By Kimberly McClure, Archivist, South Carolina Department of Archives and History

For almost 20 years, the South Carolina Archival Association has been bringing together archives professionals and others interested in the preservation of the state’s records.  Every year, we offer workshops and the annual conference where we can come together and learn from our peers.  But the annual Summer Social offers us the unique chance to let our hair down, have a little fun, and enjoy a day of connecting with our colleagues from across the state.  And it’s for a good cause too!

In 2002, the executive board established the Darrick L. Hart Scholarship Fund to honor a SCAA charter member and Conservation Specialists at the University of South Carolina Conservation Lab who passed away that year.  Funds raised from the Summer Social are designated for these scholarships which are awarded to current SCAA members to help offset the costs associated with attending professional meetings and workshops.

This year’s Summer Social was held in beautiful Conway, South Carolina.  Our group met for lunch at Rivertown Bistro where we caught up with our colleagues and discussed some of the major issues we were each facing at our respective institutions.

Plate of food
Lunch at Rivertown Bistro


After a pleasant meal, we headed to the Horry County Museum for a tour led by Education Specialist, Marion Haynes.  In addition to the well-crafted exhibits and the famous fish tank, we had the opportunity to tour the storage spaces, processing rooms, exhibit preparation areas, and of course, the archives.  Marion offered an interesting perspective on working in a small archive and the challenges that brings – primarily the handling of donations that don’t fit their scope of collections and the lack of sufficient storage space.


Group looking at fish tank
The Tanked fish tank at Horry County Museum
Archivist looking at wave machine
Permanent wave machine at Horry County Museum


Bad weather prevented a trip to the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, a part of the Horry County Museum, but our spirits weren’t dampened.  All in all, the day was a success and I, for one, left with a store of knowledge to put to use in my own agency.  A special thanks to Walter Hill and Marion Haynes of the Horry County Museum for graciously hosting us this year.

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, visit the Hart Endowment page on the SCAA website for more information.

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; 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” (  ) -- 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


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.


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