The William Gilmore Simms Society






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The Simms Review



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The Simms Initiatives at USC



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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 Conference, September 25-27, 2014

The Executive Committee is very pleased to announce that the 2014 Simms Conference will be held on September 25-27, 2014 at historic Woodlands Plantation in South Carolina, Simms's home for most his adult life. Please mark this date on your calendar. We will have a full conference schedule that includes panel sessions on Simms's life and writings, as well as other activities and events that should interest everyone. Professional scholars, students, members of the Simms family, others with an interest in Southern history, literature, and culture are cordially invited to attend. Check back here for further information about registration and submission of scholarly abstracts.


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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