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|Abstract||John Minott Rivers, Jr., son of John Minott Rivers (1903-1988) and Martha Robinson Rivers (1909-1994). The Rivers family owned WCSC, Inc., which operated a Charleston, S.C., radio and television stations until 1987. WCSC-AM went on the air in 1930, the second oldest radio station in South Carolina; WXTC-FM went on the air in 1947, the first FM station in Charleston. WCSC-TV, the first television station in Charleston, went live in 1953 and is the oldest in South Carolina in terms of continuous operation. WCSC, Inc., was also active in real estate and property development in and around Charleston. It also was involved in background music, long-distance telephones, paging, two-way radio, voice mail, cellular telephones, billboards, custom video production, security systems, hospital nursing stations, and the WCSC Broadcast Museum, now the John M. Rivers, Sr., Communications Museum housed at the College of Charleston. John Minott Rivers, Sr., filled leadership roles in broadcasting and in Charleston civic and social affairs. Martha Robinson Rivers was also a civic and social leader, who worked extensively with the Junior League, the Garden Club of Charleston, and other groups. Rivers's sister Martha Craig Rivers Ingram was important in fundraising for the arts in Nashville, Tenn.; his sister Elizabeth R. Lewine lived in New York City. Family and business papers relating to John Minott Rivers, Jr., and other members of the Rivers family, especially John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, and Martha Rivers Ingram. Included are writings by Martha Rivers and other family members; materials documenting civic activities of and trips taken by Rivers family members; and items that relate to Rivers, Buist, and Robinson family members and family history. Also included are many family photographs and photographs that document business and community activities; a few scrapbooks; and several college annuals. There are also several drafts and other materials relating to Martha Robinson Rivers's autobiography. Business papers include a few office files from WCSC, Inc., documenting real estate, property development, and broadcasting activities. The WCSC-TV materials include photocopies of broadcast editorials, 1962-1974, on various topics. Also included are a number of audio disks, chiefly LPs, that were received at WCSC Radio as promotional items, and video tapes relating to family and WCSC activities.|
|Creator||Rivers, John Minott, 1945-|
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John Minott Rivers, Sr., was born in 1903 in Charleston, S.C., son of lawyer and civic leader Moultrie Rutledge Rivers (1868-1940) and Eliza Ingraham Buist Rivers. He was educated in Charleston public and private schools and at the College of Charleston and the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his B.A. degree in 1924.
Rivers began his business career in 1924 with the Greenville branch of the Bank of Charleston (later the South Carolina National Bank). He was assistant vice-president of the bank when he left in 1936 to join the Charleston office of McAlister, Smith & Pate, a Greenville securities firm.
In 1937, Rivers joined WCSC-AM radio as president of the South Carolina Broadcasting Company, the licenser of WCSC. In 1938, he became president and manager of WCSC Radio, Charleston's first broadcasting station. He purchased the station in 1944. In 1948, WCSC-FM went on the air; in 1953, WCSC-TV, the first VHF television station in South Carolina, became operational. Rivers became chairman of the board of WCSC, Inc., in 1973. In 1987, WCSC, Inc. was sold to Crump Communications, Inc., of Houston, Tex.
Rivers was president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce in 1936 and of the South Carolina Broadcasters' Association in 1952. He was also president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, which named him Businessman of the Year in 1961. In 1974, he became the second person elected to the South Carolina Broadcasters' Association Hall of Fame, and, in 1977, he received the Silver Medal from the Advertising Federation of Charleston.
Rivers served as a board member or trustee for many organizations and institutions, among them the South Carolina Educational Television Commission; Coker College; Winthrop University; Ashley Hall School, where the library bears his name; the Charleston Development Board; the CBS Radio Affiliates' Board; and the Historic Charleston Foundation. The Communications Museum at the College of Charleston is named after Rivers, and the Rivers, Ingram, and Lewine Family Fund of the Historic Charleston Foundation was established in his honor.
Martha Robinson Rivers was born Martha Elizabeth Robinson in 1909 in Gastonia, N.C., daughter of John Craig Robinson (d. 1934) and Ola Stowe Craig Robinson (d. 1970). In 1925, she entered Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C. She made her debut at the 1928 Debutante Ball in Raleigh, N.C., and met and married John Minott Rivers, Sr., in 1929.
Settling in Charleston, Martha Rivers immediately became active in the city's civic and social life. She served on numerous boards and commissions and as president of the Charleston County Association for the Blind and the Garden Club of Charleston. She was active in community improvement projects sponsored by, among others, the Junior League of Charleston, Inc., and the Historic Charleston Foundation, and was a member of the Charleston Parks Commission for twelve years. In addition, she was vice-president and secretary of WCSC, Inc.
Martha Rivers was a frequent contributor of articles and opinion pieces to local newsPapers, magazines, and journals. In 1979, she published her recollections as Ole Timey Time. She also wrote many descriptive pieces during the frequent travels she and John Rivers, Sr., undertook, especially in their later years.
John Minott Rivers, Jr., was born in 1945. He attended Charleston Day School, Choate School in Wallingford, Conn., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, he served as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy, stationed chiefly in Charleston.
