Correspondence from Barbara Kingston, Secretary for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to C. W. Stevenson, General Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina Holiday Inn, regarding the third annual Woman of the Year Contest and NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner.
Correspondence from Barbara Kingston, Secretary for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to J. Ruckstuhly, General Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina Marriott Hotel, regarding the third annual Woman of the Year Contest and NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner.
Correspondence from Barbara Kingston, Secretary for the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to Gary Tucker, General Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina Ramada Inn, regarding the third annual Woman of the Year Contest and NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner.
Correspondence from Thomas L. Johnson, Assistant Librarian for the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, to Septima P. Clark regarding a potential interview and future of her personal papers.
Correspondence from William Saunders, Executive Director for COBRA, to Jan Burns, Contract Services Specialist of the S. C. Department of Social Services, regarding housing assistance services for the Fiscal Year: July 1, 1978 to June 30, 1979.
Correspondence from James B. Edwards, Governor for the State of South Carolina, to Septima P. Clark regarding the reimbursement "for the lost wages when [Clark] was unjustly required to resign [her] job [in 1956]."
Correspondence from H. A. Larson, Division Director for the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, to Charleston Branch of the NAACP regarding the recipient's contribution account having been classified as "inactive" as of March 31, 1993. Enclosed South Carolina Employment Security Commission forms.
James Bouknight, MD, PhD (pronouns: He/His), white psychiatrist, speaks of growing up, family life, education and his personal and professional life. Born into a "close and loving family" in rural South Carolina, he grew up on a farm worked by others, his parents being teachers, and his maternal grandparents being a very supportive presence. He always knew he "wasn't like other kids", wasn't athletic, but excelled in school, attending Bishopville High School, as it was being integrated, calling off the junior senior. Aware of a flamboyant gay youth at school, and a gay man who was available for sex in Bishopville, Bouknight did not identify with them and was glad to start dating women when he attended Wofford, the fourth generation of his family to do so. Attending graduate school at Duke University was not a positive experience so Bouknight switched to the University of South Carolina where he had his first relationship with a man and earned his PhD in economics. He considers that relationship a "bad influence" since the man was closeted and engaged to be married. Bouknight then taught at Converse College, in an era when dating between professors and students was encouraged; he married the president of the student body, and their married life began well. He moved into the private sector and eventually became Chair of the Department of Business and Economics at Columbia College and his wife began law school. With time on his hands, Bouknight, keeping fit, began attending the YMCA in Columbia, SC, discovering it had an active gay scene, and his wife, learning of an affair he had with a man, demanded a divorce. It was a difficult time, leading to depression and financial straits. Finding a niche with happy, well-adjusted gay men in Columbia was a positive experience, and Bouknight began a relationship with Bob Stutts, another professor at Columbia College. At age thirty-five, he decided to enter medical school, realizing that the poor medical care his mother had received had led to her death. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, was out, and was friends with many other gay medical students. He did his residency in psychiatry at the Department of Mental Health in Columbia, SC, founding and running an AIDS support group; he eventually worked for a hospital and had a private practice, including many LGBTQ patients. When his relationship with Bob Stutts ended, he met Ramsey Still, whom he married in Maryland in 2013. He became board certified in geriatric psychiatry, one of the first in the state, and now, semi-retired, lives with his husband in Charleston, SC. At the end of the interview, Bouknight speaks of the illness and eventual death of his medical school friend, Olin Jolley, MD, of AIDS, and how those who are ill and dying are often put in the unfair position of taking care of those who visit them.
Correspondence from Stephen Hoffius, Director of Publications for the South Carolina Historical Society, to Cleveland Sellers regarding Grace Jordan McFadden interviews with Civil Rights movement participants.
Correspondence from William Saunders, Executive Director for COBRA, to Virgil L. Conrad, Commissioner for the South Carolina Department of Social Services, regarding an audit exception for 1975 to 1976.