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University Libraries - Thomas Cooper Society

Founded in 1990, the Thomas Cooper Society is an important partnership between the University of South Carolina Libraries and the greater community, bringing people together with remarkable collections that teach and inspire.

The Society's mission focuses on promoting access to materials in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library – one of the finest in the Southeast.

Throughout the year, the Society sponsors an array of free public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, open gallery events, and publications.  These highlight various collections and often include popular authors and speakers.  The Society and the University Libraries are the sponsors of the Thomas Cooper Medal presented in recognition of distinction in the arts and sciences. 

The Society works with area schools to provide students and teachers access to library materials.  The Society also provides financial resources for the acquisition of research materials and support for students working in the Irvin Department.

Membership in the Society

To help the Thomas Cooper Society fulfill its mission, consider joining the Society. Membership may be registered in one of two ways, either through recognition by the Ex Libris Society, where complimentary membership in both the University South Caroliniana Society and the Thomas Cooper Society is a benefit, or by submitting the completed form. For those joining the Thomas Cooper Society via the form, there are a number of membership levels for you to consider. After submitting the membership form, you will receive additional information and a bill for your desired membership category. Membership in the Society is valid for 12 months from the time of enrollment.

Benefits of Membership in the Society include:

  • Reader - Up to two borrowing cards, invitations to exhibitions, events, and programs, including the Thomas Cooper Society Dinner 
  • Patron - The same benefits as the Reader, the University Libraries’ Magazine and a special reception 
  • Collector - The same benefits as the Patron, invitations to VIP Vault tours and DVDs of special programs 
  • Ex Libris - The same benefits as the Collector with full membership in the South Caroliniana Society and the Ex Libris society, which includes publications of the University South Caroliniana Society and invitations to the University South Caroliniana Society Luncheon and the Ex Libris Society Dinner

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Thomas Cooper Society
Officers, 2017-2018

President, Ginny Grose
Vice President, Jenny Maxwell
Past President, Mikel Smith
Secretary, Elizabeth Sudduth
Treasurer, Lucille Mould

Committee Chairs

Awards, Ginny Grose
Finance, Lucille Mould
Membership, Jenny Maxwell
Nominations, Mikel Smith
Program, Christine Nicol-Morris
Communications, Jenny Maxwell

Thomas Cooper Society Board Members, 2017-2018

Joan Assey
Ed Albritton
Judy Battiste
Lisa Burgess
Bruce Cole
Jessica Crouch
Erin Eisele
Julia Elliott
Marycruz Figeroa
Jenny Maxwell
Jerred Metz
Robert Smith

Ex Officio:
Thomas McNally
Mary Horton
Russell Meekins
Beth Well

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