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The Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections is the repository for historically valuable records relating to the history of Winthrop University, women, and South Carolina, particularly the heritage of the Catawba Region (Chester, York, Union and Lancaster counties) . Such items as letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and organizational files make up the bulk of the collection.
The Archives' purpose is to provide physical protection for these materials and to make them available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, scholars, and members of the community who are interested in researching and writing about history. As the memory center for all university records of historical significance, the Archives preserves a variety of materials relating to the origin and development of Winthrop, and to the achievements of its officers, faculty, staff, alumni and students. Of special significance are correspondence, speeches and business files which document the work of the University and its components. The Archives also collects and preserves records relating to the history of South Carolina such as Civil War letters, plantation journals, World War II diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks. In addition, the Department also houses a collection of oral history tapes and rare books.
As part of its purpose, the Archives also publicizes the availability of this material through a wide variety of media and is involved in conducting public programs that draw on and highlight the Department’s resources. The Archives staff is available for various programs and presentations to classes, schools, community groups, and other interested parties.