Caroliniana Columns
Newsletter of the University South Caroliniana Society
Autumn 1999

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USC Archives Collections Used in Bicentennial Programs

by Elizabeth C. West
The 200th anniversary of the founding of the University of South Carolina is fast approaching, and the USC Bicentennial Commission is relying heavily on the collections and staff of the University Archives for several of its projects. Among the events slated for the year-long celebration in 2001 is the release of Dr. Henry Lesesne's history of the modern USC - the first such work since Dr. Daniel W. Hollis' two-volume University of South Carolina, published in 1951 and 1956. In tracing Carolina's development from 1940 to 1990, Lesesne found the collections of the Archives and the South Caroliniana Library to be invaluable to his research.

A major bicentennial project currently in development is a virtual CD-ROM tour of the Horseshoe and USC history. The tour uses over 200 images from the Archives' photograph and yearbook collections and will be available for purchase in 2001. A bicentennial exhibit is planned in conjunction with McKissick Museum.

The Archives staff is also working closely with WLTX TV in an ongoing series on the University. WLTX has committed to air a monthly series on USC, which began in February 1999 and will run through December 2001. Reporter J. R. Berry examines various aspects of Carolina's past and present, utilizing information and images from the Archives. The May installment of the series featured the South Caroliniana Library's history and collections.

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