The Self Family Foundation Archive
The Self Foundation works to fund and support civic activities within the community by focusing on social, health and educational initiatives that better serve Greenwood and its surrounding counties. Since 1942, the Self Family Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants to improve life for citizens throughout South Carolina but especially in Greenwood.
In 1942, James Self, one of the state's most successful textile magnates, began the Self Foundation's work by leading the construction of a modern hospital for the Greenwood community. Today, Self Regional Hospital (known as Self Memorial Hospital since 1951) is considered one of the state’s best hospitals thanks to James C. Self and his family.
In 1955, James Self’s son, Jim Self, became Chairman of the Foundation. Jim Self worked to enhance his father’s principles for several decades by primarily focusing on building a better health care and educational system and improving the quality of life in Greenwood County.
In 1996, Jim Self resigned as chairman of the Foundation, and his daughter, Virginia Preston Self, was elected by her siblings to become the new chairman. Though she kept all previous principles that her grandfather and father built, Virginia Self has also focused on community wellness, cultural opportunities, intellectual and social development of youth, and school readiness.
In 2012, The foundation's archive was relocated in June 2012 to the Self Foundation Archives Room in Jackson Library at Lander University.
Self Family Foundation Archive Finding Aid
Scope and Contents Note
The archive consists of Self Foundation history and correspondence; James C. Self history, records, and correspondence; Self Family photographs, correspondence, memorabilia, and regalia; Greenwood Mills history, photographs, correspondence, and regalia; textile industry history; City of Greenwood history; Greenwood County history; South Carolina history; United States history; and Self family genealogy.
Some larger record groups include: Family Photographs; Greenwood Mills; Greenwood Mills History; James C. Self, Sr.; Jim Self; Virginia Self; J.B. Harris, Sr.; L.B. Adams; J.F. Chambers; The Self Foundation (annual reports, photographs, awards, Board of Directors Photographs, Donations, History, Newspaper Clippings, and Resolutions); Self Memorial Hospital; Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church; Greenwood Plants #4 and 5; and various other plants.
Organization and Arrangement
The archive is arranged primarily in record groups, as shown in the finding aid. The material in the record groups are typically arranged alphabetically. With the exception of some large photographs, the material is in the Self Foundation Archive room on the second floor of Jackson Library.
Forms of Material Collected: Archival records; books of value; photographs; A-V, maps; pamphlets; memorabilia; and scrapbooks relating to the Self Family Foundation, Self Family, and Greenwood Mills.
University faculty, staff, students, researchers and members of the community are permitted to use the Lander Archives.
Lander University's Self Family Foundation Archives will not loan material from the collection to individuals or to other institutions. Limited photocopying or scanning will be done upon written request if the individual is unable to travel to the University to use the Archives and Special Collections.