15

 December, 1952 

15

 January-June, 1953 

15

 July-December, 1953 

16

 January-June, 1954 

16

 July-December, 1954 

16

Box

 1923-1936 

16

 1937-1944 

16

 March 15-December 28, 1946 

16

 July 8,1949-February 15, 1950 

16

 January 17,1951-1954 

16

Box

 1931-1946 

16

 January 3-December 31, 1946 

16

 April 7,1947-October 5, 1949 

16

 January 17,1951-1954 

16

Box

 1924-1935 

16

 1936-1938 

17

 1939-1945 

17

 January 7,1946-December 30, 1946 

17

 May 20,1947-January 16, 1951 

17

 January 17-December, 1951 

17

 1952 

17

 1953 

17

 1954 

17

Box

 1931-1942 

17

 October 30, 1946 

17

 January 17,1951-1954 

17

Box

 1923-1935 

18

 1936-1938 

18

 1939-1945 

18

 January 21-December 26, 1946 

18

 April 17,1947-January 16, 1951 

18

 January 17-December, 1951 

18

 1952 

18

 1953 

18

 1954 

18

Box

 1926-1933 

19

 1934-1935 

19

 1936-1937 

19

 1938-1940 

19

 1941-1945 

19

 January-October, 1946 

20

 October-December, 1946 

20

 March 13,1947-January 18, 1951 

20

 January 17-June, 1951 

20

 July-December, 1951 

20

 January-June, 1952 

20

 July-December, 1952 

20

 January-June, 1953 

20

 July-December, 1953 

20

 January-June, 1954 

21

 July-December, 1954 

21

Box

 1930-1933 

21

 1934-1935 

21

 1936-1937 

21

 1938-1940 

21

 1941-1942 

21

 1943-1945 

22

 January 26-December 26, 1946 

22

 January 31,1947-January 15, 1951 

22

 January 17-June, 1951 

22

 July-December, 1951 

22

 1952 

22

 1953 

22

 1954 

22

Box

 1936-1939 

22

 April 17-December 17, 1946 

22

 January 17,1951-1954 

22

Box

 1932-1940 

22

 October 8-December 26, 1946 

22

 January 31, 1950 

23

 January 17,1951-1954 

23

Box

 1923-1934 

23

 1935-1936 

23

 1937-1938 

23

 1939-1941 

23

 1942-1945 

23

 January 2-October 21, 1946 

23

 October 25-December 30, 1946 

24

 August 30-October 16, 1950 

24

 January 17-May, 1951 

24

 June-December, 1951 

24

 January-June, 1952 

24

 July-December, 1952 

24

 January-May, 1953 

24

 June-December, 1953 

24

Subject Correspondence 1922-1956 

Box

Agriculture March 26, 1949 

25

Aiken Federal Savings and Loan 

Box

 August 28,1951-October 31, 1952 

25

 November 1,1952-June 30, 1953 

25

 July 2,1953-January 31, 1954 

25

 February 2,1954-January 11, 1955 

25

American Bar Association 

Box

 1935-1949 

25

 1951-1952 

25

American Legion 

Box

 1935-1946 

25

 January 2, 1947 

25

 1951 

25

 1952 

25

 1953 

25

 1954 

25
Box

Anonymous Letters January,1953-January 1, 1954 

26

Army April 27, 1949 

26

Attorney March 1951-1954 

26

Banks 1931-1945 

26

Citizens and Southern Bank 1936-1941 

26

Baptist Sunday School 1936-1942 

26

Bills and Receipts 

Box

Miscellaneous 1929-1945 

26

Public 1928-1945 

26

Bob Jones University 

Box

 January 17,1951-1952 

26

 1953-1954 

26
Box

Business Openings 1933-1945 

26

Chamber of Commerce January 3,1953-March 25, 1954 

26

Child Welfare Committee (Advs) 1939-1942 

26

Clemson Agricultural College 

Box

 1927-1938 

27

 1939-1946 

27

 April 26,1948-January 15, 1951 

27

 January 17,1951-1952 

27
Box

Community Chest February 9,1953-December 21, 1955 

27

Condolence Letters, Outgoing 

Box

 1932-1938 

27

 1939-1945 

27

 1951 

27

 1952 

27

 1953 

27

 1954 

28

Democratic National Convention 

Box

Correspondence 1932-1936 

28

Printed Material 1932-1936 

28

 July 21, 1952 

28
Box

Education May 12,1947-January 19, 1951 

28

Edgefield County 

Box

Council for National Defense 1942 

28

