History Through the Lens

July 23, 2014 by
Image is a tintype of Rock Hill's original Train Depot - ca. late 1860s.

Image is a tintype of Rock Hill, SC’s original Train Depot – ca. late 1860s. Image is part of the William Boyce White, Jr. Papers.

 

 

Library Hours This Week

July 21, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, July 21st to Sunday, July 27th:

     Building Hours      Commons Desk Hours
Mon. – Thurs.      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

View complete library schedule.

Don’t forget, you need a valid Winthrop ID card in order to access the library.

Exhibit: Out of the Box

July 18, 2014 by

Out of the Box: Odd and Fascinating Artifacts in the Pettus Archives

 

  • Why is there a machete in the Archives and what in the world was its use?
  • What three U. S. presidents have items relating to them on display in the Pettus Archives?
  • What is a Magic Lantern?
  • The Archives has a leg!!?

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These intriguing questions and more may be answered by visiting the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections summer exhibit. On display are over 100 items that are a part of the Pettus Archives’ holdings that are a little unusual to say the least.

The captivating items include cuneiform tablets, lantern slides, Medieval Manuscripts, James Dean, exquisite needlework, 17th century paintings, unusual books and much more. (James Dean!!?)

The exhibit will be on display from June 1 through August 28 during the Archives operating hours. The hours are 8:00-5:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:00-noon Friday through August 1.  The hours are 8:30-5:00 Monday-Friday (appointments needed for Friday afternoon) for the remainder of August. The Archives will be open two more Saturdays this summer—July 19 and August 2—from 9:00-1:00.

For further information on the “out-of-the-box” collections or any of the Archives holdings, please call (803) 323-2334 or e-mail at archives@winthrop.edu.

Fact or Fiction?

July 16, 2014 by

Fact or Fiction:

Jefferson Davis, while president of the Confederacy, passed through Rock Hill, SC.

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis

Fact:

After the fall of Richmond, VA in April 1865, the capitol of the Confederate States of America, President Jefferson Davis crossed the Catawba River at the old Nation Ford. He then passed though Rock Hill, SC on his way to Abbeville, SC where his last cabinet meeting took place on May 2, 1865. He would be captured on May 10, 1865 in Georgia.

 

Library Hours This Week

July 14, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, July 14th to Sunday, July 20th:

     Building Hours      Commons Desk Hours
Mon. – Thurs.      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Don’t forget, you need a valid Winthrop ID card in order to access the library.

Archives Collection Spotlight

July 8, 2014 by
Original Rock Hill Train Depot - ca. late 1860s

Original Rock Hill Train Depot – ca. late 1860s

WILLIAM BOYCE WHITE, JR. PAPERS, 1800s-2000s (Accession 1488)

The William Boyce White, Jr. Papers consists of his genealogical research as well as his research related to the history of York County and Rock Hill, SC. The papers also include records and manuscripts relating to several of his published works.

Mr. White is a Rock Hill native and taught at the Winthrop Training School (WTS) from 1958-1965 and taught at Rock Hill High School following the closing of the high school portion of the WTS. He also taught in  Clover before coming to Winthrop. He was the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill from 1945 until he moved to Virginia.

His interest in local history covers the Rock Hill train depot (included in the collection is a tintype of the original depot ca. 1860s), Colonel William Hill, the Catawba River, Catawba Indians, Rock Hill and York County schools, historic homes (includes several photographs, many of which were used by Elizabeth Reed in her long running series on historic homes in Rock Hill Evening Herald), local churches, as well as Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Blackstocks, and York County in general. Of special interest is a copy of the Indian Land Chronicle dated January 21, 1859. Only three copies of the Chronicle are known to exist in the state of South Carolina.

The genealogical research conducted by Mr. White covers many of the prominent names of York County and of South Carolina in general. Below is a list of the prominent family names covered in Mr. White’s research:

Anderson; Bankhead; Barringer; Bell; Black; Button; Campbell; Carpenter; Coffey; Cowan; Crawford; Culp; Davis; Fennell; Fewell; Graham; Hanna; Hayes; Hill; Hutchison; Irwin/ Erwin; Johnson; Lee; Martin; Massey; McClain; McConnell; McCullough; McFadden; Miller; Mobley; Morrow; Neely; Neil; Patton; Pettus; Plexico/Plaxco; Rives; Robinson; Roddey; Setzer; Stephenson; Strait; Sturgis; Sutton; Templeton; Waggoner; Wallace; Wherry; White; Williams; Williamson; Workman; Wylie.

For more information about this collection please contact the Archives

Library Hours This Week

July 7, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, July 7th to Sunday, July 13th:

     Building Hours      Commons Desk Hours
Mon. – Thurs.      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM      8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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Don’t forget, you need a valid Winthrop ID card in order to access the library.

Librarian Spotlight

July 7, 2014 by

This month’s librarian spotlight is on Susan Silverman, Dacus Library’s Director of Library Assessment.

Thirty years ago Susan began her career at Winthrop as the Online Searching Coordinator. Since that time she has served as Head of Reference, Head of Public Services and now as the Director of Library Assessment. In her current position, Susan is responsible for developing, implementing, coordinating, interpreting, reporting, and promoting an assessment program for the library.

Susan received her undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in Education at the University of South Carolina. She then got her Master’s Degree in Library Science at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loved her time in D.C., where she had an internship at NIH and completed a practicum in the library at the Kennedy Center.  One of her favorite projects while working at the Kennedy Center was to organize their poster collection of all the center’s performances.

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Outside of the work environment Susan is an avid reader and she loves to travel. She has either lived in or visited six of the seven continents, all except for Antarctica. Many of you may know Susan’s husband, Dr. Jason Silverman, Professor of History. They actually met here at Winthrop when Susan gave Jason his new faculty tour of the library. Many of you may also know Susan’s son, Alex, who graduated from Rock Hill High School in 2010 and Wofford College this past May. Alex will be heading to Japan on August 2 as a member of the JET Program.

As part of her library duties Susan has developed research guides for education resources and library assessment. Take a look at her Education Resources guide – it lists databases, reference books and websites that are trustworthy sources of information for any kind of education-specific research and/or projects. Already enrolled in or thinking about taking the MAED 548 course? If so, take advantage of this guide – there’s a tab devoted entirely to this course!  If you would like to meet with Susan for a research consultation, she is happy to set up an appointment. Just send an email to silvermans@winthrop.edu.

Dacus Library has many wonderful librarians on staff who all teach library instruction classes, work various hours on the reference desk, and do collection development work. Each librarian also has other specialized responsibilities within the library. To learn more, check back at the beginning of each month for a new librarian spotlight post.

Dacus Library Closed Friday, July 4th

July 1, 2014 by

Dacus Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th, for the Independence Day Holiday. Normal summer hours will resume on Sunday, July 6th.

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Library Hours This Week

June 30, 2014 by

Dacus Library hours for the week of Monday, June 30th to Sunday, July 6th:

Note: The library will be closed, Friday July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday.

     Building Hours      Commons Desk Hours
Mon. – Thurs.      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM      8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday     Closed     Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM      1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

View complete library schedule.

Don’t forget, you need a valid Winthrop ID card in order to access the library.


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