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On September 16th, 2013, the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library will welcome Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy to campus to speak on an often overlooked topic: the British side of the American Revolution.

While all Americans learn of the heroism and sacrifices of Washington, Jefferson and Hamilton, British leadership, from King George III to General Burgoyne, is usually portrayed as incompetent at best. In his new book, The Men Who Lost America, Andrew O’Shaughnessy dispels that notion with a meticulously researched account of the course of the war, as analyzed though the trials and triumphs of ten prominent Britons. His conclusion? While roiling political tensions at home and the American’s fervent fighting spirit would prove fatal to the British war effort, The Men Who Lost America were worthy and effective opponents.

Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and the Sanders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He is a British born, naturalized American citizen, with degrees from both Columbia and Oxford Universities. Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham had this to say about O’Shaughnessy and The Men Who Lost America, “Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy has written a remarkable book about an important but curiously underappreciated subject: the British side of the American Revolution. With meticulous scholarship and an eloquent writing style, O’Shaughnessy gives us a fresh and compelling view of a critical aspect of the struggle that changed the world. This is a great book.”

Dr. O’Shaughnessy’s visit to campus is one of several events hosted by the Friends of the Library’s Addlestone Authors Series, which brings prominent regional and nationally recognized authors to the College. According to Interim Dean of Libraries, Dr. John White, “Dr. O’Shaughnessy is an accomplished scholar, whose work places the American Revolution in a global context by examining the loss of the colonies through a transnational lens. The Men Who Lost America is both scholarly and approachable — a rare combination for such a complex historical investigation.”

Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s lecture will take place on September 16th, 2013, at 6:00pm, at the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street.

Please contact Stephanie Alexander at alexandersd@cofc.edu for more information.

 

Sebastian Junger to Speak at C of C in November!

Posted on 15 July 2013 | 11:15 am — 

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On November 13, 2013, the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library will host acclaimed war correspondent, bestselling author and Academy Award-nominated documentary film maker Sebastian Junger.

Sebastian Junger literally took the literary world by “storm” with the 1997 publication of The Perfect Storm, his bestselling account of the doomed last voyage of a Massachusetts-based fishing ship, the Andrea Gail. In the years that followed, through assignments for Vanity Fair and ABC News, Junger turned his attention to increasing U.S. involvement in overseas conflicts. During the bloodiest period of war in Afghanistan, Junger embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in the remote and infamously dangerous Korengal Valley. His fifteen months in-country resulted in the 2010 documentary film Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2011, Junger also published the bestselling book War based on his experience in the trenches.

Junger’s newest project, which recently debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is now presented as an HBO Documentary, is a feature-length portrait of Tim Hetherington, his friend and photographer who was with him in Afghanistan but was killed in 2011 while covering the civil war in Libya. Junger began work on Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington in 2011, shortly after attending his friend’s memorial service.

The event will begin with a special reception with Sebastian Junger for sponsors of the event and guests who purchase VIP tickets. Following the reception, Junger will deliver his keynote address an audience of approximately 450 attendees. Junger’s keynote address will focus on the motivations for, realities of, and lessons learned from his time on the front lines in Afghanistan. Both The Perfect Storm and War will be available for purchase and Junger will be signing autographs.

In addition to his keynote address, Junger will participate in a moderated question and answer session with students from the College of Charleston, MUSC and the Citadel. All proceeds from An Evening with Sebastian Junger will go toward establishing the first scholarship specifically for veteran students at the College of Charleston.

Several other events and activities are planned leading up to Sebastian Junger’s visit. The full list of events and activities, including the keynote address, can be found below.

September 5th-November 14th, 2013: Photography exhibit by award-winning combat photojournalist Stacy Pearsall
Second Floor, Addlestone Library

September 25th, 2013: Free Screening of Sebastian Junger’s Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Restrepo
6:00pm, The American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

October 23rd, 2013: Free Screening of Sebastian Junger’s HBO Documentary film, Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
6:00pm, The American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

November 13th, 2013: Moderated Q&A with Sebastian Junger
4:00pm, Rivers Green, behind the Addlestone Library
*this event is free and open to students from the College of Charleston, MUSC and the Citadel.

November 13th, 2013: VIP Reception and Keynote Address by Sebastian Junger
6:00pm (VIP Reception)
7:00pm (Keynote Address)
Rivers Green, behind the Addlestone Library
*This is a ticketed event. Tickets for VIP reception and keynote address will be $125.00 per person. Tickets for keynote address only will be $45 per person. Tickets will be available online in mid-August.

