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Accession 5

Inclusive Dates

1894-1967 (mainly 1929-1967)


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

Collection Size

1200 pieces, 1.0 linear feet



Historical Note

Jessie Huey Laurence (1886-1971) was a club woman, civic leader, native of Union County, SC, and a 1907 Winthrop graduate. She was active in the South Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs, the Winthrop Alumnae Association, Council for the Common Good, and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Scope and Content Note

The Jessie Huey Laurence Papers primarily consist of correspondence, but also included are speeches, program notes, minutes, financial records, photographs, clippings, and scrapbooks relating to her role in the South Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs (1928-1937); her promotion of a compulsory school attendance bill for South Carolina (1934-1936); the formation of the South Carolina Council for the Common Good (1935); Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Public Works Administration (PWA) projects in South Carolina; and her interest in the Catawba Indians of York County, as chairman of Indian Affairs Committee for the Catawba Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Subjects include literacy, Santee-Cooper Dam, Winthrop College, World War II, York County Historical Society, York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties and family history material including: Adams, Craig, Jackson, Lesslie, Lessly, Mull, Muehl, Robinson, Taylor, Weidner, Witherspoon, and Wylie families.


The papers of Jessie H. Laurence, educator, writer, business woman, and club woman, were received by the University Archives on July 15 1974. An addition of 12 scrapbooks and indexes were made by the York County Library via Jason Hyatt on August 9, 2019.


Great Depression, Works Progress Administration (WPA), Public Works Administration (PWA), Catawba Indians, World War II, York County Historical Society


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

Jessie Huey Laurence Papers - Accession 5