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Carolina Bands

A collection of images, sheet music, audio files, and drill charts from the University of South Carolina Bands Collection, housed at the USC Music Library.

Books

watercolor caricature of military officer

This World War I soldier's sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist. Douglas G. Ward entered the military and trained at Catterick Camp, the...

Carolina Student Handbook

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...

Columbia , SC City Directories

This searchable collection of Columbia City Directories from 1859 is an invaluable source for historians and genealogists...

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...

page from Congarees Store Account Book

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...

illustration of young child with a wreath of flowers on head

Filles et garçons: scènes de la ville et des champs was originally published as the last 10 of the 19 "scenes" in France'sNos Enfants (Paris : Hachette, 1887); the first 9 scenes...

image of girl sitting at a desk

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...

engraved image of cherub and wreath of flowers

The illustrated annual giftbook is one of the most distinctive publishing genres on both sides of the Atlantic, from the mid-1820s through to the 1850s. In 1823, the British published Rudolph...

image of page from Columbia City Minutes

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...

image of exterior of Olympia Mills

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...

bluebell sketch

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,...

engraved image of Phillis Wheatley sitting at writing desk

The poems of Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) are read and studied by students and scholars in a variety of disciplines (American literature, African-American Studies, African Studies, and Women’s...

page from reniniscences

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...

Richard L. Walker

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...

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...

woodcut illustration of a woman sitting at a writing desk

The University of South Carolina libraries have been acquiring works by Scottish authors since the early nineteenth century. With the addition of the extensive G. Ross Roy Collection in 1989,...

Page from Sketch of Company K

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...

image of boy reading a book

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...

copper plate engraving of a globe

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...

image of ships engaged in battle

This 42 page book written around 1907 describes how the iron-clad steamer, Virginia, destroyed the Merrimac and others during the Civil War.

image of Western Union Telegram

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,...

Images

watercolor caricature of military officer

This World War I soldier's sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist. Douglas G. Ward entered the military and trained at Catterick Camp, the...

Allen University Graduating Class of 1896

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),...

portrait of Camilla Urso

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...

Carolina Bands

A collection of images, sheet music, audio files, and drill charts from the University of South Carolina Bands Collection, housed at the USC Music Library.

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...

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 (...

Ernest F. Hollings

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...

Harbison Agricultural College

Harbison Agricultural College began in 1885 when the Rev. Emory W. Williams of Washington, D.C. founded a school to educate young African Americans in Abbeville, S.C. It was named Ferguson Academy...

pencil and ink wash drawing from Rosenberg Collection

One of the major collecting areas of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina is the literature of the First World War. A particularly notable part of that collection...

Isaiah DeQuincey Newman

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...

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...

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 a bomber pilot instructor. Following his return to Columbia...

The John Moak's WWII Diary Collection documents the life of John Calhoun "Cal" Moak (1920-1961). He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Calhoun Moak of Columbia, S.C. He received his wings and ratings...

John West

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...

poster image of soldier with headline: Help Stop This

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...

photo of joseph winter

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,...

K12 Primary Resources Pilot

In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online with the SC Social Studies Standards.

portrait of Marsh and his wife

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,...

bluebell sketch

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,...

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...

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...

S.C. and World War II

This virtual collection brings together materials documenting the South Carolina home-front during World War II as well as experiences of South Carolina soldiers. Read more at ...

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...

photo of train engine

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...

Standard Federal Photographs, 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...

image of graveyard from Brandt collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was...

Exterior of building on USC Campus

These images, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, document the evolution of the University's physical structures.

USC football program cover

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...

Manuscripts

Carolina Bands

A collection of images, sheet music, audio files, and drill charts from the University of South Carolina Bands Collection, housed at the USC Music Library.

Collection of Minerals at 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...

Charles Stuart Vedder Papers

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...

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...

Ernest F. Hollings

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...

