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Lottie D. Hamby Papers

Lottie "Dolly" Hamby was a partner in the all-female, Columbia-based Bradley, Graham, & Hamby Advertising and Public Relations Agency. Jane Bradley, Cora Graham and Dolly Hamby founded BG&H in Columbia, SC in 1951.

Hamby, Lottie D. "Dolly" (1918-2001)

Papers, 1946-2001, 6 ft.

Through the 1970s, the firm worked for high-profile political candidates and businesses, and on issues of public interest. Cora Bradley became a (largely) silent partner after a few years but Graham and Hamby remained active partners throughout.

Collection Finding Aid
The collection is comprised chiefly of the records of the Bradley, Graham, & Hamby Advertising and Public Relations Agency, primarily 1954-1974, and document its work for a range of political candidates and businesses. Files covering the campaigns of Barry Goldwater, Fritz Hollings, Robert McNair, Donald Russell and Strom Thurmond are the most extensive among the firm's political clients. BG&H's most well-documented issue of public interest was in representing several environmental groups who opposed construction of a German chemical company (BASF) plant in Beaufort County.

Oral History Transcript (31 pages)
Ms. Hamby (1918-2001) reflects on her life and career as a partner in the public relations firm of Bradley, Graham and Hamby, of Columbia.  In addition to traditional business clients, the firm managed a remarkable series of chiefly successful political campaigns in the 1950s and 1960s, including those of George Bell Timmerman for governor, 1954; Ernest F. Hollings for governor, 1958, Charles Boineau for the S.C. House, 1961; William Workman for the U.S. Senate, 1962, Donald Russell for governor, 1962, and Robert McNair for governor, 1966, as well as the mini-bottle initiative.

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