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GINA PRICE WHITE is the Director of Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University and a native of Chester County, S.C. where she was previously Local History Librarian at the Chester County Library and is past President of the Chester County Historical Society. She is a Winthrop graduate with a degree in history. She worked as a student employee in the Archives 1981-1983, began her professional career at Winthrop in 1986 as the Assistant Archivist, and became the Director in 2003. She has presented numerous programs on the Winthrop Archives, Winthrop history, the conservation and preservation of documents and photographs, Chester County history, York County history, oral history, and how to research family history. She is co-author of Palmetto Women, Along the Catawba Region, and Chester County, S.C., and has written articles on Chester County history, Winthrop history and Catawba regional history.
ANDREW DONALD JOHNSTON is the Assistant Director of the Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections. He began as a graduate student employee in the Archives 2003-2005, was hired as the Assistant Archivist in the Archives in 2005, and became the Assistant Director in 2011. He earned BA degrees in History and Political Science and a MA in History from Winthrop University. Special interests in the field of History include South Carolina History predominantly Loyalism in South Carolina during the American Revolution.
KAITLIN BURDETTE is an Archivist in the Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University and has worked in Dacus Library since 2008. She is a native of Lancaster, SC, and a Winthrop graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration. Her hobbies include a great love of reading and martial arts.
CHARLENE DRUMMOND is an Archivist in the Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University and has worked for 21years in Dacus Library. Prior to coming to Winthrop, the Spartanburg, S.C. native worked for two years in the public school system. She is a graduate of Spartanburg Community College, received an associate degree from Spartanburg Methodist College and attended Winthrop University. Drummond has a passion for working with children and her life’s mission is to speak for those who have no voice. She is very involved with her church and other hobbies include, reading, community service, shopping and spending time with her family.
BRITTANY PIGFORD is an Archivist in the Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University. She began her career at Winthrop in 1995 as a student and also a student worker for Dacus Library. Upon earning her BA in History in 1999 she started working full time for the circulation department at Dacus. She has interned and volunteered for the McCelvey Center of York County. Her special interests in History are Southern History especially early colonization as well as Civil War and Reconstruction. She lives in Fort Mill, S.C. with her husband, son and two step children.
ROBERT BREWTON RYALS is the Audio-Visual Archivist in the Archives and Special Collections. He earned his BA in History, MLIS, MA in History, and Museum Studies Certificate from the Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Curator of the Claude Pepper Library and Museum in Tallahassee. In 2010, he was hired as a Dacus Library faculty member in the Reference Department and part-time as an Archivist in the Archives and Special Collections. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), Palmetto Archives, Libraries, and Museum Council on Preservation (PALMCOP), and the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) and has assisted with workshops focused on long-term preservation and disaster recovery.