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Accession 65

Inclusive Dates

1954-1973, 1981


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

Collection Size

500 pieces, .25 linear feet



Historical Note

Sara Vandiver Liverance [1914-1996] was a club woman, journalist for the Greenville News, and chief of its Anderson Bureau 1949-1976. Mrs. Liverance played an instrumental role and was the driving force in persuading the South Carolina General Assembly to allow jury service for women as well as the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1967, officially giving South Carolina women the right to vote.

For more on Sara Vandiver Liverance please consult the Biography above.

Scope and Content Note

The Sara Vandiver Liverance Papers include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, program notes, newspaper clippings, legislative bills and publications, concerning Mrs. Liverance’s efforts as legislative chairwoman to the S.C. Council for the Common Good, to get jury service for women in S.C., and in trying to improve nursing care in the state. While the collection extends from 1954 to 1981, most of the material is for the period from 1966 to 1973.


The papers of Mrs. Sara Vandiver Liverance, were donated to the Archives on October 13, 1976.


Women's History, Jury Service, Civil Rights, Equal Rights


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

Sara Vandiver Liverance Papers - Accession 65

LC Subject Headings

Liverance, Sara Vandiver, 1914-1996--Archives; South Carolina Council for the Common Good; Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--South Carolina; Women--Suffrage--South Carolina; Jury duty--South Carolina; Nursing services--Standards--South Carolina