A handwritten letter

The Furman Family Letters digital collection contains the content of two collections from Furman University's Special Collections and Archives:

...

Church Surveys

A historical records survey known as the Inventory of Church Archives was completed by W.P.A. workers between 1937 and 1939. The original survey sheets are held in the Manuscripts Division of the...

pencil and ink wash drawing from Rosenberg Collection

One of the major collecting areas of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina is the literature of the First World War. A particularly notable part of that collection...

Isaiah DeQuincey Newman

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...

The John Moak's WWII Diary Collection documents the life of John Calhoun "Cal" Moak (1920-1961). He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Calhoun Moak of Columbia, S.C. He received his wings and ratings...

John West

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...

K12 Primary Resources Pilot

In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online with the SC Social Studies Standards.

Keziah Brevard Journal

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...

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...

portrait of Maxcy Gregg

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...

image of page from Columbia City Minutes

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...

Modjeska Monteith Simkins

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...

bluebell sketch

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,...

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.

Richard L. Walker

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...

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...

Robert McNair

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...

woodcut illustration of a woman sitting at a writing desk

The University of South Carolina libraries have been acquiring works by Scottish authors since the early nineteenth century. With the addition of the extensive G. Ross Roy Collection in 1989,...

image of graveyard from Brandt collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was...

Exterior of building on USC Campus

These images, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, document the evolution of the University's physical structures.

USC 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...

USC Student Exams

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...

portrait of WD Rutherford

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")...

image of Western Union Telegram

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,...

WPA Federal Writers Project African American Life in S.C.

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...

Maps

Columbia Aerial photos pilot project

This website provides access to more than 300 black and white aerial photographs of Richland County, South Carolina. Currently, most of the photographs in Richland County are of the Columbia area...

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 (...

Historic 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...

K12 Primary Resources Pilot

In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online with the SC Social Studies Standards.

Newspapers

pencil and ink wash drawing from Rosenberg Collection

One of the major collecting areas of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina is the literature of the First World War. A particularly notable part of that collection...

portrait of Maxcy Gregg

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...

Cover of Harper's Weekly Newspaper

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...

illustration from Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped

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...

woodcut illustration of a woman sitting at a writing desk

The University of South Carolina libraries have been acquiring works by Scottish authors since the early nineteenth century. With the addition of the extensive G. Ross Roy Collection in 1989,...

image of graveyard from Brandt collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was...

portrait of WD Rutherford

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")...

Objects

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 (...

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...

portrait of WD Rutherford

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")...

Pamphlets

Allen University Graduating Class of 1896

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),...

portrait of Camilla Urso

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...

pencil and ink wash drawing from Rosenberg Collection

One of the major collecting areas of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina is the literature of the First World War. A particularly notable part of that collection...

exterior of church

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...

Image of clowns dancing

This collection of pamphlets is from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections includes three pamphlets ranging in date from 1838-1927. The topics include an oration on sexual...

image of graveyard from Brandt collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was...

Town Theatre Logo

A collection of over 100 programs dating from 1921 to 1999 from productions at the historic Town Theatre in downtown Columbia. Full programs can be viewed online, hosted by South Carolina Digital...

Postcards

image of graveyard from Brandt collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was...

image of Western Union Telegram

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,...

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watercolor caricature of military officer

This World War I soldier's sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist. Douglas G. Ward entered the military and trained at Catterick Camp, the...

Allen University Graduating Class of 1896

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),...

portrait of Camilla Urso

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...

Carolina Bands

A collection of images, sheet music, audio files, and drill charts from the University of South Carolina Bands Collection, housed at the USC Music Library.

Carolina Student Handbook

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...

Collection of Minerals at 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...

Charles Stuart Vedder Papers

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...

Columbia Aerial photos pilot project

This website provides access to more than 300 black and white aerial photographs of Richland County, South Carolina. Currently, most of the photographs in Richland County are of the Columbia area...

