Strom Thurmond Collection: Jean Crouch Thurmond Series
Mss.0100.06

Summary Information

Repository
Clemson University Libraries Special Collections
Creator -
Byrd, Robert C.
Creator -
Byrnes, James F. (James Francis), 1882-1972
Creator -
Crouch, Inez Breazeale
Creator -
Dent, Harry S. , 1930-2007
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Dewey, Thomas E., (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971
Creator -
Dorn, William Jennings Bryan, 1916-2005
Creator -
Edwards, Robert C. (Robert Cook), 1914-
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Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Creator -
Hoover, J. Edgar, (John Edgar), 1895-1972
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Humphrey, Hubert H., (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
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Johnson, Lyndon B., (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Creator -
Kennedy, Frances Crouch.
Creator -
Kennedy, John F., (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Creator -
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
Creator -
Nixon, Richard M., (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Creator -
Russell, Richard B., (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
Creator -
Talmadge, Herman E., (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
Creator
Thurmond, Jean Crouch, 1926-1960
Creator -
Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003
Creator -
Timmerman, George Bell, 1912-1994
Title
Strom Thurmond Collection: Jean Crouch Thurmond Series, ,
ID
Mss.0100.06
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1915-1992
Date [inclusive]
1879-1995 1915-1992
Extent
9.5 cubic feet (19 boxes and 2 reels of microfilm)
General Physical Description note
9.5 cubic feet (19 boxes and 2 reels of microfilm)
Language
English

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Biographical Note

Jean Crouch Thurmond was born on July 14, 1926 in Elko, Barnwell County, South Carolina. She was the youngest of four children of Horace J. Crouch and Inez Breazeale Crouch. Her siblings were Horace J. Crouch, Jr., Frances ("Sis") Crouch (Mrs. David Kennedy), and Robert D. Crouch. Miss Crouch attended Winthrop College at Rock Hill, South Carolina, and graduated cum laude in June, 1947. On November 7, 1947, at the Executive Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina, she married Governor J. Strom Thurmond. Jean Thurmond died from a malignant brain tumor on January 6, 1960, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jean Crouch Thurmond series primarily covers the period 1947-1960, from her courtship with Governor Thurmond to her death. The records are divided into five subseries: Wedding Correspondence, General Correspondence, General Subject File, Illness/Sympathy, and three oversize volumes of Scrapbooks. The Wedding Correspondence (Subseries A, 1947; .75 cu. ft.) is arranged alphabetically. This subseries contains correspondence concerning the pending Thurmond-Crouch marriage and open house invitations following their honeymoon. All of the responses were handled by the governor's office staff.

The General Correspondence subseries (Subseries B, 1947-1959; .33 cu. ft.) is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically within each letter of the alphabet. This subseries contains correspondence between Jean and Strom during their courtship and marriage. In addition, there are letters from Jean's mother and sister.

The General Subject File subseries (Subseries C, 1947-1962; 2 cu. ft.) is arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically within each folder. This subseries deals with the various activities of Jean Thurmond during the early senatorial years. However, there are newspaper clippings covering the period from the Thurmonds' engagement to Mrs. Thurmond's death, and information about the families' lineages. Other items of interest include a guestbook from the wedding, a copy of the marriage license, and some material connected to Alberta Lachicotte's Rebel Senator.

The Illness/Sympathy subseries (Subseries D, 1959-1960; 8.25 cu. ft.) is divided into two sub-subseries: General Correspondence and Subject File. The General Correspondence is divided into two areas: illness and sympathy. Each section is arranged alphabetically by folder title and then alphabetically within each folder. This large sub-subseries contains correspondence relating to Jean Thurmond's illness and death. There are letters, cards, and telegrams from people inside and outside of South Carolina which were basically answered by the Senator's office staff.

The second sub-subseries of the Illness/Sympathy subseries, the Subject File, is arranged alphabetically by folder title and then generally alphabetically within each folder. This sub-subseries deals with other matters connected to Jean Thurmond's illness and death, including the sending of flowers and gifts, as well as donations and contributions to various organizations. In addition, there is a copy of the death certificate, two medical reports, two funeral registers, and an album paying tribute to the late Jean Thurmond.

The Scrapbooks subseries (Subseries E, 1943-1960; 2 reels microfilm) are roughly arranged in chronological order. These scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and other material covering Jean Thurmond's life. Many of the clippings are duplicates of those found in Strom Thurmond's scrapbooks.

