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"Remembering the Days" - USC Archives' Oral History Project
by Elizabeth Cassidy
Personal memories of the University of South Carolina's alumni add a unique dimension to the University's history that can not be found in the facts and figures of official reports. In an effort to record and preserve those memories, the University Archives has established the "Remembering the Days" oral history project.
USC cheerleaders, 1931
The Archives staff is compiling a list of alumni who are willing to share their Carolina experiences. Participants are asked to reminisce about their friends, faculty, classes, and social activities while attending Carolina, as well as the impact Carolina had on their lives. All interviews are audiotaped and later transcribed for permanent placement in the Archives' holdings.
Over three dozen alumni who attended USC between 1916 and 1950 have been interviewed since 1995, but the establishment of "Remembering the Days" marks the long-term commitment of Archives' resources to a formal oral history program. This project marks the Archive's long-term commitment to a formal oral history program.
The majority of the alumni interviewed thus far attended USC during the 1940s-a time in which Carolina was greatly affected by World War II.The First World War also had a significant effect on USC, and Curator Elizabeth Cassidy was fortunate to be able to interview someone who had attended Carolina during that time-the late Gadsden E. Shand, Class of 1918. At the time of the interview in October 1997, Shand was the oldest living alumnus at the age of 99.
The current project focus is on those alumni who attended Carolina prior to 1940. Recent participants are Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Woodruff (Class of 1933) and the Reverend Doctor George Elias Meetze (Class of 1930). The Archives staff plans to intensify efforts as the University's bicentennial approaches.
For more information on "Remembering the Days," contact Elizabeth Cassidy at 777-5158 or via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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