SCAA Mon, 03 Aug 2015 02:34:22 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Un-Conference Save the Date

Save the date for the 2015 Un-Conference! 

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015

Location: Columbia – SCDAH facilities


Official Title: Bridge Builders: Connecting Archives with Your Community

Call For Participants coming soon!

]]> (Webmaster) Featured Events SCAA Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:18:12 +0000
Summer Social

Join us for an afternoon with archivists from around South Carolina as we enjoy a social lunch hour at Leaf, followed by a tour of the newly renovated Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston. This event is the fundraiser for the SCAA’s scholarship program, the Darrick L. Hart Endowment Fund.

Link to Flyer

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 - 3:00 pm (11-12 Board Mtg.; 12-1:30 Lunch; 1:30-3:00 Tour)
Location: Addlestone Library, College of Charleston
Cost: $15.00 for SCAA members; $10.00 for students; $20.00 non-members 

Register now

]]> (Webmaster) Featured SCAA Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:14:02 +0000
Update: Spring Workshop full, email to be added to the waitlist

 PALMCOP/SCAA Spring Workshop

Every collection is susceptible to damage from water – whether from floods, hurricanes, burst pipes, or from structural leaks. This presentation and hands-on workshop will give participants information regarding salvage of affected collections and experience in recovery of waterlogged materials.

Experienced collections conservator, Ann Frellsen, who assisted along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina and is a member of the American Institute for Conservation’s Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), will lead the one-day workshop on how to recover collections after the water recedes.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in the salvage of typical library and archives materials. Participants will also learn the importance of teamwork in managing an emergency response, including safety, public relations, and the recovery of wet materials.

Workshop Location: James A. Rogers Library at Francis Marion University
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration is full. Contact Virginia Ellison to be added to the waitlist.

]]> (Webmaster) Featured Events SCAA Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:06:00 +0000
SAA - Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award

The application period for the 2015 Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award is now open!

The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 and recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.
The recipients of the award will receive full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists on August 16-22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

Eligibility: The Pinkett is awarded to minority students, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year proceeding the date on which the award is given.

For more details or to download the application form please visit:…/handbook/section12-pinkett

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.

]]> (Webmaster) Featured SCAA Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:43:00 +0000
SC Archives Month - October

The work of archivists in South Carolina is integral to maintaining the fabric of our rich documentary heritage. We demonstrate the importance of primary source materials to elementary school students, collect oral histories to immortalize people’s voices and life experiences, and teach people how to search for and find the information they seek. We preserve evidence of the past to enrich people’s present and future experiences. As the state’s primary professional organization for archivists, SCAA is committed to advocating for the profession and the records repositories where we carry out our work to assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to information that has lasting value.

To commemorate the South Carolina Archival Association’s fifteenth birthday, we are renewing our commitment to advocacy for archives and archivists in the state of South Carolina. To start the momentum, SCAA is reinvigorating the celebration of South Carolina Archives Month in October.


Celebrate South Carolina Archives Month with us!

From the mountains to the sea, the foothills and the Pee Dee, Every region of South Carolina is home to natural beauty and environmental wonders.

The goal of South Carolina Archives Month is to inform the general public about the diverse array of archival materials held in repositories across the Palmetto State. All archival and documentary heritage repositories are invited to participate. The natural environment will serve as our theme and inspiration. Archivists and librarians are encouraged to participate by curating exhibits, lectures, open houses and other events that highlight the landscape, conservation, flora, fauna, agriculture, management of natural resources, and outdoor recreation in South Carolina.

The events are a celebration of the work that we and our organizations do, but South Carolina Archives Month is also a time to raise public awareness. By holding exhibit openings, workshops, lectures, open houses, and other related events during October, South Carolina’s archives community can make a concerted effort to underscore the importance of our profession to our state’s citizenry and public leaders.

 Some ideas for themed events/installations:

  • South Carolina flora and fauna
  • Prominent South Carolinians involved in the natural sciences, such as biologists, botanists, and naturalists 
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Agriculture and land use
  • Forestry and wildlife management
  • Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation
  • Natural energy sources and consumption
  • Geology, geography, hydrology, and other earth sciences
  • Natural disasters

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase a part of your archival collection! Please share information about your Archives Month event(s) with us by filling out our event submission form and we will post it on our website and publicize via facebook, twitter, and other networks! Also, don’t forget to join us for our annual meeting at Newberry College on October 10th!


