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Wesley D. White, a native of Charleston, S.C., is a professional researcher. He attended North Charleston schools and the Baptist College of Charleston, 1966-1969. He transferred to the University of South Carolina in 1969 and graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology, minor in history. In 1969, White began studying the Four Holes Indian community in Dorchester County, S.C., in an attempt to identify the historical predecessors of the present-day Indian groups in the area. He worked for the Center for the Study of Man at the Smithsonian Institution in 1974 and 1975, recording information on the Lowcountry and Piedmont Indian groups. In 1976-1977, White was hired to record tribal history for the Lumbees of North Carolina. This work was financed by the Lumbee Regional Development Association. Between 1978 and 1981 White held various research jobs, including one with VISTA (1979- 1981). Since 1982 he has been the main researcher for the Indian Law Unit of the Lumbee River Legal Services in Lumberton, N.C. He also continues to conduct research for client tribes in four states: in South Carolina, the Edisto Natchez and Kusso; in North Carolina the Lumbee, Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, and Waccamaw-Siouan; in Louisiana the Clifton Choctaw; and in Virginia the Pamunkey. White’s article “American Indian References in the South Carolina Gazette” was published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine, Volume 94 Number 3, July 1993, pp.185-192, under the name Wes Taukchiray. Wes changed his surname to Taukchiray [meaning white in the Catawba language] on December 29, 1988.
*Historical Note is a copy of the Note produced by The South Carolina Historical Society which contains the originals as Wesley D. White Papers, 1521-1993, SCHS 1311.00
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The Wesley D. White Papers largely consists of research materials gathered on American Indian nations. The collection consists of unpublished research on SC Indians consisting of reports: “The Sewee and Santee Indians of SC”; “Indians in Colleton Co., SC 1747-1756, 1830-1975”; “The Summerville Indians”; “The Indians of Crane Pond ( 1 ½ miles north of Holly Hill, SC)”; “The Catawba Indians, 1975.” With other essays including analyses of the Catawba Indians and their language, the Kusso tribe and a band of Natchez on the Edisto River, “The Sewee and the Wateree Indians, the Tuscarora, “Saponi descendants along Drowning Creek, Robeson County, NC,” Indians in NC in 1754, “The Peedee Indians of SC, 1711-1755 and following,” and “Winiaw Indians.”
Wesley D. White Papers were purchased from SC Historical Society via Special Collections Development Fund.
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Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "Wesley D. White Papers - Accession 773". Finding Aid 1038.