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Accession 9

Inclusive Dates

1917-1972 (mainly 1942-1962)


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

Collection Size

720 pieces, .75 linear feet



Historical Note

Henry Radcliffe Sims was a lawyer, South Carolina state legislator, editor, and the fourth president of Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women and served from 1944-1959. For more information please consult the Henry Radcliffe Sims Biography above.

Scope and Content Note

The Henry Radcliffe Sims Papers consist primarily of personal and business correspondence and offers a good source of information on the Sims family's varied interests in South Carolina, especially their businesses in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The correspondence generally deals with Henry Sims' brief military career; his presidency at Winthrop; his efforts along with his brothers' help to establish a radio station at Orangeburg; his constant concern in the Sims Publishing Company; his interest in the political and educational welfare of his nephews; his devotion to his family; and his association with various South Carolina legislators. Areas of research would perhaps include, among others, biographical information on Sims and his family; their contributions to South Carolina, especially in the area of publications (ex. Times and Democrat’s historical development). There is also material relating to Sims’ nephew, Hugo Sims Jr., and the latter’s 1946 campaign for a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Correspondents include Olin Johnston, Burnet Rhett Maybank, John T. Riley and Strom Thurmond.


The papers of Henry Radcliffe Sims, lawyer, legislator, editor, and President of Winthrop College (1944-1959) were received by the Archives at an unknown date and from an unknown source.


Orangeburg SC, Winthrop College, newspapers, radio, politics, World War I


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

Henry Radcliffe Sims Papers - Accession 9

LC Subject Headings

Sims, Henry Radcliffe, 1893-1966--Archives; Sims, Henry Radcliffe, 1893-1966--Family; Sims, Hugo Sheridan, Jr., 1921-2004; Johnston, Olin D. (Olin Dewitt), 1896-1965--Correspondence; Maybank, Burnet R. (Burnet Rhett), 1899-1954--Correspondence; Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003--Correspondence; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Presidents; College presidents--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Businessmen--South Carolina--Orangeburg; Legislators--South Carolina