For more information on any of the events related to Sebastian Junger’s visit to the College of Charleston, please contact Stephanie Alexander at alexandersd@cofc.edu.

WSJ lauds The Compleat Angler… See it in Special Collections!

Posted on 28 May 2013 | 10:18 am — 

 

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The Wall Street Journal lauds the undying popularity of Isaac Walton’s The Compleat Angler

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323744604578473251929009978.html

The Grenville Haslam Sporting Book Collection in the Addlestone Library’s Special Collections contains 400 copies of this single title, including the famous second edition, and is one of the most comprehensive collections of The Compleat Angler in the world.

To learn more about the Haslam Collection click here.

Jenny Sanford Donates Personal Papers to Special Collections

Posted on 24 May 2013 | 1:53 pm — 

Via the Charleston Post and Courier (Tuesday, May 21, 2013)

Jenny Sanford’s Donated Papers Offer Poignant View of Power Couple, “Second Chance” E-book Now Available

Jenny Sanford has donated to the College of Charleston boxes of scrapbooks, emails, letters and thousands of other items kept during her marriage to Mark Sanford, a trove that sheds new light on her role as first lady and her ex-husband’s campaigns for Congress and governor.

Jenny Sanford donated the materials in the summer of 2012 to the college’s Special Collections Department. Archivists recently finished cataloguing 16 boxes of materials for what it calls the “Jenny Sanford Papers.” The documents are available to the public.
Mark Sanford’s victory in the 1st Congressional District special election two weeks ago added another chapter in his amazing political journey. “Second Chance: The Mark Sanford Story,” written by two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Tony Bartelme, reveals new twists in this saga. The book is now available for $2.99 for Nook devices at barnesandnoble.com. It also is available in Kindle format at Amazon.com. It will also soon be available on other e-reader formats. Check Evening Post Books for updates.

In a recent interview, Jenny Sanford said she was moving last August and needed to downsize. “I was either going to donate them to someone who could use them, or throw them out. ”

She said she thought the materials would be especially useful to researchers interested in election campaigns. While married, she ran her husband’s congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. They never lost an election.

Taken together, the materials provide a front-seat view of one of South Carolina’s most dynamic political couples. Some materials are surprisingly personal and include a wedding album and emails the Sanfords sent each other in April 2009 about their unraveling marriage. They divorced later that year after Mark Sanford’s public confession that he secretly left the state to visit his now-fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur, in Argentina.

The collection also contains thousands of letters, cards and emails that friends and strangers sent Jenny Sanford after the affair came to light. Many congratulated her for not standing by her husband during the news conference. Scores also wrote that they too had husbands and wives who were unfaithful. One suggested she move to Minnesota because of its good schools and wholesome values. During her book tour, a person handed her a voodoo doll with a note that said, “Don’t get mad, get even.”

She said this outpouring was one reason she decided to write a book. “Some people still email me to this day.”

She donated the materials last summer at the urging of John M. Rivers Jr., a Charleston businessman and board director with the college’s Friends of the Library group, said Harlan Greene, the library’s senior manuscript and reference archivist. Greene said some of the materials were “very poignant,” especially a scrapbook that Jenny put together for their 15th wedding anniversary with the title “15 years of bliss!”

Greene and Cara McHugh, a processing archivist with the library, organized and catalogued the materials and created a research guide. The department has a large backlog, which is common at many archives, and is why the materials weren’t ready for public inspection until this spring. The archival process took four weeks.

“I could tell she was careful about what she gave us,” McHugh said, adding that many of the materials involved her husband’s campaigns and programs she pushed as First Lady.

Some of the most revealing materials are notebooks of Jenny’s from between 2004 and 2010, when her husband was governor. They’re simple spiral notebooks that a college student might use, but inside are extensive notes that Jenny made about legislative battles and other issues.

On one page, she diagrammed a state of the state speech. On another she wrote about efforts to privatize Santee Cooper. “Santee Cooper — competitive process needed for study so no future questions arise re competitiveness of bid … Marshall wants to call number of banks and get proposals in writing.”

