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Collection Number: 04757

Collection Title: John Minott Rivers Papers, 1900-1997.

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3200 items)
Abstract John Minott Rivers, Jr., son of John Minott Rivers (1903-1988) and Martha Robinson Rivers (1909-1994). The Rivers family owned WCSC, Inc., which operated a Charleston, S.C., radio and television stations until 1987. WCSC-AM went on the air in 1930, the second oldest radio station in South Carolina; WXTC-FM went on the air in 1947, the first FM station in Charleston. WCSC-TV, the first television station in Charleston, went live in 1953 and is the oldest in South Carolina in terms of continuous operation. WCSC, Inc., was also active in real estate and property development in and around Charleston. It also was involved in background music, long-distance telephones, paging, two-way radio, voice mail, cellular telephones, billboards, custom video production, security systems, hospital nursing stations, and the WCSC Broadcast Museum, now the John M. Rivers, Sr., Communications Museum housed at the College of Charleston. John Minott Rivers, Sr., filled leadership roles in broadcasting and in Charleston civic and social affairs. Martha Robinson Rivers was also a civic and social leader, who worked extensively with the Junior League, the Garden Club of Charleston, and other groups. Rivers's sister Martha Craig Rivers Ingram was important in fundraising for the arts in Nashville, Tenn.; his sister Elizabeth R. Lewine lived in New York City. Family and business papers relating to John Minott Rivers, Jr., and other members of the Rivers family, especially John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, and Martha Rivers Ingram. Included are writings by Martha Rivers and other family members; materials documenting civic activities of and trips taken by Rivers family members; and items that relate to Rivers, Buist, and Robinson family members and family history. Also included are many family photographs and photographs that document business and community activities; a few scrapbooks; and several college annuals. There are also several drafts and other materials relating to Martha Robinson Rivers's autobiography. Business papers include a few office files from WCSC, Inc., documenting real estate, property development, and broadcasting activities. The WCSC-TV materials include photocopies of broadcast editorials, 1962-1974, on various topics. Also included are a number of audio disks, chiefly LPs, that were received at WCSC Radio as promotional items, and video tapes relating to family and WCSC activities.
Creator Rivers, John Minott, 1945-
Language English
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RESTRICTED: Audio disks not currently available for research use. Other formats may require that listening or viewing copies be made before they can be used.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Minott Rivers Papers #4757, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John M. Rivers, Jr., of Charleston, S.C., in December 1990 (Acc. 91004), May 1995 (Acc. 95066), February 1996 (Acc. 96017), June 1997 (Acc. 97077), January 1998 (Acc. 98006), and May 2002 (Acc. 99250).
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John Minott Rivers, Sr., was born in 1903 in Charleston, S.C., son of lawyer and civic leader Moultrie Rutledge Rivers (1868-1940) and Eliza Ingraham Buist Rivers. He was educated in Charleston public and private schools and at the College of Charleston and the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his B.A. degree in 1924.

Rivers began his business career in 1924 with the Greenville branch of the Bank of Charleston (later the South Carolina National Bank). He was assistant vice-president of the bank when he left in 1936 to join the Charleston office of McAlister, Smith & Pate, a Greenville securities firm.

In 1937, Rivers joined WCSC-AM radio as president of the South Carolina Broadcasting Company, the licenser of WCSC. In 1938, he became president and manager of WCSC Radio, Charleston's first broadcasting station. He purchased the station in 1944. In 1948, WCSC-FM went on the air; in 1953, WCSC-TV, the first VHF television station in South Carolina, became operational. Rivers became chairman of the board of WCSC, Inc., in 1973. In 1987, WCSC, Inc. was sold to Crump Communications, Inc., of Houston, Tex.

Rivers was president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce in 1936 and of the South Carolina Broadcasters' Association in 1952. He was also president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, which named him Businessman of the Year in 1961. In 1974, he became the second person elected to the South Carolina Broadcasters' Association Hall of Fame, and, in 1977, he received the Silver Medal from the Advertising Federation of Charleston.

Rivers served as a board member or trustee for many organizations and institutions, among them the South Carolina Educational Television Commission; Coker College; Winthrop University; Ashley Hall School, where the library bears his name; the Charleston Development Board; the CBS Radio Affiliates' Board; and the Historic Charleston Foundation. The Communications Museum at the College of Charleston is named after Rivers, and the Rivers, Ingram, and Lewine Family Fund of the Historic Charleston Foundation was established in his honor.

