Call to Political Action



Personal Note:  Mary Jo Fairchild is current president of the South Carolina Archival Association.  The Beaufort County Library has directly benefitted from IMLS funding through its association with the SC State Library.  We couldn’t have posted the “Phosphate, Farms, and Family: The Donner Collection” online without their support. “Civil War 150” the exhibit we hosted last Fall came to us through funds of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Of course, if you feel that Ryan’s proposal as written reflects your view or the views of your institution, you should express that opinion, too.  After all, this is a country in which a Sikh Militant group advocating for a Sikh homeland in Khalistan  was led by an Irish pipe band during the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.  Orderly and civil protest is an acceptable way to express one’s political views.

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan has proposed elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the FY 15 federal budget.  I am writing to urge you to touch base with your congressional representatives now to state your opposition to Ryan’s budget proposal.  Ask him/her to contact Rep. Ryan and the members of the House Budget Committee to support robust funding for these critically important agencies. Tell your Representative specifically how IMLS and/or NEH funding has benefited your organization or the archives or cultural institutions in your region or state.


If you live in Myrtle Beach, Florence or elsewhere in District 7, your Representative (Tom Rice) is a member of the House budget committee and therefore it is particularly helpful to make contact. See


Here is a list and contact information for the other SC Representatives by district:


Here is a link to information on projects funded by the NEH in SC over the last couple of years (including the SC Newspaper digitization project with Chronicling America)


And the SC State Library has consistently benefited immensely from IMLS support over the past decade +.


The NEH and IMLS enrich our lives – please considering taking five minutes to dash an email off to your representative!


Thank you!


Mary Jo Fairchild, MA, CA, MLIS

Director of Archives and Research

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street
The Fireproof Building
Charleston, SC 29401
(843)723-3225 ext. 14

As the state’s oldest historical society and its largest private manuscript repository, we serve as an invaluable and unique asset to historians and genealogists who seek information concerning the history of our state, and the role of their families in that history.


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