Manuscript Collection



Download Finding Aid (389 KB)

Download The Afro-American Church And The Political Experience 1770-1948 by Cynthia P. Roddey (April 1, 1990) (100.1 MB)

Download Teaching Dewet Through Poetry (Manual) by Cynthia P. Roddey (1989) (16.1 MB)

Download The Winds of The Heavens by Cynthia P. Roddey (2016) (8.7 MB)


Accession 937

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

2000 pieces



Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one scrapbook of Cynthia Plair Roddey beginning in 1967, the year she began her studies at Winthrop University. There are also three diplomas included in the collection; one from Johnson C. Smith University, where Roddey received her Bachelor of Arts degree, one from then Winthrop College, where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching, and one from the Mid-Atlantic Seminary, where she received her degree of Doctor of Ministry. The scrapbook contains Roddey’s life history up to 1997. Within the scrapbook are copies of her high school diploma, college and university degrees, a copy of her birth certificate, awards and certificates, report cards, church programs, and newspaper articles.


The papers of Cynthia Harriet Plair Roddey, first African American to enter Winthrop University, and educator, and doctor of ministry, were received May 8, 1997, October 17, 2012, and September 4, 2020.


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

Cynthia Harriet Plair Roddey Papers - Accession 937

LC Subject Headings

Roddey, Cynthia P. (Cynthia Plair)--Archives; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Students--History; Johnson C. Smith University--Alumni and alumnae