A large treasure vault houses the most valuable items from holdings in the Irvin department of rare books and special collections, including the original double –elephant folio Audubon, first editions of Milton, Burns, Whitman, Fitzgerald and Hemingway and a rare 1699 charter with the Great Seal of the Lords Proprietors of South Carolina.
Digital Collections, responsible for creating digital versions of select rare materials from the collections and making them available online for access by scholars and the public, now houses the only Zeutschel scanner in the United States. The large-format overhead scanner allows staff members to digitize large books and maps that could not otherwise be made available in digital form. The scanner will make possible the digitization of the William Gilmore Simms Collection and materials from an array of collections.
“The Zeutschel scanner greatly enhances the capabilities our digital-collections staff,” McNally says.
“We already have made more than 60,000 images and 60 digital collections available for public use. The Hollings Library expands the resources available to staff and will certainly accelerate their good work to preserve materials and enhance research by making them widely and freely available.”
While the dedication on July 23 is closed to the public, the Hollings Library is open to visitors and researchers 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the website: www.sc.edu/library/develop/renovation.html.