She scribbled notes to call Jon Lerner, a Washington, D.C., political consultant, and comments about some of her husband’s bruising battles with the Legislature. In one, she apparently paraphrased a quote from powerful state Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence: “Leatherman — ‘here b/f sanford, will remain after ms, ms will be footprints in the sand.’ ”

The notebooks also show how she juggled the affairs of state with family needs. When mold was found in the Governor’s Mansion, she waged an aggressive campaign to have it removed. On one page, she quoted Leviticus, scribbling: “If your house be contaminated with plagues, molds and leprosy, put the contents in the middle and set it aflame.” On another page was a drawing by one of her sons.

McHugh said she was impressed by Jenny Sanford’s business-like focus. “You could see how smart she was. Once she discovered that Mark was unfaithful, she flew into action.” Within months of Mark’s tearful confession on June 24, 2009, at the Statehouse, Jenny had a draft for her future bestselling book, “Staying True.” Within six months, she filed for divorce.

Also included are letters from Mark to Jenny when he was in Congress. “They were very sweet,” McHugh said. “It seemed like he was really trying, but once he got to the Statehouse, those letters trailed off.”

Jenny Sanford donated the papers months before U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint stepped down, which in turn prompted Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, to the Senate. This created a vacancy for the 1st District Congressional seat, which Mark Sanford filled two weeks ago when he won a special election.

The “Jenny Sanford Papers” is among the more than 500 separate manuscript collections at the college’s Special Collections Department. Inside the department’s fireproof and climate-controlled vaults are documents about the city’s rich Jewish heritage and original notes and manuscripts from James Rigney, who under the pen name Robert Jordan wrote worldwide bestselling science fiction novels. Rigney died in 2007.

Jenny Sanford said the college was a much safer place to keep items than a house on a barrier island such as Sullivan’s. She said her sons might someday be interested in the materials, and because of her donation to the college, they will always have access to them, but “I was starting a fresh chapter.”

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130521/PC16/130529866/1165/jenny-sanford-donates-items-to-college-of-charleston-second-chance-e-book-now-available

Addlestone Library to House SC Historical Society Collection

Posted on 6 May 2013 | 11:10 am — 

Starting in 2015, the College of Charleston will house the South Carolina Historical Society’s remarkable collections of books, manuscripts and archives. The College’s Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library will undergo an extensive renovation before opening the collection to the public. With the addition of the Historical Society’s materials to the College’s already extensive holdings, the Addlestone Library will rank with the top research centers in the nation in Southern Studies.

“This unique partnership formed when the Historical Society recognized the opportunity to move the vast majority of its collection from the historic Fireproof Building to a twenty-first century research facility,” says John White, interim dean of libraries. “In housing the collection in the state-of-the-art Addlestone Library, the Society will ensure the safety of the thousands of fragile maps, letters, photographs and books in its possession, and will guarantee the space for continued collection growth.”

“This partnership will enable the College to make the South Carolina Historical Society’s repository of historic resources more accessible to a much larger audience,” says College of Charleston President P. George Benson. “As a hub for research and intellectual discovery, the College’s Addlestone Library is the ideal place to house such an important collection.”

Dr. Faye Jensen, Executive Director of the South Carolina Historical Society, is equally pleased by the partnership. “The holdings of the South Carolina Historical Society have long been acknowledged by scholars and students as an irreplaceable and inexhaustible resource of state, regional, and national culture,” she said. “We are pleased that these resources will be in close proximity to the College’s own invaluable collections.”

The Society will retain ownership of its materials.  Its staff will be intricately involved in the collection’s future maintenance, and have access to the College’s innovative digitization initiatives and best practices in traditional archiving.

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The Addlestone Library is the recent recipient of a most special award: The College of Charleston REACH Program’s Business Partnership Award… and the Library is doling awards right back! Matt Raczka, a second year REACH student from Middleton, CT, was the Library’s Student Employee of the Month Award for March 2013.

Matt worked at the circulation desk during the Spring 2013 semester, and all Library staff were impressed with his strong work ethic and attention to detail. He had a special knack for finding misplaced books and returning them to their proper place on the shelves. Matt has some advice for his fellow students: “Students need to know that when they remove a book from the shelves, it should be returned through the circulation desk in order to make sure it gets back to the right spot. Students mean well, but they usually don’t put the books back properly, and then no one can find them!”

As an out-of-state student, Matt did a lot of research into academic programs, and he felt that the College’s REACH program outshone its competition. “And there’s no winter!” says Matt. An added plus coming from Connecticut!

