James and Marian Robinson Scrapbooks, 1935-1969

South Caroliniana Library

This collection includes both a bound (1944-1949) and an unbound (1935-1969) scrapbook, and each book offers a snapshot into the life of Jim and Marian Robinson. Letters, photos, and newspaper clippings are all included in this collection.

About the James Augustus Robinson and Marian Bertha Rodgers Scrapbooks
James Augustus Robinson (17 Mar. 1924-22 Sept. 2011), a native of Pound, Va., earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the University of South Carolina in 1945. Star forward on the Gamecock basketball team and Navy ROTC student Jim Robinson first dated fellow University of South Carolina student Marian Rodgers (1 Jan. 1926-30 Oct. 2010) in the fall of 1944 at the USC-Newberry College football game. Marian completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1947, and she and Jim married in her hometown of Kingstree, S.C. on 17 Apr. 1948. Combined, their scrapbooks form a documentary history of the couple’s early life together.

Longtime supporters and major benefactors of University of South Carolina libraries, the Robinsons gifted a children’s book collection to Thomas Cooper Library in memory of their daughter Karen Alane Robinson (1950-2005), helped create the War Years Library Acquisitions Endowment, and made a significant contribution toward construction of the Hollings Library.

Scrapbook, 1944-1949, contains mementos of the Robinsons’ dates while students at Carolina; photographs of their wedding, their first home, and their first automobile; and documentation of James A. Robinson’s U.S. Navy service on the USS Consolation (AH-15), a Haven-class hospital ship and, subsequently, on the USS Kleinsmith (APD-134), a Crosley-class high speed transport.

Scrapbook (unbound), 1935-1969, contains U.S. Navy memorabilia, including a certificate of James A. Robinson’s retirement (1966); Gamecock basketball news clippings and other mementos; certificates awarded to their daughter, children’s librarian Karen Robinson; Wise County, Pound, Va., public school report cards issued to James A. Robinson; and snapshot photographs picturing the Robinsons and others.

Creating the Digital Collection
Scanning and preliminary metadata for the Scrapbooks were performed by Elizabeth Peele and Jason Alston. The unbound images were scanned on an Epson Expression 10000 XL scanner with SilverFast scan software as 24-bit color TIFFS at 600 ppi. The bound images were scanned on a Zeutschel OS 14000 A0 overhead scanner with Zeutschel Omniscan 12 scan software as 24-bit color Tiffs at 600 ppi. High-quality JPEGS were created from the TIFFS with preservation metadata added to the TIFF and JPEF images. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. The JPEGs were then uploaded to CONTENTdm. The TIFFS will be maintained as archival masters on a SAN server, backed up to DVD.

Jason Alston (Doctoral SLIS candidate, University of South Carolina) scanned the unbound images. Elizabeth Peele (MA English candidate, University of South Carolina) scanned the bound images, created metadata, and created the original webpage for the Scrapbooks. Henry Fulmer, director of the South Caroliniana Library, and Brian Cuthrell provided contextual information for this page.

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