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In a series of interviews from 1964-1965, Mai Rutledge Smith details her time at Winthrop as a student and the wife of Winthrop’s first President, David Bancroft Johnson. Smith recalls the receptions held at the President’s House and the efforts of President Johnson to expand Winthrop. Smith recounts details of the interesting people Winthrop has hosted over the years and the lasting impressions they made on her. Included in this interview are more personal details of Smith’s family, their personalities, and her impressions of President Johnson’s mother, Margaret Nance. The interview concludes with Smith comparing Old Winthrop to the new. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program.
3 hours, 58 minutes
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Alumni, Faculty and Staff
D.B. Johnson, Tillman (Main Building) Hall, Benjamin Tillman, Guest Speakers, Winthrop History, Winthrop Buildings, Winthrop Faculty/Professors, President’s House, parties, receptions, social customs, traditions, religion, fire escapes, blue line, Founder’s Day, how D.B. Johnson lost his arm
Johnson, Mai Rutledge Smith, "Interview with Mai Rutledge Smith Johnson" (1964). Browse All Oral History Interviews. W460-1A-11.
LC Subject Headings
Winthrop Normal and Industrial College -- Alumni and alumnae, Winthrop University -- History -- 20th century, Tillman, Benjamin R. (Benjamin Ryan), 1847-1918, Johnson, David Bancroft, 1856-1928 -- Family, College presidents' spouses -- South Carolina -- Rock Hill, College presidents -- Social life and customs