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Accession 36

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

Collection Size

3,500 pieces, 1.75 linear feet



Historical Note

Dr. Alvin Laroy Duckett [1908-1967] was born in Greenwood, SC. A graduate of The Citadel at Charleston, SC in 1930, he received his M.A. (1939) and Ph.D. (1957) degrees from the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Duckett taught history at the high school level in Clinton and Rock Hill, SC and then served more than five years in the US Army prior to and during World War II reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also taught history at Washington and Lee University before becoming a History professor at Winthrop from 1950 through 1967. Dr. Duckett's research interests centered mostly around the life of John Forsyth and published his work in John Forsyth: Political Tactician in 1962.

Scope and Content Note

The Alvin Laroy Duckett Papers consist of correspondence, lecture notes, reading lists, tests and newspaper clippings relating to Dr. Duckett’s position as a professor of history at Winthrop College (1950-1967). Also included is a thesis (1956) and a rough draft, final draft, and book reviews pertaining to his book John Forsyth: Political Tactician (1962). Although the papers range from 1941 to about 1966, the greater part of the collection concerns the years of his employment at Winthrop.


The papers of Alvin Laroy Duckett, professor of history at Winthrop College(1950-1967), were received by the Archives on February 20, 1975, in conjunction with the transfer of Mary Elizabeth Massey's papers from the office of Dr. Ross A. Webb.


Education, Higher Education, Politics


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Alvin Laroy Duckett Papers - Accession 36

LC Subject Headings

Duckett, Alvin Laroy--Archives; Duckett, Alvin Laroy. John Forsyth : political tactician; Forsyth, John, 1780-1841; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Faculty; History teachers--South Carolina--Rock Hill; College teachers--South Carolina--Rock Hill