Robert Lathan papers, 1901-1950.


Lathan, Robert, 1881-1937. Robert Lathan papers, 1901-1950.

Robert Lathan papers, 1901-1950.

Correspondence, typescripts of speeches and editorials, and various materials pertaining chiefly to activities in Charleston, S.C., and political concerns at the state, regional, and national levels. Correspondence includes letter, 7 Sept. 1918 from Sen. Christie Benet, [Washington, D.C.], opposing political agenda of Coleman L. Blease, and thanking Lathan for sending copies of the Charleston American newspaper which "furnished me with a logical opening for the most effective attack which I was able to launch on Blease..."; letter, 16 Oct. 1918, Charleston, S.C., to Sen. Christie Benet, Washington, D.C., re suspected attempts by a German agent to acquire control of the News and Courier; letter, 31 Mar. 1919, from P.H. Whaley, [Washington, D.C.], re the opening of the Whaley-Eaton News Bureau in London, unlikely presidential prospects of [James Beauchamp] "Champ" Clark on the Democratic ticket, and explaining his opposition to the League of Nations. Letter, 21 Aug. 1919, Baltimore, Md., from Clement S. Ucker of the Southern Settlement and Development Organization, complimenting Lathan's editorial, "Cheap Lands and Food"; letter, 29 Aug. 1919, Birmingham, Ala., from S.C. author Octavus Cohen, thanking Lathan for assistance rendered in his unsuccessful attempt to defeat Charleston mayor John P. Grace. Letter, 15 Sept. 1924, from James F. Byrnes, Aiken, S.C., re his defeat in the primary election for the U.S. Senate; letter, 27 April 1925, Charleston, S.C., from E.T.H. Shaffer, Walterboro, S.C., congratulating Lathan on winning the Pulitzer Prize; 6 Jan. 1932, from W.W. Ball, Charleston, expressing misgivings re political power of poor whites in South Carolina; 8 Aug. 1934, from James Henry Rice, Jr., Wiggins, S.C., re book in progress and plans for three other volumes, commenting on changes in Charleston, and thoughts re gubernatorial primary between Manning and Blease; and letter, ca. 3 Mar. 1935, from "Babe," Charleston, re appearance by Gertrude Stein before the Poetry Society of S.C. Typed manuscripts include address delivered, 14 Jan. 1926, before the N.C. Press Association, re the South's current and future political and economic prospects; address before the South Carolina Press Association, 13 July 1926, re the need for "radical revision" of the South's agricultural system; paper read before the Pen-and-Plate Club of Asheville, N.C., 7 May 1928, "Accounting for North Carolina: The Impressions of a Newcomer"; editorial, 28 Mar. 1929, "Is the Solid South Definitely Broken?"; and undated editorial, "Every Famer a Landowner." Early material includes bound pocket diary, 1904, listing Lathan as a resident of Sumter, S.C., recording travel from Darlington, S.C., to Columbia, S.C., Hendersonville, N.C., and elsewhere, including entry, "from Jan. 12 to Feb. 21 was in Columbia reading proof on The State [newspaper]. As for what was done during this period, has it not been written?"; printed program, 31 Feb. 1910, for "The Complimentary Toast and Roast given Major J.C. Hemphill"; and telegrams and letters of condolence upon Lathan's death in 1937.

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