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Small-Whaley family papers

Identifier: Mss 0035

Collection Overview

Collection contains papers of Robert Scott Small (1915-2007) and his father Robert Scott Small (1891-1931), and genealogical material, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and miscellaneous items concerning the Small and Whaley families. Papers (1937-1994) of Robert Scott Small (1915-2007) consist of his correspondence, transcriptions of his speeches, awards, resolutions, honors, scrapbooks of clippings concerning the Robert Scott Small Library at the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), photographs, memorabilia and clippings about Small's student years, scrapbooks concerning Small's career in banking and textiles, and four volumes of clippings, correspondence, speeches, and other materials chronicling the activities of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and Small's presidency of that organization from 1977 to 1979. Papers (1923-1931) of Robert Scott Small (1891-1931) consist of scrapbooks containing correspondence, clippings, financial records, and other items. Genealogical materials consist of genealogical charts of the Small and Whaley families, scrapbooks of genealogical information including clippings, correspondence, notes, and other items concerning the Small, Whaley, Seabrook, and related families. Small and Whaley family correspondence (1922-1931) includes original letters and typewritten transcriptions. Photographs are of family members, members of related families, and other individuals. The collection contains a diary (1850-1851) kept by Captain Strachan Thomas Small during a voyage to China on a merchant vessel.


  • Creation: 1796-1994


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

South Carolina textile company executive. The son of Robert Scott Small (1891-1931), a banker, Small served as an officer of the South Carolina National Bank, treasurer of the Ottaray Textiles and Haynesworth Mills, president of the Woodside Mills, and president and C.E.O. of the Dan River Mills. He was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank and other concerns. In addition, Small served as a member of the advisory board of Furman University, which gave him the degree of Doctor of Laws in 1964; as a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Charleston; and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Greenville General Hospital. In 1972 the College of Charleston named its then new library the Robert Scott Small Library in his honor.


9.0 linear feet (7 cartons, 2 flat boxes)

Inventory of the Small-Whaley Family Papers, 1796-1994
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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