South Carolina Political Collections (SCPC) was created in 1991 to develop the University's manuscript collections documenting contemporary government and political affairs.
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In 2000, the U.S. Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress cited SCPC as a model repository for the documentation of government, politics, and modern society. In 2008, SCPC was nominated to receive the Society of American Archivists' Distinguished Service Award. Writing in support of this nomination, Ray Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, stated, "Others have called the SCPC a model archive of its kind, and I heartily concur. It is simply one of the best run political archives in any state in the Union."
SCPC holds more than 80 collections with a total of approximately 5,000 linear feet of papers, audio-visual materials, and electronic records. Included are the papers of many of South Carolina's most illustrious leaders of the modern era. These large, complex legislative collections require special expertise on the part of the archivists charged with their arrangement and description. Processing these materials often entails months or even years of exacting work. An active oral history program is designed to supplement the documentary record.
SCPC strives to encourage research into its collections. In addition to presenting exhibits at the University and around the state, SCPC maintains on its Web site detailed collection descriptions, transcripts of its oral histories, and electronic exhibits, all designed to excite interest in the study of South Carolinians and their contributions to government and society in the state, national, and international arenas. For more information about the collections, please seehttp://www.sc.edu/library/scpc/.