Photos, letters, speeches and memorabilia collected during the long political career of former S.C. Gov. and U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings are displayed at the University of South Carolina.
The exhibit coincides with a book tour by the six-term former senator for his memoir “Making Government Work.” The book offers solutions to flaws in the American political system with anecdotes from Hollings' decades in public life.
A highlight of the new exhibit is a copy of Hollings' 1963 speech to the General Assembly, his final address as governor. Hollings used the speech to appeal for the peaceable, court-ordered integration of public schools and the admission of the first black student to Clemson University – Harvey Gantt, who years later would become Charlotte's first black mayor.
University officials said this expansion of the collection brings it to more than 800,000 pages, as well as numerous audiovisual recordings and items of campaign memorabilia.
Photos show the young Hollings touring depressed S.C. areas in 1969 as part of his research into the topics of hunger and poverty. His book from 1970, “The Case Against Hunger,” is included in the display.
Hollings served in the Senate from 1966 until his retirement in 2005.
The papers outline his views on a range of issues, such as trade, campaign finance reform, the space program, education, transportation, telecommunications and the environment.