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Stevenson, Mary, 1902-1998


Biographical Note

Mary Pasco Conrad Stevenson was born on July 5, 1902 in Harrisonburg, VA the daughter of George Newton and Emily Pasco Conrad. She attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH 1922-1923 and graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA with an A.B. in 1924. She received her degree in library science from Columbia Library School in New York, NY circa 1925-1926. On August 22, 1929 she married James A. Stevenson. They had two children: Emily Pasco and James Conrad. Stevenson was assistant librarian at the Chatham Square Branch, New York Public Library 1926-1927. She became assistant librarian at the Clemson College Library in 1927 and was acting librarian in 1931. Stevenson was head of the cataloging department 1933-1938, 1944-1945, and 1949-1968 before becoming special collections librarian in 1968. She also taught library science in the summers of 1928 and 1939. Stevenson retired in 1968 and became a writer, illustrator, and researcher for non-profit organizations. She was a charter member and director of the Foundation for Historic Restoration in Pendleton Area. Stevenson was a member of the Society of American Archivists, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Genealogical Association, the American Association for State and Local History, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the South Carolina Historical Society. She died on October 22, 1998 in Anderson, SC. SOURCE Social Security Death Index:

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Letter

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Mss-0177
Scope and Contents

The letter in this collection is a typed copy made by Mary Stevenson of the original letter in the Charleston Library Society--Manuscript Collection #59. The letter is written by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney to General Andrew Pickens from Charleston on December 1, 1809. In the letter General Cotesworth is acknowledging the receipt of rent from property belonging to him. He also discusses the state of his health and politics.

Dates: 1809

Foundation for Historic Restoration in Pendleton Area Records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Mss-0222
Scope and Contents The records of the Foundation include booklets, brochures, clippings, correspondence, lists, minutes, newsletter drafts, notes, receipts, reports and speeches. Most of the collection consists of notes and copies of drafts of annual meeting (1979-1984) and Board of Directors meeting (1972, 1974-1984, 1987, undated) minutes and newsletter drafts (1974, 1976-1977). There are also brochures for Ashtabula and Woodburn as well as for historic buildings in the Pendleton area in general; clippings...
Dates: 1960, 1964-1965, 1968-1970, 1972-1985, 1987, undated

Francis Kinloch Huger Letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Mss-0178
Scope and Contents

The two letters written in Pendleton and dated September 11, 1826 and October 13, 1826 in this collection pertain to Mr. Huger's attempt to end a misunderstanding between Thomas G. Simons and Francis Quash. Written on the September 11 letter are two notes by Mr. Simons concerning his reply to the letter. These letters are photocopies made by Mary Stevenson from the original letters in the South Carolina Historical Society Library in Charleston, SC.

Dates: 1826

Historic American Buildings Survey Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss-0181
Scope and Contents The collection includes correspondence, photographs, blueprints and architectural drawings created as a result of Historic American Buildings Surveys in 1934, 1940, 1960 and 1963 in three South Carolina upstate counties. The correspondence was generated mainly by Mary Stevenson in 1963 and 1968 and pertains to the historic buildings in this collection. In 1960 Jack Boucher from HABS photographed historic buildings in the South Carolina counties of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens. The...
Dates: 1934, 1940, 1960, 1963, and 1968

John C. Calhoun Portraits Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss-0211
Scope and Contents The collection contains books, correspondence, miscellaneous papers and photographs gathered by Mary Conrad Stevenson, former head of Cataloging in the Clemson University Library, who began her research in 1959 and again in 1974. Two copies of a book entitled, A History of the Calhoun Monument at Charleston, S.C., in which there are handwritten annotations, are also included in the collection. The correspondence includes letters of inquiry between Mrs....
Dates: 1959 - 1982

Mary Esther Huger Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss-0196
Scope and Contents The papers consist of correspondence, a genealogical chart, memoirs, a newsletter, two photographic prints and a copy of a sketch. The correspondence includes letters between family members, giving information about family events as well as letters between the donors and the library regarding the collections. The genealogical chart is a two page photostatic copy of a Huger family record, c. 1585-c. 1954. The memoirs consist of a photostatic copy of Mary Esther Huger's memoirs (the original...
Dates: 1820-1840; 1822, 1825-1843; 1879; 1880; 1888-1889; 1969; 1971.

Mary Stevenson Collection

Identifier: Mss-0353
Abstract The Mary Stevenson Collection documents the people and places of the South Carolina counties of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens—especially the Clemson-Pendleton area—through the research of Mary Stevenson, a Clemson University librarian and chair of the Research and Publication Committee of the Foundation for Historic Restoration in the Pendleton Area. The collection also documents the families who lived in or were associated with the two historic houses the Foundation operates, Ashtabula and...
Dates: 1784 - 1995; Majority of material found within , 1960-1988

Robert Adger Bowen Papers

Identifier: Mss-0119
Scope and Content Note The papers contain many of Bowen's early writings, both published and unpublished; scrapbooks of his letters to the editor and columns from his retirement years; reports and information from his position with the Bureau of Translations and Radical Publications and the FBI; hundreds of his poems organized by topic, clippings related to his interests in royalty, literary figures and politics.Bowen's Poetry/Writings: Bowen wrote extensively from 1885 until his death at age 103 in...
Dates: 1865 - 1981

William Hayne Mills Collection

Identifier: Mss-0088
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence, essays, photographs, and miscellaneous material gathered and prepared by William Hayne Mills, ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church and faculty member with the Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociobiology Department at Clemson College.Among the correspondence are items sent and received during the period 1917-1941 documentation donations to the Clemson College Library, ecclesiastical matters within the South Carolina Presbyterian...
Dates: 1917-1942, no date
Historic buildings -- South Carolina -- Anderson County. 3
Historic buildings -- South Carolina -- Pendleton. 3
Historic buildings -- South Carolina. 3
Woodburn (S.C. : Plantation) 3
Fort Hill Plantation (S.C.) 2