June 9, 2010

Our Blog has Moved!

It seems fitting that as we have relocated, so has our blog. Please find us now on Wordpress:

New Wordpress Blog site

You can also access the new blog through the SCPC home page:


June 8, 2010

Our New Digs

Take a gander at our new arena of activity! As you'll see, we're actually still moving in -- and the building is still getting its finishing touches. But to give you an idea, here are some shots from around the block:

The temporary chaos as you enter our processing space! Staff offices are arranged along the far wall...

Our new processing space with staff and students already hard at work!

A partial view of our new reading room...

Some of our 'knick-knacks'...

Our future exhibit space on the main floor is still a glorified storage closet...but with potential.

We added "art racks" in the stacks on which to store our framed items and other hanging things...

Our pristine stack level sports new electronic mobile shelving....


June 4, 2010

Memories of Politics Past

The current issue of Statehouse Report included this photo with the challenge:

t only will you find a former governor in this photo after a South Carolina hunt, but if you look closely enough, you'll spy the guy who wrote today's "My Turn" commentary in the second row at the far right.

Here's our description:

South Carolina G
overnor Robert E. McNair (standing, third from left) takes a break from the challenges he encountered as the state's top executive in the tumultuous 1960s. His overarching interest was the advancement of South Carolina in all areas of his responsibility such as education, industrial development, promotion of tourism, and the improvement of the quality of life for all in the state. Many of his challenges were related to the civil rights movement, which he faced resolutely and with a moderate tone, in contrast to the more adamant states' rights views of most other southern governors. Here, though, he enjoys some down time with his hunting buddies at a cabin in Belmont in 1967.

To find out more about Robert E. McNair, check out his collection or contact us.

Photo and caption originally appeared in the June 4, 2010 issue of Statehouse Report.

May 28, 2010

Memories of Politics Past

This week,
Statehouse Report pondered,
"Boy, the guys liked their hats a few years back. Figure out yet who the guy in the middle was and what he was doing about the time this photo was taken (hit the rewind button for about 52 years)."

And the answer is...

Before Fritz Hollings was a U.S. Senator, he was Lt. Governor and Governor of South Carolina (1955-1963). In this classic shot taken Feb. 5, 1958, Lt. Governor Hollings stands with T.C. Bannister, Jr., and R. Sundberg at the Bowater Pulp Mill in Catawba, S.C., prior to the mill’s start up. Hollings successfully ran for governor later in 1958. As Lt. Governor, Hollings was known for pursuing industrial interests for the state — something he continued as governor.

To find out more about Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, check out his collection or contact us.

Photo and caption originally appeared in the May 28, 2010 issue of Statehouse Report.

May 21, 2010

Goodbye, College Street!

Well, looks like the move is complete...sort of. All our collections and office material have been transferred to the Hollings Library, but the certificate of occupancy is still caught up in some red tape. We should be able to do some unpacking in the interim, however.

The warehouse: Awaiting the movers...

As I type, the fantastic library moving guys are waiting for their last truck to arrive to pick up the last of their gear; then they'll be off and away, too.

The warehouse: Debbie through the shelving after the movers finished...

The old warehouse is looking a bit sad. We are leaving our buddies Tim and Don alone here as the microfilming department will be the only active office at the College Street location. There's still storage for the University's records management material and McKissick Museum, but SCPC's shelves are now empty.

We'll be posting pictures of our new digs as we unpack and do some settling in. We think you'll be amazed at the stark difference in the locations. And, oh, how we're looking forward to WINDOWS!