After his discharge, John Rivers, Jr., entered into the family business, taking charge in 1973 after his father's heart attack, and into the family's spirit of community service. Among other activities, he served as director of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce and of the Charleston Industrial Association. He was also active in the Charleston Travel Industry Development Council, the United Way, the Boy Scouts, and numerous broadcasting associations.
Martha Rivers Ingram was born in 1935 and attended Ashley Hall School and Vassar College. After entering briefly in radio (she hosted a classical music program on WCSC-FM for a year), she moved in 1958 to Nashville, Tenn., when she married E. Bronson Ingram, head of Ingram Industries, which at the time was one of the largest privately owned businesses in the United States. Martha Ingram became active in Nashville civic and social affairs, concentrating especially on cultural and art programs. In 1972, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Elizabeth Craig Rivers Lewine was born in 1937 and also attended Ashley Hall School and Vassar College. After college, she taught history at Ashley Hall for a year before moving to New York City, where she taught and attended Columbia University. She worked for the Authors' League for twelve years and married one of its directors.
(Adapted from articles in the News and Courier/Charleston Evening Post, 29 May 1977 and 25 January 1987; the Charleston Evening Post, 25 January 1988; Cobblestones, a Junior League of Charleston, Inc., publication, September 1991; and other publications, and from Ole Timey Time by Martha Robinson Rivers.)Back to Top
Family and business papers relating to John Minott Rivers, Jr., and other members of the Rivers family, especially John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, and Martha Rivers Ingram. Included are writings by Martha Rivers and other family members; materials documenting civic activities of and trips taken by Rivers family members; and items that relate to Rivers, Buist, and Robinson family members and family history. Also included are many family photographs and photographs that document business and community activities; a few scrapbooks; and several college annuals. There are also several drafts and other materials relating to Martha Robinson Rivers's autobiography. Business papers include a few office files from WCSC, Inc., documenting real estate, property development, and broadcasting activities. The WCSC-TV materials include photocopies of broadcast editorials, 1962-1974, on various topics. Also included are a number of audio disks, chiefly LPs, that were received at WCSC Radio as promotional items, and video tapes relating to family and WCSC activities.Back to Top
Files relating chiefly to John Minott Rivers, Sr., Martha Robinson Rivers, John Minott Rivers, Jr., and WCSC, Inc.
Clark, Mark W., and Marion Doran Clark, 1954-1973. Correspondence of General Clark and his wife Marion with members of the Rivers family and other items. Some letters relate to Clark's work as president of the Citadel and some to "South Carolina's Tribute to General Mark Wayne Clark," 18 May 1965. About 50 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 3-5
Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1889-1928 Letters relating to lawyer M. Rutledge Rivers and Buist and Robinson family members. The first letter of substance from John Minott Rivers, Sr., is dated 6 January 1925, when Rivers was at the Bankers' Security Company, Greenville, S.C. The letter is addressed to his father and discusses property and bonds. In 1926, there is a series of postcards to Martha Robinson in Gastonia from a friend named Bill on tour in Europe. About 35 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 11
Correspondence and related items, including a few invitations, programs, etc.): 1984-1993. Included are some items relating to David Ingram's golfing career at Duke University and a letter, dated 18 February 1993, that summarizes family activities. About 40 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 15
Rivers, John Minott, Sr.: Miscellaneous, 1920-1989 and undated. Certificate of matriculation at College of Charleston, 1920-1921; laudatory speeches, including two from the dedication of the John M. Rivers, Sr., Communications Museum, College of Charleston, 1989 (one by John Minott Rivers, Jr.). About 10 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 34
Rivers, Martha Robinson: Writings: Travel, 1927-circa 1986. Diaries, typed copies of writings, short pieces, etc., from various trips that she took with or without John Minott Rivers, Sr. Some writings are in the form of a series of letters written by Martha Rivers to friends and family at home. About 30 items. #04757, Series: "1. Subject Files, 1920s-1990s." Folder 42-44
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B&W: U.S. Navy: Photographs from various official visits to ships, etc., during World War II and after, chiefly by John Minott Rivers, Sr., and Martha Robinson Rivers in various capacities. The Riverses appear in several photographs, most of which are official U.S. Navy images. About 70 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 26-27
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Miscellaneous: Photograph of a dime and a small object; 2 photographs of a dog; 2 photographs showing a 1920s Atlantic City Press headline: "Rivers, of WCSC, Tuna Champion, Welcomed to Atlantic City, N.Y."; photographs of Santa Claus disembarking from propeller airplane with markings "The Great Silver Fleet" and "Eastern Air Lines." 6 items. #04757, Subseries: "2.1. Photographs, 1880s-1990s.." P-4757/Folder 37
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Audio disks, chiefly LPs, that were received at WCSC Radio as promotional items.
Arrangement: alphabetical by title.
VHS video cassette tapes relating to Rivers family and WCSC, Inc., activities. In most instances, titles have been transcribed as they appear on the tapes.
Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, February 1996 with subsequent additions
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