View the full program for the SCAA Annual Meeting here: 2018 Annual Meeting Program (pdf)

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This year's meeting is held at the University of South Carolina – Aiken's Gregg-Graniteville Library on Friday, October 19, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

Regular registration after October 10

$45 members
$60 non-members (includes membership for one year)
$25 students

Nominations being accepted

for SCAA Executive Board officers

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 Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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.

Membership - The membership officer maintains membership records and solicits new members. The membership officer serves a two year term during which they work with the treasurer and the rest of the board to garner new members and to send due notices for renewing members while keeping up to date records of the SCAA membership.

Treasurer - The treasurer has custody of all funds belonging to the South Carolina Archival Association and disburses them in accordance with the annual budget or upon the expressed authority of the Executive Board. The Treasurer serves a two year term.

As Immediate Past President, Morgan Jones-King serves SCAA as chair of the Nominating Committee. Please send any nominations to: 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.

Please 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! 

This year's SCAA conference keynote speaker, Mrs Dawn Corley, best known at "The Charleston Silver Lady"! Dawn Corley has been collecting and lecturing on silver from South Carolina for nearly 30 years. She is descended from one of Charleston's earliest silversmiths, and her silver collection is shown by museums throughout the world. Some of Dawn’s most noteworthy pieces include silver that belonged to Robert E. Lee, John C. Calhoun, Wade Hampton, and porcelain that belonged to George and Martha Washington; pieces made by enslaved South Carolinians are included in her exquisite collection.

Her interactive lecture programs allow attendees the rare opportunity for a 'hands on' examination of these treasured pieces. Dawn had the honor of being the appraiser of the jewelry found on the Hunley Submarine in Charleston, and she has spoken for US Presidents, Foreign Heads of State, Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as many hundred private groups and organizations.

Some will recognize her name from state and national publications as well as local and national television. The ancestral home she shares in the Midlands of SC with her family was featured recently on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk", and their 1790 plantation home was recently the focus of an ETV special, and has also been the site of multiple made for TV movies. 

Read more about her practice and collection at  


When: Friday, October 19, 2018

Where: University of South Carolina – Aiken

Gregg-Graniteville Library

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


Early bird registration fees are $35 members; $50 nonmembers (includes membership fee); $15 students. Registration price will increase on October 10: $45 members;
$60 non-members (includes membership for one year); $25 students.

Register Now!


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!


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