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Ann Yarborough "Tunky" Riley Collection

Ann Osteen Yarborough Riley served as South Carolina's First Lady from 1979 until 1987. She was known not only for her gracious hospitality and warmth, but for her work toward improving South Carolina's educational system and her active involvement in the Governor's Mansion renovations.

Riley, Ann Yarborough "Tunky" (1935-2008)

Papers, c.1880s-2008, bulk 1978-1988, 3 ft.

Collection Finding Aid

Mrs. Riley's papers consist of Public papers relating to her work as First Lady of South Carolina, as well as Personal papers, Speeches, Clippings, and a small number of photographs. The Public papers particularly document her leadership on education issues and her active involvement in the Governor's Mansion renovations. The Speeches series includes many on subjects close to Mrs. Riley's heart, including various facets of education, adult literacy, volunteerism, and the arts.

Oral History Transcript (28 pages)
In this 1987 interview, conducted by Jack Bass, Mrs. Riley discusses life with her husband, South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, and her role in his gubernatorial campaigns.  She also details her activities as First Lady, particularly her promotion of citizen participation in educational reform and the revitalization of the mansion complex and creation of the Governor’s Green garden.

Oral History Transcript (20 pages)
Governor Riley, Tunky Riley, and son Ted Riley reflect on their years in the Governor’s Mansion from 1979-1987.


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