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Map of South Carolina Digital Collections

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Abbeville County Library Digital Collections

  • The Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff Collection of Western Art
    The Native American and Western art collection of Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff was assembled in the 1980s during his extensive travel throughout the American Southwest. He desired his significant collection of Southwestern American art to belong to the city and county of his birth, bequeathing his collection to the Abbeville County Library along with a financial bequest. Authentic and built with an extensive knowledge of the Southwest peoples, each piece in the collection serves as window into Native American art, increases our knowledge and inspires other artists.

Allen University Digital Collections

  • Allen University Digital Collections
    Allen University has a rich and distinguished history. Founded in 1870 by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the institution represents the dream of Daniel Alexander Payne (1811-1883), an apostle of black education in the United States, who saw the need for such a school among African Americans. Payne’s dream was fulfilled by Richard Allen, AME church clergy and laymen.

Anderson University Digital Collections

  • Anderson University Handbooks
    This collection contains 55 handbooks from Anderson University from 1939-1979.
  • Anderson University Course Catalogs
    This collection contains 63 course catalogs from Anderson University from 1929-2010.
  • Anderson University Viewbooks
    This collection contains 9 Viewbooks with promotional material for the college from 1916-1933.
  • Anderson University Literary Magazines
    This collection contains 74 literary magazines from Anderson University from 1916-2010. Prior to 1930 the literary magazine was known as The Orion, named Footnotes in 1950, and in the years following named Ivy Leaves.
  • Anderson University Yearbooks
    This collection contains 75 yearbooks from Anderson University from 1914-1998. From 1914-1930 the yearbook was named The Sororian; after a hiatus in publication, it was named The Columns from 1942-1995.

Avery Research Center Digital Collection

  • Avery Research Center Oral History Collection
    The Avery Research Center houses a variety of oral history interviews, largely documenting African American experiences in the Lowcountry. Oral history projects include the Avery Normal Institute documentation effort and the Sea Island Preservation Initiative.
  • Avery Research Center Sweetgrass Basket Collection
    The Avery Sweetgrass Basket Collection holds significant modern examples of a centuries-old craft. Following African traditions, baskets of coiled grasses were originally produced by slaves on Lowcountry plantations for agricultural use. Over time, sweetgrass baskets have become artistic expressions that retain the African aesthetic -- a symbol of African American culture and a signature of the Lowcountry region. Alongside the baskets, the Avery Research Center has gathered visual and oral histories of the modern basketmakers and their families.
  • Carlton Simmons Collection
    Carlton Simmons (1959-) began his apprenticeship with uncle Philip Simmons at the age of 13. Today he is less known for utilitarian ironwork, but his decorative and artistic pieces are highly sought-after.
  • Catherine and James Yatsco Collection
    The Catherine and James Yatsco Collection contains artifacts collected in West Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. During 1971-1973, Captain James C. Yatsco was stationed in Monrovia, Liberia, under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he helped manage the pharmacy in a newly-built hospital. Catherine Yatsco taught high school English to a mixture of Liberian children and the children of foreign diplomats at the American Cooperative School in Monrovia. 
  • Cleveland L. Sellars, Jr. Papers, 1934-2003
    The Cleveland L. Sellars, Jr. Papers is comprised of papers relating to the Orangeburg Massacre, February 5-8, 1968. Included in the collection is a poem, a collection of Western Union telegrams, press releases, a fact sheet created by the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, flyers, photographs, and a resolution from the Student Legislative Council of the University of California at Los Angeles demanding that the perpetrators of the violence that took place at Orangeburg be brought to justice.
  • Craft and Crum Families, 1780-2007
    The collection of artifacts pertaining tot he Craft and Crum families of the Lowcountry includes a myriad of materials; photo albums, letters, account books, and land deeds. The Craft Family Photo Album includes images of Craft family members, famous abolitionists, and other family friends, many of international historical significance. Also included in the collection are legal documents pertaining to the family land, Woodville Plantation.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Clarice Hall Collection
    Dr. Elizabeth Clarice Hall (1946-2005) was born in Albany, Georgia. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Ursinus College in 1968, then an M.S. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Florida State University in 1971 and 1973. The artifacts in this collection were assembled from Dr. Hall's various trips to Africa.
  • Edwin A. Harleston Collection
    The Edwin A. Harleston collection contains three original paintings by African American artist and community activist Edwin "Teddy" Harleston (1882-1931) of Charleston, South Carolina. The pieces are representative of the early twentieth-century artists famous portraits and landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
  • Esau Jenkins Papers, 1963-2003
    Esau Jenkins (1910-1972) was born and raised on Johns Island, South Carolina. With very little formal education, he became a businessman and civil rights leader. Jenkins founded the Progressive Club in 1948, which encouraged local African Americans to register to vote, through the aid of Citizenship Schools, a topic he was educated in by his attendance at Highlander Folk Center in Tennessee. In 1959, he organized the Citizens' Committee of Charleston County dedicated to the economic, cultural and political improvement of local African Americans. Printed material, correspondence, and literary productions (1963-2003) document the life and works of Esau Jenkins (1910-1972).
  • Friendly Moralist Society Records, 1841-1856
    The Friendly Moralist Society was a benevolent society for free brown (mulatto or mixed race) men established in Charleston, S.C. in 1838. The group provided burial aid and purchased plots for those in need and provided charitable assistance to widows and orphans of deceased members. Includes proceedings, minutes, and an Absentee's Book.
  • Fulbright-Hays Trip Collection
    In 2008, Curtis J. Franks travelled to West Africa as a participant in the Fulbright-Hays program under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education to explore historical and cultural connections between people of African descent in the Lowcountry and Africans in the Mano River Region (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Ivory Coast), where the artifacts in this collection were acquired.
  • George Pope Collection
    The George Pope collection contains Nigerian artifacts acquired while Mr. Pope, former U.S. State Department employee, was stationed in the country.
  • Glendia Cooper Collection
    Glendia Cooper, African American potter, grew up in Mississsippi and has exhibited her work in various cities across the United States.  Her pieces, inspired by travel in Africa and South America, are created using the coil and slab methods, then shaping, molding, decorating and glazing by hand.
  • H.A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers
    The Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers include materials related to the professional and personal life of Herbert DeCosta, Jr., his wife Emily, and numerous Craft, Crum, and DeCosta family members. Namely, the walking cane of Dr. William Crum.
  • Holloway Family Scrapbook, 1806-1974
    This disbound scrapbook contains legal documents, personal and business correspondence, receipts, ephemera, clippings and photographs pertaining to the Holloway family, a prominent free family of color in Charleston, SC. Legal documents include deeds, conveyances, slave bills of sale, contracts and a photograph of a 1797 document declaring patriarch Richard Holliday (Holloway) a free mulatto. Personal and business correspondence include letters concerning the hiring out of slaves, an offer to buy Holloway Negroes, a letter from Samuel Benedict about emigrating to Liberia, and information about the Brown Fellowship Society, the Century Fellowship Society, the Minors Moralist Society and the Bonneau Literary Society.
  • Isaiah Bennett Papers, ca. 1932-2002
    The collection contains, primarily, the correspondence of Isaiah Bennett, President of the Charleston Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Isaiah Bennett (1926-2002) served as a union representative for tobacco workers at the American Tobacco Company's "Cigar Factory" and as a leader and negotiator of the Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike of 1969. Bennett also founded and was president of the Charleston chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, an umbrella organization for black trade unions. 
  • Johannah Gold Collection
    The Johannah Gold collection contains objects from Mrs. Gold's family relating to the history of farming in the Lowcountry. This
  • Katherine Nicklaus Collection
    The Katherine Nicklaus Collection contains two female carved wooden masks whose origin was the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly known as Zaire).
  • Joseph and Rachel Coards Photography Collection
    The Coards Studio was a photography studio owned and operated by Joseph and Rachel Coards in Charleston, South Carolina. Coards photographed African American families and individuals in the studio and various events and groups outside of the studio, such as graduations, weddings, and other ceremonies. The studio, located at 78 Line Street, closed in the late 20th century.
  • Joseph A. Towles Artifact Collection
    African American anthropologist Joseph Allen Towles (1937-1988) met British anthropologist Colin Macmillan Turnbull (1924-1994) in 1959. The two exchanged marriage vows in 1960 and they lived together in an interracial, homosexual relationship until Towles' death in 1988. Towles and Turnbull spent various periods of time in Africa, conducting fieldwork on the Mbuti, Mbo, and Ik peoples. Turnbull authored The Forest People, The Mountain People, The Human Cycle, and Tibet. Turnbull succeeding in publishing Towles' work posthumously: Nkumbi Initiation and Asa: Myth of Origin of the Blood Brotherhood Among the Mbo of the Ituri Forest. Both Towles and Turnbull died from complications related to AIDS.
  • Keith and Charlotte Otterbein Collection
    The Keith and Charlotte Otterbein collection contains straw objects obtained while doing ethnographic work in Nassau, Bahamas between 1959 and 1987. Many of the items in this collection were made by individual Bahamian craftswomen (also called "plaiters") who maintained their independence in the straw industry, while four were sold in the Nassau straw market, thus likely mass produced. The light colored plaits of these objects are made of cabbage palm, and the dark colored plaits are coconut straw.
  • Leo S. Carty Watercolor Print Collection
  • The Leo S. Carty Watercolor Print collection contains nine signed and number prints by Leo S. Carty (1931-2010). The primary focus of Carty's paintings are the daily life of blacks in the Virgin Islands at the turn of the 20th century. 
  • Lois Fries Collection
    Donated by Dr. Lois Fries, these artifacts were collected in the early 1920s by Reverend Robert and Jennie Oberly. The Reverend and his wife were missionaries to Liberia for the United Lutheran Church.
  • Lowcountry Fish and Shrimp Nets
    Cast net fishing is a significant part of history in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Africans transported to the Lowcountry, later known as the Gullah people, brought with them skills in boating and fishing. Seafood was plentiful on the South Carolina coast and barrier islands (sea islands) and made up a large part of the diet, just as on the west coast of Africa. The process used for catching fish and shellfish was a cast net. When the net is thrown, the mesh forms a circle, flattening out like a plate. The line is then pulled in, closing the net and trapping everything in it. Usually several people in fishing communities know how to weave and knot the nets; however, it is a skilled art form that has its roots in Africa.
  • Marie Metz Collection
    The Marie Metz Collection is comprised of three objects; a mantel clock, a xylophone, and a clock topper. The mantel clock has metal legs with markings that indicate that the clock was made in New York. The square xylophone has five plates, each producing a different tone. The clock topper is an ornamental figurine that is displayed atop a mantel or shelf clock. The female figure is seated beside a quiver of arrows and holds a box of jewels. Markings indicate the ornament was made by the Art Metal Works Company in New York, New York. Art Metal Works was established in New York City in 1886 and moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1887.
  • McLeod Plantation Cemetery Collection
    The McLeod Plantation Cemetery Collection contains beads found in 1996 during the construction of a fire station in James Island, South Carolina. Construction of the fire station, which was to be located between Folly Road, Country Club Drive, and Wappoo Creek, was aborted when workers unearthed unmarked graves. The human bones found were believed to be the remains of slaves that had once lived on McLeod Plantation.
  • Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers, 1882-1995
    This collection includes correspondence, certificates, photographs, and other materials related to Miriam DeCosta Seabrook's education at Avery Institute and elsewhere, teaching career, and civic involvement; correspondence, speeches, and reports related to Dr. Herbert Seabrook, Sr.'s community and fraternal affiliations and to his medical career as a private practitioner and director of the Hospital and Training School for Nurses; and correspondence, memorabilia, and financial documents related to the marriage of Miriam and Herbert Seabrook. 
  • Muriel and Marcus Zbar Collection
    The Muriel and Marcus Zbar Collection was donated by Dr. Marcus J. Zbar, a 1951 graduate of Vanderbilt University. The collection consists of artifacts originating in West and Central Africa and Papua New Guinea that Dr. Zbar privately purchased from various galleries across the United States.
  • Pan-African Art and Artifact Collection
    The Pan-African Art and Artifact Collection contains objects anonymously donated to the Avery Research Center that portray art and life among peoples of African descent across the world.
  • Paul Craven, Jr. Collection
    The Paul Craven, Jr. Collection is comprised of artifacts of Togo origin. The artifacts include wooden figurines, instruments, spears, household items, and woven straw fans adorned with the flag of Togo.
  • Rogers-Cline Collection
    The Rogers-Cline Collection is comprised of two cast iron kitchenwares; a kettle and a cook pot. The cast iron kettle has a wire handle, the lid is imprinted "ROME GA SO -CO - OP F'DY - CO" (Southern Cooperative Foundry Company; Rome, Georgia). The six-gallon iron cook pot has two bail handles.
  • Septima Poinsette Clark Papers, ca. 1910-ca. 1990
    This collection contains a scrapbook with images, newspaper clippings, and coorespondence belonging to Charleston-born Septima Poinsette Clark, an educator and civil rights activist, ca. 1910-1990. 
  • Walter Pantovic Artifact Collection
    Historically known as "The Walter Pantovic Slavery Collection," these artifacts span the African American experience from slavery to the Civil Rights era to the rise of African Americans in popular culture. Walter Pantovic was born in Yugoslavia in 1965 and immigrated to the United States at the age of two. He became interested in African-American history in elementary school and in his adult life began collecting artifacts related to the subject. Highlighted items in his assembled collection include shackles, slave tags, and manillas along with 1960s Civil Rights ephemera and 1970s African-American pop culture memorabilia.
  • William McCarthy and Martin Barbeau Collection
    The William McCarthy and Martin Barbeau Collection is comprised of artifacts from various origin. The objects are primarily decorative currency, such as bracelets and anklets. Places of origin include Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Nigeria, Togo, Zambia, Niger, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Ghana.

Barbados Museum & Historical Society Digital Collections

  • Newton Plantation Collection
    This collection details the inner workings of Newton Plantation in the 1800s and contains several account and transaction ledgers. Specifically, this collection includes several day books (Newton Day Book or Newton Plantation Day Book), originating between 1854-1872, which hold detailed records of monetary transactions on the plantation including accounts payable and accounts receivable. Also in this collection is the Newton Slave List, 1828 which records names of slaves and their respective occupations on the plantation that year. Additionally the collection includes Newton Plantation Cash Books from 1869-1873, a Stock Keepers and Watchmen book from 1862 and an 1849 Sugar Book which contains records of sugar, rum and molasses production on the plantation.

Beaufort County Library Digital Collections

  • The Lucille Hasell Culp Collection
    The Lucille Hasell Culp Collection - A Celebration of Beaufort, South Carolina” contains a selection of 300 images, primarily photographic negatives, from the much larger Lucille Hasell Culp Collection. Here one finds selected images of enduring historical value to Beaufort, such as those relating to community and military events, built structures that are no longer extant or greatly altered, iconic architecture, commercial activities, natural vistas, and daily life, 1941 – 1999. Most of the images were taken in the immediate area of the City of Beaufort, S. C. during from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.
  • Phosphate, Farms, & Family: The Donner Collection
    This collection of 548 photographs comes from two albums of family photographs created by Conrad Munro Donner (1844 – 1916), a peripatetic engineer from the Hamburg-Altona area near the border between Denmark and Germany who had an active interest in photography. Self-taught, the bulk of his images reflect his experience of Low Country rural life in Beaufort County, SC near the turn of the 20th century.

Berkeley County Library Digital Collections

  • Jimmy Cornelius Stone
    The Jimmy Cornelius Stone (1938–2010) Collection of photographs and ephemera are the result of decades of avid local history and photo collecting. This collection includes photographs taken by Mr. Stone as well. His hobby has provided us snapshots of Berkeley County, primarily Moncks Corner, then and now.

Bob Jones University Digital Collections

  • Advertisements
    Advertising from Bob Jones College and University (1930s-1950s)
  • Baccalaureate Programs
    Programs from the Baccalaureate service.
  • Bible Conference Schedules
    Schedule of service times and speakers for the annual Bible Conference at Bob Jones University.
  • BJU Magazine
    BJU Magazine was first published in 2010. It combines features from the BJU Review and the Voice of the Alumni magazines.
  • BJU Review
    Bob Jones University published the BJU Review quarterly from 1986-2010. The BJU Review merged with the Voice of the Alumni to form BJU Magazine in 2010.
  • Bob Jones College and University Catalogs
    Collection of catalogs from Bob Jones College in Lynn Haven, Florida and Cleveland, Tennessee and Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. These catalogs were also called Announcements or Bulletins.
  • Commencement Concert Programs
    Programs from the annual Commencement Concert
  • Commencement Programs
    Commencement and Convocation programs from Bob Jones College and University.
  • Concert, Opera, and Drama Series Programs
    Programs from the Bob Jones College and University Concert, Opera, and Drama Series. Programs include Classic Players, Operas, and Artist Series.
  • Little Moby's Post
     Little Moby's Post is the alumni newsletter from Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tennessee. Little Moby's Corner was the name of the snack shop/bookstore in Cleveland. Little Moby was a nickname given to Bob Jones Jr.
  • Music of Dr. Dwight Gustafson
    This collection contains the musical works of Dr. Dwight Gustafson.
  • Oral Histories
     A collection of interviews of retired Bob Jones University administration, faculty and staff.
  • Photographs of Cleveland, TN
    Photographs of Bob Jones College in Cleveland, Tennessee (1933-1947).
  • Photographs of Bob Jones Sr.
    Photographs of Bob Jones Sr., founder of Bob Jones University.
  • Photographs of Greenville Campus (1947-1969)
    Photographs from Bob Jones University's early years in Greenville, S. C. (1947-1969).
  • Photographs of Florida
    Photographs from Bob Jones College located in Lyn Haven, Florida from 1927-1933.
  • Photographs of Jones Family
    Photographs of various members of the Jones family.
  • Sermons of Bob Jones Sr. (1930s)
    Transcripts of sermons preached by Bob Jones Sr. during the 1930s.
  • Sermons of Bob Jones Sr. (1940s)
    Transcripts of sermons preached by Bob Jones Sr. during the 1940s.
  • Sermons of Bob Jones Sr. (1950s)
    Transcripts of sermons preached by Bob Jones Sr. during the 1950s.
  • SMART Guide
    SMART (Sharing Masterworks of Art) is an educational outreach of Bob Jones University. Each SMART Guide contains study materials produced in conjunction with the corresponding Classic Players production.
  • Sowing and Reaping
    Publication of Gospel Fellowship Association. Published approximately six times per year.
  • Voice of the Alumni
    The Alumni magazine of Bob Jones University. The Voice of the Alumni was published from 1955 to 2010. Prior to the Voice of the Alumni, the alumni magazine was titled Little Moby's Post. The Voice of the Alumni merged with the BJU Review in 2010 to become BJU Magazine.
  • WORLD Newsletter and Timothy Update
    News from some of our WORLD Fund, Timothy Program and National Leadership Training graduates. Contains brief updates and testimonies from international students and graduates.
  • Yearbooks
    Yearbooks beginning with the San Andros (1930-1932). The school's yearbook was renamed, the Vintage in 1935.

Brookgreen Gardens Digital Collections

  • Brookgreen Gardens Collection
    Archer and Anna Huntington established Brookgreen Gardens in 1931 to preserve the native flora and fauna and to display objects of art in natural settings. The collection features 700 photographs showing the many features of the Gardens, as well as many of the residents of the Murrells Inlet area, including over seventy taken by North Carolina photographer, Bayard Wootten.

Cayce Historical Museum

  • Congarees Store Account Book, 1784-86
    In 1765, James Chesnut and Joesph Kershaw established a trading post in Granby Village in an area known as 'the Congarees' along the Congaree River in South Carolina. The partial ledger digitized here, containing entries on customers and their purchases, tracks the post's activity from June 1784 to September 1786. The names of notable South Carolinians of the day (such as Wade Hampton) appear throughout the book. The ledger itself resides at the Cayce Historical Museum in Cayce, South Carolina.

Chester County Historical Society Archives Digital Collections

  • Henry O. Nichols Photography Collection
    Housed in the Archives of the Chester County Historical Society, the Henry O. Nichols collection contains an estimated 250,000(+) images taken by Mr. Nichols (1900–1991) over a span of 79 years (1911–1990). The Collection depicts images of everyday life, from birth to death, in and around Chester County, South Carolina as well as examples of Mr. Nichols’s skill at “trick photography.” Portraits, historic homes, buildings, business & industry, agriculture, commerce, railroads, cars, education, and more are included in this large and comprehensive collection.

The Charleston Archive at CCPL Digital Collections

  • Bettie La Barbe Postcard Collection
  • Originally a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Bettie La Barbe spent several years (approximately 1904 - 1923) in Charleston as a teacher and the directress of Kelly's Kindergarten at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church (located at King and Poinsette Streets). She retired to Asheville, North Carolina and remained an active member in her community until her death in 1955. The collection consists of just over three hundred Victoriana-era postcards collected by Miss La Barbe between the years 1903 - 1935.
  • Charles N. Bayless Photos of Charleston, SC
  • A collection of photographs taken by Charles N. Bayless in and around Charleston, SC, ca. 1820-1859.
  • Jack Keilen Slide Collection
  • John J. ("Jack") Keilen (d. 1999) was a native of Pittsburgh and received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Charleston during the mid-1940s, working first for West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company and later Charleston Rubber Company. An avid amateur photographer throughout his life, Mr. Keilen took several thousand of photographs during his annual vacations around the world. The present collection consists of nearly six hundred color slides taken around Charleston and the Carolinas between 1944 and 1990.
  • Photographic Record of the Cooper River Bridge
  • A Photographic Record of the Construction of the Cooper River Bridge; Charleston, South Carolina - 1928-29
  • Photos from the Records of The Historic Preservation Planner, BCD-COG
  • These photos are from the collection, The Records of the Historic Preservation Planner, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), 1970 - 1981. A large portion of this collection is comprised of the research materials collected for the publication, Historic Preservation Plan Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Region, with the rest being non-survey regional research materials, general business files of the BCDCOG historic preservation department, and topical and miscellaneous files. The majority of the photographs that appear here were taken and compiled by Elias Ball Bull - the tri-county region’s first historic preservation planner – who initiated the process for several hundred of the properties to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. These are the original photos filed with the register nominations; some appear on the National Register website, however, many have been replaced with current images or were not included on the National Register.
  • South Carolina & West Indian Exposition Photo Passbook, 1901 - 1902
  • The photos in this collection were taken as part of a season pass that patrons could purchase for unlimited admission to the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, held in Charleston in 1901 and 1902. Each individual’s photo was mounted in a passbook kept by the patron and a duplicate photo was mounted in an album kept by the Director of the Departments of Admissions and Collections, Hugh James Fleming (whose image is on page 34, number 297). The album contains images of 1,326 people, of whom 1,213 are identified by a caption presumably made at the time the photograph was taken. The total number of season pass photos taken for the Exposition is unknown, but similar photos beyond the present collection are known to survive in extant individual Exposition pass books. Mr. Fleming donated this photographic album in 1948 to the Charleston Free Library (now called the Charleston County Public Library). The letter regarding its provenance and donation to the library has been included as the final image in this collection (number 157). Since the paper on which the gelatin silver photographs are mounted is extremely brittle and in a state of deterioration, the album was disbound several years prior to its digitization in order to facilitate its preservation.

Charleston County Public Library Digital Collections

  • The Charleston Multimedia Project
    Founded in 1670 as the capital city of the Carolina Colony, Charleston has had a colorful, turbulent history. From the first major naval battle of the Revolution to the opening shots of the Civil War, it has embodied the American experience in a uniquely visible way. An architectural showplace from its inception, Charleston has also been a national leader in Historic Preservation, protecting entire neighborhoods of 18th and 19th century buildings. Welcome to an online exploration of its remarkable heritage.

Charleston Library Society Digital Collections

  • The South-Carolina and Georgia Almanack, For the Year of Our Lord 1782
    Published in 1782, the Tobler almanac for South Carolina and Georgia contains a Charleston City Directory and listing of the Charleston Board of Police in addition to weather forecasts, planting information, tide table, household remedies, and other folklore. The almanac is 32 pages long and contains one illustration concerning the anatomy of a man's body governed by the twelve constellations.
  • The Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, 1669
    One of a number of versions, the 1669 Fundamental Constitutions was a theoretical instrument of rule. These documents, attributed to the young philosopher John Locke, provided for a feudal system in the new colony, with colonial nobility carrying hereditary titles such as "cacique" and "landgrave," and the eight proprietors forming the highest level of rule. It was adopted in March 1669 by the eight Lords Proprietor of the Province of Carolina.

