2008 September - December
- Dear Mom and Dad: Carolina Students Write Home
Letters, and images from SCL collections and University Archives illustrate changes and consistency in aspects of student life at USC.
2008 July - September
- Selected South Carolina Maps
An exhibit of the cartographer's art.A selection of 19th and 20th century printed and hand-drawn maps from the collections of the South Caroliniana Library
2008 April - 2009 April
- Recent Gifts to the Library
An exhibit of Gifts presented in 2008 by the University South Caroliniana Society.
2007 April - 2008 March
- A Great Adventure: The University of South Carolina in the Great War
On of a series of public lectures, exhibits, and other programs exploring the Palmetto State's participation in World War I. A Partnership of six city and state institutions...
- Visit the Forward Together website.
2007 Febrary - March
- Ethel Martin Bolden (1918-2002): A Pioneering Spirit
Exhibit honoring this prominent African-American librarian, teacher, and community leader of Columbia, S.C.
Read more | View poster
- Contemporary South Carolina Authors
Booksigning and reception, Wednesday, 5 Dec. 2007
2006 December 1 - 2007 January 15
- Christmas on the Potomac 2006
Christmas Cards from S.C. Political Collections
2006 November - December
- Evolution of a Campus: Expansion and Demolition at the University of South Carolina
More than 200 years of drawings, photographs, and maps illustrate the changing built environment of the USC campus. Together with rejected design proposals, this exhibit documents both the campus as it was and the campus that never came to be.
Read more | View poster | See related resource at Digital Collections
2006 July - August
- In Memoriam: Maj. Gen. T. Eston Marchant (1920-2006)
Exhibit honoring this former member of the USC Board of Trustees. Elected in 1965,
Marchant served as board chairman from 1970 - 1978; he resigned from the board
in 1978 to run for the office of adjutant general of the S.C. National Guard, an elected
office that he held for four terms until his retirement in 1994.
View poster | See related resource at SCPC
2006 February - March
- Greek Gamecocks: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Fraternities at the University of South Carolina
Exhibit documenting the establishment of the fraternity system at South Carolina College
during the late 1800s; underground activities in the decades following an 1897 edict
that forbid fraternities at state-supported colleges and universities, and the return of
Greek-letter societies after the ban was lifted in 1927.
Read more | View poster | Image from 1909 Garnet and Black yearbook
2005 September - November
- Palmetto Pigskin: Images from the Early Years of College Football in South Carolina
"Face masks are for wimps!" Photographs of football as played prior to 1940 around the
Palmetto State at Carolina, Clemson, Wofford, South Carolina State, Furman, Erskine, Presbyterian, Newberry, and the Citadel.
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2005 July 27-August 20
- The Sword and the Pen: An Exhibit Honoring the Life of General William C. Westmoreland (1914-2005)
Exhibit of photographs, letters, and other materials honoring the life of this native of Spartanburg County, S.C., and his decades of service to his country in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
2005 April 9 - Present
- Donald Russell (1906 - 1998): A Life in Public Service
An online exhibit
Read more in Reflections (Spring 2005; p. 5)
- Remembering USC's First College of Arts and Sciences
2005 March - April
- 200 Years of Student Life at USC
Read more in The Gamecock (4 March 2005)
2005 March 17 - Present
- Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887): South Carolina Botanist
Online exhibit exploring life and career of one of the foremost botanists of the 19th century; a collaborative project between the Department of Rare Books, the South Caroliniana Library's Manuscripts Division, and the Department of Biological Sciences.
(Originally on view in Thomas Cooper Library)
2004 December - 2005 January 15
- Christmas on the Potomac 2004
Christmas Cards from the Papers of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham
2004 October - Present
- Dancing Through the Great Depression: Student Life at USC, 1929 - 1939
An online exhibit
- Palmetto Women: Selections from Women's History Collections at the South Caroliniana Library
Selected materials documenting contributions of women in the Palmetto State; items
on exhibit included letters, photographs, and other materials drawn from the papers of Civil Rights activist Modjeska Simkins, South Carolina Representative Harriet Keyserling, Congresswoman Liz Patterson, Civil War nurse Ada Bacot, photographer Beulah Glover, and educator Abby D. Munro.
- African Americana: Recent Acquisitions to the South Caroliniana Library
Exhibit of materials acquired by the Library since 2000 that document African-American life in the Palmetto State.
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2003 October 20 - 26
- Fanfare and Pageantry: A Look Back at Carolina Homecomings
Exhibit of photographs, game programs, and other memorabilia that highlight the
origins and traditions of homecoming at USC.
- I-Day: September 11, 1963
Exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the integration of USC, documenting earlier efforts at integration, the University's preparations for peaceful desegregation, reactions from the University community, and photographs from the day three African-American students registered at USC for the first time since Reconstruction. Materials drawn from records of the Office of the President (University Archives), and the Donald S. Russell Papers (South Carolina Political Collections).
- From Beaver Hats to Bellbottoms: Student Fashion at the University of South Carolina
Exhibition of photographs illustrating changes in student fashions from the late 19th century to the 1970s
2001 Dec. - 2002 Jan. 15
- Christmas on the Potomac 2001
Exhibition of Christmas ornaments from the collection of Sen. Ernest F. Hollings and
Mrs. Peatsy Hollings, and holiday greeting cards sent to former U.S. Secretaryof Education Richard W. Riley.
Read more (illustrations and details on page 3)
- Publications and Papers of Francis Lieber (1800-1872)
An exhibit honoring publication of: Like a Sponge Thrown into Water: Francis Lieber's European Travel Journal of 1844-1845and presented in conjunction with the Francis Lieber Symposium.
View a portrait of Lieber
- Henry Laurens Papers Return to S.C.
An exhibit celebrating the acquisition of the Henry P. Kendall Collection.
Read more in Caroliniana Columns (Spring 2001) and in Reflections (Spring 2002). View a portrait of Henry Laurens painted during his imprisonment in the Tower of London.
- The Holocaust and World War II
Photographs, text panels, and artifacts celebrating the liberation of prisoners from Nazi concentration camps.
Read more in the USC Times (14 June 2001, p. 6)
2001 Mar. 9 - May 12
- Kohn-Hennig Family Collection Comes to South Caroliniana Library
This remarkable donation of a significant private library consists of approximately 4,000 books and pamphlets covering a broad range of subjects and types of materials, including the following: the Revolutionary War; Confederate imprints,regimental histories, and recollections; antebellum politics and government,agriculture, and labor; natural history; literature; the textile industry; journalism; biography; serials; and local history.
Read more View images from the collection.
2000 July - August
- Portraying a Patriot: Francis Marion in Life and Legend
The June 2000 release of the movie, "The Patriot," staring Mel Gibson, heightened interest in the fact and folklore associated with the life of the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion (1732-1795). Illustrations dating to the 18th - 20th centuries, photographs, poems and text panels document Marion's portrayal as an historic figure and as a patriotic symbol in popular imagination. Portion of text available online from S.C.Dept. of Archives & History
View an 1876 rendering of the "sweet potato dinner"
- 2000 Inductees into South Carolina Academy of Authors
Exhibit honoring Dori Sanders, Gwen Bristow, and Elliott White Springs.
1998 December - 1999 January
- Christmas on the Potomac 1998
Christmas Cards from the papers of Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn
- “Monstrous Regiment": Establishment of Coeducation at USC
In 1894, USC agreed to admit women as students, becoming the first collegiate institute in South Carolina to allow coeducation.
- The University and the Great War
An exhibit from University Archives in conjunction with Rare Books and Special Collections.
1996 May - 1997 April