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Women's History Collection
Facts about South Carolina WomenDid you know that women in South Carolina were instrumental in:
Why the Women’s History Collection?
Little effort has been made to document the activities and accomplishments of women in South Carolina. Yet women have actively influenced the political, economic and social development of the state. When materials have been collected, they have usually been those of famous personalities, prominent individuals, members of the suffragette movement, artists or wealthy civic leaders. While records of these types of individuals should be preserved, libraries, archives, and historical societies have not fully documented the wide range of women who have contributed to the state’s history.
The Archives and Special Collections attempts to supply this need by:
Women and the University Archives
Founded in 1886 as a teacher training institution for women, Winthrop University became fully coeducational in 1974. The Archives contains the records documenting Winthrop’s history including minutes, correspondence, yearbooks, catalogs, scrapbooks and photographs. Over 1,000 linear feet of boxed material and 1,400 bound volumes provide a valuable resource for the study of the history of women in higher education. A publication available from the Archives entitled, The Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections: A Guide to Records Relating to Winthrop University, describes the collection.
Women and the Manuscript Collection
Since 1975 the Winthrop Archives has been collecting the records of women’s organizations, societies and clubs in South Carolina and the papers of women who have made contributions to the state’s history. The department has more than 275 collections documenting the role and activities of women in various subject areas including religion, politics, business, art, community service and education. In addition to these types of records, the department also collects speeches, clippings, diaries, journals, genealogies, reminiscences and files of clubs and professional organizations.
Below is a partial list of some of the major women’s organizations which have deposited records with the Winthrop Archives. (The dates for each entry indicate the inclusive dates of the material.)