Archives and Special Collections
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The USC Upstate Archives and Special Collections is home to a variety of materials and several special collections that help to promote knowledge and understanding of the history, programs, and goals of USC Upstate. The University Archives serves as the official and final repository for
the historical records of USC Upstate from its establishment as a branch of the University of South Carolina to the present. The institution was previously known as the Spartanburg Regional Campus, the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, and USCS. The name was changed to the University of South
Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) in 2004.
The primary subject emphasis of the University Archives is the continued collection and retention of historical evidence of USC Upstate as a provider of higher education since its founding. The University Archives attempts to collect, as comprehensively as possible, those records
that have enduring value documenting the history of USC Upstate, its programs, services, and constituencies.
The secondary subject emphasis of the Archives as a whole is the collection and retention of materials that document the history of the geographical area of which USC Upstate is a part -- specifically the ten county area that includes: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood,
Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union Counties.
Access to all of the materials and collections is by appointment only, and may not be immediate. Archives faculty or staff will pull requested materials; no browsing is allowed. The Archives are a non-circulating collection. Materials may not be taken from the library, and may have restrictions on photocopy and scanning depending upon content and/or condition. If you have questions
or would like to make an appointment for access, please contact
About Our Collections
1. University Archives
Included in the University Archives are campus newspapers, student handbooks, yearbooks, schedules, campus directories, photos, copies of faculty publications, official university records and meeting minutes, self-studies, and various bits of memorabilia and ephemera.
Access to the materials and collections is by appointment only, and may not be immediate. The University Archives includes the following collection:
Within the University Archives, USC Upstate Publications includes materials published by the University such as student handbooks, yearbooks, class schedules, campus directories, newspapers, and newsletters. Other publications such as collections of student writing are also
housed in this collection. A small portion of USC Upstate Publications have been digitized and may be explored at the
2. Special Collections
Several collections of books, records and personal papers have been donated by generous supporters of the University of South Carolina Upstate, the U
niversity Library and the Archives. These collections include:
Thomas Moore Craig Southern Literature and History Collection
The Thomas Moore Craig Southern Literature and History Collection is the first named collection in the USC Upstate Archives and was donated by the family of Thomas Moore Craig. These books reside in a separate room and may be accessed by appointment. The collection encompasses over 220 books from the private collection of the Craig Family and was donated by Thomas Moore Craig, Jr. of Roebuck, and his sister, Susan Heath Craig Murphy of Spartanburg. A finding aid for the collection is currently in progress.
Records of the Hub
City Writer’s Project
The Records of the Hub City Writer's Project include the business materials from the creation and publicity of books published by Hub
City Press, a non-profit independent press located in Spartanburg. You can read more about the Hub City Writer's Project on their website,
The Pre-1900 Collection consists of materials removed from the library's circulating collection that were published prior to 1900. Many of these materials are in fragile condition, so access may be
limited. Information about them is included in the library’s online catalog.
3. Archives of the Upstate
The Archives of the Upstate, a separate entity from the University Archives, nevertheless supports the University’s mission by serving
as an official and final repository for historical records in designated areas of regional history. The Archives will collect, house, preserve, and interpret primary source materials from the greater upstate area and make its materials available to scholars, researchers, students, and individuals in the community.
The materials will directly relate to the ten counties of upstate South Carolina: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union.
The Library seeks to collect materials for the Archives of the Upstate in four subject areas
• Medicine and Healthcare
• Military History
Possible examples of materials to be collected include books, documents, personal papers, diaries, ledgers, newspapers, magazines, maps, works of art, and photographs, etc. Related memorabilia and artifacts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The Archives of the Upstate currently houses two collections: the Spartanburg County Medical Society Records (Medicine and Healthcare), and The G. B. Hodge, M.D. Papers). Although the collections are open for research, they continue to undergo processing and do not yet have completed finding aids available. Please
visit the USC Upstate Archives and Special Collections LibGuide for more information.
The Archives solicits and collects the official records and papers of the University and its faculty. The Archives also gratefully accepts donated materials from individuals, families, and organizations for its collections which are neither official university records
nor faculty papers, but which relate to the history of USC Upstate or the geographic area of which USC Upstate is a part.
These materials should fall within the following defined areas:
• Medicine and Healthcare
• Military History
The Archives and University Library will work with donors to establish appropriate guidelines regarding the use of donated materials and their availability to scholars and researchers.