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History & Research Fund

The Center for Civil Rights History & Research Fund 

This Fund will support efforts to strengthen our communities by advancing the cause of civil rights.

The Center for Civil Rights History & Research – a collaboration between University Libraries and the College of Arts & Sciences – seeks to bring our vibrant civil rights history to life in order to inspire an informed dialogue on today’s social justice issues.  

The Center is collecting irreplaceable films, photographs and recorded interviews of freedom fighters; historic letters, diaries and notes of elected officials who stood on both sides of the civil rights debate; and news reports about everyday people who simply refused to accept the status quo.  

Utilizing these collections, currently housed in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, the Center will design curriculum and content for K-12 and college students and engage the community in programming to prompt action and advocacy. 


Contribute to the Center

The vision is that the Center becomes a destination that serves as a national model for interdisciplinary work in the area of civil rights research, programming and advocacy. Fulfilling this vision requires immediate financial resources. Contributions will support:

  • Acquiring and processing new collections
  • Digitizing existing collections
  • Creating permanent and traveling exhibits
  • Developing public programming
  • Partnering with K-12 and other higher education institutions

For more information, contact the Center at 803-777-2220 or email

The Lead Collection

When the Center launched in November 2015, U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn demonstrated his support by donating his Congressional papers “to be a part of a larger effort to give vibrancy to South Carolina’s history and credence to its civil rights activities.”