SC State hosted the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) social and fundraiser

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ashley Till On Friday June 6, SC State hosted the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) social and fundraiser, with over fifteen archivists visiting the campus to see the SC State’s Historical Collection and Archives, as well as tour the I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium. Archivists from all over the state were interested in viewing first hand the collections at SC State. Archivist Ashley Till gave a show and tell and behind the scenes tour including access to newly acquired materials about the Orangeburg Massacre. Established in 1975, the South Carolina State University Historical Collection is part of the Miller F. Whittaker Library. The role of the SC State’s Historical Collection is to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible primary source materials relating to the history of the University and the local community. “Some of the archivists had never even been to Orangeburg before and I believe they were really impressed with the resources and materials that we have here. SC State’s history is so rich and we fortunately have records and materials that date back to 1896, the year SC State (then called State Agricultural and Mechanical College) was established. “Many of them said they wanted to come back to see more, including our library’s special collection of African American writers” said Ms. Till. “If you are interested in history and from this community, you should visit the SC State Historical Collection and Archives.”

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium is an embodiment of SC State’s commitment to community service enhancing the appreciation of both the arts and sciences in a single facility. The Stanback’s programs include aesthetic appreciation, historical and didactic information, scientific and technological presentations which encourage the development of critical thinking and creative skills for students and adult constituents. The Stanback is of significant national importance as the only facility of its kind, an interdisciplinary Museum and Planetarium, on any Historically Black College and University in this country. Archivists were treated to a guided tour of the I.P. Stanback Museum’s current exhibit, “Harlem on My Mind: 1940-1959” and they also got to see the storage, staging, and curatorial areas of the museum with museum director Ellen Zisholtz. The planetarium manager, Dr. Elizabeth Mayo, presented a private screening of “Artists of the Harlem Renaissance.”