The society was founded in 1937 at the invitation of University President J. Ron McKissick and the Caroliniana Committee of the university to help build the University’s South Carolina Collection. To assure the permanence of its work, the society was incorporated in 1951. Since then the society has functioned as a private, non-profit organization with the sole purpose being to assist the library in achieving its mission. Income from the society's endowment and membership dues are primarily devoted to the purchase of South Carolina materials.
What We Do
- Support the acquisition of South Carolina-related research materials of all kinds and from all periods
- Promote the preservation, appreciation and use of these materials
- Support collateral projects
New gifts are exhibited at the society’s annual spring meeting, and members are kept
apprised of the library’s work through two regular publications: the Caroliniana Columns
bi-annual newsletter and the society's annual report. The society also assists with
other publications resulting from research in the library’s holdings.
Society members receive:
- invitations to the annual meeting and special events throughout the year
- a subscription to Caroliniana Columns, our bi-annual newsletter
- the society's annual report
Becoming a Member
To help the society fulfill its mission, we invite you to fill out this membership form [pdf] and submit it with your contribution.