The South Carolina Room is in the process of integrating several boxes of donated articles into our vertical files. Of special interest for Black History Month are hundreds of articles from the 1960s and 70s that cover the integration of Charleston schools. Some of the school folders we have added to include: district changes, enrollment, accreditation of new schools, violence, crime, and school programs. Burke High, North Charleston, and Stall High are just a few of the individual school folders that have acquired new information. The articles are invaluable for anyone studying Charleston County Schools or desegregation. Postings will continue as the staff adds to our vertical file collection.
The South Carolina Room has the largest vertical file collection in the state, and the staff has been clipping articles out of local papers like the Charleston Evening Post and News and Courier since the 1930s. Our collection, which is broken into Charleston, South Carolina, or Biography subheadings, is organized by subject. All that is required to use the material (which can be photocopied for personal use) is a library card or i.d. There are nearly eighty drawers of material, which include brochures, articles, and exerts from books in addition to the newspaper clippings. The files include articles on individual cities, associations, buildings in downtown Charleston, schools, local development and planning, history (broken down by era), and prominent South Carolinians, among others. The materials are ideal for researchers, students of all ages, or anyone wishing to learn about any of the thousands of subjects in our indexes.