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Accession 78

Inclusive Dates

1880, 1948-1977


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

Collection Size

14,000 pieces, 7.00 linear feet



Historical Note

Grace Beacham Freeman (1916-2002) was a writer, poet, and educator and was the South Carolina Poet Laureate from 1985 to 1986. She was married to Winthrop Biology professor John Alderman Freeman.

Scope and Content Note

The Grace Beacham Freeman Papers documents the development of Mrs. Freeman’s career as a writer from 1948 to the 1960s as well as her relationship with various members of her family. The collection is divided into two groups. The first, her personal files, mainly includes family and personal correspondence, biographical materials, genealogical charts and histories and other papers concerning her children. The second group, her professional files, includes Mrs. Freeman’s prose, poetry, plays and radio scripts as well as correspondence with publishers, editors and Archibald Rutledge, her friend and critic. The subject files consist of reference materials that Mrs. Freeman used for story ideas. There is much information relevant to York County history, including the York County Nature Museum, Glencairn Garden and the Catawba Indians. Related material will include the official college records, since Mrs. Freeman was involved with Dr. Kathryn Powell’s Title I Education project for quality preschool education and since Mrs. Freeman is a former employee of Winthrop.


The papers of Grace Beacham Freeman, author and poet, were received by the Winthrop College Archives on January 31, 1977 and April 8, 1977.


Authors, Poets, Radio Scripts, Plays, Poetry, Fiction, Journalists, Winthrop, Deaf Children


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

Grace Beacham Freeman Papers - Accession 78

LC Subject Headings

Freeman, Grace Beacham, 1916-2002--Archives; Freeman, Grace Beacham, 1916-2002--Family; Rutledge, Archibald, 1883-1973--Correspondence; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Employees; Poets laureate--South Carolina; Poets; York County (S.C.)--History--Sources