The Charleston Museum Digital Collections

  • Charleston Firefighters Rosters, 1862-1864
    The collection consists of sixteen oversize sheets listing the free men of color who comprised various fire companies in the city of Charleston in the years 1863 and 1864. Nine different companies are included – Engine companies numbers 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well as a Hook and Ladder Company. There are two sheets, nearly exact duplicates, for all companies except 2 and 8; there are many minor variations from sheet to sheet. The headings on the printed forms include date of enrollment, name, age, height, eyes, hair, complexion, occupation, residence and remarks, the last column always being empty. Information for all other categories is given, with the date of enrollment in most forms being the same for all enrollees, except for those men who were members of the Hook and Ladder Company, suggesting that the date might actually be the day that the rolls were taken. These sheets supply a type of visual identification for Charleston free men of color not available in any other known sources.
  • Charleston Museum Civil War Photographs
    These images are from the Charleston Museum's collection of civil war photographs and are primarily stereographs.
  • Charleston Museum Collection
    This collection highlights some of the best of the Charleston Museum Archives. Currently featured is the Charleston Signal Book. The Signal Book was kept by Union Officer Ensign LaRue P Adams during the Siege of Charleston between August and September of 1863.
  • Charleston Museum Earthquake Photographs
    This collection contains photographs held by the Charleston Museum, America's first museum. Currently the collection features 204 photographs documenting the damage inflicted on Charleston by the earthquake of August 31, 1886. Primarily professional photographs, these images were sold as souvenirs of the devastating quake.
  • Charleston Museum Fort Photographs
    A collection of photographs relating to Charleston area forts, specifically Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson.
  • Charleston Museum Illustrated Newspapers Collection
    These images are from a collection of illustrated newspapers, primarily Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's, housed in the archives at the Charleston Museum.
  • Charleston Museum Plantation Photographs
    The Charleston Museum Plantation Photographs collection is comprised of black and white photos of Charleston County plantations, plantation ruins, and their grounds.
  • The James Poyas Daybook
    This collection contains images from the daybook of James Poyas, a Charleston merchant. Entries begin in February 1760 and end in April of 1765. James Poyas was born in 1736 to Jean Louis (anglicized to John Lewis) Poyas and Marie Jourdan. He married Elizabeth Portall in 1755, and they had one child, a daughter, Elizabeth. In 1767, James moved his family to London. They never returned to America to live. His daughter married an Englishman, Joseph Higginson; and James died in Bath in 1799. Beyond these few facts, very little is known about James and his family. Research is, of course, on-going. The daybook itself is one of a set. The South Carolina Historical Society holds the companion book, which covers from 1764-1766, so there is some overlap. The description of the entries list the names and, in the parentheses behind them, their account numbers.

Chesterfield County Library Digital Collections

  • Spenser Family Papers, 1700-1900
    Chesterfield County Library has digitized a collection of family papers from the Spencer Family circa 1780s-1910s.
  • Cheraw History
    Chesterfield County Library digitized several historical documents from their library including photographs of buildings in Cheraw such as Brown's Gift Show and the Stricklin Building
  • Library History
    Chesterfield County Library digitized several historical documents from their library circa 1930s-1940s, including due date cards, a library card application, and list of books sent to Florence to be mended.
  • Old St. David's Church
    Chesterfield County Library has made available online a history of Old St. David's Church in Cheraw. Old St. David's Cheraw, South Carolina, 1770-1947 was complied and edited by a Committee of Chapter B of the Woman's Auxiliary.

Clemson University Digital Collections

  • Agrarian
    The Agrarian is the official student publication of the Clemson College of Agriculture.
  • Bobbin & Beaker
    The Bobbin and Beaker is an official publication of the Clemson Textile School.
  • Building Santee-Cooper: Photographs from the Scrapbook of Harry T. Poe, Jr., 1939
    This online presentation reproduces the one hundred and eighty-eight photographs and two transmittal slips in the scrapbook compiled by Harry T. Poe, Senior Engineer for the Santee-Cooper Navigation and Hydro-Electric Project, as well as six related photographs from a "general information" file on the Project kept by Poe. All photographs are from Mss 242, the Poe Family Papers.
  • Carolina Textile Mills Collection
    The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile mill related collections held by the Clemson University Special Collections unit. Images in this collection were taken from the M. Lowenstein collection, the Neil Campbell collection, the Dill Family collection, the Clifton Manufacturing collection, the Henry Cater collection and the JP Stevens collection. Images selected for this digital collection document the social and professional life of mill workers, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as technical details about plant construction and operation.
  • Clemson Campus Album
    This virtual album of Clemson University images provides historical information on campus buildings and their namesakes.
  • Clemson Chronicle
    The Clemson Chronicle is the University’s student run literary arts magazine, featuring prose, poetry, art, and photography.
  • Clemson Newsletter
    The Clemson Newsletters, from 1961-1991, contain information for the faculty and staff of the University.
  • Clemson University Catalog
    The Clemson University catalog gives a general description of the school and provides prospective students with detailed information regarding the various colleges and departments within the University and curricula offered by the University.
  • Clemson University Football Program Covers
    The Clemson University Football Program Cover Collection comes from the University Archives, and features 198 unique cover layouts of both home and away games. Typical of sports programs, these covers are the combined efforts of illustrators, graphic artists and printers that worked with the University Athletic Department to create these souvenirs, which contained biographical information on coaches and athletes, as well as statistical information about each team. While most programs in this collection are from home games, there are also some programs from away games and bowl games.
  • Clemson University Football Programs
    This collection contains the Clemson University football programs since 1919.
  • Clemson Yearbooks
    The Clemson annual yearbook has been a tradition since 1899, when the first issue was published as the Clemson College Chronicle.
  • Documenting the African American Experience at Clemson
    Images of Harvey Gantt entering Clemson College as the first African American student in 1963.
  • James F. Byrnes Photograph Collection
    James F. Byrnes (May 2, 1879 - April 9, 1972) was a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, and Governor of South Carolina. During World War II Byrnes was nicknamed the "Assistant President" because of the power he wielded over the war effort in his position as Director of the Office of War Mobilization and Conversion and as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's confidants. The collection of 100 photographs covers periods in government and personal photographs including those of James and Maude Byrnes.
  • Palmetto Yesteryears: Online Photograph Collection
    A selection of photographs from Special Collections, including images of politics, agriculture, and the history of Clemson University.
  • Strom Thurmond: A Life in Pictures
    This selection of photographs from Mss 100, the Strom Thurmond Collection, documents Senator Thurmond's life from 1903 to 1987, with particular emphasis on his early life and career. They are arranged chronologically, with the earliest photographs first.including those of James and Maude Byrnes.

City of Columbia (S.C.) Digital Collections

  • Columbia, SC Historical Digital Collections
    The following digital collections represent a broad picture of the history of Columbia, South Carolina, from the 1800s to the end of the twentieth century. A special thanks to the City of Columbia, Richland Library, USC Libraries, South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina State Library, and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for making these collections available online.
  • Minutes of City Council, City of Columbia, S.C.
    The historical minutes of Columbia's City Council, spanning January 1883 to December 1907. Through the efforts of volunteers at Richland Library's Walker Local History Center the handwritten entries are in the process of being transcribed to allow for full-text searching.

Coastal Carolina University Digital Collections

  • Atheneum: Yearbook of Coastal Carolina University
    Atheneum, the Coastal Carolina University yearbook, was published from 1969 to 1997. The yearbooks allow us to trace change in the culture and attitudes of students on the CCU campus throughout the years..
  • Horry County Oral History and Language Project
    The Horry County Oral History Project began around 1989 as a college-community project to record local history in Horry County. Individuals in the county who have helped to make or who have witnessed the history of Horry County were interviewed through the project. Individuals interviewed include a broad spectrum of the community ranging from small farmers to community leaders. The Interviews were conducted under the direction of Randall Wells, Director of the Horry County Oral History Project. The project was underwritten in part by the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies, Coastal Carolina University.
  • John R. Beaty Letters
    The John R. Beaty Letters is a collection of thirteen letters dated from August 18, 1860 to February 8, 1862 and four undated letters written in that same time period.

College of Charleston Digital Collections

  • Albert Simons Papers, 1908-1977
    Sketches of buildings and architectural features by Charleston architect Albert Simons.
  • Barnwell Family Papers
    This collection consists mostly of the correspondence, with some related materials, of the Barnwell family of Beaufort and lowcounty South Carolina. Topics covered by various family members include the solace of religion; ministering in various Episcopal Churches in South Carolina (1830s-1860s); temperance; conflict and disagreement (1830s-1860s) with the Roman Catholic Church and Father John Fielding’s conversion to the Episcopal church; the sermons and opinions of Presbyterian minister James Henley Thornwell; St. Peter’s Church, Charleston, SC; religious missions to China (1830s-1840s) and Cuba (1845-1846), mentioning the smuggling of bibles there; student life at South Carolina College (1840s-1860s) and the University of Virginia (1850s); teaching at South Carolina College (1850s).
  • Burton L. Padoll Papers, 1957-2009
    Sermons, addresses, photographs, publications, and other papers of Burton L. Padoll, rabbi and civil rights activist. The bulk of the collection consists of Padoll's typed and handwritten sermons and addresses from his various rabbinates, including at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Topics include the Sabbath and High Holy Days celebrations as well as civil rights and other pertinent issues of the period. The collection also includes photographs of Padoll and his family, newspaper clippings announcing his retirement, and an article about Padoll's civil rights activism in Charleston written by Solomon Breibart in 2009.
  • Charles Cross Collection of Buchenwald Concentration Camp Photographs, 1945
    The Charles Cross Collection of Buchenwald Concentration Camp Photographs, 1945 is a collection of black and white photographs taken shortly after the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
  • Charles Fraser Book of Precedents, 1800-1819
    Charles Fraser's Book of Precedents, 1800-1819, was apparently handwritten by Fraser as a reference work for his legal studies.
  • Charles Henry Meltzer Papers, 1939-1940
    This collection is comprised of a collection of letters and postcards between Charles Henry Meltzer and notable names of the musical community.
  • Charleston and Savannah Railroad Records
    The main line of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Company, which began operations in 1861, ran between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia, with service to other locations south and west of Charleston. In January 1867 under pressure from the bondholders, the Board of Directors agreed to transfer property rights and privileges of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Company to the Savannah and Charleston Railroad Company.
  • Charleston in 1883
    "Charleston South Carolina in 1883..." was published by Arthur Mazyck in 1883, containing images of Charleston buildings and sights. The work was updated in 1983 by College of Charleston faculty member, Gene Waddell.
  • Charleston Slave Passes
    A collection of slave passes, some found in a Book of Common Prayer donated to the College of Charleston.
  • College of Charleston Buildings and Grounds Photograph Collection
    The College of Charleston Buildings and Grounds Photograph Collection consists of images of the college's historic buildings, campus activities, and other photographs from the Special Collections Department of the Addlestone Library. Photographs include the exteriors and interiors of buildings on the grounds. Also included in the collection are photographs documenting the construction of campus structures.
  • College of Charleston Board of Trustees Minutes
    This collection consists of typed College of Charleston board meeting minutes from 1791 to 2007.
  • College of Charleston Oral Histories
    The College of Charleston Oral Histories collection seeks to preserve the history and culture of the South Carolina lowcountry through recorded interviews with area residents. Currently highlighted are interviews with production managers, directors, performers and behind-the-scenes contributors from Spoleto Festival, USA in Charleston, SC.
  • College of Charleston Publications
    This collection contains newsletters, magazines, and other publications from several College of Charleston entities. The triannual College of Charleston magazine is included, as is the Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World's Connections newsletter.
  • College of Charleston Scrapbooks & Photo Albums
    This collection highlights various albums and scrapbooks housed in the Special Collections department of the College of Charleston library. Currently the collection includes the Byrnes Downs Garden Club Scrapbook, a European Photo Album, and the Frank Connor Photographic Collection.
  • College of Charleston Stereoscope Views
    The College of Charleston Stereoscope Views is comprised of black and white photographs of work on plantations in the states of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia.
  • Corrie McCallum Papers, c. 1930-2003
    A collection of American artwork from noted Charleston couple, William M. Halsey and Corrie McCallum.
  • Dientje Krant Kalisky Adkins Photographs, 1938-1996
    The Dientje Krant Kalisky Adkins Photographs is a collection of, mostly black and white, family photographs.
  • Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Correspondence
    This growing collection features correspondence from the eighteenth and nineteenth century chosen from the College of Charleston's Special Collections holdings. It includes two letters written by Dr. John Vaughan of Philadelphia to Philip Tidyman, discussing smallpox vaccines. Also featured is a letter from Frederick Garrissen of Germany to Charleston merchant William Stephen requesting that Stephen ship goods to Europe, as supplies were limited due to war.
  • Frank Fisher Notes, 1882-1902
    Frank R. Fisher's notes contain observations, drawings, and photographs relating to scientific studies, particularly astronomical observations made while Fisher was a resident in Charleston, S.C., during the 1880s. Fisher, a cashier at the South Carolina Railroad Company in Charleston, was an amateur scientist and inventor who occasionally worked in consultation with longtime College of Charleston professor Lewis R. Gibbes. Frank Fisher's notes also contain a lengthy analysis of the 1886 Charleston earthquake.
  • Francine Ajzensztark Taylor Papers, circa 1913-1985
    The Francine Ajzensztark Taylor Papers is an assembly of black and white photographs of the Ajzensztark and Taylor families and friends. Francine Ajzensztark resided in Paris France during the Second World War when she worked as a file clerk for American military forces at Orly Field air base. At Orly Field she met her husband, Harry Taylor, and moved to the United States.
  • Goldberg Family Papers, 1902-1953
    Two memorial photograph albums documenting the funeral of Moshe Yidel Gelbart.
  • Harry Blas and Erika Stockfleth Blas Papers, circa 1910-circa 1980
    The Harry Blas and Erika Stockfleth Blas Papers is a collection of black and white family photographs and a short personal narrative authored by Harry Blas.
  • Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
    The collection consists of business correspondence, plantation records, slave lists, military documents, accounting records, legal documents and Civil War letters of the Heyward and Ferguson families of the Combahee, Savannah, and Cooper Rivers in the Low Country near Charleston, South Carolina. The letters date between 1806 and 1923, but the bulk of the correspondence is from the antebellum period. Much of the collection is family correspondence between Nathaniel Heyward (1766-1851), his wife Henrietta Manigault Heyward (1769-1827), their sons Nathaniel Heyward (1790-1819) and William Manigault Heyward (1789-1820), and their grandsons James Barnwell Heyward (1817-1886), Nathaniel Barnwell Heyward (1816-1891) and William Henry Heyward (1817-1889).
  • Irish Volunteers Company Records, 1798-1929
    Organized in Charleston, South Carolina about 1798, the Irish Volunteers Company was first on active service in the War of 1812 where they served on patrol and constructed defenses. This collection contains typescript copies of "The History of the Irish Volunteers Company" (1798-1836) and minutes from organizational meetings from 1884-1901 and 1915-1929. Also included is a pamphlet commemorating memorial meetings in 1877.
  • Jewish Heritage Collection - Personal Papers
    This collection is comprised of born-digital and digitized material from individual and family collections from the Jewish Heritage Collection. Most of these digital objects are part of larger manuscript collections held in the College of Charleston’s Special Collections Department. Finding aids for these collections can be located by searching the College of Charleston online catalog.
  • Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
    These interviews with members of Charleston's Jewish community cover various topics including family history, life in Charleston in the mid-20th century, anti-Semitism, and experiences during World War II and the Holocaust. Both audio recordings and typed transcripts are available.
  • Joe Engel Papers, 1938-2006
    The Joe Engel Papers collection is a composition of black and white photographs taken of the Engel family in their hometown of Zakroczym, Poland before the war and one month after liberation.
  • John F. Riley Papers, 1849-1855
    Papers (loose pages, probably originally one gathering) include a handwritten "Journal" [diary], exercises, and lecture notes written by physician, J.F.R.
  • John Henry Dick Collection
    "Artist Naturalist" is how Dick described himself in his autobiographical book entitled Other Edens (1979). He established a reputation as one of the leading bird painters in the United States when he illustrated the Warblers of America (edited by Ludlow Griscom and Alexander Sprunt, Jr., 1957). He painted approximately 2,500 separate birds for the Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent with a text by Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley (1983). He painted about 600 birds for the Birds of China by Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee (1984). He used a variety of techniques to create ink drawings with striking compositions for numerous books and articles published between 1949 and 1984. He took approximately 8,000 photographs of professional quality while travelling in more than 50 countries to study and photograph birds and other animals in wilderness settings. He assembled one of the finest private collections of rare bird books and contributed them to the College of Charleston together with his papers and his wildlife preserve, Dixie Plantation.
  • The Joseph Mordecai Hirschmann Collection
    A Charlestonian who attended both the College of Charleston and the School of Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania, Joseph Mordecai Hirschmann practiced architecture with the New York firm of Walker and Gillette. His architectural training induced a special interest in old world buildings, and on his European holidays in 1924 and 1927 he made numerous sketches in watercolor, conte and pencil of buildings and ruins in Italy, France and North Africa. In addition to those sketches, this collection also includes numerous renderings of architectural details observed during those travels.
  • Journal of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's plantations, 1818-1819
    The Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Journal (1818 April 6-May 16, with a few scattered entries in late 1818 and early 1819) consists of journal entries on pages interleaved in Hoff's Agricultural Almanac (1818).
  • Keystone View Company Lantern Slides, 1892-1912
    These lantern slides were produced for classroom use by the highly successful Education Department of the Keystone View Company. The slides cover a wide range of subject matter including scenes of industry, places of architectural or historical significance and places of natural beauty.
  • Lawrence Layden Scrapbook, 1941-1945
    The Leah Greenberg Postcard Collection is comprised of 63 postcards of houses and landmarks around Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Leah Greenberg Postcard Collection
    The Lawrence Layden Scrapbook contains photographs and papers documenting his wartime service. Lawrence Layden was a Captain in the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Group during World War II.
  • The Lithographs of Prentiss Taylor: a Catalogue Raisonne
    Prentiss Taylor (1907-1991) was a noted American artist who created 142 lithographs between 1931 and 1983. From 1942 to 1976 he was president of the Society of Washington Printmakers. He also worked as an art therapist for more than thirty years and taught oil painting at American University from 1955-1975. His collaboration with Langston Hughes on several illustrated pamphlets culminated in a lifelong friendship with the poet. This collection consists of 16 lithographs by Taylor spanning from 1933-1983. All are signed, dated and numbered by the artist.
  • Lowcountry Tourism
    This growing collection features historic pamphlets highlighting some of the attractions of Charleston, South Carolina and the lowcountry. This collection currently includes an illustrated pamphlet that gives a brief history of the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina and provides rich physical details about the building, including photographs, floor plans and cross sections. Also included is the Tourist's Guide of Charleston, 1940, a colorful booklet highlighting some of Charleston's well known attractions. Another pamphlet, printed by the Southern Railway System in 1926, features the latest lodging and sightseeing options in Charleston, Summerville, and Savannah. Two pamphlets (from 1893 and 1909) about the Summerville resort The Pine Forest Inn advertise the Inn's luxurious accomodations and the health benefits of a winter vacation in Summerville, South Carolina.
  • Martha Mondschein Bauer Papers, 1940-2001
    The Martha Mondschein Bauer Papers consists of a collection of black and white family photos taken before the start of World War II.
  • Maynard Pearlstine Travel Albums and Sketches, 1936-2006
    Watercolors by Charleston-born architect Maynard Pearlstine.
  • Middleton Family Art Work, 1803-1867
    A ten-set collection containing 37 items of measured drawings, ink sketches, pencil drawings and watercolors representing several generations of the Middleton family of South Carolina from 1803-1867.
  • Mitchell King Atlas, 1662-1695
    This collection of 17th century world maps was published and printed by the Danckerts family, and was donated as a part of the Mitchell King Library. These 31 maps cover various countries in Europe, as well as the continents of Asia, Africa, and North and South America. The maps are by various cartographers including Visscher, Schagen, Overton, Ram, Blaeu, Broen, and Borgonio.
  • Pierrine Smith Byrd Collection
    Pierrine Smith Byrd was one of the first 13 women to enroll in the College of Charleston in 1918, and was the first to graduate, in 1922. She was a longtime resident of Greenwood, S.C., and an accredited judge for the American Rose Society. The collection contains memorabilia from her high school and college days, correspondence relating to her alumni activities, newspaper articles relating to her accomplishments, and photographs of class reunions.
  • Pincus Kolender Papers, circa 1915-1996
    The Pincus Kolender Papers consists of mostly black and white photographs of family members in Poland before World War II and in Germany after the war. Also included are photographs from Pincus' marriage to Renee in Charleston, South Carolina, a group of survivors taken in Tel Aviv, Israel in the 1960s, and photographs of Pincus returning to Auschwitz and his childhood home in Bochnia, Poland.
  • Reverend Alexander Glennie Meteorological Observations, 1834-1880
    Bound volumes containing charts (graphs and tables) pertaining to weather and the meteorological observations of Alexander Glennie taken in All Saints Parish and at Georgetown, South Carolina. Glennie's records include thermographic, hygrometric, and barometric readings, as well as the number of inches of rainfall each day. Charts note the wind direction and velocity and include observations about the weather (fine, cloudy, variable, loud thunder, and similar remarks). Selected observations were made three times during the day. Volumes 1-6 (1830-1843, 1844-1849, 1849-1852, 1853-1857, 1858-1862, and 1863-1880) contain daily records for All Saints Parish. Volume 7 (1838-1867) contains monthly averages for All Saints Parish. Volume 8 (1868-1880) contains daily records for Georgetown.
  • Roswell T. Logan Journal, 1852-1865
    Roswell T. Logan's Journal, 1852-1865, begins in 1852 with an address before his Charleston High School debate club, the Philomathic Society. Among the many speeches, poems and essays included in the journal are three essays published in the Charleston College Magazine: "Mohammed and His religion" and "College life" in the April 1855 issue and "Goodbye" in May 1855. Poems include a requiem to Logan's old horse John Randolph and a commentary on the contentious election of 1860 titled "The Presidential canvas of 1860." In his last dated entry, July 11th, 1865, Logan says goodbye to his beloved journal with the poem "Farewell to this Book."
  • Roy S. MacElwee's Waterfront Design Study, 1929
    Roy S. MacElwee was a planner who specialized in port development. He created a plan for the waterfront of Charleston in 1929. This collection is an oversized scrapbook of photographs and clippings about the design of waterfronts for cities worldwide. It includes 20 professionally made 8x10 photographs and several dozen pages of clippings, and an article on his plan for Charleston. Though most of the land was eventually reclaimed, no grand boulevard extends north of the Ashley River bridge today and MacElwee's vision of building "one of the most famous water front driveways in the world" was never realized.
  • Samuel Lord Hyde Photographs
    Samuel Hyde was a photographer and amateur historian who lived in Charleston and in Summerville, S.C. He was the "chief cemetery investigator" for the South Carolina Public Service Authority during the creation of Lake Moultrie. This collection contains 2 groups of his photographs - 25 prints from the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition taken in 1901-1902 when Hyde was a teenager., and approximately 100 images taken in 1939 in the area of Lake Moultrie during its construction.
  • Simons and Lapham Architectural Drawings, 1919-1952
    Architectural drawings from the firm of Albert Simons and Samuel Lapham. Includes measured drawings of a country club in Ohio by Samuel Lapham; designs of the Ashley River Memorial Bridge; sculpture pedestals for the Gibbes Museum of Art; sundials, and garden plans.
  • Small-Whaley Family Papers, 1796-1994
    The Diary of a Voyage to China, 1850-1851, the private diary of Captain Thomas Small, reveals the intense loneliness of command and details the longing he feels for the wife and newborn son he left behind. He comments on marriage, child-rearing, and religion, and frequently expresses his desire to find employment "ashore" to better provide for his family. In addition to these personal entries, he provides rich details of a mid-nineteenth century life at sea. Daily nautical annotations are augmented with comments about the crew, rations, frequent communications with passing ships, and his waning hope in obtaining a profitable cargo of tea in China.
  • South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, 1901-1902
    In order to attract new business to the area, the city of Charleston hosted the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition in 1901-1902. This collection contains pamphlets of illustrations and exhibit information.
  • Thomas J. Tobias Papers, ca. 1790-1970
    The Thomas J. Tobias Papers contain six diaries written by three members of the same family, in the mid-19th century. The Joseph Lyons diary (1833-1834), written when he was between the ages of 19-21, contains Lyons' ruminations on his future career, his beliefs on state's rights, some poetry, and his thoughts on his Jewish faith. Joseph Lyons' nephew, David Henry Mordecai, wrote in four diaries between 1849 and 1858, detailing his travels to Cuba and the Florida Keys, in addition to extensive travels through Europe, and his treatment for tuberculosis. After David Henry Mordecai's death from tuberculosis in 1859, his sister Hortensia journalized her travels in Europe with her family and her diary records her thoughts on art and other sightseeing in Italy, Germany, and France.
  • Vera Nathans Semel Papers, 1830-1985
    Vera Nathans Semel Papers consist of photographs of family members before and after World War II and Paerl family papers. Paerl papers contain birth certificates, a synagogue certificate, marriage certificates, a militia certificate, and a false identification card.
  • Vincent P. Lannie Collection, 1733-1974
    The Vincent P. Lannie Collection consists of five separate manuscripts by plantation owner Elizabeth Allston Pringle: (1) Partial draft of a chapter ("Baby Woes") from "Chronicles of Chicora Wood." (2) A story entitled "The Innocents at Home and the Furniture Fiend Abroad" written under her pen name, Patience Pennington, and intended to be the first in a series of "Peaceville Happenings." (3) A story entitled "My Dogs" for a projected series of "Plantation Sketches." (4) An incomplete rough draft of an untitled short story about Pompey Green and his disobedient wife Doll. (5) Miscellaneous notes on owners of plantations on the Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Black Rivers, with the fullest notes on White House Plantation.
  • Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers
    The Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers consist of correspondence and other documents among the Wilkinson, Keith, Siegling, Haskell, and Marshall families and their friends dating from 1785 to 1920. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1820 to 1890, a large portion of which chronicles Willis Keith’s experiences as a Confederate soldier in 1862-1863.
  • William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection - Prints and Photographs
    Rabbi William A. Rosenthall's collection of Judaica prints and photographs. These images document the Jewish people: their lives, history, religious ceremonies, dress, and customs. Also included are Jewish New Year cards, caricatures, and clippings from Jewish journals and publications. Rosenthall was the rabbi at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue from 1976 to 1992. He traveled extensively during his life and collected items related to Jewish life and culture.
  • William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection - Postcards
    Rabbi William A. Rosenthall's collection of Judaica postcards. A particular collecting focus of Rosenthall was images of synagogues located around the globe, including European synagogues destroyed by the Nazis or converted to stables and warehouses. Also included are images of cemeteries, tombs, Jewish neighborhoods, and other Jewish sites of interest. Rosenthall was the rabbi at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue from 1976 to 1992. He traveled extensively during his life and collected items related to Jewish life and culture.
  • William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection, 1898-1905
    William Henry Jackson, in partnership with the Detroit Photographic Company, took black and white photographs that were reproduced into color photochroms for sale as postcards or prints. The majority of the images in this collection are landscapes of Colorado, Montana and New York State, particularly in Yellowstone National Park and the Adirondack region. Some images are architectural, including one of the Miles Brewton House (Pringle House), Charleston, S.C. All images are approximately 18x23 cm and were created through what Jackson described as a "photo-lithographic process for reproducing pictures in color."
  • William Martin Aiken Papers, 1878-1956
    Pencil sketches and watercolors by Charleston-born architect William Martin Aiken. Includes images of grand houses (exterior and interior) with architectural details, gates and doors, churches and museums, sailing vessels and flora along the east coast of the United States and Europe.
  • Willy Adler Papers, 1913-1938, 1982-2010
    The Willy Adler Papers contain three black and white photographs of Willy Adler's parents (1920), 2nd grade class (1927), and family (1936).
  • Zionist Organization of America Records - Charleston Chapter
    The minutes (1917-1933 with a gap from May 1922-November 1923; and 1940-1944) cover all the special and regular meetings of the organization. Members attending are listed and there are various lists throughout the volume, detailing the approximately 100 or so men and women who belonged. Topics were discussed, at first, in both Yiddish and English. Dues were collected and there are frequent mentions of the need to raise more funds for specific causes, and the need to energize the populations of Charleston and South Carolina for Zionism.