Martha Robinson Rivers was born Martha Elizabeth Robinson in 1909 in Gastonia, N.C., daughter of John Craig Robinson (d. 1934) and Ola Stowe Craig Robinson (d. 1970). In 1925, she entered Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C. She made her debut at the 1928 Debutante Ball in Raleigh, N.C., and met and married John Minott Rivers, Sr., in 1929.

Settling in Charleston, Martha Rivers immediately became active in the city's civic and social life. She served on numerous boards and commissions and as president of the Charleston County Association for the Blind and the Garden Club of Charleston. She was active in community improvement projects sponsored by, among others, the Junior League of Charleston, Inc., and the Historic Charleston Foundation, and was a member of the Charleston Parks Commission for twelve years. In addition, she was vice-president and secretary of WCSC, Inc.

Martha Rivers was a frequent contributor of articles and opinion pieces to local newsPapers, magazines, and journals. In 1979, she published her recollections as Ole Timey Time. She also wrote many descriptive pieces during the frequent travels she and John Rivers, Sr., undertook, especially in their later years.

John Minott Rivers, Jr., was born in 1945. He attended Charleston Day School, Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, he served as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy, stationed chiefly in Charleston.

After his discharge, John Rivers, Jr., entered into the family business, taking charge in 1973 after his father's heart attack, and into the family's spirit of community service. Among other activities, he served as director of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce and of the Charleston Industrial Association. He was also active in the Charleston Travel Industry Development Council, the United Way, the Boy Scouts, and numerous broadcasting associations.

Martha Rivers Ingram was born in 1935 and attended Ashley Hall School and Vassar College. After entering briefly in radio (she hosted a classical music program on WCSC-FM for a year), she moved in 1958 to Nashville, Tenn., when she married E. Bronson Ingram, head of Ingram Industries, which at the time was one of the largest privately owned businesses in the United States. Martha Ingram became active in Nashville civic and social affairs, concentrating especially on cultural and art programs. In 1972, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Elizabeth Craig Rivers Lewine was born in 1937 and also attended Ashley Hall School and Vassar College. After college, she taught history at Ashley Hall for a year before moving to New York City, where she taught and attended Columbia University. She worked for the Authors' League for twelve years and married one of its directors.

(Adapted from articles in the News and Courier/Charleston Evening Post, 29 May 1977 and 25 January 1987; the Charleston Evening Post, 25 January 1988; Cobblestones, a Junior League of Charleston, Inc., publication, September 1991; and other publications, and from Ole Timey Time by Martha Robinson Rivers.)

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Family and business papers relating to John Minott Rivers, Jr., and other members of the Rivers family, especially John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, and Martha Rivers Ingram. Included are writings by Martha Rivers and other family members; materials documenting civic activities of and trips taken by Rivers family members; and items that relate to Rivers, Buist, and Robinson family members and family history. Also included are many family photographs and photographs that document business and community activities; a few scrapbooks; and several college annuals. There are also several drafts and other materials relating to Martha Robinson Rivers's autobiography. Business papers include a few office files from WCSC, Inc., documenting real estate, property development, and broadcasting activities. The WCSC-TV materials include photocopies of broadcast editorials, 1962-1974, on various topics. Also included are a number of audio disks, chiefly LPs, that were received at WCSC Radio as promotional items, and video tapes relating to family and WCSC activities.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s.

About 1150 items.

Files relating chiefly to John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, John Minott Rivers, Jr., and WCSC, Inc.

Folder 1

Calhoun Street, Charleston, S.C., properties, 1983-1985. Materials chiefly relating to the selling of historic properties. About 25 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 1

Folder 2

Church Street, Charleston, S.C., properties, 1984. Materials relating to maintenance of historic home. 2 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 2

Folder 3-5

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Clark, Mark W., and Marion Doran Clark, 1954-1973. Correspondence of General Clark and his wife Marion with members of the Rivers family and other items. Some letters relate to Clark's work as president of the Citadel and some to "South Carolina's Tribute to General Mark Wayne Clark," 18 May 1965. About 50 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 3-5

