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black and white photograph of an observatory

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.

Roman Vishniac

Roman Vishniac's corpus is truly diverse and reflects the workings of a complex human being who saw the world in ways not typical of his peers. Born in Pavlavosk Russia in 1897, Vishniac pursued studies in biology, zoology and oriental art. As a young man his interest in microscopes and photography led to his contributions to the early development of microphotography. In 1920 he immigrated to Berlin where he became an avid amateur photographer and continued his biological studies through the microscope.

Photograph of Nice, France

Roy S. MacElwee was a planner who specialized in port development. He was the author of a number of books including "Ports and Terminal Facilities" (1918) and he authored with Henry F. Church "A Comprehensive Handbook on the Port of Charleston" (1924). This is an oversized scrapbook of photographs and clippings about the design of waterfronts for cities worldwide.

 

image of Russell Maxey

The Russell Maxey Photograph Collection at Richland Library includes over 7000 negatives, including images taken by Maxey and earlier photographers. Russell Maxey’s photographs allow researchers a glimpse into a southern city undergoing dramatic shifts in its economic, physical and social landscape. The negatives are housed in the Walker Local and Family History Center.

More Information and Complete Inventory

The Samuel Hudson Photograph Collection features photographs from the Hudson family. Samuel Hudson (1921-2006), a native of Georgetown County, was the son of Melvin and Wilhelmina Hudson. He served with the U.S. 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 Horry-Georgetown Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. and was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where he served as a trustee.

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. Building and dwelling types include houses, apartment buildings, freedman’s cottages, mobile homes, commercial and industrial buildings, churches, schools, gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and corner markets, garages, sheds, outhouses, and other outbuildings.

Old school house with bell tower

Photographs of Greenville County schools past and present.

Selections from the 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.

Willis Collection

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Henry Willis, Jr., son of Robert Henry and Jessie Willis, was born in Williston, South Carolina in 1886. He was the first honor graduate of the Citadel in 1908. Henry Willis became interested in aviation in 1912 and learned to fly in San Diego, California. In December 1913 he received a Military Aviator's Certificate from the War Department. In August 1917 Willis was commissioned by President Woodrow Wilson as Lieutenant in the United States Signal Corps, and in February 1918 as Major of Infantry.

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