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Brian Fors, Ph.D.

Curator, Waring Historical Library

MUSC Libraries
Department of Waring Historical Library Waring Historical Library
fors@musc.edu | 843-792-2290

Brian Fors became Curator of the Waring Historical Library and MUSC Library faculty member in 2019. He earned his PHD in American History from the University of Iowa, and is a Certified Archivist and Digital Archives Specialist. His responsibilities include reference, historical interpretation and public outreach, preservation, acquisitions, and general management of the university's rare book and special collection. The collections includes books dating back to the 1500s, manuscript collections, and artifacts highlighting the history of medicine and the health sciences. He has experience as an historian, archivist, history faculty, and administrator.


  • Digital Archives Specialist (DAS), Society of American Archivists (2018)
  • Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists (2017)
  • Ph.D. American Diplomatic History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (1995)
  • Archivist Training and Intern Program, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (1992-1994)
  • M.A. History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (1988)
  • B.A. History, Political Science minor, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Moorhead, MN (1987)

Selected Presentations

  • "Hmong in South East Asia; The Miao Rebellion and Hmong Migration" South Central College Global Connections Conference, North Mankato, MN. October 9-10, 2014.
  • "The Dakota War: A Historical Perspective"South Central College Global Connections Conference, North Mankato, MN. October 11-12, 2012
  • "The Dakota War," A Synapse: Building Connections Between Neurons, Ideas, and Community Presentation.South Central College Lecture Series. January 18, 2012
  • "Developing Your Archival Collection," Presentation at the Northwestern Regional Convention, Wisconsin Council for Local History, September 27, 2003.
  • "The 1931 Panamanian Revolution and the United States: A Response to Central American Political Instability." Great Lakes History Conference, Historical Perspectives on Diplomacy and Negotiation. Grand Rapids, MI; October 1998.
  • "An Historical View of Racial and Ethnic Violence in America," Presentation for Public Forum on Racial Intolerance in America, Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI; September 1997.
  • "Politics, History and the Public." Northern Great Plains History Conference, Grand Forks, ND; October 1990.