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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:

  • borrowing privileges and interlibrary loan service at the Thomas Cooper Library
  • discounts on books published by the University of South Carolina Press
  • an invitation to the annual Society dinner and reception, as well as to other Society events
  • selected library publications, including a subscription to the Thomas Cooper Society Newsletter

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Thomas Cooper Society
Officers, 2016-2017

President, Mikel Smith
Vice President, Ginny Grose
Past President, Maureen Lee
Secretary, Elizabeth Sudduth
Treasurer, Lucille Mould

Committee Chairs

Awards, Mikel Smith
Finance, Lucille Mould
Membership, Ginny Grose
Nominations, Maureen Lee
Program, Christine Nicol-Morris
Communications, Nicole Carrico

Thomas Cooper Society Board Members, 2015-2016

Ed Albritton
Judy Battiste
Elise Blackwell
John Bryan
Lisa Burgess
Bruce Cole
Jessica Crouch
Julia Elliott
Madilyn Fletcher
Jessica Kross
Jenny Maxwell
Robert Smith

Ex Officio:
Thomas McNally
Carol Benfield
Mary Horton
Russell Meekins

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