SC Archives Month Events


Event Dates Time Institution Event Title Event Description
9/5/2014- 1/9/2015 n/a South Carolina Political Collections Gallery, Hollings Library "The Force of Character and Courage”: South Carolina and Hugo The arrival of Hurricane Hugo on September 21, 1989, marked the first major hurricane to hit South Carolina in thirty years. On the 25th anniversary of the event, a new exhibit in the South Carolina Political Collections gallery depicts the state's preparation for the storm, the destruction it caused, and the efforts towards rescue and recovery. The exhibit, "The Force of Character and Courage": South Carolina and Hugo, draws its name from a statement made by then-Governor Carroll Campbell about the bravery and cooperative spirit shown by the people of the state in the face of tragedy. The exhibit is free and open to the public 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, through January 9, in the South Carolina Political Collections Gallery in the Hollings Library. The Hollings LIbrary is accessed through Thomas Cooper Library. For more information, call the Hollings Library at (803) 777-3847.
9/3/2014- 10/14/2014 n/a Anderson University WW I Abroad and at Home This exhibit explores how Anderson College students supported the war effort and showcases two flags from World War I.
10/2/2014 5:30 PM Charleston Museum Special Archives Tours: Nature in the Archives October is American Archives Month!  Archivist Jennifer McCormick will be once again opening the locked flat files to bring you the Natural Environment in the Archives. Join McCormick in viewing Volumes 3 & 4 of John James Audubon's The Birds of America as well as the never before seen sketch book of Maria Martin's butterflies and insects. McCormick will also showcase two sketch books of Charles Fraser's landscape watercolors he created while travelling throughout the countryside. Afterwards, we will take a trip to the Museum's storeroom to see the stunning butterfly and insect collection of Anna Heyward Taylor. Registration Required.  There are only 10 spots available. $40 for Members, $55 for Non-members. Call 843.722.2996 ext. 235 or visit
10/11/2014 1:00 - 2:30 PM Beaufort District Collection, Beaufort County Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour Our annual Archives Month behind-the-scenes tour highlights items about plant and animal life, naturalists, conservation, agriculture, recreation, and land use this year. Allot 1.5 hours for presentation and tour. Limit of 15. Registration required: or 843-255-6468. Please: No walk-ins.
10/20/2014 2:00 PM The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library Preserving your Documentary Heritage: Archiving Basics Join CCPL’s Archivist, Katie Gray, for an instructional session on protecting your personal documents for posterity. Ms. Gray will offer guidelines for the physical preservation of documents and photographs, as well as advice on exerting intellectual control over your materials
10/23/2014 Luncheon at 12:30PM-1:30PM; Reception at 6:00 PM Charleston Library Society The Art of the ACE Basin For the last 30 years Vincent J. Musi has travelled the world photographing everything from volcanoes to mummies, capturing enduring images of vanishing cultures, history, and archaeology. He currently specializes in animal portraiture for National Geographic Magazine, and his work is an often quirky look at the world of exotic pets, domestication, and cognition. In between assignments, Musi, who lives on Sullivan’s Island, has focused on the Lowcountry, producing a portfolio celebrating the ACE Basin for the November 2014 edition of National Geographic. Musi’s photographs of the Ace Basin tell a story, in pictures, of an unprecedented 25 years of public private partnership that has protected more than 217,000 beautiful and biodiverse acres just 30-some miles from downtown Charleston.Musi will speak at the Library's Wide Angle Lunch Series. For tickets, call 843-723-9912. A reception and exhibition of Musi's photographs will be held the same evening as the lunchtime lecture.



]]> (Webmaster) Featured About SCAA Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:17:00 +0000
2014 Annual Conference Registration open now!

Registration is now open for SCAA's 2014 Annual Conference:Archives and the Natural Environment, to be held at Newberry College in Newberry, SC, on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Click here to register!

The theme of this year's annual meeting is Archives and the Natural Environment. Informative sessions will include presentations on herbaria as archives, updating archival workflows in established institutions, examining the impact of natural disasters on repositories, and documenting architectural collections in South Carolina archives. Our plenary address will be given by Dr. Patrick McMillan, professor at Clemson University and Director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Tentative Schedule

  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM          Registration
  9:00 AM                          Optional Newberry Archives Tour
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM          Sessions IA, IB & II
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM           Sessions III & IV
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM             Lunch
12:30 PM                           Business Meeting
  1:00 PM                           Plenary Speaker
  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM             Session V

      Session IA
Archives and Natural Disasters – Preserving MUSC’s Hurricane Hugo Experiences
Brooke Fox, MUSC University Archives

The September 21, 1989 landfall of Hurricane Hugo greatly impacted the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. This presentation will discuss the University Archives’ efforts to document the bravery of hospital, faculty and maintenance staff as they protected people and facilities before, during, and after the storm. Ms. Fox will highlight efforts in soliciting records and photographs as well as conducting oral history interviews for inclusion in the University Archives. In addition she will discuss the development of exhibits about the storm.

Session IB
Connecting the Dots: The Role of the Historic Properties Information Coordinator
Morgan Jones, South Carolina Department of Archives and History

In the past year, South Carolina’s Department of Archives and History created an entirely new position for the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO): The Historic Properties Information Coordinator. This position was created and filled in order to bridge the gap between users and historic property information. While the tasks of that position were distributed among other staff members, the division of labor only allowed the office to keep up with the existing workload. This Historic Properties Information Coordinator will be responsible for designing an online searchable database of historic property information, managing the digitization and online presentation of associated records, and enabling the electronic submission of materials from surveyors. This presentation will discuss how archival skills, strategies, and standards contribute to a project that involves so many different types of professionals including archaeologists, architectural historians, planners, preservationists, public historians and surveyors. Ms. Jones will also discuss how her experiences with these intersecting professions have informed her experience as an archivist. 