Columbia College Digital Collections

Columbia Historic Foundation Digital Collections

  • John Hensel Photograph Collection
    A native of Kenton, Ohio, John LeRoy Hensel came to Columbia during World War II, upon being stationed at the Columbia Army Air Base as bomber pilot instructor. Following his return to Columbia in 1946, Hensel opened a photography business in which he extensively photographed children for grade school pictures and many historic people and places throughout the city. This collection contains a series of his photographs from 1949 to 1951.

Diocese of Charleston Archives Digital Collection

  • Lynch Family Letters, 1858-1866
    From the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives comes this collection of correspondence to Bishop Patrick N. Lynch, Bishop of Charleston from 1858-1882. Spanning the years 1858-1866, theses letters to the Bishop from his family touch on a variety of topics including Catholicism and convent life, the Civil War and slavery, and Southern life in the mid-19th century.

Drayton Hall Digital Collections

  • Drayton Papers, 1701-2004
    Currently featured in this collection are the diaries of Charles Drayton III ranging from the years 1791-1798, and Drayton's travelogue from 1806. The diaries include information on the day-to-day management of Drayton plantations, (particularly Drayton Hall, Jehossee and Long Savannah), focusing on crops, livestock, labor, and the movement of these between estates. Charles describes (in brief) meeting and dining with President George Washington, receiving plant specimens from Thomas Jefferson, a visit from Andre Michaux, the winding up of Bob Savannah plantation, lease of plantation on the Wateree River, abuse of slaves, sending slaves from Drayton Hall to reside at Jehossee, family deaths, division of the deceased's estates and family acrimony.

Erskine College Digital Collections

  • Due West Female College Photograph Collection
    Late 19th and early 20th century photographic images of Due West Female College students and campus life. The DWFC opened in 1859 and was funded by a joint share-holding company, men mostly associated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The purpose was to give young women equal educational advantages with young men and to provide those of the church and the community an adequate education under Christian influences and environment. The DWFC operated in conjunction with the all-male Erskine College until 1904, when it became the Woman's College of Due West.
  • Erskine College Photograph Collection
    Late 19th and early 20th century photographic images of students and campus life at Erskine College in Due West, S.C. Erskine College was founded in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
  • Erskine College Yearbook Collection
    Erskine College and Theological Seminary is a private four-year liberal arts college and graduate theological seminary founded in 1837 (Seminary) and 1839 (College) and located in Due West, SC. The institution is affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The McCain Library Department of Archives and Special Collections serves to preserve and provide access to valuable and unique materials and information related to Erskine College, Erskine Theological Seminary, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Abbeville County, SC.
  • Woman's College of Due West Photograph Collection
    Early 20th century photographic images from the Woman's College of Due West (SC), including class pictures. In 1904, the Due West Female College (founded in 1859) came under the control of the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and the school's name was changed to the Woman's College of Due West. There was the same mission to provide young women with equal educational opportunity as young men. The Woman's College co-existed alongside the all-male Erskine College from1904 until 1927, when the two institutions merged to become Erskine College.

Fairfield County Museum

  • Fairfield County History Collection
    About The Winns of Fairfield County: Brothers William, Col. John, and General Richard Winn migrated from Fauquier County, Virginia to Fairfield County in the years just preceding the Revolutionary War. All three, along with several sons, fought for the Patriot's cause with the local militias. In 1785 the brothers petitionedfor a charter and laid out the town on the site of the early village. Early merchants and surveyors, the town of Winnsborough (now Winnsboro) was namedin honor of this founding family. Mr. Chappell was a Winn descendant.

Florence County Library System Digital Collections

  • Dr. G. Wayne King Slide Collection
    The 106 slides of late 19th and early 20th century Florence were collected by Dr. G. Wayne King (1939-2008), a professor of history, who retired from Francis Marion University. The majority of the slides depict street scenes and buildings of downtown Florence, South Carolina.

Florence-Darlington Technical College Digital Collections

  • Florence-Darlington Technical College Digital Collections
    The digital collection of Florence-Darlington Technical College chronicles the college's history. The Florence-Darlington Technical College, Wellman, Inc. Library digital collections include digitized yearbooks and other items related to the history of the college. This collection features college publications which record events and people from the 1960’s through the 1990’s.

Francis Marion University Digital Collections

Friends of the Hunley Digital Collections

  • Hunley Artifact Collection: Personal Artifacts
    This collection is comprised of a selection of artifacts excavated from the submarine and that were used by the crew members. Most of these artifacts were found nearby the crew members or in crew member's pockets. The commander of the submarine, Lt. George Dixon, carried a 20 dollar engraved gold coin in his pocket as well as a pair of binoculars, a gold pocket watch, and a pocket knife; and as part of his garments, silver suspenders and vest buckles. The rest of the crew members carried with them pocket knives, a wallet, pipes, matches, toothpicks, pencils and a variety of objects for everyday use. Also included are clothing accessories such as buttons and shoes as well as cork canteen stoppers.
  • Hunley Artifact Collection: Submarine Components & Tools
    This collection contains images of basic submarine hull components, including a complete hull plate segment, conning tower hatch, and wooden bench, as well as various essential items from simple tools to an intact iron lantern.

Furman University Digital Collections

  • 19th Century Documents
    The 19th Century Documents collection will include accurate transcriptions of many important and representative primary texts from nineteenth century American history, with special emphasis on those sources that shed light on sectional conflict and transformations in regional identity.
  • Coin Collections
    This collection contains two coin collections which currently reside in Special Collections & Archives. Kilburg Coin Collection: This Collection was donated by Don F. Kilburg and contains over 915 coins, some of which are acessible online in this collection. The coins date from c. 250-400 CE and originate from the Roman Empire. The coins were catalogued and researched in May 2010 by Nate Rowland working with both the Classics Department and Special Collections and Archives. World Coin Collection:Contains 74 digitized coins dating from the Roman Empire. While several of the coins are of Greek or Roman Republic origin, the bulk of the collection was created in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries. There are also many coins from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, from European kingdoms, Latin American mints, Nepal, China, and Zanzibar. Sam Robinson provided the item level metadata for the contents of this collection.
  • Czech Republic and Central Europe
    This collection contains photos taken by Furman University Education professor Michael Svec. Although the majority of the photographs are from the Czech Republic, photographs from Slovakia, Vienna, Lithuania and Poland are also included.
  • Ethel Howard Collection
    This collection of postcards highlights historic churches, schools, libraries and monuments, among other places of note in South Carolina. The cities included are Beaufort, Brookgreen Gardens, Charleston, Columbia, Georgetown, Greenville, Myrtle Beach and Tamassee.
  • Furman Army ROTC
    The Furman University Department of Military Science was organized in the fall of 1950 as an Armored Cavalry ROTC Unit. There were 200 cadets enrolled in the program that year, but no commissions were granted until 1952 when 23 cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants of Armor. In 1953 the General Military Science curriculum was adopted, giving the cadet the necessary military background which, when combined with other college work, will lead to a commission in any of the fifteen branches of the Army. This collection contains photographs, pamphlets, and other materials on the history of ROTC at Furman beginning in the 1960s.
  • The Furman Cougar Project
    The Furman Cougar Project (2008-2013) collection contains photographs from the Ladder Ranch in Sierra County, New Mexico. The cameras used in the capturing of photos were funded in part by the Oregon Zoo Future for Wildlife Conservation Grant and sponsored by Michelle Schireman. In addition to Furman University Biology Department representatives, Harley Shaw assisted in photograph collection and camera maintanance. Photos in this collection were graciously contributed by Travis Perry, Furman University Associate Professor of Biology.
  • Furman Family Letters
    The Furman Family Letters will contain letters from three collections: The Richard Furman Papers (1775-1825) consist of correspondence, biographical information, and writings. The bulk of the papers fall within his lifetime. The principal correspondents include Oliver Hart, Charles Screven, Edmund Botsford, and Joseph B. Cook. The writings include sermons, addresses, and other writings on various subjects, such as slavery, prayer, and treatment for disease. The James Clement Furman Papers (1828-1891) contain an assortment of materials, most of which date from the beginning of his career as a Baptist preacher in 1828 to his death. The collection of papers includes both personal and denominational correspondence, as well as sermons, speeches, and original poetry. Materials personally accumulated by Furman include booklets and papers that belonged to other family members, including his wives, Harriet Eloise and Mary Glenn Davis Furman, and Hannah Bowers Furman. The Furman Family Papers consist mainly of personal correspondence of Richard Furman’s family and descendants from 1782 to 1960. Included in the Furman family collection are writings, such as diaries, essays, poetry, and prose. Receipts, legal documents, remedies, and recipes are included, as well as biographical manuscripts on Gabriel Furman, Josiah Furman, Richard Furman, III, Samuel Furman, and Wood Furman. There is genealogical information from bible records, charts, manuscripts, newspaper articles, and papers on residences. Papers from the Mexican War are also included.
  • Furman Glass Plate Negatives
    These images represent both Furman and the Greenville Woman's College and span the years 1915 to 1933, with the majority from 1928 to 1932. Specific images include the Greenville Women's College Glee club, the Furman football team, the Furman band, May Day celebrations, and several individual faculty members and students.
  • Furman Magazine
    First published in December 1951, the Furman Magazine is currently published quarterly for alumni and friends of the University.
  • Furman Oral History Project
    This growing collection contains oral histories taken and recorded by history professor Courtney Tollison and her students. Many of the recordings feature Furman's own rich history and the history of Greenville.
  • Furman Student Newspapers
    This collection contains digitized copies of the Furman University student publication The Furman Hornet, published from 1916 to 1961; it will soon include copies of The Paladin, published from 1961 to the present.
  • Furman University Natural History
    The Furman Natural History Collection is dedicated to preserving the natural history of Furman University, initially focused on the Furman Lake, sustainability, and the environmental impact of humans.
  • Furman University Postcard Collection
    This collection of postcards focuses on Furman’s current campus and presently contains approximately 70 digitized postcards. The images of the postcards range from the early 1960s campus entrance to graduation in 1997.
  • Greenville Womans College
    This collection contains documents, postcards, and photographs from the Greenville Woman's College of Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Homer Multitext Manuscripts
    This collection contains images commissioned by the Center for Hellenic Studies of four Homeric manuscripts of the Iliad, housed in the Marciana Library: the tenth-century Marcianus Graecus Z. 454 (= 822) (Venetus A), the eleventh-century Marcianus Graecus Z. 453 (= 821) (Venetus B), the twelfth/thirteenth-century Marcianus Graecus Z. 458 (= 841), and Codex E4.
  • Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
    Materials Towards a History of the Baptists in the Provinces of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia was prepared as a manuscript by Morgan Edwards (1722-1795), a British-born Baptist minister and pastor in Philadelphia. This collection includes a bound photoreproduction of Duke University Library's 1952 microfilm of the 1772 manuscript, which is held by Furman University.
  • New Campus Photos 1950-1962
    This collection contains photographs of the new campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC, dating from 1950-1962.
  • Old Main Campus Photos 1851-1958
    This collection contains photographs of the old main campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC, dating from 1851-1958.
  • South Carolina Postcard Collection
    The current emphasis of this postcard collection is Greenville, South Carolina, including churches, homes, schools, streets, parks and more. It also contains postcards from Anderson, Brattonsville, Charleston, Columbia, Greenwood and Newberry.
  • Special Collections Coin Collections
    This collection of coins features 74 coins which were created during the years of the Roman Empire. While several of the coins are of Greek or Roman Republic origin, the bulk of the collection was created in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries. In addition to the ancient coins, there are also a sizable number of coins which were created in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. These coins are predominately from European kingdoms and Latin American mints, however there are coins from places as diverse as Nepal, China, and Zanzibar.
  • University Yearbooks and Catalogues
    This growing collection will ultimately contain digitized copies of catalogues and yearbooks of the University. Currently, the collection includes the Furman University Bonhomie yearbooks, dating 1901 - 1932 and 58 of the Greenville Women's College Course Catalogues, spanning 1857 - 1937.

Georgetown County Digital Library Digital Collections

  • Alice Ravenel Huger Smith Collection
    The Alice Ravenel Huger Smith Collection contains the book, Twenty Drawings of the Pringle House (1917). This book was a collaboration with her father, D.E. Huger Smith. Alice R. Huger Smith (1876-1958), was part of the Charleston Renaissance and is remembered as a painter, printmaker, author, illustrator, historian and historic preservationist.
  • America's Coastal Highway
    America’s Coastal Highway: A Motor Trail in Sound of the Surf, was published in 1928, by Registered Service International in Greensboro, N.C. The book offered “reliable statements of attractions, facts and features on trails for motorists”. The book introduced the “new” North/South Highway to the motorists of America, encouraging travel from Delaware to Georgia, with many stops in between. The route took travelers through Georgetown, S.C. and highlighted many of the historic buildings that can still be found in Georgetown today.
  • Andrews Museum Collection
    This Collection features photographs taken of the century old town of Andrews, South Carolina. Andrews was formed when the towns of Rosemary and Harpers were incorporated in 1910. Known for its railway lines and lumber mills, Andrews quickly became a town that had a lot to offer. Churches, retail stores, movie theaters and more were built as the town grew. Today, the Andrews Museum is located in the Old Town Hall and offers visitors a chance to see life in 1909 Andrews, South Carolina.
  • Beaty Family Scrapbook
    The Beaty Family Scrapbook contains images of the family during their time spent in Murrells Inlet during the years 1908-1915. The family purchased the Hermitage in 1905 and spent many happy days fishing and swimming in the inlet.
  • Belle W. Baruch Collection
    This collection features 854 photographs from the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and Hobcaw Barony. Purchased in 1905 by Bernard M. Baruch as a winter hunting retreat, today the Barony includes 17,500 acres of research reserve and is one of the few undeveloped tracts of land on the Waccamaw Neck. The photograph collection includes images of the Baruch family, their friends and guests at Hobcaw, as well as their extensive travels around the world.
  • Caines Family Photo Collection
    Residents of Georgetown County since the early 18th century, the Caines family photo collection includes photos of both the Caines Brothers and Caines Boys, both known as decoy carvers, fishermen and experts on local waterways. This collection chronicles the history of the family, from their life at Clambank to the more recent duck decoy carvings completed by Jerry and Roy Caines.
  • Charlotte Kaminski Scrapbook
    The Charlotte Kaminski Scrapbook Collection exhibits photos from Charlotte Kaminksi (Prevost) childhood scrapbook which contain photographs taken by Charlotte of her friends and family. The images capture her summer trips to nearby Pawleys Island, as well as her life growing up in Georgetown.
  • Chicora Wood Collection
    The Chicora Wood Collection features seven photographs taken by North Carolina photographer, Bayard Wootten (1875-1959) in 1938. Plantation owners, Duncan and Frances Waddell had recently hired Charleston landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs (1893-1977) to plant numerous azaleas and camellias throughout the property. The photos include exterior views of both the c.1809 house and gardens.
  • Dreamkeepers Collection
    Founded in 1978, the Committee for African American History Observances (CAAHO)) presents arts and cultural activities designed to promote pride in and appreciation for the contributions of African-Americans to the larger society. The Dreamkeepers Collection contains photos of some of the most significant African-Americans in Georgetown County, including Joseph H. Rainey, the first African-American to serve in the United States Congress.
  • Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Real Estate Indentures
    This collection of 104 items features rare and original handwritten documents that help to tell the history of Georgetown County. Real Estate Indentures, Land Grants, Survey Maps, Conveyance of Land, Titles, Mortgages and Agreements from the early residents including the Trapier family, the Heywards, the Fords, the Wraggs, the Porchers, and the Brockingtons.
  • Eleanor Parsons Moody Collection
    The Eleanor Parsons Moody Collection (1913-2006) features images from the Parsons, Bacon and Moody families. Many of the early twentieth century images show life in Andrews, South Carolina, as well as Maryland and California.
  • Facts About Georgetown Booklet
    The Facts about Georgetown Booklet contains 76 pages from the booklet that was published by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce in 1948. The purpose, as stated in the introduction, was to “answer the questions of the many people who write us requesting a general picture of the history and background of our fair city and Georgetown County”. The booklet also “contains complete figures on the economical status of Georgetown, and the surrounding terrain”. Also of interest are the many advertisements for local businesses in the Georgetown area.
  • Georgetown County Historical Newspapers
    Georgetown County Historical Newspapers Collection consists of newspapers dating from the early 1800s to 1899 from the Georgetown American, The Georgetown Enquirer, the Georgetown Times, The Georgetown Semi-Weekly Times, the Georgetown Union, The Pee Dee Times, the South Carolinan, True Republican, The Times and Comet, The Winyah Intelligencer and the Winyah Observer.
  • Georgetown County Hurricane Collection
    This collection of photographs chronicles the many hurricanes that have impacted coastal South Carolina. Two of the most powerful storms, Hazel and Hugo, will never be forgotten by the residents of Georgetown County. As people began to piece back together their lives, numerous photographs were taken, capturing on film the devastation and life changing events that occurred in 1954 and 1989.
  • Georgetown County Library Photograph Collection
    This collection features over fifty photographs of individuals who lived in Georgetown County in the late 19th and early 20th century. Names such as LaBruce, Ehrich, Sampson, Ward, and Gasque make up this unique collection of photographs that have been donated to the Georgetown County Library.
  • Georgetown County Newspapers-20th Century
    The 20th Century Newspaper Collection spans from 1902-1999. Titles include: The Georgetown Daily Item (1907-1912), The Sunday Outlook (1902-1912), The Carolina Field (1905), The Georgetown Times (1905-1999), The Andrews News (1949) and The Daily Item (1912).li>
  • Georgetown County Postcard Collection
    The Georgetown County Postcard Collection features postcards that show many historic buildings and street scenes from the Georgetown area. Many of the postcards were used for advertising purposes and provide a glimpse into life in Georgetown in the early 1900s.
  • John Moak's WWII Diary
    The Kaminski House Collection features images taken by Harold and Julia Kaminski of their Georgetown and Pawleys Island homes, their travels around the world and their friends and family. Harold Kaminski (1886-1953), was the son of Heiman and Rose Kaminski of Georgetown. He married Julia Pyatt on December 12, 1925 in the Prince George Episcopal Church Rectory. Harold Kaminski was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 1940-1944. He and his wife, Julia, returned to South Carolina after the war and with Julia’s death in 1972, the house and its contents were left to the City of Georgetown, with the desire that it be opened and operated as a house museum in honor of her husband and his mother. For more information, visit the following link: www.cityofgeorgetownsc.com/kaminski
  • Kaminski House Collection
    The Kaminski-Prevost Collection features three scrapbooks from the Kaminski family and featuring scenes from Georgetown, Pawleys Island, The Citadel, and other South Carolina locations. Many of the photos feature Edwin Washington Kaminski (1868-1948), son of Georgetown businessman, Heiman Kaminski (1839-1923).
  • Kinloch Gun Club
    In 1912, a group of wealthy businessmen from Wilmington, Deleware, formed the Kinloch Gun Club on the North Santee river. They purchased 14 tracts of land and used the former rice fields for duck hunting, built a new clubhouse and employed many of the local men and women as hunting guides and houskeepers. By the early 1930s, club members Eugene E. DuPont and his cousin, Eugene DuPont, bought out the other members. The DuPont family continued to use the land through the 1960s.
  • Morgan & Trenholm Collection
    The Morgan-Trenholm Collection combines the collections of William D. Morgan (1853-1938) and Alfred Glover Trenholm (1874-1952). The photographs document life in Georgetown County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the photographs in the collection come from local photographers, including D.C. Simpkins, W.P. Dowling, James H. Winburn and William A. Reckling. Alfred G. Trenholm, was a Georgetown businessman whose photographs include rare glimpses of Georgetown by air.
  • Murrell's Inlet Collection
    This collection features over a hundred photographs taken by New Jersey native, Monty Watson, who was stationed in the Inlet during World War II. Watson served with the Crash Boat Crew and his photographs showcase life in the Inlet area during the 1940s.
  • Pawleys Island Civic Association Collection
    This Collection features many of the historic photographs from Pawleys Island: A Century of History and Photographs that tell the story of this remarkable island community from 1900-1999. First settled by rice planters who looked for an escape from the deadly malaria that plagued the inland areas, the island continues to bring in both returning vacationers as well as first-timers who long to enjoy the peace and quiet of this coastal community. The Pawleys Island Civic Association was created to help preserve, foster and promote this small island. Follow the link www.pawleysislandrealty.com to find out more information about Pawleys Island: A Century of History and Photographs.
  • Samuel Hudson Photograph Collection
    Samuel Hudson (1921-2006), was the son of Melvin and Wilhelmina Hudson and a native of Georgetown, South Carolina. Hudson served with the US Marine Corps during WWII and returned to Georgetown to operate several prosperous businesses including Hudson’s Real Estate Agency. He served as the director of the Horry-Georgetown Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. and was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where he served as a trustee.
  • Shuford Family Collection
    Robert Pou Shuford (1880-1941), served as Georgetown City Recorder, Police Chief, County Treasurer and owner of "Shuford's Store" in Georgetown, SC. After his death, his widow, Edna, was appointed by the Governor of South Carolina to fill his position as Georgetown County Treasurer and would serve an additional four years in that position. This collection includes photos of Shuford, his wife, Edna Butler Shuford, and his children.
  • South Santee Plantations Scrapbooks
    This collection of photographs from the early twentieth century shows life on two South Santee River plantations: Hampton and the Wedge. Hampton Plantation was owned by the Rutledge family, including Archibald Rutledge, Poet Laureate of South Carolina. The Wedge plantation was built by William Lucas in 1826, and remained in the Lucas family until 1929. The third scrapbook features photographs from the nearby town of McClellanville. This small town, often called, "the Village", was started in the 1850s as a place for nearby plantation owners to escape the summer diseases that were a constant threat on the rice plantations. In the early 20th century, many of these families continued the traditions of their ancestors, traveling to "the village" for the summer.
  • Tarbox Family Photographs
    The Tarbox Family Collection features images of Georgetown County in the early 1900s. The photos, taken by Frank G. Tarbox (1856-1940), include images of the Tarbox family and their travels throughout the United States, of Willowbank Plantation and the first airplane flight in Georgetown in July 1911.
  • Walter S. McDonald Collection
    The Walter S. McDonald Collection contains photos taken by McDonald during his time as a journalist and photographer for area newspapers. A Georgetown native, McDonald (1921-1976) was the son of Walter and Marian McDonald. He attended Winyah High School and Clemson University before serving in the military during WWII. In addition to his newspaper career, he also owned and operated a photography studio is Georgetown for many years. The photos in this collection include many area plantations, churches and aerial photographs featuring the city of Georgetown.
  • William Bacon Scrapbook Collection
    William Bacon (1873-1908) was the son of John Henry Bacon (1835-1884) and Virginia Ellen Handy Humphreys (1848-1905). His siblings included John, Lulo (Parsons), Minnie (Twilley), Agnes (Johnson) and Elmer. He moved to California to work for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. His scrapbook features early 20th century images of California including the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.
  • World War II Memories
    The Georgetown County Library began collecting World War II memories in 2008 and interviewed 70 men and women in the Georgetown County area. Listen to oral histories of life in the Pacific, missions to Europe and how life was changing on the home front.

Georgetown County Museum Digital Collections

  • Georgetown County Museum Collection
    This collection features over 500 photos from Georgetown County area families, plantations and other local scenes. Black and white photos offer rare glimpses into life in Georgetown County in the first half of the twentieth century. Photos come from the Butler, Brightman and Harriet Morgan families, Caledonia Plantation, Lark Hill Plantation, and the 1960s Highway 17 expansion.

Gibbes Museum of Art Digital Collections

  • George W. Johnson Photographs
    George W. Johnson took photographs of Charleston buildings and people at the turn of the 20th century. His collection also includes a number of photographs of the 1901-1902 South Carolina Inter-state and West Indian Exhibition.

