Archives and Special Collections

The USC Upstate Library possesses several collections of archival and special materials, all of which are encompassed under the structure of “Archives and Special Collections.”

Access to all of the collections is by appointment only and may not be immediate. Library faculty or staff will pull materials for use. The materials may not be taken from the library and may have restrictions on photocopy and scanning depending on content and condition. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment for access, please contact Laura Karas

The Various Collections and Areas

Hub City ArchivesHub City Archives
Hub City Archives includes the business materials from the creation and publicity of books published by Hub City Press, a non-profit independent press located in Spartanburg.
Pre 1900 PublicationsPre-1900 Publications
The Pre-1900 Collection consists of materials from the USC Upstate collection that were published prior to 1900. Many of these materials are in fragile condition, so access may be limited. They are included in the library’s online catalog and requests for access may be made by contacting the USC Upstate Archives.
TThomas Moore Craighomas 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, donated by Thomas Moore Craig, Jr., of Roebuck, and his sister, Susan Heath Craig Murphy, of Spartanburg.
University Archives
The library houses an archive of USC Upstate related materials. Included in the Archives are photos, scrap books, copies of faculty publications, Faculty Senate minutes and more. Access is by appointment only and immediate access may not be available. Anyone may access the material with an attendant, but no browsing is allowed. Please see Circulation Desk or contact Laura Karas for assistance.
PublicationsUniversity Publications
The USC Upstate Publications collection includes materials published by the University such as Student Handbooks, Yearbooks, Class Schedules, Campus Directories, Newspapers and Newsletters. Other materials such as publications of student writing are also housed in the University Publications. The library also has a digital collection that may be explored using the following link:

Archives of the UpstateArchives of the Upstate
Archives of the Upstate, supports the University’s mission by serving as an official and final repository for historical records in designated areas of regional history. The Archives collects, houses, preserves and interprets primary source materials from the greater upstate area and makes its materials available to scholars, researchers, students, and individuals in the community interested in the designated areas of the collection.

The Library seeks to collect materials for the Archives of the Upstate in four subject areas: Medicine and healthcare, Education, Religion, and Military History. The materials are directly related to the ten counties of upstate South Carolina: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union.

Possible examples of materials 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.

Donations and Contributions
The Library gratefully accepts donated materials to its archives collection (in the areas defined above) from individuals, families, and organizations, subject to the terms of a gift agreement that will be executed between the donor and the University. The Library will work with donors to establish appropriate parameters regarding the use of donated materials and their availability to scholars and researchers.