Francis Butler Simkins


FRANCIS BUTLER SIMKINS (1897-1966) was a historian and a past president of the Southern Historical Association who made important contributions to the study of race relations. Born in Edgefield, South Carolina, Simkins received his B.A. from the University of South Carolina and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He spent most of his academic career at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia.

We have created an entry in the Wikipedia exist for FB Simkins. Please contribute to it!

Here is an excellent essay written by Grady McWiney, one of his graduate students at LSU, shortly after the death of FB Simkins.

A memoir by Sarah Graydon McCrory on Francis Butler Simkins, January 9, 2002.

Obituaries: From The State Newspaper; and from an unidentified newspaper in Virginia, probably in Farmville.

Here are some of the speeches given at FBS's funeral in 1966

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Why is this web site here, now?

  • Professor Simkins is the great uncle of the web administrator
  • Prof. Simkins's brother, Elliott, is person for whom the web administrator is named.
  • Prof. Simkins is a noted historian of the South, who wrote several important books, most notably, "Pitchfork Ben Tillman" has compiled this bibliography for Prof. Simkins.


Mid-day Dinner at sister Raven's house (c. 1964). FBS is asleep on the left! A party at sister Raven's house (c. 1959)
Frances Simkins Major (child) and FBS, c. 1962 The back of the previous image, in sister Raven's handwriting. The yellow note was attached by niece Sarah around 1998.
The four Simkins siblings: Elliott, Jennie, Raven and Francis.