Greenville County Library System Digital Collections

  • Alexander McBeth Store Ledger, 1794
    A handmade ledger book from 1794 belonging to Alexander McBeth & Company, who began operations in Greenville County in the early 1790s. The store stood on the White Horse Road. This ledger is held by the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room.
  • American Spinning Company
    Contains photographs of the mill, village, and people of the American Spinning Company from the private collection of Robert "Bob" H. Duke of Greenville. Organized in 1895 by Oscar Sampson, James Orr, and Jacob Cagle American Spinning Company began as a two-story wooden building, but grew rapidly adding a new brick building and other additions by the turn of the century. Despite changing hands several times over the decades, the mill continued its operation until June 27th, 1990. The mill building still stands today, however a majority of the village was razed.
  • Beautifying and improving Greenville, S.C.
    Book, Beautifying and Improving Greenville, S.C. Published version, with illustrations, of a report produced by the landscape architecture firm Kelsey & Guild of Boston, MA for the Municipal League of Greenville, SC. Hardbound book in green cloth covers.
  • Bookmobiles of the Greenville County Library System
    In 1923, the Greenville Public Library converted a Ford truck into a "Library Truck." It began service to the textile mill communities in the Parker District in September of that year. The second bookmobile was built on a Dodge chassis and began serving rural areas in December 1924. After 90 years, the Greenville County Library System still reaches out to rural patrons with 11 bookmobile stops around the county.
  • Brandon Mill
    Collection of photographs of the Brandon Mill community from the Brandon Historical Society and SC Room Archives. Organized in 1899, Brandon Mill was complete and producing fabric but 1901. Cotton manufacturing boomed in the Upstate and the mill expanded rapidly during the first decade of the 1900s. The mill operated until March 1977. One of the most famous Brandon residents and employees was baseball player, Shoeless Joe Jackson.
  • Businesses of Greenville County
    Photograph collection of Greenville County businesses
  • Camp Sevier
    Collection of photographs and other items from World War I Camp Sevier
  • Camp Wetherill
    Collection of Camp Wetherill photographs located in Greenville in 1898.
  • Camperdown Mill
    Collection of photographs of Camperdown Mill and community from the SC Room Archives. Camperdown was the first “modern” textile mill to be opened within city limits. Organized by Oscar Sampson, George Hall, and George Putnam in 1873, it began operation in the old Vardry McBee Mill, but was later expanded to a second building built across the Reedy River. The mill changed hands several times over the years and ceased operations in 1956. The mill was torn down in 1959; the foundations of the buildings and mill race remain visible in Falls Park.
  • Civil War-Era Letters of the Neves Family of Greenville County
    The Neves family of the Mush Creek Community in Greenville District sent three sons to fight in the Civil War, William (W.P.Z.F), John (J.P.), and George (G.W.) Neves, as well as a son-in-law, Andrew Waldrop. Some of the letters in this collection were written by these young men and describe life in camp, but the majority were written to the soldiers by their parents, siblings, and other family members. These letters include mentions of weather, farming, local events such as deaths and marriages, and other details of everyday life in the upper part of Greenville County during the war. These letters are from the private collection of a descendant of the Neves family who resides in Greenville County.
  • Clubs, Organizations, and Sports
    Photographs of Greenville County clubs, organizations, and sports
  • Collected Papers of the Holland Family of Greenville County
    A collection of personal and commercial documents created by or on behalf of members of the Holland family of Greenville. Includes eleven letters written during the Civil War, most of them from Confederate soldier Robert Holland to various family members.
  • Collected Receipts of William Butler of Greenville
    William Butler [1790-1850] moved to Greenville from Edgefield in 1825 where he began to practice as a country doctor. He was educated at the University of South Carolina and served as a surgeon during the War of 1812. In 1841, he was elected from Greenville District as a Whig to the twenty-seventh Congress, and eight years later he was appointed agent of the Cherokee Indians. Already in poor health, William Butler died shortly after moving to Oklahoma to assume his position. His wife, Jane T. Perry, and children moved back to Greenville. This collection includes Butler family receipts from 1839-1886, which provide a glimpse into the daily life of Greenville residents in the mid-1800s.
  • Colleges of Greenville County
    Institutions of higher education in Greenville County.
  • Construction of Greenville's Woodside Building - Photographs from a Scrapbook
    When the Woodside Building was constructed in Greenville in the early 1920s, it was a symbol of the city’s prosperity and ambition. At 17 stories it was the tallest building in the Carolinas, and could be seen on the horizon from miles away. This collection of photographs documents the building’s construction from – literally – the ground up, and includes scenes not just of construction but of Greenville’s Main Street and bits of everyday life downtown. The scrapbook in which the photographs are found includes additional information about the Woodside, including newspaper clippings, and is held in the archive of the Greenville County Library System’s South Carolina Room.
  • Downtown Greenville
    Photographs of Downtown Greenville
  • Dunean Mill
    Collection of photographs of the Dunean Mill and community from the private collection of Marshall Williams. Owned by Ellison Adger Smyth, Dunean Mill opened in 1912 to produce cotton goods. The mill was named after the Irish village where Smyth's ancestors lived. In 1935 Dunean switched to rayon and other synthetic fibers. For many years it was a division of the J.P. Stevens & Co.
  • Greenville Army Air Base
    Photographs of the Greenville Army Air Base.
  • Greenville Civic and Commercial Journal
    The Greenville Civic and Commercial Journal (later the Greenville Journal) was a publication of Greenville’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition to articles showcasing local businesses and the activities of Chamber committees, the magazine included stories about the history of Greenville and biographies of local individuals as well as photographs of buildings of note in Greenville. These magazines are held in the archive of the Greenville County Library System’s South Carolina Room.
  • Greenville County Government Services
    Photograph collection of government services in Greenville County
  • Greenville County Historical Records
    The Historical Records search involved close collaboration between Greenville County Government and the Greenville . The Digital Collection is a gateway to historical records consisting of Deeds, Probate Estate Papers, and District Court Records. It is our goal to provide a high-resolution digital resource center of historical images that will serve the needs of genealogists, school teachers, students, scholars, and the general public.
  • Greenville Health System
    Photographs of the Greenville Health System (formerly Greenville Hospital System) over the past 100 years. Photographs loaned for digitization by the Greenville Health System.
  • Greenville's Jewish Community
    A collection of photographs from private co>Historic Sites and People of Greenville
    This collection contains photographs, both old and new, of historically significant people and places of Greenville County, South Carolina. The original materials can be found in the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room.
  • Historical Sites of Greenville County
    Some of the places shown in the "Historical Sites of Greenville County" are currently in deteriorating condition or have been razed. One of the missions of this project is capture those historical sites while still in existence and to advocate their preservation or restoration. Each site page includes a picture, a brief history about the site, influential people connected to the site, and directions from Hughes Main Library.
  • Landscapes and Nature
    Photographs of Greenville's nature and landscapes.
  • McBee Sons & Company Store Ledger Book, 1846 – 1861
    The bulk of the entries in this handwritten ledger book date from 1846 and 1847 and are arranged chronologically, offering a day-by-day account of the individuals who transacted business with McBee Sons & Co. The items purchased were mainly household goods such as fabric and sewing supplies or paper, food items such as salt and molasses, and items of clothing such as shoes and hats; charges for services such as ‘drayage,’ or fees for shipping goods to other cities, were also recorded. A significant portion of the transactions were for yarn, sold by the bunch, presumably manufactured by the McBee Mill. This ledger book is held in the archive of the Greenville County Library System’s South Carolina Room.
  • Mills Mill
    Collection of photographs of Mills Mill and community from the private collection of Marshall Williams. The Mills Manufacturing Co. was organized in 1895 with Otis P. Mills as president. The mill began operation in 1897 and produced fabric until the mill's close in 1978. In the 2000s, the mill was renovated into the Lofts condominia.
  • Neves family Civil War-era letters
    A collection of letters written by or to members of the Neves family of the Mush Creek community in northern Greenville County. The original letters belong to a Neves family descendant, who allowed the library to digitize and transcribe these important pieces of Greenville County's history.
  • Oral Histories
    Interviews with residents of Greenville County and Upstate South Carolina.
  • People of Greenville County
    Historic photographs of people from the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room photograph collection and contributions from Greenville County residents.
  • Places of Worship and Cemeteries
    Photographs of Greenville County places of worship and cemeteries.
  • Poe Mill
    Contains photographs of the mill and community of Poe Mill from the private collection of Gary L. O'Steen and South Carolina Room Archives. Established and owned by Francis Winslow Poe, the mill began operations in 1897 producing cotton fabric. The mill changed hands twice over the years and operated until 1977. The building burned in 2003. All that stands today are the two smokestacks.
  • Residences
    Photographs of historic residences in Greenville County
  • Schools of Greenville County
    Photographs of Greenville County schools past and present.
  • Selected Civil War-Era Pamphlets
    The short publications in this collection were selected from the South Carolina Room’s extensive collection of pamphlets and fliers. They offer a variety of perspectives on the Civil War in South Carolina, from the political and social conditions that led up to secession, to the experiences of soldiers fighting the war, to the war’s aftermath and the era of Reconstruction. These pamphlets are held in the archive of the Greenville County Library System’s South Carolina Room.
  • South Carolina in Postcards
    This collection contains picture postcards from the early part of the twentieth century that depict scenes across South Carolina. Items in this collection are held by the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room.
  • Textiles
    Photographs of Greenville's mills and mill villages.
  • Transportation in Greenville County
    Methods of transportation from Greenville's past
  • United Spanish War Veterans Ledger
    This printed ledger book listing the members of Post 7, South Carolina Department of the United Spanish War Veterans. Information recorded in the ledger includes dates and places of birth, dates of service, home addresses and the names of closest relatives. This ledger is held by the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room.
  • Women’s Education in Early 20th Century Greenville
    In the first part of the 20th century, Greenville South Carolina was home to two colleges for women, Chicora College and the Greenville Woman's College. This collection of materials, which includes yearbooks dating from 1901 to 1930, provides insights into both the everyday life and the academic world of young women of that era.

Historic Charleston Foundation Digital Collections

  • 1938 Tornado Photograph Collection
    On September 29, 1938, five tornadoes swept through the South Carolina Lowcountry, two of which ravaged parts of downtown Charleston, causing several fatalities and injuries and two million dollars in damages. The tornadoes damaged or destroyed almost everything in its path, particularly on Market Street, Broad Street near Church Street, and State Street. As with other significant natural disasters that Charleston has experienced, scenes of the aftermath were documented by photographs. This is a collection of thirty silver gelatin photographs taken by an eyewitness, Ernest Losse. The photographs were processed by Jacobs Photo Service in Charleston. Each image measures 4.25" x 2.25" printed on 5" x 3.25" deckle-edged paper.
  • Civic Services Committee Papers
    The Civic Services Committee (CSC) (1942-1946) was the predecessor body to Historic Charleston Foundation. It was formed by the Carolina Art Association to address the need for architectural preservation and to implement city planning in response to growth. The Committee received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, which were used to retain Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., to prepare a study that resulted in his report "Objectives for the Civic Services Committee." The funding was also used to compile an inventory of the city's architecture that resulted in the publication of the book This is Charleston. The collection spans the time period ca. 1939-1949, and consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, articles, speeches, news clippings, manuscripts, and other documents.
  • Examples of Colonial Architecture in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.
    The folio, Examples of Colonial Architecture in Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., features photographic plates of some of the most important houses and buildings in Charleston and Savannah. Photographs include exterior views of the buildings, gates, and entrances, as well as interior views of fireplaces, mantels, doors, rooms, and ceilings. Compiled and photographed by Edward A. Crane and E.E. Soderholtz. Published in 1895 by the Boston Architectural Club (Boston, Mass.) (Note: Historic Charleston Foundation’s copy is missing Plates 45-50, which feature Savannah architecture.)
  • Historic Charleston Foundation Monographs and Photographs
    Various monographs and photographs held by the archives and library of Historic Charleston Foundation, an organization founded in 1947 to protect the buildings and cultural resources of Charleston. Collections primarily focus on the Lowcountry's historic places and architecture. To date, the collection includes: (1) A photograph album created by William Muckenfuss for Mrs. Frances A. Robb, in the 1940s, which contains photographs of various Charleston buildings, houses, landmarks, sites, events, battleships, and people as well as other Lowcountry places. (2) Two booklets published shortly after Charleston's earthquake of 1886, showing the severe damage to the city's buildings. (3) A book of images from the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition of 1901-1902. (4) The Orders, a folio of 58 illustrated examples of various Roman and Greek architectural orders. (5) The Study Book of Furniture and Furnishings, a folio of 56 detailed drawings of rooms, furniture, and interior ornamentation by a number of different architects and designers. (6) Still images found among the belongings of Henry T. Zacharias, a Charleston builder/contractor in the late 19th- and early-20th century who built and/or repaired many notable buildings in Charleston. (7) Cooke, Howard & Co.'s Pocket Map and Business Guide of Charleston, S.C., a directory of Charleston businesses, ca. 1889. (8) Photographs by Sabina Elliott Wells, ca. 1898-1899, including scenes in Charleston and the Lowcountry, in northwest South Carolina (Table Rock and vicinity), and in western North Carolina (Flat Rock and vicinity). (9) Tourism Publications, 1879-1948.
  • Historic Charleston Foundation Tours of Homes
    One of the first fundraising programs developed by Historic Charleston Foundation after its incorporation in 1947 was its annual spring tours of historic houses, during which trained “hostesses” would guide visitors through several private homes in Charleston’s historic district. In addition to raising revenue to support Historic Charleston Foundation’s preservation efforts, the tours performed an educational function by presenting Charleston architecture and decorative arts to both visitors and residents alike. Tour publicity included posters, brochures, and guidebooks, and this collection features some of the promotional materials from the first ten years of the annual tours of houses. Of note are the guidebooks which contain not only house histories written by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Jr., accompanied by photographs by numerous Charleston photographers, but also information about Historic Charleston Foundation and its activities, essays, maps, and advertisements for a variety of local businesses.
  • SCDOT Photographs - Properties in the Right-of-Way
    This collection from Historic Charleston Foundation consists of B&W photographs of buildings and other properties located in Charleston County that were destroyed, relocated, or otherwise modified because they were in the right-of-way of where roads were being constructed or widened.

Historic Rock Hill Digital Collections

  • Building Rock Hill
    Navigate the historic homes and buildings in Rock Hill, with a variety of user-added information about each building.

Lander University Digital Collections

  • Samuel Lander Papers
    Samuel Lander taught at Catawba College and Randolph-Macon College between 1853 and 1855. In 1859, at age 26, he became President of the High Point Normal School in High Point, North Carolina. Lander became a Methodist minister in 1866. Among his Methodist appointments were The Lincolnton Seminary, Lincolnton Station, and the Presidency of Davenport College in Lenoir, North Carolina. In 1872, Lander converted a vacant hotel into the Williamston Female College. In 1903 Williamston Female College moved to the town of Greenwood, South Carolina and was renamed Lander College in honor of its founder. This collection contains Samuel Lander's correspondence, two sermons, two orations delivered before the Calhoun Literary Society, his diaries, a manuscript of Williamston Female College's class song, photographs, and contemporary correspondence between Lander family members and the university.

Limestone College Digital Collections

Marion County Library Digital Collections

  • Bicentennial Maps
    Scanned bicentennial map of Marion County and 1799 Town Map of Gilesborough (later Marion).
  • Katy Lily Blue
  • Kate Lilly Blue was born on September 23, 1869, and died on April 19, 1954. She was the sister of Rear Admiral Victor Blue and U. S. Surgeon General Rupert Blue. She was a librarian, a genealogist, and a historical writer. A scrapbook of her newspaper clippings from the 1920's and 1930's is now available online.
  • Nichols Scrapbook
  • Page Maps
  • Maps showing the community of Page
  • Photos of Historic Marion
    Various photographs of Marion County.

McKissick Museum Digital Collections

  • Catalog of the Collections of Minerals in the College of South Carolina
    Richard T. Brumby began to keep a catalogue of the mineral specimens during the 1840s. He never finished it and between 1856 and 1903, no formal record of new or existing specimens was kept. As a result, the only surviving information on the collection was contained in Brumby’s partial catalogue and the hastily scrawled paper labels that easily became separated from their associated specimens. In 1903, Daniel S. Martin began the work of trying to reconstruct a catalogue of USC’s mineral specimens. Although Martin also never finished the project, he appropriated Brumby’s catalogue and continued to record specimens in that same volume, updating Brumby’s entries, recording vital information from the scattered paper labels, and offering details for the first time on the vast collection of Lewis Gibbes specimens that had never before been catalogued. Martin’s project—however incomplete—remains the principal tool today’s McKissick curators have for verifying which specimens were originally collected by Cooper, Vanuxem, Gibbes, and other early mineralogists.

Medical University of South Carolina Digital Collections

  • 1886 Charleston Earthquake Photographs
    A collection of 15 photographs documenting the destruction Charleston suffered as a result of the August 1886 earthquake. Locations in the photos include King Street, Market Street, and Hibernian Hall.
  • Charleston County Health Department Photographs, MSS 958
    These photographs are from the Charleston County Health Department collection, housed at the Waring Historical Library.
  • The Charleston Heart Study
    On February 1, 1960, the Charleston Heart Study began under the direction of Dr. Edwin Boyle Jr. It marked the beginning of a forty-year survey of heart disease and atherosclerosis (a hardening of the arteries) among Charleston County, South Carolina residents that was known as the Charleston Heart Study (hereafter CHS).
  • Colleton County Hospital Photographs, MSS 957
    These photographs are from the Waring Historical Library's collection of Colleton County Hospital photographs.
  • C. Wayne Weart Apothecary Trade Cards
    The C. Wayne Weart Apothecary Trade Cards collection includes late-19th century pharmaceutical advertising cards from the private collection of Dr. C. Wayne Weart.
  • C. Wayne Weart Pharmacy Artifact Collection
    The C. Wayne Weart Pharmacy Artifact Collection features photographs of show globes, also known as carboys, as well as late-19th and early-20th century pharmacy catalogs and apothecary trade cards. These items are from the private collection of Dr. C. Wayne Weart, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the MUSC College of Pharmacy.
  • The Frederick E. Kredel, M.D. Papers
    The Frederick E. Kredel, M.D. Papers document the professional life of Dr. Kredel, MUSC's first full-time professor of surgery. The collection includes awards, certificates, and honors received by Dr. Kredel, correspondence, and speeches given by Dr. Kredel. The highlight of the collection is Dr. Kredel's scrapbook of his 1925 zoological research trip to Kartabo, British Guiana, where he studies sloths.
  • The Gordon R. Hennigar Pathology Museum Collection
    The Gordon R. Hennigar Pathology Museum Collection features photographs of gross pathology specimens from the Museum's holdings. The photograph collection is the result of a collaboration between the Waring Historical Library and MUSC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (DPLM) to preserve, document, and make the wet specimen collection more accessible. Dr. Erin Presnell of DPLM says, "This is a wonderful solution to the preservation of the vast collection of gross pathology specimens collected and maintained in the DPLM Gordon Hennigar Museum over the past several decades. This effort will allow images of these valuable specimens to be readily and indefinitely available to educators and students everywhere. "
  • Horace Gilbert Smithy, Jr., M.D. Papers
    The Horace Gilbert Smithy, Jr., M.D. Papers, 1946-1948, document Dr. Smithy’s research and publications on the groundbreaking surgical treatment (valvulotomy) he developed for scar tissue of the aortic valve. Dr. Smithy received national acclaim for this procedure, and the instrument used in the surgery, known as the valvulotome, was fabricated at MUSC. The collection contains negatives, photographs, and original drawings used in his publications, correspondence of Dr. Alfred Blalock regarding Dr. Smithy, and a news clipping from the Atlanta Journal Constitution detailing Dr. Smithy’s first valvulotomy.
  • The Hospital Herald
    The official publication of the Association of Colored Physicians of South Carolina, the Hospital Herald was published from 1899-1900. Edited by A.C. McClennan, MD, surgeon in charge of the Colored Hospital and Training School for Nurses, the Hospital Herald was a monthly journal "devoted to hospital work, nurse training, domestic and public hygiene".
  • Innovative Healthcare: MUSC's Legacy of Progress
    From its inception, the Medical University of South Carolina has remained at the forefront of American medical innovation. From the observational experimentation of country physicians, to the almost constant battle for resources in the post-Civil War South, all the way to the rapidly evolving science of the twenty-first century; innovators associated with MUSC have consistently contributed to the field of medicine. Some of these innovations revolutionized the way that medicine was practiced. Some created ethical dilemmas that are still being discussed today. Certain innovations were not revolutionary in and of themselves, but led to later important discoveries. All have contributed to the history of American medicine. This exhibit explores the innovation and innovators of MUSC, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and stretching into the twenty-first.
  • J. Marion Sims Letters
    The J. Marion Sims Letters, 1858-59 and 1880-1881, consist of four original letters from J. Marion Sims to Gen. Waddy Thompson of Greenville, South Carolina (1858-1859); to O.B. Mayer (1880); and Tom Taylor (1881). His letters refer to patients suffering with fibrous tumors of the uterus and ovarian cysts or tumors. He also inquires of a physician who treated a patient with rectal alimentation. The letters provide detailed accounts of his techniques in attempting to treat the patients.
  • Marguerite Andell Collection
    Marguerite Andell was born on November 6, 1884 on John’s Island. Ms. Andell was a graduate of Roper Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1914, and was elected Superintendent of Nurses in 1924, a position in which she proposed ideas that were ahead of her time. She retired in 1948 after working for 24 years at Roper Hospital and the Medical College School of Nursing. The Marguerite Andell Collection, 1919-1945, includes a photograph album, many postcards and personal letters from France, with dates ranging from 1919 to 1945. Miss Andell appears in many photos throughout the album. These photographs were presumably taken in Europe during World War I, and include scenes of a funeral and various cemeteries, troops’ bunks, damaged buildings, hospital scenes, wounded soldiers, nurses, and tanks. There are photos with the Red Cross, with medical doctors, and scenic photos of various areas.
  • Medical Caricatures, 1736-1932
    A collection of colorful illustrations satirizing both doctor and patient, illness and treatment. Notable artists represented in the collection include Louis Crusius, M.D., James Gillray, and Louis Boilly.
  • Medical Society of South Carolina Digital Collections
    The Medical Society of South Carolina was founded in 1789. The collection includes the society's minutes as well as portraits of MSSC Presidents.
  • The Medical University of South Carolina Yearbooks
    The Medical University of South Carolina Yearbooks collection contains yearbooks from 1946-1970, titled Tres Anni and Caducean. The collection also contains a copy of 'The School of Nursing of the Medical College of South Carolina - Its Story' by Ruth Chamberlin.
  • MUSC Anatomy Class and Dissection Room Photos
    The MUSC Anatomy Class and Dissection Room Photos is a collection primarily comprised of photographs depicting the Medical University of South Carolina students and their professors at work over cadavers in the dissection room. Also in the collection, photographs of the professors of the Anatomy Department at the Medical University of South Carolina and students in the anatomy classroom.
  • MUSC Collection of 1886 Charleston Earthquake Photographs
    A collection of 15 photographs documenting the destruction Charleston suffered as a result of the August 1886 earthquake. Locations in the photos include King Street, Market Street, and Hibernian Hall.
  • MUSC College of Graduate Studies Class Photos
    The MUSC College of Graduate Studies Class Photos contains composites of the Practical Nursing Class of 1973, College of Graduate Studies Continuing Students 1976-1977, College of Graduate Studies New Students 1976-1977 and 1977-1978, Anesthesia for Nurses Class of August 1986, and the College of Graduate Studies Classes of 1978-1979, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012. Majors studied include Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biometry, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, and Physiology.
  • MUSC College of Health Professions Class Photos
    The College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina began in 1966 as the School of Allied Health Professions. The College offers more than twenty training programs in a variety of fields. The College of Health Professions Digital Collections currently includes a small amount of class photos and dissertations authored by CHP students.
  • MUSC College of Medicine Class Photos
    Class photos of MUSC College of Medicine students covering the period from 1899-2007.
  • MUSC College of Nursing Class Photos, 1897-2002
    Class composites and group photos of graduates of the MUSC College of Nursing.
  • MUSC Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Working Papers
    The Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (DBE) is a basic science center within the Department of Medicine. The division has faculty members with expertise in biostatistics and epidemiology, many with joint appointments in other areas of MUSC. In addition, several MUSC faculty members with primary appointments elsewhere have joint appointments.--
  • MUSC Faculty Journal Articles
    A collection of articles published by MUSC faculty in various scientific journals.
  • MUSC Images
    A collection of photographs and engravings from the Waring Historical Library collection. The images include aerial photos of the MUSC campus, photos and drawings of MUSC buildings, photos of the reconstruction of St. Luke's Chapel after Hurricane Hugo, and photos of the damage sustained by MUSC during the 1886 earthquake.
  • MUSC Orthopaedic Journal
    This collection contains a published journal from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • MUSC Photographs
    A collection of mostly aerial photographs of MUSC documenting the progress of construction on and around the campus between the 1950's and 1990's.
  • MUSC Poster Presentations
    The MUSC Poster Presentations collection includes posters created by MUSC faculty and staff. The posters are generally created for presentation at conferences and other forums. The posters are presented in MEDICA as pdf files.
  • MUSC Theses and Dissertations
    The MUSC Theses and Dissertations collection brings the work of MUSC students to a broader audience. Publishing dissertations in an open access format such as MEDICA ensures that student research is not limited to a local audience.
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics Update
    The collection of Pharmacy & Therapeutics Updates contains issues of the periodical dating January 2006 through February 2010. The periodical, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Update: Drug Information for Health Care Professionals, contains information for health care professionals about various medications and vaccines including, but not limited to, Propofol, Darbepoetin Therapy, and Chemotherapy. The treatment of conditions such as Influenza Virus, Diabetes, Macular Degeneration, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Porcher Medicinal Garden
    The MUSC Porcher Medicinal Garden is a living tribute to MUSC alumnus and professor Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher. The garden is located in the heart of MUSC’s campus, nestled between the Main Library, Basic Science Building, and Drug Discovery Building. The garden is planted with more than forty species of plants selected from those cataloged in Dr. Porcher’s Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests (1863). Next to each plant is a sign detailing the plant’s scientific name, its common name, its description and habitat, and its nineteenth-century therapeutic uses. This online exhibit provides detailed information about Dr. Porcher, his work, and the therapeutic value of the plants in the garden.
  • South Carolina Hospital Postcards
    The South Carolina Hospital Postcard collection includes postcards representing hospitals throughout South Carolina. The postcards provide a visual record for hospitals that may no longer exist or have changed location, and reflect the ways that hospital architecture has changed over time.
  • Surviving Flexner: How the Medical College of the State of South Carolina Became a State Institution, 1913
    Surviving Flexner: How the Medical College of the State of South Carolina Became a State Institution, 1913 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Medical College's transfer to state ownership. The exhibit tells the history of the Flexner Report and its influence on medical education in the United States and Canada while focusing specifically on its impact on the Medical College. The exhibit explores the collaboration and negotiations between Dr. Robert Wilson, Dean of the Medical College, and South Carolina Governor Coleman Blease in saving the college from certain closure.
  • Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses
    With funding provided by the National Library of Medicine's Express Library Digitization Award program, The Waring Library has scanned and transcribed 133 of its inaugural medical theses, for the period of 1825-1829. The 1,858 inaugural medical theses in the collection of the Waring Historical Library are, in the words of eminent medical historian John Harley Warner, "one of the finest extant collections of antebellum American medical theses." He went on to write that "The collection of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina deposited at the Waring Historical Library represents a remarkably large and complete collection spanning a critical period of transition in the history of both of American medicine and of the South."
  • Waring Historical Library Photograph Collection
    The holdings of the Waring Historical Library include photographs documenting the history of health care, health professionals, and the study of the health sciences in the Charleston and Lowcountry area.
  • The Waring Historical Library Print Materials Collection
    The collection includes published materials from the collection of the Waring Historical Library. Here you can find historic books, pamphlets, and broadsides relating to the history of the health sciences.
  • Waring Historical Library Artifact Collection
    As part of a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Waring Historical Library is photographing 500 objects from its' collection of medical artifacts. The artifacts date to the 18th century, and include pharmacy containers, surgical instruments, and bleeding apparatus. One hundred of the objects will be presented as "3D" videos that offer a 360 degree view of the artifact.

