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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?
Winthrop was among the first institutions to actively collect material pertaining to women’s history. The study of Women’s History is a natural focus of the Manuscript Collection with Winthrop University being founded as a Women’s College in 1886 and remaining so until Winthrop became a coeducational institution in 1974. Many Winthrop graduates, local persons, and organizations have gone on to perform active and important roles as leaders and participants in clubs and organizations, home extension, social work, politics, religion, business, art, education, civic and charitable affairs, and other activities which have helped shape our state’s history. The letters, diaries, research, speeches, clippings, photographs, memorabilia, and other types of material that have been collected through the years is of interest and importance for those wanting to document the role women have had in shaping South Carolina’s rich history.
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 300 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.)