- The Archives in consultation with the staff of Dacus Library is responsible for the acquisition and selection of the books for the Rare Book Collection.
- The Technical Services Division is responsible for the cataloging of items placed in Special Collections
- The Archives is responsible for curating and housing items placed in Special Collections
- The types of materials placed in the rare book collection include:
- All books printed before 1800
- Books printed in the United States before 1870
- South Carolina imprints before 1935
- Generally, books costing the library more than $300, or having a similar auction value
- First editions of significance
- Books in original form printed in numbered editions of 500 or less
- Autograph copies of works presented to Dacus Library by Winthrop’s faculty, staff, or alumni
- Works by important local authors
- Confederate imprints
- Association copies, i.e., works inscribed to Winthrop University. In certain discretionary circumstances, books inscribed to Winthrop faculty, staff, and alumni can also be put in Special Collections
- Other books that the Archives, in consultation with other departments in Dacus Library, decides is a rare book
- Books subject to loss or damage, including:
- items of poor or fragile condition
- volumes or portfolios of loose or fine plates
- Note: Items whose content or illustrations make them subject to theft are placed on Permanent Reserve at Circulation
BT 96 .A214m 1834x and J. Adams D.D.
The Rev. Jasper Adams, Episcopal minister, President of the College of Charleston, and (ex-officio) Horry Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy delivered this oration on November 1, 1834 before the Society of Graduates of the College of Charleston. Noting that moral causes of the prosperity of nations had been ignored, Rev. Adams reviews and examines the effect of morality on the advancement of nations.
BV 4011.4 .P74 .H69x and George Howe
In 1836, Rev. George Howe, distressed that many young men lacked interest in pursuing a career in the ministry, wrote an appeal to these youth to consider answering the call to preach. In addition to the appeal, the book also contains statistical tables on the number of Presbyterian ministers added each year in South Carolina for the years 1803, 1809, 1813, 1814, 1819, 1825-1835, a table showing the increase or decrease of ministers 1803-1835, a table showing the increase of church members 1826-1834, and a table showing the number of ministers and vacant churches in 1834.
A Sermon, Delivered at the Re-opening and Dedication of the French Protestant Church of Charleston, S.C.
BX 9458 .C4 .H6x and Charles Wallace Howard
A Sermon, Delivered at the Re-opening and Dedication of the French Protestant Church of Charleston, S.C. on Sunday, the 11th Day of May, 1845 by the Rev. Charles Wallace Howard, Pastor of the Church relates the history of the French Protestant Church. There is also an Order of Divine Service that includes an ode written by Miss Mary E. Lee, the scripture used, the hymns, and the pages from the prayer book used in the service. This order of service includes both the morning and afternoon services.
CT 4370 .M34 .S68x and South Carolina Tract Society
The Converted Soldier Become A Zealous Missionary tells the story of William Magrath of Ireland who, through the influence of the Bible Society, found faith, hope, and love which he joyously spread throughout the East Indies 1827 to 1833. Included are transcriptions of letters from and about Magrath, including his death of fever in 1833.
Kah-Woh, Catawba (Thank you, People of the River): A Drama of the Catawba Indians of South Carolina, and the White People Closely Associated with Them, from 1750-1791
PN 6120 .I6 1960, William I. Long, and Mary Wood Long
Kah-Woh Catawba, by William Ivey Long, Winthrop Professor of Theater 1954-1976 was written at the request of the York County Historical Commission in the spring and summer of 1960. The play was performed September 21-24 at Winthrop in Byrnes Auditorium with a cast of 106.