Morris College Digital Collections

  • Morris College Digital Collections
    The Archives of the Morris College Richardson-Johnson Learning Resources Center chronicle over one hundred years of the college's history through documents, convention publications, photographs, catalogs, alumni materials, videos and publications. The Morris College Digital Collections presented here include yearbooks and other college publications documenting the history of the institution. In the collection is the pictorial book, Morris College: A Noble Journey, chronicling the history, heritage, the culture and legacy of the college.

Oconee County Library Digital Collections

  • Historic Documents
    The South Carolina State Library partnered with Oconee County Library to make available online several historic documents owned by the library. The collection includes books on the historic Oconee Station, the first German settlers who founded Walhalla, and the travels of naturalist William Bartram. The collection also contains historic maps and photographs of places in Oconee County.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Digital Collections

  • Charleston Naval Shipyard Photographs
    This collection features hundreds of photographs of ships built or repaired at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, primarily during the World War II years.

Pendleton District Commission Digital Collections

  • Piedmont Image Collection
    This collection of photographs documents several days in the town of Piedmont, a South Carolina mill town in Anderson and Greenville counties. Taken by an itinerant photographer in the mid-1930s, the images were produced on a film strip to be shown at the local movie theater. Volunteers from Piedmont assisted in the identification of individuals and places in the images.

Pickens County Library System Digital Collections

  • Historical Photo Collection
    This collection of photographs includes images of railroads, libraries, homes, churches, schools, and business and industry from the Central-Clemson, Easley, Liberty, and Pickens areas.

Presbyterian College Digital Collections

  • One Man's Dream: William Plumer Jacobs and Clinton, South Carolina
    In 1864, a 22-year-old seminary graduate named William Plumer Jacobs arrived in the small town of Clinton to become pastor of the Clinton Presbyterian Church (now the First Presbyterian Church, Clinton). Before his death in 1917, he was to transform the town. Wishing to make Clinton the Presbyterian center of the South, he was instrumental in founding the Clinton High School Association (1872), the Thornwell Orphanage (1875), and Clinton College (1880). Clinton College is now Presbyterian College, a thriving liberal arts college related to the PCUSA. Dr. Jacobs had a strong impact on other aspects of Clinton’s life. He was the moving force behind the temperance movement in the town, and was also responsible for the formation of the Clinton Library Society. He spurred the development of the publishing industry in Clinton when he began publishing the True Witness in 1866, followed by Farm and Garden in 1867; this eventually resulted in the organization of the Jacobs Press. Through his close relationship with the Bailey family, he was a strong advocate for the formation of the Clinton Cotton Mills, which were central to the town for 100 years. The collection of materials reproduced here gives a snapshot of Dr. Jacobs and his contributions to this small upstate town. Included are photos and documents related to Dr. Jacobs himself, to Thornwell Orphanage, to Presbyterian College, to the Clinton Presbyterian Church, and to the Library Society. These materials came from several collections in the Jackson-Arnold Archives at Presbyterian College, including the Thornwell Orphanage collection, the William Plumer Jacobs Collection, the Presbyterian College archives, and the Founder’s Library.

Richland Library Digital Collections

  • Bicentennial Photograph Collection
    This collection of photographs was donated to Richland Library in 1987 in honor of the bicentennial of the founding of the city of Columbia in 1786. The collection was created from copies of photographs, programs and lithographs of historic images of Columbia, S.C.
  • Civil War and Reconstruction in Columbia: Lithographs
    A selection of lithographs featuring Columbia, South Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, including the Wade Hampton mansion and gardens, Columbia after Sherman’s march, and images of the State House and grounds.
  • Columbia Army Air Base
    Photographs taken at the Columbia Army Airbase between 1942 and 1945 by William Hamson, airbase photographer. During World War II, the airbase was as a training facility for pilots.
  • Columbia City Directories 1859+
    This searchable collection of Columbia City Directories from 1859 is an invaluable source for historians and genealogists. City directories offer an alphabetized listing of residents and businesses as well as a street-by-street listing of occupants.
  • Columbia, SC Historical Digital Collections
    The following digital collections represent a broad picture of the history of Columbia, South Carolina, from the 1800s to the end of the twentieth century. A special thanks to the City of Columbia, Richland Library, USC Libraries, South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina State Library, and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for making these collections available online.
  • Columbia Theatre Programs
    Built in 1900 as the city hall and theater, Columbia Theatre presented opera, ballet, vaudeville, and later moving pictures to city residents for 38 years. Provided here is a small collection of programs from 1905 - 1907.
  • Columbians in Print
    A collection of books and pamphlets in the Walker Local and Family History Room featuring residents of Columbia and the surrounding areas.
  • Columbia, the capitol city of South Carolina: Its History, Resources, Development and Enterprises
    This 1904 publication was illustrated and complied by W. S. Kline and published by the R. L. Bryan Company of Columbia, S.C.
  • Confederate Rolls of South Carolina
    Roll of South Carolina volunteers to the Confederate armed forces divided by company and regiment, and including age, rank, county, and remarks on their service. Compiled in 1898 for the Historian of the Confederate Records. Digital edition hosted by South Carolina Digital Library.
  • Eastover Community Photo Archive
    Images depicting people and places of Eastover and Lower Richland County, S.C.
  • Jimmy Price Studios
    Jimmy Price Studios operated in Columbia, South Carolina during the mid-twentieth century. Jimmy Price photographed a variety of subjects such as social events, business meetings, advertising displays, sporting events and accidents. The photographs in this collection were taken between the years 1954 - 1963.
  • Lower Richland Historic Places
    A collection of recently discovered photographs depicts homes, plantations, churches and schools in historic lower Richland County, South Carolina.
  • Mayer Family Photos
    This collection includes family photographs of Monroe Mayer Sr. (1872-1957), his wife, Flora S. Mayer (1878-1947), and their two sons, Irving (1913-2004) and Monroe Jr. (1923-1987). The Mayers lived at 1824 Pendleton Street in Columbia, S.C. The photographs depict the family at their home and other Columbia locations from 1908 to the post-World War II era.
  • Mayors of Columbia
    The Mayors of Columbia collection consists of portraits of the mayors and intendants of Columbia from John Taylor, the first intendant in 1806 to Bob Coble, mayor from 1990-2010. The original portraits are on display in the Columbia City Hall at 1737 Main Street. Portraits of some former mayors are not included in this collection.
  • Midlands Memories
    Midlands Memories is an online collection of photographs donated by citizens that depict people, places and events of local historical significance. Contribute your Midlands Memories. Richland Library is looking for historical photographs from the Columbia, Richland County and the Midlands area of South Carolina.
  • Modern Cotton Mill Engineering
    Describes the mill industries of Columbia in the beginning of the 20th century with photographs of area mills and homes. Written by W. B. Whaley and published in 1903 by The State Company of Columbia.
  • Richland Library Historical Collections
    The Richland Library Historical Collections is comprised of materials depicting Columbia, S.C. found in the Walker Local and Family History Center- including digitized books, ledgers, playbills and civil-war era lithographs from various original sources.
  • Richland Library Archives
    The Richland Library Archives collection consists of photographs from library scrapbooks and collections that document the library's history. This collection covers the early 20th century up until the present day.
  • Russell Maxey Photograph Collection
    The Richland Library Archives collection consists of photographs from library scrapbooks and collections that document the library's history. This collection covers the early 20th century up until the present day.
  • Sargeant Studios
    John A. Sargeant was the founder of Sargeant Studios, a prominent photography studio based in Columbia, South Carolina that operated from 1918-1940. This collection contains a small group of Sargeant Studio news photography depicting accidents, crime and weather events from 1928 to 1939.
  • South Carolina Postcards
    A collection of early 20th-century postcards depicting Columbia and the Midlands area of South Carolina. The postcards are available in the Walker Local and Family History Center on the third level of Richland Library Main.
  • Town Theater Programs
    A collection of over 100 programs dating from 1921 to 1999 from productions at the historic Town Theater in downtown Columbia.
  • Walker Local and Family History Photograph Collection
    Richland Library has a diverse collection of historic photographs organized into sets on Flickr.
  • World War I Soldiers' Obituaries
    World War I obituaries from The State newspaper in Columbia, SC.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History Digital Collections

  • Colonial Plats
    This series consists of copies of earlier recordings of plats for colonial land grants. The plats include their certificates of admeasurement.
  • Confederate Pension Applications, 1919-1938
    This series consists of more than 10,000 applications for Confederate pensions or pension transfer documents.
  • Grand Jury Presentments to the General Assembly, 1783-1877
    Grand Jury presentments state the concerns or needs of a district, as presented by grand juries, to the legislature. The concerns and grievances were submitted along with information on specific crimes to the appropriate court. The clerk of court recopied the information dealing with specific grievances and forwarded only this portion to the General Assembly.
  • Militia Enrollments of 1869
    This series consists of militia enrollment books for individual counties in South Carolina. The enrollments were made between June and December of 1869 and include men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five.
  • Mills Atlas of the State of South Carolina
    The 1825 publication of Robert Mills’ Atlas of the State of South Carolina marked an American cartographic first. This volume is the first systematic atlas of any state in the union. Remarkably, too, no other state atlas of South Carolina was published for the next century and a half.
  • National Register of Historic Places
    This series consists of the State Historic Preservation Office's official copies of the more than 1,400 National Register Nominations. Photographs of the properties have also been digitized.
  • School Insurance Photographs, ca. 1935-1952
    The School Insurance Photographs, ca. 1935-1952 series at the South Carolina Archives and History Center includes photographs made between ca. 1935 and 1952 of approximately 2,600 schools in South Carolina. The photographs were made by the Sinking Fund Commission, a state agency that inspected and provided insurance for public schools. The collection includes both African American and white schools for most counties in the state.
  • Will Transcripts, 1782-1855
    This series consists of transcripts of wills from 21 counties. A will is the legal expression of an individual's wishes as to the distribution of his property after his death. Information typically includes the names of testator, legatees, executor(s), and witnesses; family and other relationships of the testator; testator's wishes as to the distribution of his property; and the nature of the real and personal property to be distributed. As these are all antebellum wills, they often contain the names of slaves in family or apparent family groupings.

South Carolina Educational Television Commission Digital Collections

  • The History of South Carolina Slide Collection
    In 1986, Dr. Constance Schulz of the Public History Department at the University of South Carolina set out to compile a slide collection covering all aspects of South Carolina history for use in elementary through high schools. The result was the 1989 publication, The History of South Carolina Slide Collection. The History of South Carolina Slide Collection Web Site is a digital version of the original publication first published by Dr. Schulz. In working with the collection a decade after its original publication, we realized that some of the text was out of date, and some of the images were not available for use on the Web. In those cases, careful editing of the text was carried out, and suitable replacement images were found to tell the story of the history of the state.

South Carolina Historical Society Digital Collections

  • Anita Pollitzer Family Papers
    The Anita Pollitzer Family Papers is comprised of documents and photographs gathered by multiple members of the Pollitzer family.
  • Drayton Family Papers, 1837-1869
    Papers consist of correspondence, writings, military records, accounts, plats, and other items. Included are the papers of James Shoolbred Drayton (1820-1867) and John Drayton (1831-1912).
  • South Carolina Historical Society Manuscripts South Carolina Historical Society Selections from the manuscript collection of South Carolina Historical Society. The first addition to this collection is a journal written by Peter Timothy during the Revolutionary War, detailing troop activities in Charleston.
  • South Carolina Historical Society Manuscripts
    Selections from the manuscript collection of South Carolina Historical Society. The first addition to this collection is a journal written by Peter Timothy during the Revolutionary War, detailing troop activities in Charleston.
  • South Carolina Historical Society Oral Histories
    Interviews with Charlestonians of various backgrounds, recorded in the 1970s and 1980s. The subjects talk about growing up in Charleston and cover such topics as preservation, race relations, the Exposition of 1901, and Charleston's involvement in World War I and World War II.
  • South Carolinians at Work
    The South Carolinians at Work collection is comprised of correspondence and other records, constitutions, and by-laws of organizations in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • William Henry Johnson Scrapbook
    This scrapbook by William Henry Johnson is part of a collection three, which document the history of a large array of Lowcountry plantations and places of interest. In this book - compiled, 1928-1932 - Johnson focuses on the Cooper River region and in the Parishes of St Stephen, St James Goose Creek, St James Santee and St. John Berkeley. The scrapbook draws together published historical research, maps, contemporary anecdotes and includes photographs Johnson took while visiting each location.

South Carolina State Library Digital Collections

  • South Carolina Bookmobiles Collection
    The South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Digital Library present the South Carolina Bookmobiles Collection, a collection of historical and contemporary images from the 1940s to the early 2000s. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and many were taken by State Library field agents. Portrayed in photographs are public library bookmobiles from across the state, featuring the bookmobiles themselves, library staff, patrons of all ages, and the collections housed in these mobile libraries.
  • South Carolina Children's Library Services Collection
    Collection of historical and contemporary images from the 1940s-2000s relating to library services for children. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and many were taken by State Library field agents. Portrayed in photographs are youth at public libraries, summer reading programs, other children's programs, and displays.
  • South Carolina Public Library History, 1930-1945
    The South Carolina Public Library History, 1930-1945 collection consists of photographs and documents from the archives of the SC State Library. These digital images highlight public libraries, bookmobiles, librarians, and patrons from around the state. Many photographs and documents relate to the federal Works Project Administration (WPA) Library Project in South Carolina, which provided statewide library services from 1935 to 1943.
  • South Carolina School Directories
    Since 1911 the South Carolina State Department of Education has published a yearly directory of schools in the state that includes Department of Education staff information. Information catalogued in each issue is different; some issues also include additional school and district information, listings of private schools and colleges, statistics, and state educational organizations associations. These directories provide valuable information about the school buildings and educational leaders in a community.
  • South Carolina State Documents Depository
    The South Carolina State Documents Depository provides access to publications produced by state agencies and state-supported academic institutions. These publications provide citizens with crucial information about state government, including statistics, annual accountability reports, and data on a wide variety of topics related to the state. Items in the State Documents Depository include both print publications and “born digital” documents often originally published on agency websites.
  • South Carolina State Library Construction Collection
    Collection of images of the construction of the State Library building from 1969-1970. The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library, documenting the construction of the South Carolina State Library at 1500 Senate Street in Columbia. In 1969, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The State Library building was financed with state and federal funds and dedicated on February 18, 1970.
  • South Carolina Tombstone Project
    In collaboration with the Union County Carnegie Library, the South Carolina State Library presents a project featuring tombstone transcriptions and images from three Union County cemeteries. Volunteers took pictures of each tombstone in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Fairforest Presbyterian Cemetery, and Belmont Cemetery in Union County, South Carolina. They also transcribed each tombstone exactly in conjunction with rubbings where needed. The South Carolina State Library will be working with public libraries in the state to replicate this project in other communities to create a robust online presence of tombstone transcriptions and photographs, creating a valuable local history tool for genealogists, local historians, and citizens.

South Carolina State Museum Digital Collections

  • Standard Federal Photo Collection, Columbia, SC
    This comprehensive set of Columbia area images includes 146 prints from periods ranging from 1865 to 1980. The collection was amassed from various long time photographers in the community such as John A. Sargeant, Charles Old and Walter Blanchard. They operated studios in the city from the period c. 1915 through 1960. The images include street scenes, buildings, special activities, and related subjects. Most of the collection consists of copies from original prints. It was donated to the SC State Museum in 1988.

South Carolina State University Digital Collections

  • South Carolina State University Historical Collection
    This historic digital collection at South Carolina State University encompasses all of the Presidents who have provided leadership over the years to this historic land grant university. The collection details their accomplishments and their diverse backgrounds. Each of these Presidents, including the current president, has left an indelible mark on the University.

Spartanburg County Public Libraries Digital Collections

  • Bradford Scrapbook Collection
    The photographs by Randy Bradford from this collection of historical Spartanburg images are from the decade of the 1940s. Bradford recorded important events, political leaders, and visiting celebrities. His photographs also depict the everyday life and interests of Spartans from this era. A sample of this collection is shown on the Library's website.
  • Herald-Journal Willis Collection
    The Herald-Journal Willis Collection is the centerpiece of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ visual arts holdings. The collection of over 400 historical photographs was donated by the Herald-Journal in 1999. Most of the photographs were taken by Alfred Tennyson Willis, a Spartanburg commercial photographer, and date from the early 1900s to the 1940s. Alfred’s son Robert Henry (Bob) Willis, also a photographer, took many of the later photographs in the collection after his father’s death in 1945. Bob Willis sold the compiled collection to the Herald-Journal, the local Spartanburg newspaper, in 1984. Included in the Herald-Journal Willis Collection are images by several photographers other than Alfred and Bob Willis. If the photographer is known, the name is provided. The Herald-Journal donated the historical images in order to make them available to the public and to preserve them for future generations.
  • Letter from Former Mayor Henneman
    John A. Henneman mailed this letter from Spartanburg to his cousin Balser Weber in Centre County, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1861. He was expecting that Fort Sumter would soon be bombarded. Henneman served in the Civil War as second lieutenant in Co. E, Holcombe Legion. He was the owner of a jewelry store in Spartanburg after the war. In 1889 Henneman became mayor of Spartanburg. He was later killed in a domestic dispute when summoning a policeman.
  • Spartanburg County in World War I Collection
    This collection is a selection of items including photographs, postcards, pamphlets, newspaper articles, and letters that describe experiences of World War I soldiers in the Spartanburg area. Most items are about Camp Wadsworth and included are a map, materials from the Camp library, and images from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. There is a proclamation from the City of Spartanburg honoring the 369th Regiment, known as the “Harlem Hell Fighters”.
  • William Lynch Postcard Collection
    The postcard collection was started by Bill and Judy Lynch over 30 years ago. Both daughter, Tracie and granddaughter, Halie have been active participants as well. The collection is being shared with the Spartanburg County Public Libraries, to allow anyone with an interest in Spartanburg's history access to these postcard images. In its entirety the collection has approximately 1,200 postcards. Most of the postcards and the images associated with them were published during the 20th century (1900-1999). A small portion predate that time period.
  • William Lynch Stereoview Collection
    In addition to his large postcard collection, Bill Lynch assembled an impressive collection of stereoviews, or stereoscopic photographs. These are card-mounted photographs that render a three-dimensional image when placed in a specialized viewer. In the digital collection presented here, the front and reverse of each stereoview are shown. Also included is a 3-D anaglyph that allows users with 3-D glasses (with red and blue lenses) to view the image in full three dimensional depth. The entire collection consists of 122 stereoviews. The focus is on Spartanburg and South Carolina, but a few examples from other places are included as well.
  • Willis Collection
    The Willis Collection is a collection of photographs by two brothers, Alfred T. Willis and Henry Willis. Alfred was a commercial photographer in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the early 1900s until 1945. Most of the images of Spartanburg and the surrounding areas are by Alfred. Henry was a photographer for the Armed Forces, also in the early 1900s. He was a member of the 1st Aero Squadron, the first aviators to be trained by the military. Most of the airplane photos are by Henry Willis when he was stationed in California and Texas.
  • World War II Camp Croft Photographs of Joseph Peter Pizzimenti
    One of the nearly 200,000 men who passed through Camp Croft was Joseph Peter Pizzimenti of Detroit, MI. He was a musician in the jazz and marching bands at Croft from 1941 until early 1945. In addition to being a musician, Pizzimenti was a photographer and had permission to take pictures in camp. In 1945, Pizzimenti was shipped to Okinawa and spent the last six months of his service in the South Pacific. He died in 1996. His son, who donated these images to the Spartanburg County Public Libraries, said he always spoke fondly of his Army days in Spartanburg County. A sample of this collection is shown on the Library's website.

The Citadel Digital Collections

  • Capturing Character, Interviewees of the Oral History Program
    Photographs of interviewees of the The Citadel Oral History Program taken by Citadel cadets. Original audio and transcripts of the oral history interviews may be viewed and listened to on the Oral History Program page in the Lowcountry Digital Library.
  • The Citadel and the American Civil War
    As a Southern military college, The Citadel and its cadets were integrally involved in the events of the American Civil War. This collection includes first-person accounts of the Civil War period, in addition to a signed copy of the U.S. War Department orders to raise the flag at Fort Sumter at the conclusion of the War.
  • The Citadel Oral History Program
    The Citadel Oral History Program seeks to deepen understanding of the Lowcountry's rich history and culture through the gathering and presentation of recorded memories from area residents. This collection currently houses a sample of interviews from Citadel alumni in World War II.
  • The Citadel Photograph Collection
    A growing collection of photographs from The Citadel. Current photographs include interviewees of the The Citadel’s Oral History Program taken by Citadel cadets.
  • The Citadel's Collection of Historical Commencement Speeches
    A collection of speeches presented at The Citadel by notable South Carolinians. Topics include the education, military, economy, and politics of the State in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
  • Fotoglobe, The Provost's International Photography Competition
    Fotoglobe is a fall photography event sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Global Initiatives Committee, and the Office of Multicultural Student Services & International Studies. The event showcases photography by students, faculty, and staff which captures some aspect of a foreign culture.

University of South Carolina Digital Collections

  • O.H. Wienges World War II Collection
    This collection is comprised of first hand accounts, logs, and photographs of life on the U.S.S. Landing Craft Infantry 759 during World War II. The journaled account was written by Gerald Atherton forty years after his experiences. The Executive's morning order book was kept by Lt. O.H. Wienges while on the Naval ship. The collection also includes a map of the travel route taken by the U.S.S. LCI 759. As an added bonus, Wienge's diary as a teenager in 1938 is also included.
  • Forward Together, South Carolina in World War I
    Forward Together is a multiple-venue project, developed by a consortium of historical and educational institutions, that focuses on the participation of South Carolina during World War I and its effects on the state. Through exhibitions, public lectures, and the development of curricula, this project gives the community a better understanding of the twentieth century’s economic, political, and social issues that are embedded in the legacy of the Great War and continue to reverberate throughout regional, national, and international communities.
  • South Carolina Artifact Documentation Project
    The South Carolina Artifact Documentation Project endeavors to photograph and record prehistoric and historic artifacts which have been recovered in the State of South Carolina. Private individuals and professional archeologists have generously shared collections which were recorded for educational and research purposes. These pages are made possible by people from varied walks of life that have but one purpose in donating their discoveries for documentation... that the people of South Carolina may have a deeper understanding of the submerged cultural resources that have been recovered by individuals using their own finances and resources.
  • South Carolina's Fall Line Collection
    The Fall Line is a geographic region within South Carolina where the rivers are no longer navigable from the Low Country. This area, which stretches from Cheraw on the Pee Dee River to Hamburg (present day North Augusta) on the Savannah River, yielded experiences and material culture that were characteristic of its peoples. The goods Fall Line citizens made, bought, sold, and used revealed the manner in which they negotiated their surroundings, met their needs, and formed their aspirations.