Home Matter 1938-1942 

28
Box

Edgefield Court House Centennial 1939 

28

Extracts of Letter 1947-1950 

28

Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust Company 1940-1943 

28

Governor's Inauguration January, 1947 

28

Congratulations on Governor Inaugural January, 1947 

28

Greeting Cards & Replies (Birthday, Christmas, etc.) 1922-1943 

28

Gudmundson & Smith January 17,1951-1954 

28

Heart Campaign 

Box

 July 28,1951-July 28, 1953 

29

 August 21,1953-December 2, 1954 

29
Box

Insurance 1931-1945 

29

Interior Correspondence 1951 

29

Investments (General) 1931-1942 

29

Investments, Life Insurance Stock 

Box

Franklin National Company 1934-1946 

29

Palmetto State Company 1936-1946 

29
Box

Investments, Perry Nut-Lock Company 1935-1938 

29

Invitations 

Box

Accepted 1934-1942 

29

Declined-Miscellaneous 1932-1942 

29

Declined-Wedding 1934-1945 

29

Wedding Announcements 

Box

 1932-1942 

29

Accepted 1951-1954 

29

Declined 

29

Graduations 

Box

 1951 

29

 1952 

29

 1953 

30

 1954 

30

Miscellaneous 

Box

 1951 

30

 1952 

30

 1953 

30

 1954 

30

Weddings 

Box

 1951 

30

 1952 

30

 1953 

30

 1954 

30
Box

Wedding Announcements 1951-1954 

31

Junior Order United American Mechanics 

Box

 1930-1934 

31

 January-June, 1935 

31

 July-September, 1935 

31

 October-December, 1935 

31

 January-March, 1936 

31

 April-December, 1936 

31

 1937-1938 

31

 1939-1946 

32

 1951-1953 

32
Box

Labor-Government January 16, 1949 

32

Law Enforcement and Sheriff's File February 22,1947-October 23, 1950 

32

Lions Club 

Box

 1939-1940 

32

 1941-1946 

32

Miscellaneous Reports 1939-1940 

32

 1951 

32

Mealing Heights 

Box

 December 26,1951-March 18, 1954 

32

 April 12,1954-November 17, 1955 

32
Box

Office Supplies 1933-1945 

32

(Frances Wilkerson) Pickens Park Committee 1936-1937 

33

Real Property (General) 

Box

 1928-1937 

33

 1938-1945 

33

Commodity Distribution Warehouse Space 1935-1937 1941 

33

Edgefield Hotel 

Box

 1936-1938 

33

 1939-1941 

33

 1942-1946 

33

Invoices and Inventories 1933-1942 

33

Reports (Financial) 1937-1941 

33

(South Carolina Power Company) 1937-1946 

34

Farm Papers 

Box

(Georgia) 1933-1936 

34

 1933-1938 

34
Box

Florida Lots 1925-1929 

34

Fox Lots (Batesburg) 1939-1946 

34

Fox F.S. Reports (Batesburg) 1940-1946 

34

Harmon F. S. 

Box

Reports (Lexington) 1937-1946 

34

[Rent Receipts] Lexington 1937-1946 

34
Box

Harmon Lots (Lexington) 1937-1946 

34

Hollingsworth, (Edgefield 79) 1941 1946 

34

Rent Book 1941-1948 

34

Sprinkler System 1939-1941 

35

Swearingen 1941 

35

Watson Bamberg Hotel 

Box

 1939-1940 

35

 1941-1949 

35

Invoices and Inventories 1941 1944 

35
Box

Watson F. S. Reports (Bamberg) 1940-1947 

35

Watson Lots (Bamberg) 1940-1947 

35

R. L. Bryan Company 

Box

 1933-1940 

35

 January 17,1951-1954 

35

 January 17,1951-1954 

35
Box

States Rights February 19,1948-November 25, 1950 

35
Box

Tax Commission vs. Various Persons April 23,1952-June 2, 1953 

35

Thurmond Gift Fund January 18-July 11, 1951 

36

Thurmond, J. William 

Box

Condolence Messages and Replies June-November, 1934 

36

Thurmond's Key Cases January 11,1935-February 12, 1938 

36
Box

Tillman Memorial Commission 1937-1940 

36

U. S. Senate Race May 16,1949-November 30, 1950 

36

Washington Apartments (Before Purchasing on Virginia Avenue) 1954-1956 

36

Winthrop College 

Box

 1936 

36

 1937-1941 

36

 1951-1952 

36

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