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Archives and Special Collections

A guide to using the Archives at USC Upstate.

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Archives Hours and Directions

Regular Hours

Monday -- Friday      2-4 pm and by appointment; Please contact the archives to schedule an appointment.

Saturday -- Sunday      CLOSED

Holiday and Summer Hours

The Archives are closed on all University holidays.  Summer hours are by appointment only.


The Archives are located in Room 268 of the Library, on the second floor (Silent Study floor). Access is via the center staircase inside the library. 

COVID-19 Statement on Access

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), access to the USC Upstate archives is by appointment only.  All users must register and request items in advance by email.  Archives staff may decide to provide digital access to collection materials in lieu of an in-person visit.  Given the fluid and evolving nature of the situation, the archives reserves the right to change the access policy.  For assistance with reference or to schedule an appointment please contact:

About the Archives

The Archives and Special Collections is home to the University of South Carolina Upstate Libraries’ rare books, archives, and manuscript collections requiring care and control that cannot be provided in the open stacks.  It houses a variety of materials and several special collections that help to promote knowledge and understanding of the history, programs, and goals of USC Upstate as well as the upstate region of South Carolina.  The Archives is separated into two distinct areas:  University Archives, and Archives of the Upstate.

The University Archives attempts to collect, as comprehensively as possible, those records that have enduring value documenting the history of USC Upstate, its programs, services, and constituencies.  The emphasis for the Archives of the Upstate is the collection and retention of materials that document the history of the geographical area of which USC Upstate is a part -- specifically the ten county area that includes Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union Counties.  


Using the Archives

Access to all of the materials and collections is by appointment only, and may not be immediate.  Archives faculty or staff will pull requested materials; no browsing is allowed.  The Archives are a non-circulating collection.  Materials may not be taken from the library, and may have restrictions on photocopy and scanning depending upon content and/or condition.  If you have questions or would like to make an appointment for access, please contact Ann Merryman.  

Reading Room Use Policy

General guidelines for researchers using the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room:

  • Only pencils may be used in the Reading Room.  NO pens, markers, highlighters, or other writing utensils are allowed.  
  • Computers or tablets, digital cameras, and research notes may be used at the research tables.
  • Under certain circumstances, researchers may be allowed to digitally photograph Archival materials themselves.  Before doing so, please consult with Archives staff for information regarding the Camera Use Policy.  Personal scanners are not allowed.
  • Researchers may request up to three (3) items/boxes at a time.  Only one (1) item/box is allowed at the research table at any time.  No requests for materials will be honored within 30 minutes of the scheduled closing time for the Archives.  

The full Reading Room Use Policy can be found in the linked PDF document below.