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SCPC Director Herb Hartsook inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists


Herbert J. Hartsook, Director of South Carolina Political Collections at the University of South Carolina Libraries, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during a ceremony at the Joint Annual Meeting of SAA and the Council of State Archivists. The annual meeting took place July 31 – August 6, 2016 in Atlanta.

The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession.

At the University of South Carolina, Hartsook has created a model repository for congressional and other collections documenting modern government, politics, and society. More than 120 collections include the papers of members of Congress, governors, leaders in the state legislature, and organizations including the Democratic and Republican state parties and the League of Women Voters.

In addition to being an innovative manager of manuscript collections and a prolific fundraiser, Hartsook lectures on archival management, development and donor relations. He co-developed and presented a popular workshop with Cynthia Pease Miller titled, “The Acquisition, Processing, and Reference of Legislative Collections.”

Hartsook’s student employees have become leaders in archival repositories and professional associations. He has also contributed to the archival literature. He participated in the group that created the NHPRC-funded book, Managing Congressional Collections, published by SAA in 2008. His 2001 Archival Issues article, “By Fair Means If You Can: A Case Study for Raising Private Monies to Support Archival Programs,” is considered a classic.

Within SAA he has held various leadership positions in the Government Affairs Working Group, the Congressional Papers Roundtable, the Oral History Section, the Manuscript Repositories Section, and on two Appointment Committees.

As his supporters noted, Hartsook “stands tall as a teacher and mentor. . .In his quiet and unassuming manner, he leads us to think deeply, analyze more rigorously, understand more perceptively, and question more astutely.”

Hartsook is one of five new Fellows named in 2016. There are currently 185 Fellows of the Society of American Archivists.

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. Its mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 6,200 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. For more information, visit