The William Gilmore Simms Society






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This is the official website of the William Gilmore Simms Society (WGSS).

The purpose of the society is to facilitate the scholarly exchange of ideas about the works and life of William Gilmore Simms, one of nineteenth-century America's foremost poets, novelists, and men of letters. 


News and Notices


Simms Society Newsletter

The latest issue of the WGSS Newsletter (Spring 2013) is available in PDF format HERE.

2014 Simms Society Biennial Conference Information

The 2014 Simms Society Conference will be held September 25-27, 2014 in and around the historic Woodlands plantation, Simms’s home for most of his adult life.  Registration for the conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September 25, 2014 in Building F, Room 406 of the Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, 3250 Matthews Road in Orangeburg, SC. Scholarly sessions will begin there at 10:00 a.m. and will continue through the late afternoon.  The conference continues on Friday, September 26 from 10: 00 to 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of Woodlands and on Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, also at Woodlands.

Those attending may choose other hotels, but the official conference hotel is the Holiday Inn in Orangeburg.  The hotel will hold rooms for us until August 25, and reservations can be made at 800-315-2621.  The Holiday Inn is located at 118 Sleep Inn Road in Orangeburg.

In addition to scholarly papers, the conference will include a catered lunch and a dinner banquet on Friday, a report on the potential for an archeological dig at Woodlands on Sunday, tributes to two great Simms scholars who recently passed away, a showing of the Woodlands-themed artworks of Ann Simms, and other events related to the life and works of William Gilmore Simms.

If you are planning to attend the conference or need additional information, please contact Simms Society president Kevin Collins at

Student Research Awards

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and are interested in attending the 2014 conference at Woodlands, the society is sponsoring several student research awards that will include a cash prize, a reduced conference registration fee, and an opportunity to present your research essay at the conference. Deadline for submission of essays is April 15, 2014. For more information click HERE (PDF File) or go to the Conference Information link located in the menu on the left.


Simms Review, Volume 20.1-2

The latest edition of the Simms Review has been mailed to society members. Please let us know know if you have not received your copy. An electronic edition is available  in PDF format HERE. This is a special issue on Simms and The Writing of Difference published  jointly with the Institute for African American Research at the University of South Carolina.


The Simms Digital Initiatives at USC

With the Simms Initiatives, generously funded by the Watson-Brown Foundation and the University of South Carolina Libraries, scholars now have growing access to Simms's writings through both digital and Print on Demand editions. The Initiatives also are compiling as complete a bibliography of Simms’s writings as possible. For more on the Simms Digital Initiatives, visit the USC website HERE.


Shared History, an award-winning documentary on the history of black and white families who trace their heritage through Woodlands, has a companion website that provides useful information about Simms and his family. You can find it at



WGSS Constitution and Bylaws

An updated edition of the society's constitution and bylaws can be found HERE.


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