Folder 6-7

Folder 6

Folder 7

Coker, Elizabeth Boatwright, 1950s-1970s. Correspondence of novelist Coker, chiefly with John Minott Rivers, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers; clippings; and other materials. About 35 items. (See also pictures.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 6-7

Folder 8-10

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Converse College, 1927-1990. Yearbooks, 1927 and 1929; Martha Robinson Rivers's diploma, 1929; and materials relating to the Rivers family's continuing support for the college. About 20 items. (See also scrapbooks.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 8-10

Folder 11

Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1889-1928 Letters relating to lawyer M. Rutledge Rivers and Buist and Robinson family members. The first letter of substance from John Minott Rivers, Sr., is dated 6 January 1925, when Rivers was at the Bankers' Security Company, Greenville, S.C. The letter is addressed to his father and discusses property and bonds. In 1926, there is a series of postcards to Martha Robinson in Gastonia from a friend named Bill on tour in Europe. About 35 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1929-1957 Chiefly routine items documenting the activities of John Minott Rivers, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers. About 40 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 12

Folder 13

Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1960-1976 Chiefly routine items. Included are Christmas letters in 1969 and 1970 that summarize family activities. About 45 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1977-1983 Routine items. About 40 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 14

Folder 15

Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1984-1993. Included are some items relating to David Ingram's golfing career at Duke University and a letter, dated 18 February 1993, that summarizes family activities. About 40 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 15

Folder 16

Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): Undated. About 5 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 16

Folder 17

Davidson College, 1929. Yearbook, 1929, with Martha Robinson as "Quips and Cranks Sponsor." 1 item. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 17

Folder 18

Gastonia High School. Yearbook, 1925, and other materials relating to Martha Robinson Rivers's high school years. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 18

Folder 19

Genealogy. Family trees and other materials relating to the Rivers, Buist, Craig, Gibbes, and other families. About 25 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 19

Folder 20

Historic Charleston Foundation. Materials relating to the establishment, 1993, of the Rivers, Ingram, and Lewine Family Fund in memory of John Minott Rivers, Sr. 3 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 20

Folder 21

Ingram, Martha Rivers, 1960s-1980s. Clippings and other items relating to Ingram, her husband E. Bronson Ingram, and father-in-law Orrin Henry Ingram. About 15 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 21

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

John C. Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, N.C., 1953-1972. Materials relating to the church built on land donated by Martha Robinson Rivers's family. About 15 items. (See also pictures.)* #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 22-23

Folder 24

Kiawah Island, S.C., properties, 1984-1987. Materials relating to John Minott Rivers, Jr.'s home and plans to buy the island. About 20 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 24

Folder 25

Martha Rivers Park, Gastonia, 1985. Dedication program, clippings, etc., about park on land donated by Martha Robinson Rivers. About 15 items. (See also pictures.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 25

Folder 26

Meeting Street, Charleston, properties. Materials relating to historic home. About 30 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 26

Folder 27

Presbyterian College of South Carolina, 1928. Yearbook, 1928, with Martha Robinson as junior class sponsor. 1 item. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 27

Folder 28

Property maps, Charleston. List of John Minott Rivers, Jr.'s properties in Charleston and maps of some of them. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 28

Folder 29

Rivers, Arthur L. Clippings relating to obstetrician Rivers's death in 1966. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 29

Folder 30

Rivers, G. L. Buist. Clippings relating to Rivers, son of M. Rutledge Rivers, lawyer and president of the College of Charleston Board of Trustees. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 30

Folder 31

Rivers, John Minott, Jr. Clippings, 1977. 2 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 31

Folder 32

Rivers, John Minott, Sr.: Clippings, 1942-1988. About 20 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 32

Folder 33

Rivers, John Minott, Sr.: Writings, 1936-1973 and undated. A few speeches from various occasions and some autobiographical writings. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 33

Folder 34

Rivers, John Minott, Sr.: Miscellaneous, 1920-1989 and undated. Certificate of matriculation at College of Charleston, 1920-1921; laudatory speeches, including two from the dedication of the John M. Rivers, Sr., Communications Museum, College of Charleston, 1989 (one by John Minott Rivers, Jr.). About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

Rivers, John Minott, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers: 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1979. Guest lists, etc. 6 items. (See also pictures.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 35-36

