Southern Libraries Damaged by Tornadoes

American Libraries magazine ran a story about the damage caused by the rash of tornadoes unleashed upon Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia and other southern states. Luckily, the Pratt City Historical Archives came through relatively unscathed. In some cases, library buildings came through the tornadoes just fine, while homes of library workers were destroyed. It is likely to be a long recovery period. 

A similar story about the damage to libraries in the aftermath of the tornadoes ran in the Library Journal

It is my greatest fear that something outside our control will damage the BDC Research Room and its irreplaceable collection of materials of permanent research value. All we can do is prepare as best we can to protect human life first and foremost, and secondly to protect our holdings -- and pray that we will be spared!

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.