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People standing on front porch

Historic photographs of people from the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room photograph collection and contributions from Greenville County residents.

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.

wood engraving of mill on riverside

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.

Photographic Record of the Cooper River Bridge

The collection consists of two scrapbooks recording the construction of the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge. Completed in 1929, the bridge spanned to Cooper River Bridge to connect Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

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.

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.

Lickville Presbyterian Church

Photographs of places of worship and cemeteries in Greenville County.

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.

House covered with ivy

Photographs of historic residences in Greenville County.

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