Folder 37-38

Folder 37

Folder 38

Rivers, John Minott, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers: Wedding, 1929. Gift books, clippings, etc. About 10 items. (See also pictures.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 37-38

Folder 39-40

Folder 39

Folder 40

Rivers, Martha Robinson: Clippings, 1937-1980s. Clippings relating to various activities. About 50 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 39-40

Folder 41

Rivers, Martha Robinson: Writings: Ole Timey Time, circa 1979. Typed copy of reminiscences and a few copies of drafts of chapters. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 41

Folder 42-44

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Rivers, Martha Robinson: Writings: Travel, 1927-circa 1986. Diaries, typed copies of writings, short pieces, etc., from various trips that she took with or without John Minott Rivers, Sr. Some writings are in the form of a series of letters written by Martha Rivers to friends and family at home. About 30 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 42-44

Folder 45

Rivers, Martha Robinson: Writings: Other, undated. A few speeches, guest columns, poems. About 5 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 45

Folder 46

Rivers, Martha Robinson: Miscellaneous, 1942-1993 and undated. Undated desk diary; citation from war savings staff of Charleston County, 1943; honorary membership certificate in the Garden Club of Charleston, 1993. 3 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 46

Folder 47

Rivers, Moultrie Rutledge, 1920s-1940s. Clippings, biographical materials, and a few legal documents relating to Rivers, lawyer and Charleston civic leader. About 25 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 47

Folder 48

Riverwood Plantation, 1990. About 5 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 48

Folder 49

Robinson, John C. and Ola Craig Robinson. Clippings, chiefly relating to the death of John C. Robinson in 1934 and of Ola Craig Robinson in 1970. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 49

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Scrapbooks: V-4757/1: Scrapbook kept by Martha Robinson Rivers, 1924-1925, with photographs, poems, etc. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Scrapbooks: V-4757/S-2: Scrapbook kept by Martha Robinson Rivers, with materials chiefly relating to Converse College. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Scrapbooks with clippings, photographs, etc., relating to Rivers family members and WCSC, Inc., and WCSC-TV and Radio. V-4757/3 1933-1941 #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Scrapbooks with clippings, photographs, etc., relating to Rivers family members and WCSC, Inc., and WCSC-TV and Radio. V-4757/S-4 1942-1969 #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

Scrapbooks with clippings, photographs, etc., relating to Rivers family members and WCSC, Inc., and WCSC-TV and Radio. V-4757/S-5 1970-1978 #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 50-51

Folder 52

Sullivan's Island, S.C., properties, 1991-1992. 4 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 52

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Folder 53

Folder 54

Travel: Itineraries, passports, etc., relating to trips taken chiefly by John Minott Rivers, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers, 1950s-1980s. (See also Martha Robinson Rivers's travel writings.) About 35 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 53-54

Folder 55

U.S.S. Everglades, 1959. Materials relating to a visit by a group of Charleston business people, including John Minott Rivers, Sr., who took motion pictures of the event for a series he planned. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 55

Folder 56

University of Pennsylvania. Yearbook, 1924, of John Minott Rivers, Sr. 1 item. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 56

Folder 57-59

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

WCSC, Inc.: Building supplies and services, 1982-1987. About 75 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 57-59

Folder 60

WCSC, Inc.: City of Charleston, Landscape Architect, 1982-1986. Plans and approval for landscaping. About 5 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 60

Folder 61

WCSC, Inc.: City of Charleston, Sanitation Division, 1983-1986. Office notices. 3 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 61

Folder 62-63

Folder 62

Folder 63

WCSC, Inc.: Clippings, 1953-1993. Clippings about activities of WCSC, Inc., and members of the Rivers family. About 35 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 62-63

Folder 64

WCSC, Inc.: Condon property, 1986. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 64

Folder 65

WCSC, Inc.: Custom Video, 1984-1987. Materials relating to Custom Video, a division of WCSC, Inc. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 65

Folder 66

WCSC, Inc.: Encroachment on East Bay Street, 1984-1985. About 30 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 66

Folder 67

WCSC, Inc.: Flooding of Charleston streets, 1984-1987. Correspondence and clippings relating to efforts to deal with street flooding. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 67

Folder 68

WCSC, Inc.: General office materials. About 15 items. (See also scrapbooks.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 68

Folder 69

WCSC, Inc.: Parker-Cart Company property lease, 1983-1985. About 5 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 69