University of South Carolina-Moving Image Research Collections Digital Collections

  • African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
    Fox News and Fox Movietone News camera crews covered the people and events of the country and, indeed, the world. From 1919 to 1963 these journalists aimed their viewfinders at the mundane and the spectacular. The resulting images—most of which still exist as camera negatives in the Newsfilm Library—provide an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse the world through their eyes.
  • Always Coming Home Project
    Always Coming Home: The American Female Veteran Experience Archive is designed to provide ongoing documentation of the diverse combat and service situations women in the military face as well as recording the experiences of the increasing numbers of female veterans whose return to civilian life has been affected by their years of service. Women veterans are interviewed, on video, and invited to share their reasons for joining the military, their experiences while in service, and the opportunities and setbacks they have faced upon return to civilian life. This project includes the short documentary “Soldier Girl.”
  • Anna and Archer Huntington Home Movies
    Generously donated to the University by Brookgreen Gardens, the home movies of Anna and Archer Huntington provide rare color images of the artists' sculpture gardens in Georgetown, SC. They also document daily life in the South Carolina low country. Mostly filmed in the 1930s, the collection comprises 4568 ft. of 16 mm film.
  • Apparent Behavior Collection
    This collection contains a restored print of the film "Studies of apparent behavior," as well as some modern interpretations of this film by recent film students. The original animated film was used in a classic experiment in cognitive psychology. Subjects were requested to interpret a film of three geometrical figures shown moving in various directions and at various speeds. This became a landmark study in the field of interpersonal perception, in particular in relation to the attribution process when making judgments of others. Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmer published their results as “An Experimental Study of Apparent Behavior," American Journal of Psychology, April 1944.
  • C. E. Feltner, Jr. Collection
    Includes Children of other lands: Roumania, silent documentary produced by the Post Pictures Corporation about the lives of children in Romania. Copy includes Pennsylvania State Board of Censorship approval (E56406X).
  • Chinese Film Collection
    In October of 2009, the University of South Carolina welcomed an historic gift of films from the People's Republic of China. The gift included nearly 900 titles on 35mm and 16mm film donated by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America (Washington, D.C.). The Embassy collection is of particular interest as a document of cultural diplomacy in that it represents what Chinese officials thought the people of the United States should see and know about China after the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1979. Films include documentaries of life in China, animated films, and full length feature films. The gift was made possible through the combined efforts of the University of South Carolina's Confucius Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University Libraries, with the cooperation of the China Film Archive, the Beijing Film Academy, and Beijing Language and Culture University. The Confucius Institute and the University Libraries are working together to expand the collection.
  • Eleanor Phelps' Cruise Around the World
    In the winter of 1922, Aiken, South Carolina, resident Eleanor Phelps boarded the S.S. Laconia and embarked on the inaugural American Express Company Cruise Around the World. The photographs, diary entries, and souvenirs that comprise this collection document Eleanor's visits to the Panama Canal, the Taj Mahal, and the Valley of the Kings, as well as dozens of cities and other historic sites all over the globe. Each volume teems with life and color and answer the question that Eleanor asks on the last page of her diary: "How can one come to a conclusion or express and opinion on the world as I saw it in 130 days?"
  • Fox Movietone News Collection
    The collection contains seven million feet of nitrate motion picture film and four million feet of safety motion picture film documenting the national and global politics and culture from 1919 through 1934 and from September 1942 through August 1944. Paper holdings provide detailed notes generated by original camera crews as well as ephemera related to individual stories. Within the collection are elements from two distinct newsreel products. One is a silent newsreel, Fox News, which ran from 1919 into 1930. The other is the original sound newsreel, Fox Movietone News, which ran from 1927 through 1963. The majority of films in the collection were not used by the Fox corporation as part of a released newsreel. The collection does contain over 200 released newsreels from 1942 to 1944.
  • Fox Movietone News: The War Years
    "Fox Movietone News: The War Years" provides important insight into how news during the war was processed by Fox Movietone News for popular consumption. In its current form, the exhibit of 2000 dope sheets provides only a small sample of the more than 30,000 filed by Fox Movietone News from December of 1941 through 1945. Dope sheets contained information from the camera crews to help newsreel editors understand the contents of the film ["dope", by the way, was slang for "information"].
  • Fredrick C. Adams Home Movies
    This collection consists of home movies shot by Fredrick C. Adams from the 1920s through the 1950s in the Northeast, including Maine, Connecticut, Nova Scotia, and Labrador. The collection totals 11,192 feet of 16mm black-and-white film, 3,014 feet of 16mm color film, and 648 feet of 16mm lenticular color film. Also donated were a handful of objects that can be viewed at MIRC: a Kodascope Model EE 16mm film projector with case; Magazine Ciné-Kodak camera with case and one film magazine; and an AO Review 500 watt slide projector with case.
  • Gambrell Collection
    These home movies were filmed by Mr. Olin E. Gambrell of Honea Path, SC, during the 1960s-1980s. They feature his time in the Army, as well as films of his family, his wedding, the birth of his children and various family celebrations in Honea Path, such as Easter and Christmas. This collection also includes film of Honea Path High School football team.
  • Harry and William Birch Collection
    omprised of over 40 hours of motion picture film and video, photographs, paper records and equipment, this collection documents the careers of two distinguished news cameramen who were also father and son. Through home movies and photographs the collection provides rare insight into the personal lives of news cameramen from the silent and early sound period. It also provides a detailed look at life as a U. S. Army Signal Corp cameraman during World War II. The 16 mm film and video elements from Bill Birch’s company, William H. Birch & Associates, document the work typical of industrial and documentary filmmaking from the 1970s to the 2000s and encompass subjects from all over the United States and the world.
  • Heyward Gibbes Home Movies
    The collection contains black and white and color home movies shot by Dr. Heyward Gibbes in the 1920-1940s in South Carolina.
  • Houlis Home Movies
    This home movie collection was shot by a U.S. Army dentist by the name of Dr. Kavadas. They were donated by his daughter, Despina Houlis, who is featured in them. They cover the 1940s to the 1980s and feature trips to Europe and many army bases on which Dr. Kavadas was stationed, as well as the usual family occasions such as weddings, birthdays, Christmas celebrations, graduations and baptisms.
  • Itinerant Filmmakers in South Carolina
    Itinerant filmmaking was a vibrant American tradition in the first half of the 20th century. Its practitioners would travel to a city or town, film its citizens, and then project the developed footage in a local movie theater for a modest fee. School children and local businesses were favorite subjects. Over the years, MIRC has acquired several examples of the genre documenting South Carolina communities in the 1930s and early 1940s, including a handful of films by the celebrated North Carolina-based filmmaker, H. Lee Waters.
  • John Herchak Home Movies Collection
    This collection consists of one film donated by the film maker, John Bernard Herchak, showing life onbaord the USS Knox, stationed in the Pacific Theatre of Operations at the end of WWII.
  • Lever-Karst Family Home Movies
    This collection includes approximately 60,000 feet of film donated by Carolyn Karst, daughter of Bernie Lever, founder of Southeastern Film Processing, the first motion picture laboratory in Columbia, SC. The collection also includes advertising and educational films, and equipment.
  • Local Television News
    The collection contains approximately 1,000,000 ft of 16 mm motion picture film from ca.1958 to 1980 documenting the political and cultural history of South Carolina. Paper holdings include teleprompter scripts for 1963 through 1979.
  • Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman
    University of South Carolina The 25 home movie reels in the collection cover a diverse range of activities dating from the duo’s heyday in the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, with the bulk of the films concentrated between approximately 1938 and 1941. Within the collection are events including, but not limited to: family gatherings; public appearances; trips both within the USA and abroad; Hollywood studio backlot footage; and other events that reveal the personal lives of a public family.
  • MIRC Award for Creative Editing
    The award celebrates innovative use of archival film footage in Media Arts 371: The Moving Image, a course that introduces undergraduates to all aspects of film and video production. Several instructors teach the course, with each instructor selecting three or four student films to submit for the MIRC competition every semester. MIRC staff members jury the competition.
  • Mary H. Schaub Collection
    This film collection consists of a Home Movie collection from the 1940s, mainly from the North Carolina region showing family events, and also featuring vacation trips to American destinations. They were donated by Mary H. Schaub.
  • National Media Literacy Conference Collection
    This collection consists of 12 video tapes, Hi-8, of the 1st National Media Literacy Conference, held in Boone, NC in September 22-24, 1995. Tapes consist of interviews with the contributors. Tapes are: Tape #1; tape #2; Tape #3 Barry Duncan and Mike Considine; Tape #4 John Pungente and Elizabeth Thoman; Tape #5 Fran Trampets, Geoff Lealnad and David Buckingham; Tape #6 Chancellor Intro and evening of 22nd sept 1995; Tape #7 David Bianculli and Roderick Hart; Tape #8 Milton Chen and David Bianculli; Tape #9 Renee Hobbs; Tape #10 Milton Chen and Children talking about TV; Tape #11 Fred Garcia; Tape #12 Class no.2 1996
  • Paul Rubenstein Collection
    Paul Rubenstein was, at various times over the course of his career, a news cameraman for Fox Movietone, a film producer, a theater operator, a distributor of Castle Films, and a collector of films and film equipment. From the mid-1960s until he donated his collection to USC in 1984, Rubenstein operated Photomart, a film supply and equipment business in Tampa and Orlando.
  • Phelps Sisters Home Movies
    Claudia Lea Phelps (1894-1984) and her sister Eleanor Sheffield Phelps Wilds (1895-1967) were fixtures of Aiken, SC society. Claudia Lea was a sportswoman, gardener, and noted breeder of West Highland terriers. Eleanor was deeply involved in philanthropy and local politics. Both sisters were avid travelers--they literally circled the globe together in the early 1920s. Gifted to the University in 1992 by Stephanie Wilds, this collection comprises approximately five hours of material (1,900' of b&w 35 mm film, 11,925' of b&w 16 mm film, and 50' of color 16 mm film). Their movies document their active social lives, both at home and abroad.
  • Roman Vishniac Film Collection
    The Roman Vishniac Film Collection comprises Vishniac's pioneering work in naturalist mircocinematography and photomicroscopy. It includes approximately 156,000 feet of motion picture film; more than 800 photographic negatives, slides, and prints; and paper records associated with these works. Film holdings include home movies and naturalist film experiments as well outtakes and working materials from the Living Biology film series. The bulk of the collection dates to the 1960s and 1970s, when Dr. Vishniac was producing microbiology films in New York City.
  • Roman Vishniac: The Subject is Nature
    These hundred images are a portion of the many scientific and naturalistic images that Vishniac took in his life time and that the University of South Carolina holds. More will be added to this collection in the future.
  • Scott Nixon Home Movies
    A member of the Amateur Cinema League, Scott Nixon traveled widely from his home in Augusta, GA documenting these travels on 16 mm and Super 8 film (1930s to 1970s). Over 75,000 ft. of film was gifted to the University in 2000 by the Augusta Museum and the Augusta Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. In addition to family life, the collection is especially strong in its documentation of railroads, highways, and transportation culture.
  • South Carolina Department of Wildlife Films
    This collection comprises 16mm film shot by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department (now the Department of Natural Resources) from the 1950s to the 1980s. The majority of the materials are pre-print elements including original camera footage, work prints, answer prints, outtakes, and sound tracks. The footage, which consists mostly of local animal species and locations, was used to create TV spots, educational films, and PSAs on topics including hunting and boating safety.
  • South Carolina Manuscripts Collections
    These moving images from the South Caroliniana Library's Manuscripts Division were transferred to MIRC for storage and access. They form part of several South Carolina Manuscripts Collections, including the General William Childs Westmoreland Papers, ca. 1900-2005; the Willie Lee Buffington Collection; and the Papers of the Wolfe and Ulmer Families, 1885-1953.
  • USC Athletic Department Collection
    This collection includes 16 mm film and video shot by USC's Athletic Department from 1975 to 1990. Most of the films document USC's football and basketball programs; a handful document the university's track-and-field program.
  • Watson-Cambre Home Movies Collection
    This collection of home movies, shot by Mr. Bert Watson, of Fredericktown, Ohio, feature his wife Ruth, and daughters Janet, Deborah and Susan, as well as some of their many friends. family and neighbors. These films were shot in the 1950s and show the local area around their home in Ohio, as well as their vacation trips to Florida and the West.

University of South Carolina-Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Collections

  • Alphabet Rendered Instructive and Entertaining
    University of South Carolina This beautifully illustrated alphabet book, published in 1775, is an excellent example of early children’s literature from the eighteenth century. Produced by copperplate engraving, the book originally sold plain at 9d. (9 pence) or hand-colored at 1s6d (1 shilling, 6 pence). Published by William Tringham of London, this copy was probably sold plain and colored later. The reproduction method, which was relatively expensive at the time, was also used by the great late eighteenth-century children’s publisher John Newberry. The book consists of 26 plates, each representing a letter of the alphabet accompanied by an illustration and a verse. Lessons provided by each verse combine instruction of both an orthographical and a moral nature.
  • Bonneville Collection
    University of South Carolina The Bonneville Collection is a collection of late nineteenth century photographs, postcards and artifacts pertaining to the American Plains Indians.
  • Camilla Urso Collection
    University of South Carolina Camilla Urso was one of the leading violinists of the 19th century. She accomplished this at a time when the violin was not considered to be a suitable instrument for a woman to play. Furthermore, she made the difficult transition from child prodigy to mature artist with a career that spanned more than fifty years and that took place on several continents.
  • Catalog of the Collections of Minerals in the College of South Carolina
    University of South Carolina Keeping track of the College’s large mineral collection was a daunting task, one made more difficult by several moves of the collection within the College and occupying federal troops who had little regard for the importance of the collection. Part of the problem was poor record-keeping, too. Although Richard T. Brumby had begun to keep a catalogue of the mineral specimens during the 1840s, he never finished it, and between 1856 and 1903, no formal record of new or existing specimens was kept. As a result, the only surviving information on the collection was contained in Brumby’s partial catalogue and the hastily scrawled paper labels that easily became separated from their associated specimens. In 1903, Daniel S. Martin began the work of trying to reconstruct a catalogue of USC’s mineral specimens. Although Martin also never finished the project, he appropriated Brumby’s catalogue and continued to record specimens in that same volume, updating Brumby’s entries, recording vital information from the scattered paper labels, and offering details for the first time on the vast collection of Lewis Gibbes specimens that had never before been catalogued. Martin’s project—however incomplete—remains the principal tool today’s McKissick curators have for verifying which specimens were originally collected by Cooper, Vanuxem, Gibbes, and other early mineralogists.
  • The City of the Jugglers by William North
    University of South Carolina William North’s The City of the Jugglers or, Free Trade in Souls, A Romance of the “Golden” Age (1850) is one of the most original novels of the mid-Victorian period, but it is also the most elusive book by one of the nineteenth-century’s most elusive authors. Only three surviving copies are recorded in WorldCat, with only two listed in libraries in North America. This facsimile, scanned from the original 1850 edition now in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, makes North’s book available for the first time since its original publication.
  • Delbert Claire Brandt Collection
    University of South Carolina This collection contains 32 letters and postcards relating to Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was wounded, and died on November 16, 1918. The letters were written between May 1918 and November 1918. Most of the letters are from Claire Brandt to his sister Beatrice. Topics range from the care packages which Beatrice sent to Claire Brandt’s travels in the army.
  • Development of the Printed Page: 150 Examples of Handpress Printing and its Antecedents, ca. 1200 to 1937
    University of South Carolina This collection offers a wide survey of typography, page design, and book illustration spanning 500 years of printing in Europe and the Americas. Also included are manuscript leaves from the medieval and early modern periods, including some examples from the Middle East.
  • Ethelind Pope Brown Collection of South Carolina Natural History
    University of South Carolina This collection is comprised of 32 opaque watercolors, or gouaches, on paper created in the late 1700s. Each depicts at least one species of flora and fauna (primarily birds, trees, and flowering plants) found in the American Southeast.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's Ledger 1919-1938
    University of South Carolina F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Ledger is one of the richest primary source documents in existence for any literary author. Fitzgerald began recording information in this business ledger sometime in 1919 or 1920 after leaving the Army and moving to New York to begin his professional life as a writer.
  • History of Education in America
    University of South Carolina This collection of textbooks and printed works on nineteenth century American education had its impetus in a request from our colleague, Professor Susan Schramm-Pate, of the College of Education here at the University of South Carolina. She was interested in supplementing the core group of texts for her doctoral seminar “Curriculum Classics: Trends and Issues” (EDCS 822). The initial group of selected works from the nineteenth century were either printed in the South for a Southern audience, or are the texts of speeches and remarks concerning the state of Southern schools and education. The materials have been drawn from the collections of both the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (including the William Savage Textbook Collection) and the South Caroliniana Library. None of these works have been freely available online until now. We hope that this online collection will form the basis of a larger site of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works on the history of American education with a focus on the South.
  • Humboldt's Atlas of Latin America, 1799-1804
    University of South Carolina The German scientist Alexander von Humboldt and his expedition partner, botanist Aimé Bonpland, traveled through Central and South America between 1799 and 1804. Under a Spanish warrant, they explored the Orinoco in Venezuela, surveyed and gathered plant and animal specimens, and studied the geology and mineralogy of Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. They climbed Chimborazo, the highest summit in Ecuador and what was then thought to be the highest summit on Earth, reaching the highest altitude of any human before succumbing to oxygen sickness near the summit. The complete record of the expedition, commonly known by the title of the first of its 23 volumes, Voyage aux régions equinoxiales du nouveaux continent, was printed in Paris between 1805 to 1834 and is a comprehensive work in the fields of physical geography and geology, natural history, and ethnography that served as a model for future scientific expeditions. The volume, the atlas to the exhibition, is the largest and most elaborately-produced volume in the work. The color prints and large-scale, elaborate engravings convey the extreme scale of the landscape of the Americas to a larger audience and document, in detail, many of the ethnographic and natural specimens Humboldt and Bonpland collected. This digital edition of the Humboldt Atlas is the first to be digitized and made freely-available on the web.
  • Isaac Rosenberg: Early Poetry and Related Documents from the Joseph Cohen Collection of World War I Literature
    University of South Carolina Rosenberg, recognized as the first significant Jewish poet in English literature, was one of the major poets whose life was cut short by the Great War, and the only one who served in the ranks. This online collection includes six items, including one of only three known copies of Rosenberg's first book of poems, Night and Day (1912). This copy also contains a manuscript poem in Rosenberg's own hand.
  • Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection
    University of South Carolina Joseph M. Bruccoli (1892?-1965) was a veteran of the Great War. His campaign medal carried eight bars, each representing a major battle in which he participated. He was severely wounded and was deeply patriotic. His son, Professor Matthew J. Bruccoli, has initiated this collection as a continuing personal project in his father's memory.
  • Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection: Postcards
    University of South Carolina The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection includes over 200 separate postcards. Most were printed in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany. Postcards will be added as they are acquired and in a later phase of the project, postcard books and postcards in albums will be added to the digital collection.
  • Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection: Posters
    University of South Carolina The posters in this digital collection represent only one small part of the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection at the University of South Carolina. The Collection was established in 1997 by Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli in memory of Joseph M. Bruccoli, Matthew J. Bruccoli's father, who fought in the first World War. While the majority of the posters in the collection are American, the collection also includes British, French, and German posters, along with a few posters from Austria, Canada, Italy, and Russia.
  • Literary Annuals Collection
    University of South Carolina This collection comprises four literary annuals from the Rare Books collection, The Amulet, The Bijou, The Literary Souvenir, and The Winter's Wreath.
  • Pages from the Past, A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina
    University of South Carolina Pages from the Past comprises a digital record of all the medieval manuscripts in South Carolina’s institutional archives. None of the manuscripts in private hands has been documented. A total of 118 items includes eight more or less complete codices, but most are individual leaves and cuttings. As representative samples of the medieval book, however, the South Carolina manuscripts expose an impressive range of pre-modern literacy—theological, scientific, liturgical, historical, and so forth. This website has been designed to showcase a range of texts over centuries of transmission, chiefly as an introduction to the technology and function of writing in the Middle Ages.
  • Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy
    University of South Carolina In 2011 Robert B. Ariail donated an extraordinary collection of historical astronomy to the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina State Museum. Over the past half-century, Mr. Ariail built a collection that encompassed both historic telescopes and astronomical instruments, now at the State Museum, and more than 5,000 rare books and other published items, now housed in the University's Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped in Young Folks Paper
    University of South Carolina Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about the adventures of young David Balfour, is one of the Scottish author’s most famous works. Set in eighteenth-century Scotland, Kidnapped originally appeared in serialized form in James Henderson’s literary magazine Young Folks Paper from May 1 to July 31, 1886. Young Folks Paper was published under various titles from 1871 to 1897 and hosted the first editions of Stevenson’s Treasure Island and The Black Arrow, as well as Kidnapped. In addition to fiction, the magazine printed essays, poetry, and history. Young Folks Paper also included a “Literary Olympic” that offered payment and criticism for original contributions, as well as a “Riddle Tournament” consisting of readers’ submissions.
  • Scottish Literature Digital Projects
    University of South Carolina The Scottish Literature Digital Projects is part of an on-going series that makes available materials from the G. Ross Roy Collection and other Scottish literature holdings in Rare Books & Special Collections. The collection currently includes full digital facsimiles of materials relating to Robert Burns (1759-1796): Letters Addressed to Clarinda, &c. (Glasgow, 1802), chapbooks written by Burns and manuscripts written to, from, or regarding Burns.
  • Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward
    University of South Carolina This World War I soldier's sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist. His sketches are executed in pen and ink and watercolor and cover subjects ranging from basic training to romance. The sketchbook was acquired in 2006 with funding from the USC Educational Foundation. The sketchbook was purchased by the Thomas Cooper Library for the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collections.
  • Tycho Brahe’s Instruments in the Blaeu Grande Atlas
    University of South Carolina In the late 16th century, the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) established two observatories on the island of Hven, near Copenhagen. This section from Jean Blaeu’s Grande Atlas, from the French version issued in 1663, describes and illustrates Brahe’s astronomical instruments. Blaeu’shandcolored copper-plate engravings were revised from wood-cuts originally published in Brahe’s own Astronomiae Instauratiae Mechanicae (1598), with the descriptions in Latin; an English translation from Brahe’s 1598 text is available from the Danish Royal Library. The section also gives a map of Hven and plans and descriptions of Tycho’s two observatories, Uraniborg and Stelleborg.
  • World War I Letters of Samuel Bloom
    University of South Carolina Samuel Bloom (1895-1976), a first generation Ukrainian immigrant and recent City College graduate, served as private first class and signaler with Company L, 325th Infantry Battalion, US Army, from October 1917 till July 1919. His regular letters home about his World War I experience, donated to Rare Books & Special Collections in 2004 by his sons Dr. Robert A. Bloom and Mr. Jack Bloom, are written on highly acidic paper now too brittle for handling. This project makes available the full sequence of Bloom’s letters and diaries, arranged chronologically.

