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Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

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Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections

The Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University is the repository for historically valuable records relating to the history of Winthrop University and South Carolina, particularly the heritage of the Catawba Region (Chester, York, Union and Lancaster counties).

Researchers are encouraged to call, write, or email to schedule an appointment before coming to the archives so that we may better serve you.


Manuscript Collection

University Archives Collection

Rare Book Collection

Genealogy Collection

Oral History Collection

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Gifts of any size are accepted and appreciated. Please choose Pettus Archives - Historical Preservation Fund from the drop down menu


Connecting people to the physical past.

Visit to explore history, houses, and stories across South Carolina

ca. 1910s - Winthrop Students on Back Campus. Photograph is part of the James Sisters Papers - Accession 869.

The Oral History Collection has number of interviews related to the Civil Rights Movement. To browse a few of these interviews click here

Cuneiform Tablet from approximately 800 BC. This tablet is part of the Cuneiform Tablet Collection - Accession 1382

Tintype of the original Rock Hill Train Depot. From the William Boyce White Jr. Papers - Accession 1488

Wes Sturgis and Eric Miller moving into Bancroft Hall in 1974, the first year Winthrop was fully coeducational. The two were among 110 men in the freshman class of 600.

Book of Hours (Penitential Psalms). Single folio on vellum. Northern France or Flanders, ca. 1450. This folio is part of the Medieval Manuscript Collection - Accession 1500

1914 - Winthrop's Front Campus (L to R: Main Building (Tillman), North Dormitory (Margaret Nance), and Johnson Hall (Bancroft).

The Pettus Archives has several collections devoted to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League that includes original photographs, footage, and memorabilia. For more information click here. Click here to view footage on our youtube page

Winthrop Student Minnie Brock (Class of 1898) modeling the Spring Uniform for the 1896-1897 Academic Year.