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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.

SC Aerial Photograph Indexes

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 Maps Collection of Thomas Cooper Library.

 

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.

SC Transportation Maps

This is a collection of over 700 South Carolina county road maps from 1930s to the 1990s, courtsey of the University of South Carolina Thomas Cooper Map Collection.

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.

SC Library Buildings Collection

The South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Digital Library present the South Carolina Library Buildings Collection, a collection of images of public library buildings in the state from the 1940s-1970s.
The photographs are from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and many were taken by State Library field agents. Topics include exterior views of headquarter and branch locations, interior views, and construction. 

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 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.

 

SC School Directories

Since 1911 the South Carolina State Department of Education has published a yearly directory of schools in the state. Information catalogued in each issue is different; some issues include school and district information, Department of Education staff and programs, listings of private schools and colleges, statistics, and state educational associations. These directories provide valuable information about the school buildings and educational leaders in a community. The issues available are from 1912-2010.

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.

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 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.

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