Folder 70

WCSC, Inc.: Satellite dishes, 1986. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 70

Folder 71

WCSC, Inc.: U.S. Postal Service building, 1985. Materials relating to the Postal Service's interest in purchasing property in Charleston. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 71

Folder 72

WCSC, Inc.: WCSC-TV and Radio: General office materials, 1955-1968. About 35 items. (See also scrapbooks and pictures.) #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 72

Folder 73

WCSC, Inc.: WCSC-TV and Radio: History, 1982 and undated, and historical documents, 1938-1959. Most of the documents relate to WCSC-TV's affiliation with ABC in 1958. About 20 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 73

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Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

Folder 82

WCSC, Inc.: WCSC-TV and Radio: On-air editorials, 1962-1974. Photocopies of editorials on a wide range of subjects. About 100 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 74-82

Folder 83

WCSC, Inc.: Studio Tower: Contracts and plans for building a tower, 1950-1953. About 20 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 83

Folder 84

WCSC, Inc.: Wulbern-Koval Building, 1982-1983. About 25 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 84

Folder 85

Miscellaneous: "History of Saint James' Episcopal Church," James Island, 1930; Dock Street Theatre program, 1937; programs from French reviews; etc. About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 85

Folder 86

Miscellaneous: Clippings. Chiefly about Charlestonians, including some of family members. About 20 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 86

Box 9

Miscellaneous: Address files and various awards. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Box 9

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About 1450 items.
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Coker, Elizabeth Boatwright. About 10 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 1

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Collected photographs. Chiefly commercially produced b&w prints of European architecture, paintings, sculpture, etc. Many are categorized in original envelopes. About 250 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 2-4

Family and friends, including many photographs of John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, and John Minott Rivers, Jr. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 2-4

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Portraits: B&W: Women, including 2 signed photographs of actress Janet Blair. About 20 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 5

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Portraits: B&W: Men, including a signed photograph of Jascha Heifetz. About 25 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 6

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Portraits: B&W: Children. About 20 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 7

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Portraits: B&W: Groups, including a few athletic team and military group portraits. About 10 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 8

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Portraits: Color. About 10 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 9

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Portraits: Christmas cards. About 30 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 10-11

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Snapshots: B&W: Women. About 45 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 12

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Snapshots: B&W: Men. About 30 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 13

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Snapshots: B&W: Children. About 40 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 14

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Snapshots: B&W: Groups: Of adults, including a colorized photograph of a group of men in an old car (original in PA-4757/1 enclosures). About 80 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 15

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Snapshots: B&W: Groups: Of adults and children. About 60 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 16

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Snapshots: B&W: Groups: Of children. About 30 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 17

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Snapshots: Color: Women. About 40 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 18

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Snapshots: Color: Men. About 30 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 19

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Snapshots: Color: Children. About 30 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 20

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Snapshots: Color: Groups: Of adults. About 175 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 21-22

Image P-4757/Folder 23

Snapshots: Color: Groups: Of adults and children. About 80 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 23

Image P-4757/Folder 24

Snapshots: Color: Groups: Of children. About 35 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 24

Image P-4757/Folder 25

Martha Rivers Park: Scenes from dedication of park, etc. About 20 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 25

Publicity stills: Official and casual photographs of Rivers family members at various functions. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 25

Image P-4757/Folder 26-27

B&W: U.S. Navy: Photographs from various official visits to ships, etc., during World War II and after, chiefly by John Minott Rivers, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers in various capacities. The Riverses appear in several photographs, most of which are official U.S. Navy images. About 70 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 26-27

Image P-4757/Folder 28-30

B&W: Miscellaneous photographs from various meetings, chiefly featuring John Minott Rivers, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers. Several photographs document activities of WCSC-TV and Radio. About 100 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 28-30

Film F-4757/Folder 31

Color: Miscellaneous photographs, including some from the 1986 South Carolina Chamber of Commerce banquet where John Minott Rivers, Sr., was named Business Man of the Year. About 30 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." F-4757/Folder 31

Image P-4757/Folder 32

Rivers, John Minott, Sr.: 80th birthday party. About 15 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 32

Image P-4757/Folder 33

Rivers, John Minott, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers: 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1979. About 20 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 33

