October 17, 2008

Revised Finding Aid: Charles Cecil Wyche

C.C. Wyche once noted, “A Judge cannot be a great Judge unless the members of the Bar of his State are great lawyers. Lawyers teach Judges the law. That feeling that Judges know all the law is clearly erroneous.” Wyche would have known. The South Carolina native served for thirty years as a U.S. District Judge in Spartanburg.

Charles Cecil Wyche (1885-1966) began his public career by representing Spartanburg County in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1913 to 1914. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, shipping out to Europe in 1918. Upon his return to South Carolina he served as city and then county attorney for Spartanburg from 1919 to 1933 before his judicial appointments.

We have created a new and improved finding aid for the C.C. Wyche papers, and it is now available on the Wyche collection page.

The papers, ranging from 1903 to 1969, consist largely of correspondence to and from Judge Wyche on a number of topics. From letters he wrote to his mother while at The Citadel, to letters to and from other judges, to letters from inmates and their families, to letters of condolence upon the Judge’s death in 1966. Other material relates to Wyche’s judicial appointments and subjects ranging from desegregation, judicial annual reports, and his military career among others.

Many thanks to grad assistant Julie Milo for her diligent work on this project!

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