University of South Carolina-South Caroliniana Library-Manuscripts Division Digital Collections

  • Angelica Singleton Van Buren Collection
    Sarah Angelica Singleton was born in Wedgefield, South Carolina in 1818, the daughter of prominent South Carolina plantation owner, Richard Singleton, and his wife Rebecca Travis Coles. In 1838, Angelica would marry Abraham Van Buren, son of the 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. During her father-in-law's term of office, Angelica would serve in the capacity as first lady due to the death of Mrs. Martin Van Buren seventeen years prior. Angelica's papers, consisting of two travel diaries, dated 1854-1855, documenting her family's trips to New York and Europe, and an autograph book, dated 1831, can be viewed here. This collection gives a first-hand account of early to mid nineteenth century aristocratic life in The United States and abroad.
  • Bonds Conway Papers, 1763 - 1907
    Papers of Bonds Conway (1763-1843), a free African-American resident of Camden (Kershaw County, S.C.). This collection of family letters, land papers, and other items documents several generations of a free family of color from the 18th through the 20th centuries in South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, east Texas, and elsewhere. Topics discussed include social relations during antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras through the early 20th century.
  • Broadsides from the Colonial Era to the Present
    Now, broadsides (posters, one page fliers, advertisements and other types of ephemera) from across many different South Caroliniana Library manuscript collections can be searched, viewed, read, and compared. The dates range from the 1700s to the present, and items will continue to be added to this collection.
  • Calvin Shedd Papers, 1862-1864
    Forty-four letters, 1862-1863, of Union soldier Calvin Shedd, Co. A, Seventh New Hampshire Regiment, are written primarily from locations in coastal South Carolina and addressed to his wife, S. Augusta Shedd, at Enfield, N.H., and South Reading, Mass. Shedd, a first sergeant, later second lieutenant, writes intelligently and with great detail, describing events, people, and places. His letters are noteworthy for their accounts of hospital conditions, portrayed vividly in correspondence penned from U.S. Army general hospitals at Beaufort, Hilton Head, and a field hospital at Folly Island.
  • Charles Stuart Vedder Papers, 1848-1912
    The papers of the Rev. Charles Stuart Vedder (1826–1917) consist primarily of letters as well as diaries spanning a period of over sixty years. Vedder moved from Schenectady, New York, to Columbia, South Carolina, to study at Columbia Theological Seminary. He was called upon to become pastor of the Summerville Presbyterian Church in June 1861. Of particular historical interest are Vedder’s three diaries from 1861 to 1866, in which the Civil War is woven into Vedder’s discussions of social life and religion. In 1865, as the war reached its conclusion, Vedder even buried his diary for three months “to avoid its being taken and destroyed by anticipated Raiders.” After the end of the war, Vedder became pastor of the French Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where he served for forty years. The postbellum portion of the collection concerns Reconstruction as well as Vedder’s interactions with members of prominent South Carolina families.
  • The David Wyatt Aiken Papers, 1849-1976
    This collection contains letters and other materials surrounding the life of five-term U.S. congressman David Wyatt Aiken, who biographers have styled "South Carolina's Militant Agrarian." Born in 1828 in Winnsboro (Fairfield County, S.C.), Aiken served as a colonel in the Confederate Army and later went on to serve in the S.C. House of Representatives. He was a member of the Agricultural and Mechanical Society of South Carolina and served on the executive committee of the National Grange. From 1877 until 1887, he represented South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives. He died in 1887 at his home in Cokesbury, South Carolina. The collection consists in large part of letters to his second wife Virginia Carolina Smith Aiken (1831-1900) , as well as a hand-written autobiography and other materials surrounding his life.
  • Family Bible Records
    This collection contains Bible records for a number of South Carolina families. They date from the late 1700s to the late 1900s. The Bible records contain information on births, marriages, deaths, and other notable events that occurred within the families.
  • Glenn Drayton Journal, 1814-1864
    Glenn Drayton's journal is a bound volume consisting of Drayton's rules of conduct expected of a U.S. sailor, 1814; and records, 1814-1864, of Rusticello plantation, Pendleton District, S.C., continued after Drayton's death. Drayton's entries consist of hand-written guide, 1814, showing the hold stocked with barrels, and dimensions of the ship; and an original water color, presumably executed by Drayton, entitled, "America Must Have a Navy,". After Drayton's death, volume served as a plantation account book in upstate, S.C.; entries include medicinal recipes and treatments; list of slave illnesses and vaccinations, 1845-1861; and a record documenting births, baptisms, and deaths, 1814-1864, among the African American slaves of Rusticello plantation in Pendleton District [a region later divided into Pickens County and Oconee County].
  • Henry William Ravenel's Private Journal
    This collection of one hundred ten manuscripts, thirteen manuscript volumes, and thirty-nine photographs documents the family life, business pursuits, and natural history interests of South Carolina planter, botanist, and agricultural writer Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887).
  • Inventory of S.C. Church Archives
    A historical records survey known as the Inventory of Church Archives was completed by W.P.A. workers between 1937 and 1939. Inventory of Church Archives survey sheets are available for forty-two of South Carolina’s forty-six counties. Surveys for Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, and Georgetown are not extant. The questionnaires provided the means by which information was systematically gathered on African-American and white churches in both rural and urban areas, including address, date organized, building description, construction date, and, of primary importance, listings of any known church records.
  • James Glen Papers, 1738-1777
    The papers of colonial governor James Glen (1701-1777), who served as Governor of South Carolina from 1738 to 1756, include official government documents, papers concerning relations with Native American Indians, business papers relating to his ownership of a South Carolina rice plantation, and correspondence between Glen and South Carolina planter, John Drayton (1713-1779).
  • James Kershaw Papers, 1786 - 1825
    This collection contains diaries of James Kershaw, 1791-1825, with meteorological observations, recipes, and home remedies, including advice for treatment of pimples, boils, baldness, and unwanted hair. The papers record observations, 17 September 1811, of a solar eclipse, accounts of debts paid, January-April 1812, including prices of cotton, molasses, and sugar, and typed abstracts of recipes, 1936, copied from the diaries.
  • James R. Hagood's Civil War Memoir
    This Civil War memoir and regimental history written prior to 1870 by James R. Hagood reviews his service as one of the youngest colonels in the Army of the Confederate States of America in Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. Hagood's relatives, chiefly his nephew, Johnson Hagood 1873-1948, edited and reworked this memoir, ca. 1928 and 1944. He was born in Barnwell, S. C. , the son of Dr. James O'Hear Hagood and Indiana M. Allen Hagood. In 1862 he and a group of Citadel cadets formed themselves into a company of cavalry called the Cadet Rangers, which afterwards became Troop F, 6th South Carolina Cavalry. Hagood later transferred into the 1st South Carolina Regiment of Volunteer Infantry.
  • John Shaw Billings Photograph Albums, 1875-1939
    The series of photograph albums document the time that John Shaw Billings (1898-1975) and his extended family spent at the Redcliffe plantation in Aiken County, South Carolina. Known for his position as the first managing editor of Life Magazine, Billings purchased Redcliffe in 1935 from his uncle Henry Cumming Hammond (1868-1961) for $15,000. Even before the purchase, however, Billings' family had owned the estate since its founding: former South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond, who was also Billings' great-grandfather, built Redcliffe. There are a total of 62 photograph albums in the John Shaw Billings Papers collection, housed at the South Caroliniana Library.
  • Keziah Brevard Journal, 1860-1861
    Records daily activities, 22 July 1860 - 13 Apr. 1861, of a widowed plantation mistress, including the management of slaves; preparation and preservation of food; menus offered to guests; winery procedures; and the distribution of supplies to the slaves at her Sand Hills and Cabin Branch plantations. Volume also contains Brevard's personal reflections on slavery and secession; will and appraisal of her estate; notes on the summer resort of Adams Hill; and genealogical information on the Adams, Goodwyn, Boykin, Hopkins and related families.
  • Many Years After, by D. Graham Copeland
    This book describes the history of Bamberg, South Carolina, with maps, photographs, and text regarding the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras; more specific chapters discuss the buildings, businesses, schools, churches, occupations and people of the 1890s. Genealogical charts and other information document the Copeland and various other families of Bamberg County, South Carolina, through the 1930s, and also record Copeland family connections with the Castanedo and related families of New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Maxcy Gregg's Sporting Journal (1839-1860)
    Maxcy Gregg's Sporting Journal (1839-1860) describes hunting and fishing expeditions, a record of game animals taken, weather conditions and Fisher's Pond. Other entries discuss a trip to the mountains (17 July - 12 August 1843), attending "the Washingtonian lecture" in Winnsboro, South Carolina, a mention of David Johnson (1782-1855), who served as governor of South Carolina, 1846-1848, and unsuccessful efforts to convince William Waters Boyce to assume editorial duties at the South Carolinian (a newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina).
  • Micajah A. Clark Journals
    In 1847 and 1857, Micajah Adolphus Clark (1822-1905) traveled from Mississippi to South Carolina and kept detailed accounts of his journeys. He recounts the hardships of travel, miscellaneous expenses, weather patterns, making acquaintances, and overnight stays in various locations. His journals from these expeditions are now housed at the South Caroliniana Library and are presented here in digital form.
  • North of the Broad River
    This collection contains two volumes of local history and genealogical information regarding Fairfield County, South Carolina, including families who settled in the region, as well as related lines in Charleston, Orangeburg County, Richland County, and elsewhere in South Carolina. The volumes include transcriptions of letters and account books and excerpts from other unpublished documents regarding immigrants from the United Kingdom, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, as well as other regions in North America, who settled in South Carolina. Some entries document sales or purchases of African American slaves, inheritance of real estate, military service in the American Revolution or Civil War, and related topics.
  • Official Program of the Mid-Winter Session of the Bishop's Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, February 14, 1923
    This item documents the 1923 meeting in Columbia, S.C., of the Bishops' Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The session convened at Bethel A.M.E. Church, the impressive, masonry structure built in 1921 at the corner of Sumter and Taylor Streets. This publication is significant for its portraits and biographical sketches of African American ministers and their wives from around the United States.
  • Papers of the Cox and Chesnut Families, 1792-1858
    This collection of papers of the Cox and Chesnut families discusses political, economic, and social aspects of life in the United States during the Early National and antebellum periods. Many of the letters were written between 1792 and 1815 to Mary Cox Chesnut (1775-1864) of Camden, South Carolina, by her mother, Esther Bowes Cox (1740-1814) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This Mary Chesnut was the wife of James Chesnut (1773-1866), owner of Mulberry Plantation, near Camden, in present-day Kershaw County, South Carolina, and the mother-in-law of famed Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823-1886).
  • Papers of the Smith and Wells Families, 1856-1914
    This collection from the South Caroliniana Library consists primarily of the Civil War letters of Edward Laight Wells, discussing the mood in Charleston during the secession crisis in 1860, fighting with the Hampton's Legion 1864-1865, and the immediate aftermath of the war. Other letters are from Eliza Carolina Middleton Huger Smith discussing the health and welfare of her family during the war. Also included are quotations, autographs, Confederate notes, poetry, recipes, genealogical information and newspaper clippings.
  • Paul Hamilton Papers
    This small collection of letters written by U.S. Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton (1762-1816) documents concerns and developments during the months preceding the War of 1812.
  • Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine Papers, ca. 1918 - 2000
    This core unit of three hundred fifty items -two hundred sixty-two manuscripts, miscellaneous printed artifacts, and eighty-eight photographs- added to the papers of the late Joseph Armstrong DeLaine (1898-1974) covers chiefly the period from 1942, when he submitted his annual report as secretary of the Clarendon County Citizen[s] Committee, to 1974, when he delivered an address entitled "History leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision outlawing Segregation in Public Schools."
  • Robert Gilmor Travel Account, 1806-1807
    This travel journal was originally conceived of as a way to assist the friends of Baltimore merchant Robert Gilmor in their future travels, with information about mileage and taverns along various routes. The narrative follows Gilmor's journey from Maryland to South Carolina, with locations mentioned along the way including Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., and Camden and Stateburg, S.C. In addition to travel notes on mileage to such destinations as Savannah, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., and New York City and Albany, N.Y., there are pencil sketches depicting pastoral landscapes of such places such as the Susquehanna River and Richmond, Va.
  • Thomas Jones Davies Bible Records
    The Bible and its inserts, owned by Thomas Jones Davies, contain vital statistics of enslaved African Americans living on Davies' plantations located throughout Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The plantations mentioned in the records include: Malvern and Gardner's Swamp, of Beech Island, SC; Swamp Place, near Hamburg, SC; Cherry Hill and Waldburg of Burke County, GA; and Edgefield and Barnwell of Bolivar County, MS. The vital statistics of the enslaved African Americans span from 1830 to 1865, and consist of 82 births, 36 deaths and 11 marriages.
  • William Ancrum Papers, 1757-1789
    Formerly owned by wealthy Charleston merchant William Ancrum (ca. 1722-1808), this single volume (171 pages, bound in vellum) contains both a letter book and financial accounts that reflect the financial impact of the American Revolution on this South Carolina businessman and planter. The letter book, 1776-1780 (169 letters), preserves communications with merchants in Camden, S.C., as well as plantation overseers, and others; the account book details Ancrum’s personal expenses, 1776-1789.
  • William Drayton Rutherford Papers
    This collection of one hundred fifty-three manuscripts begins in 1858 when Rutherford was courting Sallie Fair, the daughter of Simeon Fair, of Newberry, S.C. The courtship of William ("Drate") Rutherford and Sallie Fair was interrupted in 1861 by secession and war.
  • William Tennent III Journal and Album
    The journal covers Tennent's trek though the S.C. back-country, at times in the company of William Henry Drayton and Rev. Oliver Hart in an effort to persuade Loyalist Tories to join the Patriot cause. The album contains papers documenting his life as a Presbyterian minister in the Colonies of New Jersey and Connecticut, the courtship of his wife despite the objections of her mother, and his 1772 arrival in Charleston, S.C., to serve the Independent or Congregational Church among other topics.
  • WPA Federal Writers' Project Materials on African American Life in South Carolina
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) launched the Federal Writers’ Project to employ white-collar workers left jobless by the Great Depression and to create a comprehensive guide to the states, cities, and regions of the United States. The Federal Writers’ Project gathered information on American life and interviews with “ordinary” Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds. The bulk of interviews, articles, and notes contained in this collection paint a portrait of African-American life in South Carolina.

University of South Carolina-South Caroliniana Library-Office of Oral History Digital Collections

  • Shivar Spring Co. & Tom McConnell: a Shared Story
    Shivar Spring Company was a mineral water and flavored beverage company operating in Shelton, Fairfield County, South Carolina, ca. 1907 to 1957. Presented in this exhibit are postcards, business letterhead, a booklet promoting the company’s mineral water, an oral history interview with the last known living employee, photographs of the spring house, cisterns, and bottles, and a resources page for additional information about the company, including advertisements, news stories, patent records, related books, and an obituary.

University of South Carolina-South Caroliniana Library-Published Materials Division Digital Collections

  • Negro Travelers' Greenbook, 1956
    The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It was intended to provide African American motorists and tourists with the information necessary to board, dine, and sightsee comfortably and safely during the era of segregation.
  • The New South Newspaper, 1862-1866
    Union postmaster Joseph H. Sears published the New South newspaper out of the post office building on Union Square in Port Royal, S.C., on a weekly basis beginning in March 1862. The paper was moved to the town of Beaufort sometime in 1865 and remained there until it ceased in 1867. The New South offers a glimpse into an era of unprecedented social upheaval in the South Carolina Low Country. The 64 issues available online are fully searchable and readable with the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Phosphates in South Carolina, 1870 - 1890
    During the late 19th century the discovery of phosphate deposits in the Charleston and Florence areas marked the beginning of a rapidly growing industry in South Carolina. Phosphates are rocks formed from the fossilized remains of sea creatures found in areas once covered by oceans. In South Carolina, phosphates were used as fertilizers to extend the life of crops. Freedmen flocked toward the industry seeking employment, and with the financial support of Northern financiers, Carolina farmers began production of this highly sought-after material. Soon after the introduction of the phosphate industry, the popular market collapsed due to an over-saturated market. After only twenty years of production, the phosphate industry was essentially over for South Carolina. Long-since ended, signs of the briefly successful industry still exist in Charleston in road names and signs of geological incursion.
  • Reminiscences of the Sixties
    Charles Crosland (1845-1918), who served in the 19th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, with Company H of the Confederate Army's Hampton Legion, recounts his combat experiences, his father's death, and the destruction of the Crosland family plantation in Bennetsville. He also references the sinking of the USS Housatonic by the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley. Lula Crosland Ricaud later reproduced the book in part in her Family of Edward and Ann Snead Crosland, published in 1958.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    Originally conceived in the late 18th Century, fire insurance maps provided structural and urban environmental information necessary for insurance underwriters. Included here are over 2000 Sanborn Maps of over eighty cities in South Carolina from 1884 - 1923 as well as over two hundred unpublished draft maps of additional cities in the state.
  • Sketch of Company K, 23rd South Carolina Volunteers
    Andrews, with the assistance of some of his fellow soldiers, recalls the Company's combat experiences during the second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia (1862; also called Second Manassas) and the siege of Petersburg, Virginia (1864-1865), as well as his own capture and imprisonment at Point Lookout Prison Camp for Confederates in Maryland following the Battle of Fort Stedman. Andrews served as a private.
  • South Carolina and the Civil War
    A collection of photographs, manuscripts, books, and maps from the Civil War era. This collection will continue to have materials added to it.
  • South Carolina Pamphlet Collection
    The South Carolina pamphlet collection is comprised of 45 artificially bound volumes of separately published South Carolina imprints from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics covered include: agriculture, Civil War regimental histories, education and schools, geology, industry, medicine, Native American tribes, nature, nullification, the Revolutionary War, the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877), and the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition (1901-1902). The collection also includes miscellaneous issues of several farmers’ almanacs, sermons, and speeches, as well as the annual reports of the Historical Commission.
  • The South Caroliniana Library Map Collection
    The map collection of the South Caroliniana Library has always been a significant resource for geographers, historians, and genealogists. In the past two hundred years, technological changes have substantially altered the landscape of South Carolina, and the library's map collection visually documents these transformations. The maps show airports, battlefields, cemeteries, churches, cities, highways, Native American territories, postal routes, railroads, schools, topographical features, towns, and urban, rural, and African American slave populations. Taken together, the maps chart the state's urbanization over time. The collection also contains a number of maps dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, which are vital to researchers interested in the history of cartography.
  • Spartanburg at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
    This collection includes A Story of Spartan Push: The Greatest Cotton Manufacturing Centre in the South: Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Its Resources by Edward P. McKissick and Spartanburg, City and County, South Carolina: Their Wonderful Attractions and Marvelous Advantages as a Place of Settlement, and for the Profitable Investment of Capital by the Spartanburg Board of Trade. The volume combines the first reprints of two early histories of the upstate's second largest city, detailing Spartanburg's economic and cultural resources in the 1890s.
  • Stranger in America by Francis Lieber
    The Stranger in America was first published by Carey, Lea & Blanchard in Philadelphia in 1834 as Letters to a Gentleman in Germany: Written After Trip from Philadelphia to Niagara. Lieber dedicated the book to author, Washington Irving.
  • William Gilmore Simms Digital Edition
    Welcome to one of the largest single author collections on the web, the William Gilmore Simms Digital Edition. Writing from Charleston and Barnwell District, South Carolina, as well as on trips across the South and to the North, he did more than anyone to frame white southern self-identity, nationalism, and historical consciousness. He also did more to foster the South's literary life and place in America's imagination. In the second quarter of the nineteenth century, only James Fenimore Cooper was as popular, and Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 rated Simms "the best novelist which this country has, on the whole, produced." He was as well the South's most influential editor of cultural journals and was the region's most prolific critic and poet.

University of South Carolina-South Caroliniana Library-Visual Materials Division Digital Collections

  • Armstrong Family Papers, 1900 – 1930
    One of America’s foremost early twentieth-century African-American magic acts. J. Hartford Armstrong, his wife, Lille Belle Armstrong, and eventually their daughter, Ellen Armstrong, performed feats that included mind reading, sleight of hand, and card tricks. This collection of 127 items includes letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
  • Berkeley County Photograph Collection
    Once part of an album, the 66 photographs (circa 1900) show plantations, African Americans, horses, hunting, rice threshing, wagons and carts, and churches in Berkeley County, S.C. Some featured landmarks are: Medway, Wappahoola, Mulberry Castle, Dean Hall (bulk of collection), Dockon, Bushy Park, Exeter, Cote Bas, Bippy, Lewisfield, Strawberry Chapel, Strawberry ferry, and pine land house. People who are identified in the photographs include Col. Jim Petigru Carson, S.P. Stoney, and the Stoney family.
  • Beulah Glover Collection
    In about 1937 Miss Beulah Glover (17 Aug. 1887 - 4 Jan. 1991) opened a photography studio in Walterboro, S.C. Being also an historian, Miss Glover shot many historical scenes in the Lowcountry. She converted some of these images to postcards and sold them in her studio, Foto-Nook. She also used images to illustrate her many articles and books on the history of Colleton County. Miss Glover worked also as photo-journalist, selling her images to the Walterboro newspaper. This small sampling of images by Miss Glover includes prints and negatives and covers the years 1941 to 1952.
  • Charleston Earthquake, 1886
    On August 31, 1886, Charleston and surrounding towns suffered extensive damage from the largest earthquake to ever hit the southeast. The earthquake lasted less than a minute, but caused millions of dollars in damage and many deaths and injuries. The photographs in this collection show the aftermath of the earthquake shortly after it occurred. George LaGrange Cook, a prominent Charleston photographer created the series "Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity" which featured a total of 200 photographs that could be purchased as souvenirs. A portion of this series, along with earthquake photographs from photographers William Wilson, W.H. Fairchild, J.H. Wisser, and Joseph Hall are contained within this collection.
  • E. Don Herd Photograph Collection
    E. Don Herd created these negatives while a student at Belton High School, Belton, S.C. and a few later while at Erskine College. Subjects include Belton and Easley high school’s athletic teams, clubs, class officers, and homecoming. Community life is also exhibited through negatives of the Belton City Council, businesses, churches, weddings, reunions, portraits, Christmas parades, Scout troops, and a trip to Cuba.
  • E.E. Burson Photograph Collection
    E. E. Burson worked as a photographer in Denmark, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas of Bamberg County approximately between the years of 1905 and 1920. Burson not only worked in his Denmark studio, but he also photographed town scenes and nearby Voorhees College. Burson’s work is notable because he captured images of both white and African-American townspeople. The E. E. Burson Collection consists of 253 glass plate negatives, as well as 253 contact prints made from the negatives, depicting Voorhees College students and buildings as well as townspeople and town scenes from Denmark, South Carolina.
  • E.T. Start Collection
    E. T. Start of New York State moved to Camden, South Carolina in 1903, as the photographer at the Kirkwood Hotel. Photographing the Winter Colony and local scenes, he spent time in Camden until c. 1945. This collection of 200 photographs includes images of people, animals, and houses in Camden, S.C., in particular horse-drawn vehicles, horseback riding, polo, the house "Bohemia," and much more.
  • George LaGrange Cook Photograph Collection, c. 1880 - 1895
    This collection of glass plate negatives of Charleston and Summerville was made by George LaGrange Cook in the 1880s and early 1890s. The son of the famous Civil War photographer, George Smith Cook, LaGrange learned the art of photography from his father. He lived in Charleston and then Summerville before leaving around 1892 to join his father in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Harbison Agricultural College Photograph Collection
    This collection of 113 photographs, also available through the original photo album, represents Harbison Agricultural College, which began in 1885 when the Rev. Emory W. Williams of Washington, D.C. founded a school to educate young African Americans. In 1899, Samuel Harbison of Pennsylvania and a Board member, donated 20 acres of land. The school relocated to the expanded 87 acres in 1901 and was renamed Harbison College in his honor.
  • Heyward Album
    This Civil War-era photograph album contains cartes-de-visite photographs of members of the S. C. Secession Convention, Confederate and U.S. Governments, officers of the Confederate and U.S. Armies, S.C. governors, and officers of the South Carolina Volunteers 1st Regiment of Rifles. It also includes unidentified Heyward family and friends and 19th century pictures. Many photographs were taken by Quinby & Co. of Charleston, S.C. This album was donated to the South Caroliniana Library by Katherine Bayard Heyward and Duncan Heyward.
  • John Hensel (1919-1999) Photograph Collection
    A native of Kenton, Ohio, John LeRoy Hensel came to Columbia during World War II, upon being stationed at the Columbia Army Air Base as a bomber pilot instructor. Following his return to Columbia in 1946, Hensel opened a photography business in which he extensively photographed children for grade school pictures and many historic people and places throughout the city. This collection contains a series of his photographs from 1949 to 1951.
  • Joseph Winter Photograph Collection
    The 3287 photographs, 207 negatives, 638 slides and including 4 panoramic photographs available online from the Joseph E. Winter (1920-1992) Collection reflect the career of Joseph E. Winter, housing inspector (1955-1965) and director (1965-1980) of the Columbia Rehabilitation Commission. The images comprise many of the streets and buildings of Columbia, SC from the 1960s. The home page includes a special presentation of the panoramic photographs and a long list of streets to choose from and view.
  • Primary Sources for K-12 , Pilot Project
    In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online.
  • Kenneth Frederick Marsh Photograph Collection
    Many of the over 700 photographs by Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) available in this collection have not been published. Some were used to illustrate books by photographer Marsh and his wife, Blanche Marsh. The photographs and negatives depict historic and modern homes, public buildings, textile mills, churches, and scenes of South Carolina and Flat Rock, N.C.
  • South Carolina and World War II
    This photo album includes images of the former Columbia Army Air base located in Lexington, S.C. There are over 180 photographs showing men from the 96th Air Base Squadron at work and at leisure inside the barracks and out. Social events include a Red Cross Social, a G.I. Hop, and Lee Bowman's Band playing at a U.S.O. dance. Many photographs are identified with captions, and some are official Air Corps photographs printed at the base's photo lab showing base operations, planes, and hangars.
  • South Carolina Railroads Photograph Collection
    The South Caroliniana Library has been collecting photographs of train stations, depots, rail yards, engines, and rolling stock for many years. The images come in as single items, as part of other collections, or as collections of their own. There are also photographs of railways used by the mining and lumber industries. Presented here are photographs pulled from different sources to provide the researcher with a virtual collection of South Carolina railway related photographs.
  • Stereographic Views of South Carolina
    This group of 74 stereographs contains images of the damage to Charleston during the Civil War, along with images of Folly and Port Royal Islands. Forts, churches, hospitals and headquarters come to life in these photographs taken by war photographers such as Samuel A. Cooley and John P. Soule. Spanning both the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the stereographs include locations significant to the war and the times. Each item features two albumen prints on one side, and some contain information about the photographs or photographers on the reverse. The collection also features anaglyphs (a composite image that provides a stereoscopic 3D view when viewed with 3D glasses) for each stereograph.
  • WPA Photograph Collection
    A collection of photographs documenting homes, schools, colleges, churches, streets, landscapes, murals, artwork, and other aspects of South Carolina life, these images were collected by photographers hired as part of Federal Writers' Project. The Federal Writer's Project was created in 1935 as part of the United States Work Progress Administration to provide employment for various white-collar workers such as historians, teachers, and writers.

University of South Carolina-Government Information Digital Collections

  • 1899 Census of Cuba
    The Report on the Census of Cuba, 1899 was published by the United States War Department Cuban Census Office in 1900 with information about the country and census tables.
  • Belle W. Baruch Institute Library Collection
    This collection currently includes "Shallow Water Marine Benthic Macroinvertebrates of South Carolina: Species Identification, Community Composition and Symbiotic Associations" by Richard S. Fox and Edward E. Ruppert. Further publications will be added in the future.
  • Diamond Fields of South Africa: Memoirs, Mines, and Minerals
    In the Early 1870s, one of the greatest diamond rushes began in South Africa after the discovery of a valuable diamond on the Orange River. This collection consists of five items that represent some of the earliest publications describing the diamond fields of South Africa. Published between 1870 and 1917, this collection of monographs, essays, and pamphlets reflect the excitement generated by one of the greatest mineral discoveries of the late 19th century.
  • Equality of Educational Opportunity by James S. Coleman
    This report is submitted in response to Section 402 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: SEC. 402. The Commissioner shall conduct a survey and make a report to the President and the Congress, within two years of the enactment of this title, concerning the lack of availability of equal educational opportunities for individuals by reason of race, color, religion, or national origin in public educational institutions at all levels in the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia. From introductory letter by Harold Howe II, U.S. Commissioner of Education, 1966, as published on p. iii of the report.
  • Government Information Pamphlet Collection
    This collection contains over 400 pamphlets from the Federal Security Agency and Health, Education and Welfare programs discussing a wide variety of subjects. These pamphlets, ranging in dates from the 1930s – 1970s, can also be found in the online catalog. Government information pamphlets from other agencies as well will continue to be added to this collection.
  • USDA Periodicals
    This collection contains USDA Periodicals titled, The Cotton Situation (1947-1948), The Farm Income Situation (1946-1955), The Fruit Situation (1946-1949), The Marketing and Transportation Situation (1947-1948), and The Market Reporter (1920-1921).
  • U.S. Food Administration Food Conservation Notes
    The U.S. Food Administration was established by Executive Order 2679-A (August 10, 1917). President Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover as its administrator. Hoover realized that conservation was the only way to quickly increase food stocks and correctly believed that people would voluntarily conserve food to help the war effort. Through promotions such as Meatless Mondays and Wheat-less Wednesdays, the agency was able to reduce domestic food consumption by 15% and supply US and allied forces. The US Food Administration ceased with Executive Order 3320 (August 21, 1920) after post-war shipments of food had helped prevent famine in Europe.
  • WPA Week in National Defense
    Issued in 1941, The WPA Week in National Defense presented brief news items concerning the Work Projects Administration’s activities throughout the United States. Formerly the Works Progress Administration, this agency provided jobs in construction, adult education, writing, and art. The WPA Week described products of this work leading up to the second World War.

