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New Faces at the Library

Grants Projects Underway

by Meg M. Moughan

The staff of the South Caroliniana Library expanded in December 1997 when work on two long- anticipated grant projects officially commenced. Newly hired project archivists Scott French and Meg Moughan, along with the assistance of a third full-time archivist and four graduate student assistants, will work on Cultural Crossroads: 18th- and 19th-Century Plantation Systems and Social Order in South Carolina, A Project to Enhance Access to Manuscript Collections and Accessing the Emerging South: A Project to Enhance Access to Unprocessed Manuscript Collections in the South Caroliniana Library. As the archivist for the NEH’s Cultural Crossroads project, Scott French will focus on providing enhanced access to the library’s most heavily used materials -- collections that document the origins and development of South Carolina’s plantation-based social and economic system and the institution of slavery.
Working with the assistance of graduate students Darrick Hart and Aimee Berry, French will stabilize the micro-environment of over 500 manuscript collections by re-housing materials in archival storage containers. Additionally, French will oversee efforts to enhance the intellectual control of the collections by revising and creating inventories which will be accessible electronically through the library’s website, USCAN, and OCLC.Project Archivist
Scott French with
graduate students
Darrick Hart and Aimee Berry are
re-housing and redescribing
more than 500
of SCL's most heavily used collections.

French received his undergraduate degree in American History from the College of Charleston in 1993. A 1997 graduate of the MLS program here at USC, he has also taken courses towards an MA in American History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Project Archivist

Meg Moughan

is working with

graduate students

Kathy Hilliard and

Susan Asbury to

process fifteen



Work is also underway on the NHPRC grant, Accessing the Emerging South. Project Archivist Meg Moughan is working with graduate students Kathy Hilliard and Susan Asbury to process fifteen manuscript collections. Ultimately, this project will provide physical and intellectual access to collections which have been unavailable to researchers. Included in this collection are the papers of novelist Elizabeth Boatwright Coker, Georgetown business man W. D. Morgan, artist Blondelle Malone, newspaper editor Samuel Latimer, and Columbia entrepreneur James H. Hammond. Detailed inventories will be prepared for the collections and collection-level machine-readable catalog records will be loaded to USCAN and OCLC. The collections, when complete, will document many aspects of South Carolina history from Reconstruction through the two world wars to the Civil Rights era.

Moughan comes to the South Caroliniana Library from Boston where she recently completed the dual degree (MA/MS) American History/Archives Management Program at Simmons College. She received her undergraduate degree in American Studies from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
Prior to coming to USC, Moughan worked on a grant project at Northeastern University, and interned at Simmons College, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Massachusetts State Archives. Assisting Moughan on the “Emerging South” project is Terry Lipscomb.
Terry Lipscomb brings more than 30 years of archival experience to the project. He has written and edited numerous works on colonial history and the American Revolution.
Terry brings to the project over thirty years of archival experience having worked at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for 27 years before joining the South Caroliniana Library in 1996. Lipscomb has published and edited numerous articles on colonial history and the American Revolution. A graduate of Wofford College with a degree in European History, Lipscomb is an indispensable member of the “Emerging South” Project.

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