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PG-233779-16

Spartanburg County Public Libraries (Spartanburg, SC 29306-3241)
Steve Smith (Project Director: 05/05/2015 to present)

General Preservation Needs Assessment of Spartanburg County Public Libraries' Archival Collections

The hiring of a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment of a large body of materials dealing with the history of the South Carolina upcountry.  With items dating as far back as the 1760s, the collection includes approximately 25,000 cartographic, architectural, and engineering drawings, much of it related to the textile industry which came to dominate the region. The library also houses 10,000 photographs and negatives dating from 1884 through the 1990s; 150 linear feet of business and organizational records; 200 linear feet of manuscripts and correspondence from prominent Spartanburg families such as the Du Pre Moseleys; and, finally, 300 audiovisual recordings and oral histories, including interviews related to the displacement of a local African American neighborhood through urban renewal.  Scholars use these wide-ranging materials to research a variety of topics including military and church history and the history of the civil rights movement.  The collection also serves genealogists and college students.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries (SCPL) in upstate South Carolina requests $6,000 to develop a phased long-term plan to preserve a growing, diverse, regionally-focused collection of recently acquired manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, and recorded interviews on audio- and videotape. This collection documents the economic, social, political, domestic and intellectual development of an Upcountry South Carolina county, from its colonial-era inception, through the turbulence of the Civil War and Reconstruction, to its development as a 20th century commercial center. These materials have research value beyond local interest; they reflect and illustrate regional and national historical trends, and provide potential value for scholars as fresh, previously unknown primary sources. SCPL's collections have reached a critical point where a comprehensive assessment and clear plan is needed to move the project forward as the collection, staff and facilities grow.

Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017