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New director for South Caroliniana Library

By Kathy Henry Dowell, University Libraries, kdowell@mailbox.sc.edu

Henry G. Fulmer has been named director of the South Caroliniana Library on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe. A three-time USC graduate and 30-year USC Libraries employee, Fulmer began his new duties Jan. 2.

“Henry is the perfect candidate to lead South Caroliniana Library,” said USC Libraries Dean Tom McNally. “He has 30 years of experience, combined with knowledge of not just the library’s collections but also the individuals who support the library. He’s been instrumental in the success of the library in the past, and he can now take the library to the next level.”

Constructed in 1840 as the central library for South Carolina College, South Caroliniana Library is the oldest continuously occupied academic library in the United States. Today the library serves as the repository of the Palmetto State’s documented history and literature. Students and faculty of the university, as well as researchers from around the world, visit the library to study the books, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, audio recordings and visual images preserved there. Its five major research divisions are published materials, manuscripts, university archives, oral history and visual materials.

As a graduate student at USC, Fulmer’s search for a part-time campus job led him to the manuscripts division at South Caroliniana Library.

“I felt at home the moment I walked into the library,” said Fulmer, a native of Fountain Inn, S.C. “My paternal grandmother had been the child of a Civil War veteran. As a young child, the tales I wanted to be told were not the classic imaginary fairy tales but stories about how things were done in the past. My grandmother also was the collector and preserver of family artifacts, so I grew up surrounded by historic items, just as I am here at South Caroliniana Library. Feeling that connection to the past, to history, has always been a part of my life.”

Fulmer has been curator of manuscripts at South Caroliniana Library since 1992. He has seen the addition and acquisition of numerous materials, including the papers of General William C. Westmoreland and, most recently, Mary Boykin Chesnut’s Civil War photograph albums.

Fulmer has a bachelor’s degree in applied music, a master’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library and information science from USC. He is active in a number of professional organizations, including the South Carolina Archival Association. He currently serves as treasurer on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors. He also is the organist-choirmaster at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Columbia.

Posted: 01/04/13 @ 1:00 PM | Updated: 01/04/13 @ 1:46 PM | Permalink

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