Manuscript Collection


Robert M. Ward



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Accession 502

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

5500 pieces, 2.75 linear feet



Historical Note

Robert M. Ward (1918-1983) of Rock Hill was a photographer, lawyer, journalist, state legislator, municipal judge, and legislative counsel to U.S. Representative Tom Gettys.

Scope and Content Note

The Robert M. Ward Photograph Collection consists of approximately 400 prints and 900 negatives from the photographs that he took in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Most of the events and individuals pictured are from the York County, SC area and include the Latta House in York, South Carolina, downtown Rock Hill, parades, baseball, military, aviation, sports, and other York County buildings and scenes. Also included are photographs of Landsford Canal State Park, York Technical College, Winthrop University, Catawba Indian chieftain King Haigler’s memorial, Andrew Jackson State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, Hall of Fame Golfer Sam Snead's visit to Rock Hill, SC, and Charleston, South Carolina. The collection also contains newspaper articles from the York Observer, dated from 1988 to 1992, which helped to identify some of the people and events in the pictures.


The photograph collection of Mr. Robert M. Ward was deposited with the Winthrop University Archives in April 1983 by Mr. Ward.


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

Robert M. Ward Photograph Collection - Accession 502