Allen Stokes Manuscript Development Fund at South Caroliniana Library
This fund recognizes the major role Dr. Stokes has played in collecting and promoting the history of South Carolina by providing for the acquisition and preservation of materials for the Manuscripts Division of the South Caroliniana Library.
The fund was established in 2006 by faculty and staff who worked with Dr. Stokes at the Library. Regarding Stokes’ contributions, Nicholas G. Meriwether, the South Caroliniana Library’s Oral Historian at the time noted, “Dr. Stokes has done so much for the library and its staff over the years that we decided it would be most appropriate to honor him by establishing a library acquisitions fund in his name. The fund will be devoted to a cause dear to his heart: the manuscript collection.”
A major contribution was made by Louise Pettus in 2007. Miss Pettus worked part-time at the South Caroliniana Library while studying for the master’s degree she was awarded in 1954 and came to appreciate the value of the manuscripts held at the Library that provide primary sources for research. She was pleased to contribute to a fund honoring Dr. Stokes for the purpose of further acquisition and preservation of the manuscript collection.
Dr. Allen H. Stokes, Jr.
Spartanburg native Dr. Allen H. Stokes, Jr. has worked with the collections of the South Caroliniana Library since 1967—beginning as a graduate student in history with an assistantship. In 1972, he was named to succeed Clara Mae Jacobs as Manuscripts Librarian and moved into the position of Director of South Caroliniana Library in 1983 upon the retirement of E.L. Inabinett. He served as Director from 1983 to 2003 and from 2005 until his retirement in December, 2012.
Dr. Stokes has been honored for his work with research collections on the history of South Carolina. In 2007, he was awarded the Governor’s Archives Award by the South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board. His nomination by Board Chair Roy Tryon was “in recognition of his lifelong dedication and invaluable contributions to our state in promoting a knowledge of and appreciation for the state’s history.” Also in 2007, his alma mater, Wofford College, awarded him an honorary degree, stating that he “is recognized nationally as one of the best archivists and directors of research collections in the country.”
Other prestigious awards include the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina, and a Career Achievement Award from the South Carolina Archival Association.
Among his many endeavors to collect, preserve and promote the history of South Carolina, Dr. Stokes has been a leading force in the work of the University South Caroliniana Society. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Society for over twenty-five years. He has also served on the editorial board of the South Carolina Historical Magazine and coedited Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields: Letters of the Heyward Family, 1862-1871. In 1982 he compiled the South Caroliniana Library’s first published guide to its manuscript holdings, A Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the South Caroliniana Library, a seminal work still regularly consulted by scholars.
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