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Archives Collection Spotlight

The Archives Collection Spotlight is where the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections highlights a particular collection or aspect of a collection. You can find the answers to the questions below and many more by visiting our blog or feel free to stop by during hours of operation.

  • Did you know that the Pettus Archives has over 1 million photographs, slides, and negatives? Many of which are of Winthrop, Rock Hill, York County, the Catawba Region, South Carolina, and beyond?
  • Have you ever held a letter written by one of the founding fathers and the first president of the United States? Well you can at the Pettus Archives where the collection consists of a letter written by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War!
  • Were you aware that internationally renowned author Matt Christopher’s papers are housed in the Pettus Archives?
  • Did you know that the oldest item in the Pettus Archives is one of six cuneiform tablets that date to 2400 BC?

Fact or Fiction?

The Fact or Fiction? Blog series is where the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections highlights little known facts about Winthrop, Rock Hill, and South Carolina. You can find the answers to the questions below and many more by visiting our blog or feel free to stop by during hours of operation.

  • Who was the first African-American graduate at Winthrop? Hint: It was not Cynthia Roddey who was the first African American to enroll at Winthrop.
  • Was there ever a movement to change Winthrop’s name to Johnson College?
  • Did you know that two Hall of Fame baseball players and a World Series hero played in Rock Hill?
  • Were you aware that Main Street in Rock Hill once had a roof?

History Through the Lens

The History Through the Lens blog series is where the Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections highlights a photograph of the month from the Pettus Archives. You can view the images below and many more by visiting our blog or feel free to stop by during hours of operation.

  • Have you ever seen an image of Cherry Road in Rock Hill when it was still a dirt road?
  • Would you be interested in seeing an aerial view Winthrop’s campus from the 1920s?
  • Have you ever seen an image of the first Rock Hill Train depot from the 1860s?
  • Have you ever seen an image of Winthrop founder and first president David Bancroft Johnson before he lost his left arm in a train car accident?

Exhibits

The Exhibit blog series is where the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections announces the latest exhibit at the Archives. The exhibits are open to the public during our hours of operation. To view the latest exhibit announcement and those of prior ones visit our blog.

Examples of prior exhibits:

  • Hats Off:  Winthrop Commencement 1886-1941
  • The Girls of Summer:  Jean Faut and ‘Lib’ Mahon ’42 and All American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • Foundations for the Future: Winthrop Campus Buildings- 1895-1980
  • Leaping Through The Past:  Come-See-Me Festival 1962-2012

 

 




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