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“S” is for Salley, Alexander Samuel (1871-1961)

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“S” is for Salley, Alexander Samuel (1871-1961). Historian. A native or Orangeburg, Salley began working for the editorial department of the Charleston News and Courier and began writing articles on historical topics. In 1899 he became the secretary, treasurer, and librarian of the South Carolina Historical Society, a private organization concerned with the preservation of the state’s past. In 1905 the General Assembly created the South Carolina Historical Commission and Salley became its secretary. For the next forty years he organized, filed, and wrote about South Carolina’s documentary heritage, the beginning of what is now the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. He was renowned for being a source of information that assisted scholars and citizens. Alexander Samuel Salley’s lasting contribution to South Carolina is the state’s rich historical traditions preserved in her priceless documents.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.