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Year in Review: 1997 at the South Caroliniana Library
By Dr. Allen Stokes
Holy Wars
in the Old South:
Or, The Battle among
Baptists, Methodists, and

An address by
Dr. Christine L. Heyrman

16 May 1998
Saturday afternoon

62nd annual meeting
of the
University South
Caroliniana Society

As I reflect upon the past year at the South Caroliniana Library, I am impressed at the quality of acquisitions which continue to come to the library, its Modern Political Collections division, and the University Archives. The bulk of what we acquire comes as a result of gifts of members of the University South Caroliniana Society and through the expenditure of dues and investment income. These recent acquisitions will be described in the program that will be distributed directly to those members who attend the Society's 62nd annual meeting on Saturday, May 16, and by mail to those who cannot attend.
The speaker is Dr. Christine L. Heyrman, professor of history at the University of Delaware and the author Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt (Alfred A. Knopf, 1997). The title of her talk is Holy Wars in the Old South: Or, The Battle among Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians. Her book, Southern Cross, is a study of religion in the South in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Professor Heyrman did extensive research at the South Caroliniana Library and other institutions. Her other publications include A Model of Christian Charity: The Rich and Poor in New England, 1630-1730 and Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750.

PublicationsWith input from library staff and the able editorial skills of Susan Dick, we published the first two issues of a newsletter, the first one bearing the title USCS Newsletter and the second bearing the name given it by three members of the Society, Caroliniana Columns. Library staff also have contributed articles to Ex Libris, an annual publication of the university libraries highlighting special collections.
Caroliniana Columns will not feature acquisitions as does the program for the annual meeting. It will feature staff activities, grants, unusual photographs in the collection, and news about Modern Political Collections and the University Archives. We have also published contributions from Society members about historical architecture in the community of Brunson and the remnants of an earlier era in the Wateree Swamp.

GrantsDuring 1997 the library received two grants: one from the National Historical Publications Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These grants will enable us to rehouse over 500 collections in archival file folders and boxes, prepare online descriptions of these collections, and to process and prepare findings aids for fifteen large collections documenting the late-19th and 20th centuries in South Carolina.

The South Caroliniana Library was selected to participate in a preservation microfilming project sponsored by the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET). Over 700 catalogs of educational institutions in the state will be microfilmed by SOLINET.

Library staff attended meetings of the Society of American Archivists, the American Association for State and Local History, the Southern Historical Association, the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies, the Society of Georgia Archivists, the South Carolina Library Association, and the South Carolina Historical Association.
Several staff members presented papers at these meeting and others, and one staff member served as a judge at the National History Day competition. Herb Hartsook, Carol Benfield, and Allen Stokes presented a program on the library's collections at the Chamber of Commerce in Johnston. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Derrick hosted the program. The University Archives mounted an exhibit on the university and World War I for a World War I symposium organized by Special Collections. An exhibit at the home of Modjeska Simkins in support of a fund-raising event was arranged by the library.

In Memorium
The library staff was saddened by the death of two former staff members. Loulie Latimer Owens-Pettigrew worked in the Manuscripts Division, and Martha Workman provided reference services in the Book Division.

We look forward to 1998: the 62nd annual meeting, new acquisitions, our conservation lab becoming operational, and the preparation of some of our overflow collections for transfer to the university libraries remote storage facility. We also congratulate the South Carolina Department of Archives and History as they prepare to move to the South Carolina History Center which will officially open in May.

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