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George D. Terry Library Building Fund

George D. Terry
Portrait by Larry Lebby

The George D. Terry Library Building Fund was established with the close participation of Dr. Terry's widow, Lynn Robertson, to provide an enduring tribute to him. Contributions to this fund support the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

During his years at Carolina, Dr. Terry's life epitomized commitment and service to many areas of the University. The Libraries were fortunate to have his focused attention and leadership during the last ten years of his life. As a result, the Libraries experienced tremendous growth, and its recognition as one of the Southeast's strongest academic research collections is testimony to his determination and devotion.

George D. Terry

George Terry, Director of McKissick
Museum, spoke at its rededication
on October 13, 1984

Dr. Terry held B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina. He served as Curator of History and then as Director of McKissick Museum from 1976-1988, and was System Vice President for Administration from 1988-1991. He served as Vice Provost and Dean of Libraries from 1991 until his death on October 20, 2001. Also in 1991, he assumed oversight for academic and administrative computing, telecommunications, distance education, and instructional support services. During his tenure, the nine USC campuses were linked with an online library system for the first time.

George Terry in 2000

The Libraries acquired more unique collections while George Terry was at the helm than in the preceding 150-year period. Some of the notable materials acquired during his tenure include the G. Ross Roy Collection of Robert Burns, Burnsiana, and Scottish Literature; the Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald; the Speiser and Easterling-Hallman Foundation Collection of Ernest Hemingway; the Kohn-Hennig Library; the C. Warren Irvin, Jr. Collection of Charles Darwin and Darwiniana; the Augusta Baker Collection of African-American Children's Literature and Folklore; the Henry W. Kendall Collection of the Papers of Henry Laurens; the Ernest F. Hollings papers, and many others.

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Updated 8/8/2017