Important correspondents in this series from South Carolina include James F. Byrnes, Harry Dent, William Jennings Bryan Dorn, Robert C. Edwards, and George Bell Timmerman, Jr. Other important correspondents include Robert C. Byrd, Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert H. Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Richard B. Russell and Herman Talmadge.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Clemson University Libraries Special Collections 2010 August 9

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

Family Name(s)

  • Crouch family, S.C.
  • Thurman family.

Genre(s)

  • Scrapbooks

Occupation(s)

  • Governors' wives--South Carolina.
  • Legislators' wives--United States.

Personal Name(s)

  • Thurmond, Jean Crouch, 1926-1960 -- Death and burial
  • Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003 -- Biography

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Related/Analytical Title

Jean Crouch Thurmond series.

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Collection Inventory

Jean Crouch Thurmond Series 

Wedding Correspondence 1947 

Congratulations on Marriage; Open House Invitations October, 1947-February, 1948 

Box Folder

A-B 

1 1

C-F 

1 2

G-K 

1 3

L-M 

1 4

N-S 

1 5

T-Z 

1 6

General Correspondence 1947-1959 

Box Folder

A-C 

1 7

D-M 

1 8

N-T 

2 9

2 10

U-W, Miscellaneous 

2 11

General Subject File 1947-1962 

Box Folder

Article Prepared by Mrs. Thurmond for the Gamecock for use after September 30, 1959 

2 12

Business Correspondence April, 1952-November, 1959 

2 13

Certificates (Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Notary Public) 1946-1947 1950 

2 14

Congressional Club 1953-June 1959 

2 15

Contributions List-Miscellaneous [No Date] 

2 16

DAR [Daughters of the American Revolution] February, 1949 

2 17

Democratic Wives Forum January, 1957-July, 1959 

2 18

84th Congress February, 1955-June, 1959 

2 19

85th Congress January, 1957-May, 1958 

2 20

Family Lineage: Crouch and Thurmond November, 1947-October, 1962, [no date] 

2 21

Guest Books 

Box Folder

From Wedding of Jean Crouch and Strom Thurmond November 7, 1947 

2 22

From Open House at Executive Mansion November 30, 1947 

3 23

From Reception for Governor and Mrs. Thurmond at Edgefield, South Carolina November, 1947 

3 24

From Reception November 19, 1954 

3 25
Box Folder

International Neighbors Club 1956-1959 

3 26

Life Magazine Article November 17, 1947 

3 27

Marriage License November 7, 1947 

3 28

Miscellaneous April, 1947-January, 1960 

3 29

Newspaper Articles 

Box Folder

 October 1-November 30, 1947 

3 30

 December 1, 1947-June 6, 1960 

3 31

Organizations-List [No Date] 

3 32

Promenade Magazine June, 1957 

3 33

Public Speaking Class December, 1955-January, 1957 

3 34

Real Estate January-December, 1958 

3 35

Rebel Senator. Notes and Teletype News of '48 Election (Copy) [November, 1948-June 13, 1963, no date] 

4 36

Senate Ladies 1955-1959 

4 37

South Carolina Magazine January, 1948 

4 38

Speeches April 10, 1948-November 8, 1950 

4 39

Winthrop Alumnae February-May, 1959 

4 40

Illness/Sympathy 

General Correspondence 1959-1960 

Correspondence to Mrs. Thurmond Relating to Her Illness September-December, 1959 

Box Folder

4 41

Ba-Be 

4 42

Bi-Bo 

4 43

Br-By 

4 44

Ca-Cl 

5 45

Co-Cu 

5 46

5 47

5 48

5 49

5 50

Ha 

5 51

He-Hu 

6 52

I-J 

6 53

6 54

6 55

Ma-Me 

6 56

Mi-Mu 

6 57

N-O 

6 58

P-Q 

7 59

7 60

Sa-Sl 

7 61

Sm-Sy 

7 62

7 63

U-Z 

8 64

Miscellaneous 

8 65
Box Folder

Correspondence to Mrs. Thurmond Relating to Her Illness from Organizations 1959 

8 66

Letters and Cards Answered by Senator Thurmond, A-W September-October, 1959 

8 67

Letters and Telegrams to Senator Thurmond About Mrs. Thurmond's Illness September-October, 1959 

Box Folder

A-B 

8 68

8 69

D-F 

8 70

G-H 

8 71

I-L 

9 72

M-O 

9 73

P-R 

9 74

9 75

T-Z 

9 76

Letters of Thanks to National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) Staff Members from Senator Thurmond October 8-23, 1959 

