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Accession 1658

Inclusive Dates

1795-1902, 1927


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

2000 pieces, .25 linear feet



Historical Note

Ida Jane Dacus was the first professionally trained Librarian in the state of South Carolina. She attended Winthrop Normal and Industrial College from 1896-1899 where she received a service scholarship to keep the study hall/ Library. Following her junior year Miss Dacus was asked by then Winthrop President, Dr. David Bancroft Johnson to take over the school's library full-time. She agreed and Dr. Johnson sent Miss Dacus to Drexel to receive training. She earned her certificate and returned to Winthrop as the first professionally trained Librarian in South Carolina history. She served as Winthrop Librarian until 1945 when she retired and returned to Williamston, SC where she managed a farm she had inherited.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters and autographs Miss Ida Jane Dacus collected from famous authors and politicians. There are also photographs, deeds and land records, financial records, poems and sonnets, notices, memorabilia mostly from the 19th century. Most of these documents are related to South Carolina during the American Civil War and in particular to the Confederate States of America, however some are pre-Civil War. The deeds and land records all relate to property in Wake County, NC. Some of this material may have been on display in the museum that was in the Tillman Science Building which was razed in 1962, at which point they may have been brought to the library and mixed with Ida Jane Dacus’ collection of Autographs and letters.


The Ida Jane Dacus Collection was transferred from the Ida Jane Dacus Library.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Ida Jane Dacus Collection - Accession 1658

LC Subject Headings

Dacus, Ida J., 1875-1964--Archives; Autographs--Collections; Authors--Autographs; Politicians--Autographs; Deeds--North Carolina--Wake County; Real property--North Carolina--Wake County; South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources; Confederate States of America--History--Sources