Fall 1997
Caroliniana Columns

Grants Projects Funded

by Henry G. Fulmer

In February and April 1997, the South Caroliniana Library received notification of funding for two grant proposals submitted in 1996 to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Both eighteen-month projects will be directed by Manuscripts Librarian Henry G. Fulmer. Three full-time employees and four part-time graduate student assistants will staff the projects on which work is anticipated to begin by late summer.

project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"Cultural Crossroads: 18th- and 19th-Century Plantation Systems and Social Order in South Carolina, A Project to Preserve and Enhance Access to Manuscript Collections" was funded by the NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access and will focus on the library’s most heavily used materials documenting the origins and development of the state’s plantation-based social and economic system and the institution of slavery that supported it.

The project has three goals: to stabilize the micro-environment by rehousing collections in archival storage containers; to enhance intellectual control through the revision or production of collection inventories and descriptions which will be accessible electronically via the library’s website; and to increase access by loading collection-level descriptions to USCAN, the University of South Carolina’s online catalog, and OCLC, a national bibliographic utility. Moreover, the project will allow the staff to develop a comprehensive preservation plan for manuscript holdings, including prioritized schedules for preservation microfilming and treatment by a professional paper conservator.

The $84,227 NEH award is eligible to be supplemented by $10,000 in federal matching funds. Society members or others willing to assist the library in raising the money needed to qualify for the matching funds should contact Library Director Allen Stokes or Manuscripts Librarian Henry Fulmer. The NEH will match third-party contributions up to $10,000. Outside donations will be used to underwrite urgently needed stabilization of materials by a professional conservation lab.

"Accessing the Emerging South"
project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Funded by the NHPRC, "Accessing the Emerging South: A Project to Enhance Access to Unprocessed Manuscript Collections in the South Caroliniana Library," will provide appropriate physical and intellectual access to fifteen large collections held in the library’s backlog of unprocessed manuscript materials. The papers identified for this project require too much time to be arranged and described by the library staff without outside assistance. Among the collections to be processed are the papers of novelist Elizabeth Boatwright Coker, Georgetown businessman W.D. Morgan, artist Blondelle Malone, newspaper editor Samuel Latimer, and Columbia entrepreneur James H. Hammond.

Project goals call for materials to be sorted to the file or item level and physically rehoused in archival folders and boxes. Detailed inventories will be prepared and collection-level machine-readable catalog records will be loaded to USCAN and the OCLC database. The NHPRC award totals $69,353.

Catalogues of South Carolina colleges and academies
to be microfilmed
In addition to the NEH and NHPRC grants awarded the Manuscripts Division, the Books Division will participate in a SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Preservation Microfilming Project which has been funded by the NEH. The project will make possible preservation microfilming of catalogs from South Carolina colleges and academies plus 19th-century language and literature monographs from the University’s South Carolina College collection.

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