University of South Carolina-Map Library Digital Collections

  • Historical Soil Survey Maps
    These forty South Carolina soil survey maps from the early Nineteen Hundreds were prepared with booklets to explain the soil classifications on the county level. They include information that do not appear on updated survey maps, such as old rail lines, schools, churches and other structures as well as entire towns that no longer exist.
  • Hurricane Hugo Elevation Maps
    This series of 31 maps of the South Carolina coastline depicts water-surface elevations, high water marks, and landward extent of storm-tide inundation caused by Hurricane Hugo, September 21-22, 1989.
  • South Carolina Aerial Photos (pilot project)
    This pilot project consists of a small portion of the aerial photo collection, approximately 360 images of 130,000, focusing just on Columbia, SC for the dates of 1938, 1959-60, 1971, and 1980. Photos will continue to be added to the collection.
  • South Carolina Aerial Photograph Indexes, 1937-1989
    Spanning five decades, the University of South Carolina’s collection of aerial photograph indexes consists primarily of projects commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture. Showing cities, farms, forests, reservoirs, coastlines, and other features across the state, the indexes provide a visual overview of each project’s collection of individual aerial photographs, many of which are housed in the university’s Map Library.
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation County Road Maps
    This is a collection of road maps by the SC Department of Transportation by county held by the University of South Carolina's Map Library.
  • Topographic Maps of South Carolina, 1888-1975
    The Map Library has made available from this site 236 of its 15 minute, 30 minute, and 7.5 minute topographic maps of South Carolina. Measuring 14 x 20 inches the Polyconic Projections were first published in the late 19th Century. Some were produced by the Army, others by the Corps. of Engineers and the remainder were produced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

University of South Carolina-Music Library Digital Collections

  • Carolina Bands Collection
    The online Carolina Bands Collection is a portion of the larger collection given to the University of South Carolina by two previous band directors: James Pritchard Sr. and James K. Copenhaver, and includes sheet music, audio files, drill charts, and album covers. The audio clips are at times coupled with the sheet music, so that one can read and listen to the music. The collection presents a unique view of the history of bands at the University of South Carolina from 1914 until the present.
  • Claude Casey Scrapbooks & Ephemera
    Claude Casey (1912-1999) filled these albums with mementos from his career as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor. The photographs, clippings and ephemera reflect his personal and professional lives.
  • Digital Sheet Music Project
    This searchable database provides access to the bibliographic records and, for those pieces in the public domain, access to images of the cover and each page of music. Currently, the collection contains over 10,000 pieces of classical, popular, and sacred music from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Edwin E. Gordon Papers
    Edwin E. Gordon is internationally known as a preeminent researcher, teacher, author, editor, and lecturer in the field of music education. Currently available are three printed books.
  • Edwin Hughes Collection
    Edwin Hughes was a noted pianist with ties to South Carolina. Hughes studied with noted pianist Theodor Leschetizky, who was a pupil of major composers and pianists of the late 1800s. Hughes had a very successful teaching and touring career, and eventually became editor with noted music publishing house G. Schirmer. Hughes taught a series of master classes in the 1950s and 1960s, often teaching on USC’s Columbia campus.
  • Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music
    Donated in 2010 by Hemrick Nathan Salley Jr., the Salley Family Sheet Music includes music from the 19th and 20th Centuries. These two bound volumes from the collection each have a distinct focus: one on popular piano music from the mid-1800s, and the other on popular songs for piano and voice from 1899 to 1902 with an emphasis on blackface minstrelsy.
  • John Kenneth Adams Scrapbook
    This scrapbook contains recital and concert programs, playbills, clippings, photographs, awards and certificates collected throughout John Kenneth Adams' career as a performer and teacher.
  • L’Art Decoratif de Leon Bakst
    Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a Russian portraitist and designer who spent much of his career in Paris. This book reflects his extraordinary collaborative work with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as well as the dancers Ida Rubinstein and Vaslav Nijinsky. The costumes and set designs in the book demonstrate his modern yet exotic aesthetic as well as a consistently brilliant and detailed use of color. The book itself is a remarkable example of collaboration: the preface was provided by Arsène Alexandre (the art critic of the French newspaper Figaro) and the summaries for each ballet were written by Jean Cocteau (the French poet, playwright and filmmaker).

University of South Carolina-School of Medicine Digital Collections

University of South Carolina-South Carolina Political Collections

  • Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words
    Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words is a collection of Senator Hollings’ writings, speeches, photographs, and audio files from his days as Lt. Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator. 200 items showcase the compelling intellect, keen wit, and, at times, sharp tongue that Senator Hollings was known for in South Carolina and on Capitol Hill.
  • Isaiah DeQuincey Newman Collection
    Newman was a Methodist pastor, civil rights activist, and entrepreneur. A leading figure in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina, he helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP in 1943, helped found the Progressive Democratic Party, and served the South Carolina NAACP as state field director from 1960 to 1969. In 1983, at age 72, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate, thus becoming the first African American to serve in that body since Reconstruction.
  • John West: In His Own Words
    John West served his state and nation well as a soldier during World War II, as a member of the South Carolina Senate, as Lieutenant Governor, as Governor, and as United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Returning from Saudi Arabia, West practiced law, lectured on government and the Middle East at the University of South Carolina, and engaged in a number of philanthropic enterprises. His public service was characterized by thoughtful and progressive activism.
  • Modjeska Monteith Simkins: In Her Own Words
    A Columbia civil rights activist, Simkins served as the South Carolina State Secretary for the NAACP, 1941 to 1957. She also had leadership roles in the renovation of Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital and the Richland County Citizens Committee. Simkins was a founder, in 1921, of the Victory Savings Bank of Columbia. Now called South Carolina Community Bank, it survives as one of the oldest African-American owned banks in the country. As a voice of African-American leadership in the South, Simkins was routinely asked to use her influence in political campaigns. Although she helped many leaders win election, Simkins was unable to attain elected office herself. She ran unsuccessfully for Columbia City Council in 1966 and 1984 and the S.C. House of Representatives in 1966.
  • Richard L. Walker: In His Own Words
    Dixie Walker dedicated his life and career to intercultural understanding and he utilized his knowledge of East Asia in his work at home and abroad. He taught in numerous prestigious institutions as a professor of international studies before joining the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1957. He founded the Institute of International Studies at USC in 1961.
  • Robert McNair: In His Own Words
    Over the course of his twenty year career in South Carolina politics, including an unprecedented six years as governor, Robert McNair led South Carolina in an era of prosperity and carefully guided the Palmetto State through the turbulent 1960s, a period of profound social upheaval and change. Digitized here are speeches, correspondence, clippings, and photographs that highlight Governor McNair's dedication to and focus on education, tourism, and industrial expansion as well as illuminating the Governor's thoughts and reactions to the Civil Rights movement, desegregation, and the Vietnam War.
  • Sol Blatt: In His Own Words
    Sol Blatt (1895-1986) represented Barnwell, Bamburg, and Allendale Counties in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1933 until his death in 1986. He also served as Speaker of the House almost continuously from 1937 until 1973. These documents reveal Blatt's thoughts on issues such as race, economic development, taxes, nuclear energy, and a number of other topics at a critical time in South Carolina's history. Personal letters also detail the day-to-day work of a state politician as well as something of Blatt's drive and personality.
  • William Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words
    This collection of audio clips highlights Dorn's career of service to South Carolina and the nation. Through his pleasing Southern drawl, Dorn draws in his audiences with warmth and passion. The collection is composed of various speeches from the campaign trail and addresses to the American Legion. Additional clips are excerpts from his 1980 and 1981 oral history interviews. Topics include World War II, civil rights, and national defense.

University of South Carolina-USC Archives Digital Collections

  • Carolina Students Handbook, 1920 -1940
    The Carolina Student’s Handbook offers a glimpse of the campus culture at the University of South Carolina from the 1920s through the 1940s. Published annually by the University’s YMCA and YWCA chapters, it was primarily aimed at freshman, and included information on the honor code, campus traditions, songs, organizations, athletics, and more. The handbook also urged students to shop at the local businesses that advertised in the handbook.
  • Garnet and Black Yearbooks
    The USC Garnet and Black Yearbooks are currently being scanned and will be made available from this site as they are done. Each yearbook is searchable and browsable by section. The first available years are 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1975. Eventually, we hope to have 1899 - 1994 scanned. The school stopped creating the yearbook and went to a magazine format in 1994.
  • University of South Carolina Buildings and Grounds
    These images, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, document the evolution of the University's physical structures.
  • University of South Carolina Football Program Covers
    The University of South Carolina Football Program Covers showcases the unique artwork created to support and promote Gamecock football. The collection contains program covers ranging from 1923 to present.
  • University of South Carolina Reconstruction Records
    In 1873, the University of South Carolina became the only state-supported Southern university to fully integrate during the Reconstruction Era that followed the Civil War. By 1876, the student body was predominately African-American. After Wade Hampton was elected governor and whites regained control of state government, the University was closed for reorganization in 1877, and reopened in 1880 as an all-white institution. It would remain all-white until desegregation in 1963. This collection brings together the surviving records from the Reconstruction University, including scholarship lists, room and board lists, and faculty correspondence. Student exams from the time period are included in another digital collection, University of South Carolina Student Exams, 1854-1917. Bringing these materials together online provides a glimpse into the lives of these pioneering African-American students.
  • University of South Carolina Student Exams, 1854 - 1917
    These student examinations date largely from the second half of the 19th century, a period in which the University of South Carolina underwent significant changes not only in its curriculum but also in its student body, its faculty and its educational goals.

University of South Carolina Aiken Digital Collections

University of South Carolina Beaufort Digital Collections

  • Collected Civil War Papers of Colonel Benjamin Franklin Eshleman
    This collection contains the mementos Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Franklin Eshleman, a former commander of the Washington Artillery battalion, saved in his scrapbook. It portrays a civil war colonel's dedication to preserving the memory of his unit along with a larger more important purpose of memorializing the era of the confederate soldier. The scrapbook and papers were handed down the familial line from Eshleman to his daughter and eventually given to the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) by the generous donation of Jack and Mindy Castles.

University of South Carolina Lancaster Digital Collections

Winthrop University Digital Collections

  • Alfred D. Gilchrist Architectural Drawings
    5 images. Alfred D. Gilchrist was active as an architect between 1913 and 1940. He designed buildings in many places in South and North Carolina but primarily in York, Chester, Lancaster, and Fairfield counties in South Carolina. The Louise Pettus Archives at Winthrop University received the collection of Mr. Gilchrists work in June of 2003 from his grandson Alfred Gilchrist.
  • An Experimental Rural School at Winthrop College
    The purpose of this bulletin was to publish the results and experiences of the rural school experiment being conducted in Rock Hill, South Carolina in the early 1910s. This publication is a good source of information regarding the state of rural public schools prior to 1910, of the consolidation of schools movement that took hold during the mid 20th Century, and the experimental measures used in Rock Hill to provide better means of education for these students.
  • Arnold Michael Shankman Papers, 1899-1982
    19 images. This collection consists of Dr. Arnold Michael Shankmans professional and organizational files, including biographical data, correspondence, lecture and teaching materials, rough notes, published and unpublished drafts of Dr. Shankmans journal articles and books, papers given at seminars and conferences, research notes, and typescript and photocopies of historical manuscripts from other repositories. Also included is Shankmans correspondence with Marion Wright, interviews with the Civil Rights activist, and a collection of Wrights papers and speeches. Some of the material pertains to Dr. Shankmans publishing efforts, his work as a Winthrop faculty member and scholar, and his involvement with professional organizations, especially Jewish organizations such as: the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the American Jewish Historical Society. He also took part in the American Historical Society, and their conferences, often giving papers at various seminars. While there is ample material extending from Dr. Shankmans student days at Knox College and Emory University, most of the substantive material extends from 1975-1982.
  • Arnold Michael Shankman Papers, 1946-1976
    6 images. This collection includes mainly photocopies of manuscript collections which Dr. Shankman has used for his research and writing. Included are pamphlets, biographical sketches, correspondence, and newspaper accounts. Most of the collection relates to the Civil War, particularly in Illinois, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, but there is material relating to Jews, Blacks, and U.S. foreign relations.
  • John Schorb Photography Collection
    53 images. Includes a genealogy, articles, letters and photographs, newspaper clippings on the life and work of John R. Schorb, one of America's first photographers. Of particular interest are his poems and compositions, which give insight into his personal philosophy and attitudes, and his math and science projects of his college years.
  • Martha Thomas Fitzgerald Papers
    30 images. A collection of papers, letters, campaign memorabilia, and photographs spanning the years from Martha Thomas Fitzgerald's graduation from college to her death. The collection mainly consists of letters and other correspondence regarding Mrs. Fitzgerald's legislative activities, work with the South Carolina Department of Education, and her activities in various civic groups. The collection also contains many photographs of Mrs. Fitzgerald, social functions, and South Carolina rural school houses in the 1920s.
  • Matt Christopher Papers
    31 images. The Matt Christopher Papers include 70,000 pieces and 800 bound volumes. The collection, extending from the 1910s to 2004, include most of his published and unpublished manuscripts (poems, short stories and articles, screenplays and novels) as well as his notes, outlines, synopses and drafts.
  • Nathan Asch Papers
    22 images. This collection consists of personal and business correspondence, legal and financial papers, published short works of Nathan Asch, book reviews, unpublished manuscripts, notes, photographs, clippings, and a tape recording of the novelist. Asch, the son of the famous Yiddish writer Sholem Asch, is the author of five novels published between 1925 and 1937. He also published dozens of short stories. Asch was an acquaintance of Ernest Hemingway in Paris and he was a long time friend of literary historian, critic, and writer Malcolm Cowley.
  • Palmetto Women Exhibit
    20 images. Consists of copies of photographs, letters, diaries, newsletters and other papers from the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections that document the lives of women in South Carolina. The collection was assembled as a traveling exhibit as part of Winthrop's "Celebration of Women in South Carolina History" project.
  • Robert Marett Papers
    12 images. The collection consists of plats, maps, field notes & field books, architectural drawings, correspondence & deeds, and other related items of Robert Marett, Land Surveyor. There are a number of plats done by other surveyors throughout the collection. Marett operated predominately in South and North Carolina. The majority of the material deals with York County, while the rest covers mainly the counties of Lancaster, Chester, Union, and Cherokee. A small percentage covers parts of North Carolina (mostly Mecklenburg County).
  • Rock Hill Sesquicentennial Photograph Exhibit, 1860s - 1970s
    150 years of Photographs from the Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections
  • Rock Hill Sesquicentennial Postcard Collection, 1896-1943
    20 images. The collection consists of reproductions of photographs found in the Manuscript and Archives collections of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections. The photographs range in date from 1896 to the late 1940s. They include scenes from Rock Hill and Winthrop over a period of fifty years. The originals are located in a number of collections located in Archives and Special Collections.
  • Rock Hill Winthrop Luminaries
    This collection includes images of Charles Shepard Davis, David Bancroft Johnson, James Pinckney Kinard, Phillip Lader, Mary Hall Leonard, Shelton J. Phelps, Henry Radcliffe Sims, and Charles B. Vail.
  • Rock Hill Winthrop Publications
    This collection includes an assortment of publications from Winthrop University, including bulletins, catalogues, prospectus, and two volumes of the Winthrop Viewbook.
  • Winthrop University Buildings Exhibits
    This collection includes historical and current images of the buildings on the Winthrop University campus.
  • Winthrop University Campus Scenes
    This collection includes historical and current images of the buildings on the Winthrop University campus.
  • Winthrop University Chronologies and Timelines
    This collection includes images of buildings, structures, Winthrop presidents, and two timelines of the university.
  • Winthrop Winthrop University Photograph Collection. May Day, 1929-1971
    14 photographs. The date of the first May Day is disputed, but most agree on 1929. May Day was the final celebration of the year before graduation. It was celebrated as a time of festivity, the opening of spring, and a remembrance of the traditional May Day. The May Court included the May Queen, her Maid of Honor, and four attendants from each class. The women chosen were popular, good-looking, and held good academic standing. The May Queen watched over all festivities, including music, plays, and dancing, on the first of May. The last May Day was held in 1971.
  • Winthropiana
    This collection includes images of events and daily life around Winthrop University, including Army Air Corps Cadets from 1943, dances, home demonstration, The Swanks dance band, and the Winthrop Scrapbook.

Wofford College Digital Collections

  • The African-American Experience in Slavery and Freedom
    The African-American experience in slavery and freedom as told through documents held in Wofford College’s Special Colelctions. Drawing upon materials from the library’s Special Collections, including the Littlejohn Collection, and the Wofford and SC Methodist Archives, this exhibition traces the African-American experience from the American Revolution to the early modern era, particularly in the South and Upstate.
  • Ben Hill Brown Photos
    Ben Hill Brown, Jr. graduated from Wofford College in 1935 and served in the diplomatic corps and as an officer in the U. S. State Department. This photographic collection is part of the Wofford College Archives Collection.
  • Civil War Manuscripts from the Littlejohn Collection
    This collection contains manuscripts in the Littlejohn Collection that were created between April 1861 and April 1865.
  • John Beverly Montgomery Photographic Collection
    John Beverly Montgomery graduated from Wofford College in 1933 and rose to the rank of major general in the U. S. Air Force by the time he was 40 years old. He became head of the Eighth Air Force in 1953 after serving as director of operations for the Strategic Air Command. After leaving the Air Force in 1955, he took positions with American Airlines, General Electric, Daystrom, and Schlumberger.
  • James H. Carlisle Jr., Memories of Wofford College
    James H. Carlisle Jr. was the son of Wofford's third president, James H. Carlisle. The younger Carlisle grew up on the Wofford Campus, graduated from the college in 1885, and spent most of his life in Spartanburg. His memories of his father, of life on campus, and of faculty members give modern readers an inside look at life around the campus in the 19th century.
  • Lafayette McLaws Papers
    This collection consist of 7 letter to newspaper editor Isaac R. Pennypacker from former U.S. officer and Confederate general Lafayette McLaws. The letters date from 1886 through 1889.
  • Manuscripts from the Littlejohn Collection
    This collection contains images of manuscripts from the Littlejohn Collection regardless of time, place, or date of creation.
  • The Memoirs of Sandor Teszler
    Sandor Teszler was a long-time member of the Wofford community. Born in Hungary in 1903, Mr. Teszler and his family survived the Holocaust and moved to the United States after World War II. He was a textile executive in Europe and the United States, and his son, Andrew, was a Wofford trustee. The college's library was named in his honor in 1971. In retirement, Mr. Teszler audited courses at Wofford, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1987, and was appointed an adjunct professor of humanities in 1996 He died in 2000. These memoirs were published in 1990.
  • Selections from The Broadus R. Littlejohn. Jr. Postcard Collection
    The collection consists of postcards (typically about 4 1/2” X 6 ½”) that originate from and depict places around the world. The postcards appear to generally date from after 1945 and are photographic and printed. The items that depict U.S. sites have been organized and inventoried by state, save for those from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. As the cards from these states are most numerous, and presumably of the most interest locally, they have been inventoried in greater detail (i.e. by specific place or city within the state). Of the states that are well-represented within the collection, there are 314 items that depict North Carolina, 271 depict South Carolina, 174 depict Virginia, 109 depict Washington D.C., 162 depict California, 128 depict Maine, and 154 depict Pennsylvania. In all, 46 states (plus Washington, D.C.) are represented in 2009 items in the U.S. collection. Canada is represented in 155 items.
  • The W.E. Johnson Papers
    The collection consists of 23 letters and a pocket diary from Confederate Army (i.e. C.S.A.) Lieutenant W.E. Johnson to his wife, father and other persons. Lt. Johnson and his wife appear to have been residents of Liberty Hill, Kershaw County, South Carolina. At the time of his writing these letters, Johnson and Ann, his wife, had two sons. All of the letters date from 1864 -- Johnson was in his late 30's when he wrote them. He was a private, then an officer in a South Carolina unit (Co. K, 7th SC Cavalry Regiment) and was captured in combat on May 30, 1864 at Cold Harbor, Virginia. He remained a prisoner-of-war until the end of the conflict (i.e., spring of 1865). As a prisoner-of-war, Johnson had the unfortunate honor of being a member of the group that has come to be known as the "Immortal Six Hundred," a group of about 600 captured Confederate officers. The Six Hundred were, by order of U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, transferred to and held in a prison camp on Morris Island exposed to Confederate artillery fire (due to the camp's proximity to Federal batteries). The camp on Morris Island was subject to shelling by Confederate occupied Fort Sumter (directly to the north of the island, in the harbor's mouth). The deliberate placement of the Confederate prisoners-of-war in harm's way was an act of retaliation by the Federal administration, who viewed the placement of Federal POWs in Charleston (ostensibly unduly exposed to Federal fire) as highly improper.
  • The William Wynn Mood Photo Album
    This album contains 131 photos of late 19th century Methodist bishops, ministers in South Carolina, and some lay individuals who were connected with the Mood family.
  • Twentieth Century Sketches photos (1901)
    These photos come from the first pictorial directory of Methodist ministers in South Carolina. This album contains 179 images. Local church historians may want to search through the directory for photos of their ministers.
  • Twentieth Century Sketches, Revised photos (1914)
    These photos come from the second pictorial directory of Methodist ministers in South Carolina. The album contains 167 images.
  • W. H. Lander Wofford Fitting School Scrapbook
    Scrapbook maintained by William Hall Lander, who was a student in the Wofford Fitting School from 1917 to 1919.
  • Wofford Campus Aerial Photographs
    This is a collection of photographs taken of Wofford's campus at various times between the 1920s and the early 2000s.
  • Wofford College Catalogues
    Wofford College Catalogues from 1855-1856 to 1871-1872.
  • Wofford College Illustrated
    An early Wofford College viewbook, published in 1898, with photos of the campus, of student groups, and of Spartanburg scenes. This viewbook contains about 32 images of classrooms, labs, the dining room, class photos, literary society room photos, and pictures of the faculty and trustees.

York County Library Digital Collections

  • Carlisle Collection
    These photographs were donated by the Carlisle Family to the York County Library when the Carlisle Photography Studio was disassembled upon the death of photographer Marion Carlisle. There are pictures of disasters such as the washout of a railroad bridge due to floods on the Catawba River in 1916 and the damage resulting from a tornado in 1926. The photographs were taken by Marion Carlisle and his daughter Ora Lee Carlisle.
  • Circus Collection
    During the late 1920s through the mid-40s, the city of York was winter home to several circuses. One was the Barnett Brothers (originally the Ray Rogers circus). It originated in Canada. The name was changed to Barnett Bros in 1933. The show eventually moved to the U.S. and wintered in York, S.C. The title of the show was changed to Wallace Bros, in 1940. The Bennett Brothers Circus also wintered here. They used the time off the road to train and to design new shows. The Barnett Brothers occupied the block bounded by E. Jefferson and Trinity Streets.
  • Creed Collection
    Mr. Creed came to Rock Hill in October 1888 to work for Frew Brothers furniture store and mortuary. He married Miss Florence Wood, assistant postmistress on October 15, 1890. The Creeds had five children. Mr. Creed was known for the barbecue and cooked for local gatherings. For more than 25 years, Mr. Creed had the New Home Sewing Machine agency. His horse and buggy were well known along York County roads. He died in March 1925 and is buried along with his wife in Laurelwood Cemetery.
  • Fort Mill Slide Show
    This video was originally a 35mm slide show accompanied by narration on a cassette audio tape. The slides, taken by James L. Patterson, were of old photographs of Fort Mill in J.B. Mills personal collection. J.B. Mills did the narration on the tape. Harold M. McCallum narrates the last four slides.
  • Newspaper Article, Manuscript, and Church History Database
    The newspaper clippings in this database are from the local newspaper, The Herald, and its predecessors, The State or The Charlotte Observer. This database developed from newspaper clippings and manuscripts collected and/or prepared by Rock Hill Public Library staff from the 1930s to the 1970s. The collection was microfilmed in the late 1970s. This collection includes stories of prominent citizens, founding families, historic homes, churches, events and businesses around York County.
  • White Collection
    George Pendleton Stewart White married Anne Hutchison in December 1837. Mr. White was partner in a tailoring firm in Fort Mill. Forced to move to the “country” for health reasons, the Whites bought 180 acres and a cabin off Nations Ford Road. The farm land was purchased from Alexander Templeton Black. When the couple’s first child was born in 1838, the need to replace the cabin as a dwelling place was evident. The home that stands at the current corner of White Street and Elizabeth Lane in downtown Rock Hill was completed in 1839.
  • York County, SC Schools
    This collection of photographs was donated to the York County Library from the SC Department of Education. It contains photographs of the county schools that were taken for insurance purposes.

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