I’m Ann Abney and I’ve recently joined SCPC as the Special Projects Archivist. I came from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland. I’ve got my MA in History and my MLS in Archives, Records, and Information Management from the University of Maryland. I’ve worked, interned, or volunteered at a variety of archives including the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Wales (where I learned a lot about rugby and almost nothing about cricket).
I’ll be splitting my time between processing collections, creating exhibits, and promoting the use of SCPC collections through outreach. I’m excited to start diving into those collections to help everyone from school-age kids to undergraduates to professional researchers know what amazing things we have and the power of archives. Archives can be intimidating, but I want to make sure everyone can learn more about history in a personal way. It is one thing for a high school student to read about the Civil Rights era in South Carolina, and it is another for them to touch and see records written by the decision makers and those affected. Archives help history truly come to life!