Columbia , SC City Directories

This searchable collection of Columbia City Directories from 1859 is an invaluable source for historians and genealogists...

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...

page from Congarees Store Account Book

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...

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 (...

illustration of young child with a wreath of flowers on head

Filles et garçons: scènes de la ville et des champs was originally published as the last 10 of the 19 "scenes" in France'sNos Enfants (Paris : Hachette, 1887); the first 9 scenes...

Ernest F. Hollings

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...

A handwritten letter

The Furman Family Letters digital collection contains the content of two collections from Furman University's Special Collections and Archives:

...

Harbison Agricultural College

Harbison Agricultural College began in 1885 when the Rev. Emory W. Williams of Washington, D.C. founded a school to educate young African Americans in Abbeville, S.C. It was named Ferguson Academy...

Historic 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...

image of girl sitting at a desk

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...

Church Surveys

A historical records survey known as the Inventory of Church Archives was completed by W.P.A. workers between 1937 and 1939. The original survey sheets are held in the Manuscripts Division of the...

pencil and ink wash drawing from Rosenberg Collection

One of the major collecting areas of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina is the literature of the First World War. A particularly notable part of that collection...

Isaiah DeQuincey Newman

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...

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...

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 a bomber pilot instructor. Following his return to Columbia...

The John Moak's WWII Diary Collection documents the life of John Calhoun "Cal" Moak (1920-1961). He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Calhoun Moak of Columbia, S.C. He received his wings and ratings...

John West

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...

poster image of soldier with headline: Help Stop This

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...

photo of joseph winter

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,...

K12 Primary Resources Pilot

In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online with the SC Social Studies Standards.

portrait of Marsh and his wife

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,...

Keziah Brevard Journal

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...

engraved image of cherub and wreath of flowers

The illustrated annual giftbook is one of the most distinctive publishing genres on both sides of the Atlantic, from the mid-1820s through to the 1850s. In 1823, the British published Rudolph...

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...

portrait of Maxcy Gregg

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...

image of page from Columbia City Minutes

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...

image of exterior of Olympia Mills

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...

Modjeska Monteith Simkins

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...

exterior of church

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...

bluebell sketch

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,...

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.

engraved image of Phillis Wheatley sitting at writing desk

The poems of Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784) are read and studied by students and scholars in a variety of disciplines (American literature, African-American Studies, African Studies, and Women’s...

Image of clowns dancing

This collection of pamphlets is from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections includes three pamphlets ranging in date from 1838-1927. The topics include an oration on sexual...

page from reniniscences

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...

Richard L. Walker

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...

Cover of Harper's Weekly Newspaper

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...

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...

illustration from Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped

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...

Robert McNair

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...

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...

woodcut illustration of a woman sitting at a writing desk

The University of South Carolina libraries have been acquiring works by Scottish authors since the early nineteenth century. With the addition of the extensive G. Ross Roy Collection in 1989,...

Page from Sketch of Company K

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...

S.C. and World War II

This virtual collection brings together materials documenting the South Carolina home-front during World War II as well as experiences of South Carolina soldiers. Read more at ...

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...

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...

photo of train engine

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...

Standard Federal Photographs, 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...

image of boy reading a book

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...

image of graveyard from Brandt collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was...

Town Theatre Logo

A collection of over 100 programs dating from 1921 to 1999 from productions at the historic Town Theatre in downtown Columbia. Full programs can be viewed online, hosted by South Carolina Digital...

copper plate engraving of a globe

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...

Exterior of building on USC Campus

These images, dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, document the evolution of the University's physical structures.

USC football program cover

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...

USC 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...

USC Student Exams

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...

image of ships engaged in battle

This 42 page book written around 1907 describes how the iron-clad steamer, Virginia, destroyed the Merrimac and others during the Civil War.

portrait of WD Rutherford

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")...

image of Western Union Telegram

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,...

WPA Federal Writers Project African American Life in S.C.

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...