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Accession 379

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

37,000 pieces, 19.00 linear feet



Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of detailed organizational records of the South Carolina Library Association (S.C.L.A.) for the period 1915-1981. Financial records of the organization are included. Comprehensive information concerning the S.C.L.A.’s annual conventions from 1915 until 1981 is present. Various projects in which S.C.L.A. participated (e.g. Tennessee Valley Library Council Survey, S.C.L.A. Loan Fund, National Library Week) are well-documented. Publications of the organization as well as other professional publications are included in the collection. Correspondence of the association’s president, treasurer, and secretary is found in this collection. S.C.L.A. was founded in 1915 with the purpose “to stimulate throughout South Carolina an interest in free public libraries and to promote the establishment of such libraries in all communities so that good books may be readily accessible to the people of all classes in every community in the State.” The purpose has evolved since “to arouse and stimulate an interest in the development of libraries, to be a medium of information in (that) regard..., and to bring into touch her library force that they may gather additional strength and inspiration for the work.”[1]

[1] South Carolina Library Association webpage (2021).


The South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) Records were donated to the Archives on December 19, 1980.


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

South Carolina Library Association Records - Accession 379

LC Subject Headings

South Carolina Library Association--Archives; American Library Association; Southeastern Library Association; Libraries--South Carolina; Library science--South Carolina--Societies, etc.