GRACE BEACHAM FREEMAN PAPERS, 1886, 1940-2000s, (Accession 78, Accession 781, and Accession 1339)
Grace Beacham Freeman (1916-2002) was a writer, poet, and educator and was the South Carolina Poet Laureate from 1985 to 1986. The collection consists of correspondence (personal, family, and professional), newspaper clippings, poems, drafts of stories and plays, radio scripts, photographs, awards and certificates, newspaper clippings, and financial records, mainly relating to Freeman’s activities as a poet, dramatist, radio script and feature story writer. The collection also includes general information on the Freeman and Beacham families, Rock Hill, South Carolina history, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. A diary (1880) of Mrs. Freeman’s aunt, Lula M. Bailey, in which she describes the life, thoughts, and activities of a seventeen-year old deaf girl living in Marion, Alabama. There is also some correspondence with South Carolina poet Archibald Rutledge.