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The Winthrop History Project

The Winthrop History Project will document the transformation of Winthrop that occurred during the 24-year presidency of Dr. Anthony J. DiGiorgio, who led the institution from 1989 until 2013.

The first phase of the project, which is being carried out in coordination with Winthrop's Louise Pettus Archives and Ida Jane Dacus Library, involves:

  1. assembling, organizing, and categorizing various planning/ visioning records and other key documents (e.g., academic studies, campus presentations, speeches, campus design renderings and related documents, campus communications and other correspondence) in keeping with protocols utilized by Pettus Archives, so that they can become a ready source of information for researchers, writers and others interested in Winthrop history, and
  2. conducting, organizing and categorizing oral history interviews with key individuals who were involved in various aspects of campus initiatives and campus life from 1984-2013, to augment the Oral History collection of the Pettus Archives.

The second phase of the project will involve creating Requests for Qualifications for:

  1. an appropriately credentialed and experienced individual to utilize the above archives, oral history interviews and any supplementary resources (e.g.,state budgetary and legislative records) as a basis to author the next successive volume of Winthrop University history to follow Dr. Ross Webb's The Torch Is Passed, and 
  2. the publication and distribution of that next volume, which is tentatively titled, As the Progress of the Times May Require.

The Winthrop History Project is located in 5 McBryde Hall on Scholars Walk. For further information, contact John Neely Gaston or Rebecca Masters at 803/323-3072.

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