20 July 2016

Research Room Closed July 22, 2016

The Research Room is closed Fri., July 22nd because of staff training. We'll resume regular hours, Mon., July 25th (barring anything unforeseen). Come work in our Research Room collections on Mon., July 25 - 9 am to 5 pm; Thurs., July 28th - 9 am to 5 pm or on Fri., July 29th - 9 am to 3 pm.




Looking Ahead into August: 
Scheduled staff vacations will affect public service days during much of August with lunchtime closures of the Research Room on the following dates:

Thurs., August 4: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 5: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm
Mon., August 8: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Thurs., August 11: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 12: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm
Mon., August 15: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Thurs., August 18: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 19: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm

Due to staff absence, "Research Consultations" with the Archivist are not possible August 3 - August 23.


The week of August 22 - 26, we expect to be resume customary hours, that is, Mon., Aug. 22: 9 am to 5 pm; Thurs., Aug. 25: 9 am to 5 pm; and Fri, July 26: 9 am to 3 pm.

13 July 2016

Research Room Closed Fri., July 22nd



Please make a note that the Research Room will be closed on Fri., July 22nd due to staff training.

10 July 2016

A Yankee Scholar Returns

Bob Hester's presentation in May about his book A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina (University of South Carolina Press, 2015) was so well received, we decided to host him again. Please join us on Tuesday, July 19th at 3 pm in the Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, for an inspiring and enlightening program about Beaufort District's musical heritage, local history, and Gullah culture.

Transcribing the Civil War journals of William Francis Allen required a unique skill set. Allen was a New Englander with impeccable academic and abolitionist credentials who was "a perceptive observer of culture and events" in Civil War and Reconstruction era South Carolina. Taking an anthropological view of the former enslaved, Allen analyzed and collected their music to compile the first published anthology of Negro spirituals, Slave Songs of the United States (1867). He studied the syntax of their communication and dispassionately watched their interactions with others sharing his observations with his journal and a series of essays published in the Nation and the Christian Examiner.

Who had the particular set of skills and educational background to pay attention to the details and understand the complexities in the Allen's journal? Robert Hester, that's who.  Hester, an engineer by trade, is well accustomed to paying attention to all the details so vital in a scholarly transcription of manuscript material. Hester also has a deep interest in musical performance, theory and arrangement that equipped him to transcribe those portions of the journal relating to Gullah musical forms.


Hester did his job as historian and musicologist well. Professor George Rable, Charles Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama calls A Yankee Scholar  "fascinating reading" and says that Hester's work "immediately becomes an important new primary source for studying the Civil War era."

All are welcome to attend. Books will be available for purchase and autographing from the author at a discounted price.

(Image courtesy of Stephanie Turner, Aiken Standard newspaper).

05 July 2016

July 7 - 11th: Lunchtime Closure

The Research Room is operating on a reduced schedule, July 7th - July 11th, due to staff shortage. 

The Research Room will be closed at lunchtime, Noon to 1 pm on Thurs., July 7th, Fri., July 8th and Mon., July 11th for staff to get the Federal Labor regulations break for hourly employees. 

Accordingly, the corollary is that the Research Room will be open and have staff on hand to assist customers:

Thurs., July 7th - 9 am to Noon and 1 pm to 5 pm.

Fri., July 8th - 9 am to Noon and 1 pm to 3 pm.

Mon., July 11th -  9 am to Noon and 1 pm to 5 pm.

  Heads up:  The Research Room will be closed on Fri., July 22nd for Staff Continuing Education training.

To arrange an appointment for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, call 843-255-6468 or e-mail gracec@bcgov.net no less than a week in advance. While we cannot always accommodate your schedule, we do try to do so whenever possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to take same day appointments.