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Identifier

Accession 110

Inclusive Dates

1921-1976

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

4 bound volumes, 18,500 pieces, 9.25 linear feet

Language

English

Historical Note

Mary Elizabeth Johnston (Pat) Gates (1926-2013) was a former president of the South Carolina Extension Homemakers’ Council and a noted civic leader. Mrs. Gates was born in Sumter, SC and a former member and president of the Sumter County Extension Homemakers' Council. She was also the president of the South Carolina Extension Homemakers' Council in 1974.

Scope and Content Note

The Mary Johnston Gates Papers consist of correspondence, minutes, histories, financial records, program notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and reference material, relating to the South Carolina Extension Homemakers’ Council (1930-1976), Bethel Home Demonstration Club (1941-1975), the National Extension Homemakers’ Council (1948-1976), the Associated Country Women of the World (1968-1976) and the South Carolina Agricultural County Extension Work (1928-1968) . There is also a 16mm film describing the dedication ceremonies of the Bethel Home Demonstration Club of Sumter, South Carolina, the first of its kind in the United States. Correspondents include Strom Thurmond, US Senator from South Carolina; Donald Russell, former South Carolina governor and United States senator; Olin D. Johnston, former South Carolina governor and United States senator; Corinne B. Riley, representative of South Carolina; and Anna H. Huntington, sculptress (see Box 12-Folder 36).

Additional Notes

Disposition of Items: A 1954 U.S. Department of Commerce Census of Agriculture was transferred to Documents Department, Dacus Library. All duplicates have been returned to the donor.

Provenance

The papers of Mary Johnston (Pat) Gates, former president of the South Carolina Extension Homemakers’ Council and civic leader, were received as a gift by the Archives from Mrs. Gates on July 21, 1977.

Keywords

Women, Women's History, Home Demonstration, Home Extension, Home Economics, Sumter County SC, Bethel Home Demonstration Club

Copyright

For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Mary Johnston Gates Papers - Accession 110

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