Hello, I'm Jim Cross from Clemson University's Special Collections & Archives and I am SCAA's new blog editor. I am encouraging you to send me news, announcements , mini-research pieces, etc. for the blog to share with other members of SCAA. I'm hoping to post at least one blog entry a month, although more is certainly better! You can send items to me at jcross@clemson.edu; if you would like to talk to me about a potential post call me at (864) 656-5182 or contact me via email. I look forward to working with you all!



As thousands of new Clemson students visit campus this summer for Orientation, Clemson Libraries Special Collections and Archives has a new online exhibit -- “Clemson Bound 1893” ( https://spark.adobe.com/page/atdPcRAEZUd30/  ) -- that looks back 125 years to the first Clemson students.   Clemson College opened its doors for the first time on July 6, 1893 for a shortened 5 ½ month session.  Approximately 300 students were on campus that day, but over a hundred more continued to arrive before the Board of Trustees voted to close new enrollment over a month later.


“Clemson Bound 1893” looks at the students, the curriculum and the campus during that first year.  It includes historic images and documents drawn from the holdings of Special Collections and Archives including the J.C. Littlejohn Collection, The Williston Wightman Klugh Papers, The Richard Wright Simpson Papers, and Board of Trustees Records.  Images also include an original 1890s uniform in the collection. 


Call for Proposals

SCAA 2018 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting

University of South Carolina – Aiken

Gregg-Graniteville Library

Friday, October 19, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.



Do you know how to salvage a molded, pestilence infected collection?


Are you familiar with a new software that could help museums and archives digitize and share collections?


Have you had a successful year in fundraising, and want to share your story with institutions that could benefit from your tactics and expertise?


Then join us for this year’s SCAA conference entitled, “How do I ...?”!


Our theme covers a wide array of topics, including digitization, processing, preservation, outreach ... all of the major subjects that archivists and cultural resource professionals deal with on a recurring basis! 


We’re looking for presenters who can share innovative ideas, remind us of tried and true methods, and offer advice on how to be most effective at our work.


The conference will feature two presentation options and a poster session for participants to share their knowledge and innovation:


  1. 30 minute presentations
  2. 10 minute lightning rounds
  3. Poster sessions to showcase accomplishments and special projects of South Carolina archivists and allied professionals and students.


We hope that this year’s conference can offer you useful tips and tools, and we look forward to hearing how you meet archival demands.


To submit a proposal, please fill out the form located at https://goo.gl/RhKN8U


The deadline for submission is August 17, 2018.


Early bird registration August 31-October 10


$35 members

$50 non-members (includes membership for one year)

$15 students



Regular registration after October 10


$45 members

$60 non-members (includes membership for one year)

$25 students

Looking for a chance to make a difference and to contribute to the promotion of archives and our state’s history? The Board hopes to attract both new and seasoned leaders to help SCAA provide support, training and voice for both large and small institutions. Please consider putting forth your name and making a difference!  If you cannot run this year but think someone else might be a candidate, please nominate a colleague (with their consent).

The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 18, 2017.

We are currently seeking nominations for the following officers:

Vice President/President Elect - The vice president shall perform the duties of the president in case of the president's resignation or absence. The vice president shall serve as the president-elect and as the official Association liaison with other organizations or committees with which the Association cooperates, and shall perform other duties as requested by the president. The Vice President will rotate into the President’s position after the first year, effectively serving a two-year term. 

1st Year Director - Directors in their first year shall serve on the Program Committee and perform other duties as requested by the Executive Board or president. Directors (2nd year): Directors in their second year shall chair the Program Committee, coordinate arrangements for the annual meeting, and perform other duties as requested by the Executive Board or president. This is a two-year position.

Secretary – The secretary shall record the minutes of all Executive Board meetings and the Annual Business Meeting. The secretary also organizes and preserves annually the documents associated with SCAA business. This includes transferring older materials on a retention schedule. This is a two-year position.

As Immediate Past President, Andrea L’Hommedieu serves SCAA as chair of the Nominating Committee. Please click here to submit a nomination. Remember to include full name, phone, title, position for which you would like to be nominated, the institution with which you are affiliated, and why you would like to serve on the SCAA Board. You must be a member (or become a member) to serve on the Board.

SCAA invites you to present a session at the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Citadel in Charleston, SC on October 20, 2017

This year’s theme is “South Carolina at War.” 2017 marks centennial commemorations of the United States’ entry into World War I, the end of involvement in the Mexican Expedition (1916-1917), and the creation of Fort Jackson in Columbia. The 2017 Program Committee seeks proposals that highlight preservation, access, and applications of archival materials documenting the experiences of military personnel and civilians in the face of conflict and struggles for peace.  


The conference will also feature three options for participants to share their collections and experiences:  45-minute traditional presentations (1-3 speakers), 20-minute short presentations (1-2 speakers), and a poster session to showcase accomplishments and special projects of South Carolina archivists and allied professionals and students. 

View the Call For Proposal for more details


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