University of South Carolina Student Examinations

South Caroliniana Library

These student examinations date largely from the second half of the 19th century, a period in which the University of South Carolina underwent significant changes not only in its curriculum but also in its student body, its faculty and its educational goals. The exams in this collection that date prior to 1873 reflect the South Carolina College’s original incarnation as a classical institution. This purpose continued even during the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), although the small number of documents from that time demonstrate the impact that the conflict had on students, faculty and the institution itself. Exams from the Reconstruction period following the war (1873 – 1877) demonstrate a shift away from the classical and towards the practical as the university was integrated for the first time. Of particular interest are those exams which appear to be the work of African Americans, since these documents represent some of the few surviving records of these students and their important place in the university’s history.

Many of the exams are undated, but approximate dates are given based on student and faculty records held by the University Archives.

Creating the Digital Collection

These examinations was scanned on a flatbed Epson Expression 10000 XL Scanner, using Silverfast scanning software. Patricia Sasser scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 300 ppi. From the TIFFs Patricia Sasser created high quality JPEGs and added the preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. The JPEG files were uploaded to CONTENTdm. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on a SAN server, backed-up to DVD and tape.

Patricia Sasser created the home page and the metadata for the collection. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format and were uploaded as a tab delimited file at the same time as the images. Sarah Fletcher reviewed the collection and uploaded the images to the CONTENTdm database.

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