2010…A Year In Review

Opening of the new Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library!
We moved into the Hollings Library back in May and dedicated it on July 23. A few days later, here’s what I had to say in this very blog: The dedication of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library is now behind us and things are back to normal at SCPC. Friday will be a day to remember for a long, long time, though. We had over 1000 people in attendance, and Pres. Pastides, Cong. Clyburn, VP Biden, and Sen. Hollings entertained the crowd with memorable speeches. Video of the entire dedication (01:05:17) is available here. Sen. Hollings starts speaking at the 46 min. mark. A photo gallery of the action with close to 200 photos is now up, courtesy USC’s photographer. Take a look!

The Spratt Collection starts to arrive!

Our Collections
We are receiving the papers of John Spratt, who is leaving Congress after 28 years. Last month, Herb and I went to his Rock Hill and D.C. offices to advise his staff on what to do with all their records. Last week, we received approx. 500 boxes and expect to receive hundreds more in the new year. Dorothy and I are busily inventorying them and our students will soon join in the fun. Herb reports that the Spratt Papers should be the 3rd largest personal collection in South Carolina, second only to the Hollings and Thurmond collections.

This year, we also received or opened for study the papers of Carroll Campbell, Butler Derrick, John Drummond, Bud Ferrillo, Bob Inglis, Floyd Spence, USC political scientist Betty Glad, the League of Women Voters leader Mary Kelly, treasurer Grady Patterson, first lady Ann “Tunky” Riley, state legislators Sam Manning and Ed Saleeby, and early Republican Marion Smoak. On our collections page, you’ll find links to all of these finding aids. Check them out!

On Nov. 10, we celebrated the opening of the Flynn T. Harrell Collection on the Separation of Church and State with a packed function in our program room. J. Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) for Religious Liberty and noted expert on church-state issues, spoke to the crowd. Here are some photos from the event. The collection contains books, journals, an extensive clipping collection, and 45 years of correspondence documenting the history and debate over this key principal defining America’s government.

Student AssistantsDebbie's farewell party
Graduate students Laura Litwer and Katharine Klein came on board this summer, joining our 2nd-year John West graduate assistant Virginia Blake.

Bryan Dorn graduate assistant Debbie Davendonis Todd finished her 2nd year with us and graduated with her MLIS. She remained with us on staff for several months, selecting and digitizing audio clips for Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words. This fall, she became the Bob Graham project archivist at the University of Florida. We are all incredibly proud of her! At right is Virginia, Debbie, and Laura at Debbie’s farewell party.

Graduate intern Mark Firmin of the University of Texas received our 2010 Schuyler L. and Yvonne Moore Summer Internship. He spent a whirlwind 5 weeks here, selecting and digitizing documents from the McNair Collection. Check out McNair: In His Own Words.

Undergrad Emily Rogers joined us for the summer as an intern from Bob Weyeneth’s undergrad public history course. Emily processed additions to the Records of the League of Women Voters and the Papers of Gregory Shorey.

Exhibits
Our final exhibit in Thomas Cooper Library, His Excellency, the Governor of South Carolina, showcased our collections of 11 governors. Our gallery in the Hollings Library is about 5 times bigger than our space in TCL. We are working on a semi-permanent exhibit to showcase the breadth of our collections and will soon begin putting rotating exhibits on display, as well.

Researchers
We have seen an increase in undergrad researchers since the opening of the Hollings Library. We look forward to welcoming more students as they realize how close we are to the ever popular and packed Thomas Cooper Library.

We were excited by the publication of Cheese Factories on the Moon: Why Earmarks Are Good for American Democracy by well-known political scientists Sean Kelly and Scott Frisch. They received a William Jennings Bryan Dorn Research Award to visit SCPC and drew on our Butler Derrick and Fritz Hollings collections for the book.

That completes our journey through 2010. Those were merely some of the highlights. On to 2011 and all the progress it will bring!

–contributed by Lori Schwartz (with help from Herb Hartsook)

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