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Image 5 of Inventory of the County Archives of South Carolina, Number 41 Saluda County (Saluda)

Part of South Carolina Works Progress Administration Publications

F O R E W`O R D The Inventory of the County Archives of South Carolina is one of a number of bib1iographiesbf historical materials prepared throughout the United States by workers on the Historical Records Survey projects of the Work Projects Administration. The publication herewith presented, an inventory of the archives of Saluda County, is number 4l of the South Carolina series. The Historical Records Survey projects were undertaken in the winter of 1955-56 for the purpose of providing useful employment to needy unem- ployed historians, lawyers, teachers, and research and clerical workers. In carrying out this objective, the project was organized to compile in- ventories of historical materials, particularly the unpublished govern- ment documents and records which are basic in the administration of local government, and which provide invaluable data for students of political, economic, and social history. The archival guide herewith presented is intended to meet the requirements of day-to-day administration by the of- ficials of the county, and also the needs of lawyers, business men and other citizens who require facts from the public records for the proper conduct of their affairs. The volume is so designed that it can be used by the historian in his research in unprinted sources in the same way he uses the library card catalog for printed sources. The inventories produced by the Historical Records Survey projects attempt to do more than give merely a list of records - they attempt further to sketch in the historical background of the county or other unit of government, and to describe precisely and in detail the organization and functions of the government agencies whose records they list. The county, town, and other local inventories for the entire country will, when completed, constitute an encyclopedia of local government as well as a bibliography of local archives. The successful conclusion of the work of the Historical Records Survey projects, even in a single county, would not be possible without . the support of public officials, historical and legal specialists, and many other groups in the community. Their cooperation is gratefully acknowledged. The Survey projects were organized and directed by Luther H. Evans, until he accepted a position with the Library of Congress and was suc- ceeded in March 1940, by Sargent B. Child. As a nation-wide series of locally sponsored projects, the surveys operate in the Division of Pro- fessional and Service Projects, of which Mrs. Florence Kerr, Assistant Com issioner, is in charge. F. C. HARRINGTON Commissioner

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