Matt especially enjoyed his public health courses and hopes to become an x-ray technician, a job, he says, that will both “fill the pocket and fill the heart.” He’ll take the skills he learned at the Addlestone Library with him on the path to making that dream a reality.

According to Sherry Gadsden, Head of Circulation, “The Addlestone library has a well-established climate within its walls that allows all students an opportunity to achieve academic and career success.  Working with REACH students in the library has been an amazingly gratifying experience.   Also, this experience has taught me that if
we are to achieve optimal success we must remain open-minded to those that are
different.”

The College of Charleston’s Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) program is a four-year inclusive program designed to provide students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in the academic, residential, social and professional experiences offered by the College, with appropriate support for success. REACH students  participate in regular classes and a career development program and receive a certificate upon program completion.

Congrats to Matt on a successful semester, and kudos to Sherry and the rest of the Library staff for providing him a great opportunity in a socially and academically enriching environment!

 

Photos from The Winthrop Roundtable Featuring Justice Albie Sachs

Posted on 29 April 2013 | 11:37 am — 

The Winthrop Roundtable 2013, featuring South African Constitutional Court Justice and internationally renowned human rights activitist Albie Sachs, was a big success. Judge Sachs held the audience captive with his eloquently delivered keynote address, The Triumph of Humanity and Social Justice.

You can view photos from this great event on the FOL Facebook page.

If you’d like to join us for next year’s Roundtable, or any of our other events, contact Stephanie Alexander at alexandersd@cofc.edu for more information.

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The Halsey Institute has commissioned world renowned artist, Long-Bin Chen, to create a site-specific sculptural work that will be on view in the Sanders Rotunda of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library concurrent with the Rebound exhibition within the Halsey Institute galleries, May 23 – July 6, 2013. Chen will create the work during a residency May 1 – 23.

Long-Bin Chen’s artwork seeks to combine cultural meaning and belief systems from the East with those of the West. He works with local printed material from the communities in which he is an artist-in-residence, including telephone books, magazines, and other cultural debris of our information society. At first glance, the sculptures appear to be stonework, and most viewers are surprised to learn that Chen’s sculptures made from paper, and hence soft and relatively delicate.

For the installation at the Addlestone Library, Chen will create a Zen Garden using books from the Charleston community.

Increasingly, contemporary artists are exploring the interplay between the function, structure, and format of books. Curated by Halsey Institute assistant director, Karen Ann Myers, Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art brings together the work of five mixed-media artists from around the world who sculpt, scrape, bend, and carve books into astonishing compositions. Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramée, and Francesca Pastine transform various types of printed material through sculptural intervention. Despite the individual perspective of each artist, there are remarkable connections in the themes and ideas they respectively mourn and celebrate. The fascinating range of examples, as diverse as books themselves, offers eloquent proof that,  despite the advances of digital media, the book’s legacy as a carrier of ideas and communication is being expanded today.

For more information about Rebound or Long-Bin Chen’s work at the College of Charleston, please contact Stephanie Alexander at alexandersd@cofc.edu.

Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-slave’s Recipes for Living

Posted on 8 April 2013 | 3:48 pm — 

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On Wednesday, April 10th, The Friends of the Addlestone Library will host Lisa Foster and Mary Lou Coombs in a discussion of their book, Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-slave’s Recipes for Living.

A non-fiction account of an ex-slave’s life, this story gives a snapshot view of Charleston from 1862-1931 through the eyes of Janie Mitchell based on her own writings. Marie Lou Coombs, whose family employed Janie in her later years, grew up hearing stories of Janie and reading her journal. Lisa Foster crafted Janie’s journal into a compelling story, told in the diarist’s own voice.

Janie Mitchell, Reliable Cook: An Ex-Slaves Recipe for Living chronicles Janie’s life as well as her relationship with her owners, the Rutledge family, and her later employment with other Charleston families.

When: Wednesday, April 10th, 6:00pm
Where: Addlestone Library, Room 227

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The Addlestone Library is currently hosting an unique exhibit on South Carolina Jewish history in Special Collections. The Jewish Family Roadshow (March 29th-May 19th) is a collection of photos, books, diaries, paintings and other materials on loan from Jewish families with deep roots in South Carolina.

The Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina will hold its annual conference at the College in May, culminating with a reception held against the backdrop of several hundred years of history on display in Special Collections.