Session II
The Digital Divide: Users, Archival Traditions and a Digital Future

Bobbi Bischoff, Hillary Hudson, Travis Wagner and Nicole Oderisi, USC SLIS 

As archives move forward into the next century, students here at University of South Carolina have concerns about archive traditions and the future of digital archiving. Concerns include the digital impact on copyright, film preservation, and the divide between what students know and what employers want. 

Session III
It’s Never Too Late to Mend: Updating Archival Workflows in Established Institutions
Joshua Minor, College of Charleston Special Collections & Aaron Spelbring, Avery Research Center 

In this panel, Joshua Minor, Manager of Archival Processing at the College of Charleston and Aaron Spelbring, Manager of Archival Services at the Avery Research Center will discuss their experiences updating processing strategies in established institutions where standardized, consistent archival workflows, policies, and priorities have only been partially implemented due to limited resources and staff. Minor and Spelbring will examine the strategies used and the techniques implemented in both institutions as well as some of the challenges associated with this type of operational change.

Session IV
Documenting the “Mother Art” in South Carolina: Architectural Collections at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.”
Beth Bilderback, University of South Carolina and Jim Cross, Clemson University 

Frank Lloyd Wright once said “the mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” The built environment is such an integral part of our lives that we do not give it a second thought. Unless, as archivists, we have architectural records in our collections. The records, however, are not the glamour collections that provide great PR or that fit neatly into fancy archival boxes to show a donor. They are difficult to preserve and take up too much precious storage space. Yet, these records are an important part of our history and are used by a variety of researchers: architects, gardeners, building managers, home owners, historians, students, etc. In this session, Jim Cross will talk about the new architectural archives at Clemson that grew out of an initiative with the SC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Clemson and USC. Beth Bilderback will talk about the South Caroliniana Library’s collection of landscape architect Robert Marvin among others.

Plenary Speaker
Rediscovering Catesby’s Carolina

Dr. Patrick McMillan, Clemson University

Mark Catesby, an intrepid explorer and naturalist arrived in South Carolina in 1722 and spent over two years traveling far beyond the English settlements documenting and describing the marvels of the wild interior of Carolina. His Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Island is well-known for its dazzling illustrations and tales, but this is only part of the story. The collections sent back to England that now reside at Oxford and in the Sloane Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London complete the description of what South Carolina was like during the first decades of European settlement. Join Patrick as he takes us back in time to examine a Carolina that most of us would find quite foreign today and learn just how powerful our choices are in transforming the world around us.

Session V
Herbaria as Archives: Structure, Function, and Transformation of Botanical Research Collection
Dr. Charles Horn, Newberry College – Herrick Brown, A.C. Moore Herbarium, USC – Kate Foster Boyd, University of South Carolina

Herbarium collections throughout South Carolina capture and preserve the history and current dynamics of plant populations throughout the state. This session will highlight the composition and value of these collections. Processing, identifying and organizing botanical specimens, developing databases for storage and retrieval of information on the physical collections for researchers and staff, climate control and preservation all present unique challenges for herbarium curators.



]]> (Webmaster) Featured Events SCAA Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:46:28 +0000
Join us for the SCAA Annual Meeting in October!

SCAA Annual Meeting: Archives and the Natural Environment

The SCAA Outreach and Advocacy Committee invites you to attend the annual meeting to be held at Newberry College in Newberry, SC on Friday, October 10, 2014. The natural environment will serve as the theme and inspiration for conference proceedings.

We welcome presentation and/or session proposals relating to the intersection of archives and records repositories with the natural environment as well as issues relevant to our profession in the 21st Century.

These include:

  • The intersection of archives and preservation with landscape, conservation, flora, fauna, agriculture, management of natural resources, and outdoor recreation in South Carolina.
  • Biographical, historical, and research information concerning collections that document the South Carolina landscape. These can include naturalists, biologists, and botanists.
  • Sustainability in the archives. Anything from selecting sustainable formats for electronic records to “green” archival facilities.
  • Challenges facing archivists involved in caring for natural history collections.
  • Collaboration of archivists with other professionals in the fields of natural history, science, archaeology, land management, engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, and farming.
  • New research and innovative projects and programs being implemented in archives repositories.

To download a session proposal form, click here!

Registration will open soon and additional details about the meeting will be available soon.

]]> (Mary Jo Fairchild) Featured About SCAA Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:21:00 +0000
We have a new look!

The SCAA website has updated its look! The content should be the same, but email the webmaster if you see broken links, etc. Enjoy!

]]> (Webmaster) Featured Home SCAA Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:59:05 +0000
Summer Social 2014

Join us for an afternoon with curators and archivists at the Native American Studies Center at USC-Lancaster. This event is the fundraiser for the SCAA’s scholarship program, the Darrick L. Hart Endowment Fund. Awards up to $500 are made available to current SCAA members through an application and review process to attend continuing educational training. Click here to learn more about the Hart Endowment

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main St., Lancaster, SC
Cost: $15.00 for SCAA members; $10.00 for students; $20.00 non-members
View the flyer

Register now!


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