9 77

V.I.P. Letters and Telegrams to Senator Thurmond About Mrs. Thurmond's Illness B-P September-October, 1959 

9 78

Letters of Sympathy from Out-of-State January-March, 1960 

Box Folder

9 79

9 80

9 81

10 82

E-F 

10 83

10 84

10 85

I-K 

10 86

10 87

10 88

N-Q 

10 89

10 90

11 91

T-V 

11 92

W-Z 

11 93

Letters of Sympathy from South Carolina January-March, 1960 

Box Folder

11 94

Ba-Be 

11 95

Bi-Bo 

11 96

Br-By 

12 97

Ca-Cl 

12 98

Co-Cz 

12 99

Da-De 

12 100

Di-Dy 

12 101

12 102

13 103

Ga-Gl 

13 104

Go-Gy 

13 105

Ha 

13 106

He-Hi 

13 107

Ho-Hy 

13 108

I-J 

14 109

14 110

La-Le 

14 111

Li-Ly 

14 112

Ma 

14 113

Mc 

14 114

Me-Mi 

14 115

Mo-My 

15 116

15 117

15 118

Pa-Pe 

15 119

Ph-Pu 

15 120

15 121

Ra-Ri 

15 122

Ro-Ru 

15 123

Sa-Sh 

15 124

Si-Sp 

16 125

St-Sy 

16 126

Ta-Ti 

16 127

To-Ty 

16 128

U-V 

16 129

Wa-Wh 

16 130

Wi-Wy 

17 131

X-Z 

17 132
Box Folder

Names on Cards January, 1960 

17 133

Organizations-Expressions of Sympathy, A-Y January, 1960 

17 134

Replies to Letters of Sympathy (Returned to Sender), B-S January, 1960 

17 135

Replies to V.I.P. Letters of Sympathy, A-M January, 1960 

17 136

Unidentified Telegrams, Cards, Letters, Flower Cards, A-Y January, 1960 

17 137

V.I.P. Letters and Telegrams of Sympathy January, 1960 

Box Folder

A-G 

17 138

H-P 

17 139

Q-P 

18 140

Subject File 1959-1960 

Box Folder

Album-Tribute to Jean C. Thurmond August, 1960 

18 141

Death Certificate and Medical Reports (Copies) January, 1960 

18 142

Donors to Duke University Neurosurgical Service, A-Y (Lists) January 5, 1960 

18 143

Donors of Flowers 

Box Folder

A-W January, 1960 

18 144

Cards, A-R January, 1960 

18 145

Donors to Jean C. Thurmond Scholarship Fund at Winthrop College 

Box Folder

A-Y (List) January-April, 1960 

18 146

Cards, A-Y 1960 

18 147

Flowers Sent to Mrs. Thurmond; Acknowledged by 

Box Folder

David Crum, B-N (List) October 30-November 19, 1959 

18 148

Mrs. Thurmond, A-W (List) 1959 

18 149

Senator Thurmond, A-Z (List) September-November, 1959 

18 150

Funeral Register 

Box Folder

Book I of Two January 8, 1960 

19 151

Book II of Two January 8, 1960 

19 152

Gifts other than Flowers: Answered by 

Box Folder

David Crum, B-W (List) October-November, 1959 

19 153

Mrs. Thurmond, B-S (List) 1959 

19 154

Senator Thurmond, A-Y (List) September-October, 1959 

19 155
Box Folder

Inscription on Grave of Jean Crouch Thurmond January, 1960 

19 156

List of Those who Gave Flowers January, 1960 

19 157

Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Contributions, A-W (Food List) January-September, 1960 

19 158

Visits, etc.: Answered by Senator Thurmond August-December, 1959 

19 159

Telephone Calls 

Box Folder

About Mrs. Thurmond: Answered by Senator Thurmond, A-W September-October, 1959 

19 160

And Funeral Register January, 1960 

19 161

Tribute to Jean Crouch Thurmond by Her Husband Senator Strom Thurmond January 6, 1960 

19 162

Scrapbooks 1943-1960 

Reel

Microfilmed scrapbooks September 1943-January 1955 

1

Microfilmed scrapbooks January 1955-January 1960 

2

Award 

Oversize_folder

The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, established in 1940 by The Mary Mildred Sullivan Chapter of the New York Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, awarded by Winthrop College to Jean Crouch Thurmond May 25, 1962 

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