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UofSC Downs Family KISS Collection Greatest Hits open three days this fall

You’re invited to get an up close and in-person look at some of the most exciting items from the Downs Family KISS Collection held by the University of South Carolina’s Music Library.

Last winter, the Music Library received a one-of-a-kind collection of rock band KISS memorabilia from two superfan donors, John Upshaw Downs, Jr. and Margaret Norris Downs.

This fall, the Music Library is offering the public three opportunities, the Downs Family KISS Collection Greatest Hits, to spend time with a carefully curated selection of items from that collection that includes 26 guitars, concert memorabilia, original artwork by Paul Stanley and early concert and band photos.

While the collection is currently being processed for access by researchers and curious fans in the future, we couldn’t wait to show you some of the amazing finds we’ve come across so far.

These Downs Family KISS Collection Greatest Hits events are free, but limited to 20 participants each, so reserve your spot today for the following dates and times:

For more information, contact Nicole Carrico at (803) 777-2115 or


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