Manuscript Collection


Harriet Bandy



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Accession 1393

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

Collection Size

8000 pieces, 1.25 linear feet



Historical Note

Harriet ‘Boots’ Bandy, Class of 1958, while attending Winthrop College, was active in a number of sports and was a member of the Dolphin Club. She was active in Sigma Gamma Nu, served as an officer in the Winthrop Recreation Association, and was editor of the PEM Press. After her graduation in 1958, Boots taught physical education and coached at North Augusta Junior High School and Paul Knox Junior High School. Two years later she began her career at Strom Thurmond High School where she built a basketball dynasty with a record of 277 wins, 79 losses and 3 ties. Her teams won six conference championships and participated in state championships eight times. She guided her teams to two state championships and one second place finish. Boots Bandy won numerous honors including two Principal’s Service Awards at Strom Thurmond High School, the Outstanding Young Educator Award, three additional education awards from the Jaycees, and a number of coaching awards. In 1976, Boots was named National High School Coach of the Year the same year she retired from coaching. She retired as the director of guidance at Strom Thurmond High School in 1997. In 1998, she was inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2004 she was inducted into the Winthrop Hall of Fame.

Scope and Content Note

The Harriet Bandy Papers consist of scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums, yearbooks, plaques and award certificates, display boards, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, patches, programs, correspondence, and biographical information relating to Harriet “Boots” Bandy, a 1958 graduate of Winthrop. "Boots" Bandy was a legendary basketball coach in the state of South Carolina and was later inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Winthrop Hall of Fame.


The Harriet ‘Boots’ Bandy Papers were deposited with Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections on January 27, 2011. The donors are Joe and Sandra Bandy.


Education, Physical Education, Women's History, Athletics, Basketball, Coaching, Sports, Winthrop University, Johnston SC, Edgefield County SC


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Harriet Bandy Papers - Accession 1393