Image P-4757/Folder 34

Rivers, John Minott, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers: Wedding, 1929. 4 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 34

Image P-4757/Folder 35

Scenes: B&W: Chiefly photographs of homes in Charleston, but also a few of an Alaska trip and of the exterior of the John C. Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Church. About 35 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 35

Image P-4757/Folder 36

Scenes: Color: Scenes of boats, fields, Alaska, etc. About 80 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 36

Image P-4757/Folder 37

Miscellaneous: Photograph of a dime and a small object; 2 photographs of a dog; 2 photographs showing a 1920s Atlantic City Press headline: "Rivers, of WCSC, Tuna Champion, Welcomed to Atlantic City, N.Y."; photographs of Santa Claus disembarking from propeller airplane with markings "The Great Silver Fleet" and "Eastern Air Lines." 6 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 37

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About 425 items.

Audio disks, chiefly LPs, that were received at WCSC Radio as promotional items.

Audiodisc D-4757

Audio Disks #04757, Series: "3. Audio Disks." D-4757

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36 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by title.

VHS video cassette tapes relating to Rivers family and WCSC, Inc., activities. In most instances, titles have been transcribed as they appear on the tapes.

Videotape VT-4757/1

84th birthday [of John M. Rivers, Sr.], 1987 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/1

Videotape VT-4757/2

Anniversary package and Mrs. Rivers VO/SOT #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/2

Videotape VT-4757/3

Arts and education grant press conference, John M. Rivers, Jr. #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/3

Videotape VT-4757/4

Charleston Cup/School tribute to Mr. Rivers #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/4

Videotape VT-4757/5

Children on beach and wedding #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/5

Videotape VT-4757/6

Christmas party, 1985 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/6

Videotape VT-4757/7

Christmas party, WCSC, Inc., 1986/Presentation "Thank you, John" #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/7

Videotape VT-4757/8

Converse College/Mary Long's Yesteryear #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/8

Videotape VT-4757/9

Early home movies/beach/Yellowstone/vacation #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/9

Videotape VT-4757/10

History of WCSC, 1985 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/10

Videotape VT-4757/11

John, Jr., with Ike--golf/and with friends at a party #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/11

Videotape VT-4757/12

Martha Rivers Park #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/12

Videotape VT-4757/13

Martha Rivers, raw footage, 1987 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/13

Videotape VT-4757/14

Maxima Magnetics #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/14

Videotape VT-4757/15

Mrs. Rivers/Ellen Bryan interviews #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/15

Videotape VT-4757/16

North Charleston press conference, 1986 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/16

Videotape VT-4757/17

Obituaries, John M. Rivers, Sr., 1988 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/17

Videotape VT-4757/18

Peru #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/18

Videotape VT-4757/19

Plane flight to Bermuda, 1969 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/19

Videotape VT-4757-20

Porgy and Bess in Charleston #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757-20

Videotape VT-4757/21

Profile of John Rivers, Sr., broadcaster of the year, ETV interview #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/21

Videotape VT-4757/22

Rivers Museum opening, 1989 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/22

Videotape VT-4757/23

South America (Rio) #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/23

Videotape VT-4757/24

South Carolina Broadcaster, Hilton Head #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/24

Videotape VT-4757/25

Stock story/business award/Charleston Place #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/25

Videotape VT-4757/26

Tall tower ceremony, 1986 (1) #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/26

Videotape VT-4757/27

Tall tower ceremony, 1986 (2) #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/27

Videotape VT-4757/28

Thursday news, 11 p.m. #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/28

Videotape VT-4757/29

Tree climbing, 1963 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/29

Videotape VT-4757/30

Trip around the world/Japan, India, Greece, France #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/30

Videotape VT-4757/31

TV sale, 1987 #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/31

Videotape VT-4757/32

Vacation USA/WCSC travel to western show #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/32

Videotape VT-4757/33

Vassar College graduation/John, Jr.--Golf #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/33

Videotape VT-4757/34

WCSC 25th anniversary #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/34

Videotape VT-4757/35

World's Fair in Canada #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/35

Videotape VT-4757/36

SC Business Hall of Fame, "1997-Rivers, Hamrick, Royall," 5/22/97 (Acc. 97077) #04757, Series: "4. Video Tapes, 1963-1997 and undated." VT-4757/36

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, February 1996 with subsequent additions

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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