A Brief History of Moscovia

This collection includes John Milton’s A Brief History of Moscovia: and Other Less-Known Countries Lying Eastward of Russia as Far as Cathay. Gathered from the Writings of Several Eye-Witnesses and a map of Russia dating from 1625.

AccessAble Books

Rare, unique and invaluable, these books were digitized in collaboration with the USC Press.

Aerial Photos of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina (Pilot Project)

Aerial photographs of Richland County, South Carolina

African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman: An Exhibition of films from the Fox Movietone News Collection

Fox News and Fox Movietone News camera crews covered the people and events of the country and the world, from 1919 to 1963.

Alan Seeger, Le Poète de la Légion Étrangère

Alan Seeger, le poète de la Légion étrangère. Ses lettres et poèms, ecrits durant la guerre réunis par son père et traduits par Odette Raimondi-Matheron

Alphabet Rendered Instructive and Entertaining

This beautifully illustrated alphabet book, published in 1775, is an excellent example of early children’s literature from the eighteenth century.

Angelica Singleton Van Buren Collection

This collection of travel diaries and an autograph book gives a first-hand account of early to mid nineteenth century aristocratic life in The United States and abroad.

Armstrong Family Papers, 1900-1930

This collection of photographs, newspaper clippings and various manuscripts documents one of America’s foremost early twentieth-century African-American magic acts.

Belle W. Baruch Library Collection

Shallow Water Marine Benthic Macroinvertebrates of South Carolina:
Species Identification, Community Composition and Symbiotic Associations
by Richard S. Fox and Edward E. Ruppert

Berkeley County Photograph Collection

Once part of an album, the photographs (circa 1900) show plantations, African Americans, horses, hunting, rice threshing, wagons and carts, and churches in Berkeley County, S.C.

Beulah Glover Photograph Collection

This small sampling of images by Miss Beulah Glover includes prints and negatives and covers the years 1941 to 1952.

Bonds Conway Papers, 1763-1907

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.

Broadsides from the Colonial Era to the Present at the South Caroliniana Library

Broadsides from the Colonial Era to the Present at the South Caroliniana Library

Butler Derrick: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of Butler C. Derrick at South Carolina Political Collections

Calvin Shedd Papers, 1862-1864

Forty-four letters, 1862-1864, of Union soldier Calvin Shedd from Company A, Seventh New Hampshire Regiment, are written primarily from locations in coastal South Carolina.

Camilla Urso Collection

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.

Carolina Bands Collection

The Carolina Bands Collection is comprised of hundreds of letters, pages of drill, photographs, football programs, and newspaper clippings.

Carolina Students 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.

Catalog of the Collections of Minerals in the College 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 …

Census of Cuba Report, 1899

Report on the Census of Cuba, 1899. Acknowledgements Lisa Ressener (2006, MLIS Library Science) and Laura Masce (2006, MLIS Library Science) scanned the images of this book in the fall of 2005. Laura Masce then created a home page for the book and used optical character recognition software to “OCR” the text of the book, …

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.

Charleston Earthquake, 1886

The photographs in this collection show the aftermath of the 1886 Charleston earthquake shortly after it occurred.

Chester County Historical Collection, 1739-1997

This digital collection contains correspondence, family papers, business records, and church records from Chester County.

Church Register of the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church, South

Salem M. E. Church South was located in Richland County, SC (now Fort Jackson property). It dates back to 1887 for sure and possibly even earlier to 1876. The church register is mostly from this Church.

City Directories of South Carolina 1859-1922

The City Directories of South Carolina are housed at the Published Materials Division of USC’s South Caroliniana Library. Many of the Columbia (S.C.) City Directores are at the Richland Library. Some of this collection was digitized by the Internet Archive as part of a project funded by PASCAL in collaboration with LYRASIS. It includes directories …

Civil Rights Films from USC’s Moving Image Research Collections

This curated collection brings together diverse archival footage documenting the Civil Rights movement.

Clariosophic Literary Society Records of the University of South Carolina, 1806-1983

One of two original student organizations established at South Carolina College in 1806, to prepare their members for future leadership roles by strengthening their oratorical skills.

Claude Casey Scrapbooks & Ephemera

The photographs, clippings and ephemera in this collection reflect Claude Casey’s personal and professional lives.

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.

Columbia, South Carolina City Directories

This searchable collection of Columbia (S.C.) 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.

David Wyatt Aiken Papers, 1849-1976

This collection contains a diary, 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.”

Delbert Claire Brandt Collection

This collection contains 32 letters and postcards to and from Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was wounded, and died on November 16, 1918.

Development of the Printed Page

The images in this collection have been created from a portfolio of book and manuscript leaves that was compiled and sold by The Society of Foliophiles in 1964.

Diamond Fields of South Africa: Memoirs, Mines, and Minerals

This collection consists of five items that represent some of the earliest publications describing the diamond fields of South Africa.

Documentation for the People: Celebrating 125 Years as a Federal Depository Library

Documentation for the People: Celebrating 125 Years as a Federal Depository Library

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.

E. E. Burson Photograph Collection

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.D.E.N. Southworth Collection

Digital collection of over 80 of popular 19th century author E.D.E.N. Southworth’s books

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.

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.

Edwin Hughes Collection

The Edwin Hughes Collection is a large collection containing a wide variety of materials, including correspondence, scores, photographs, concert programs, magazine and newspaper clippings, published materials, and scrapbooks.

Eleanor Phelps’ 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.

Equality of Educational Opportunity

This report is submitted in response to Section 402 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Ethelind Pope Brown Collection of South Carolina Natural History

The Ethelind Pope Brown Collection of South Carolina Natural History is comprised of 32 opaque watercolors, or gouaches, on paper.

Eugene Avery Adams Papers, 1892-1968

Papers documenting the life of a twentieth century AME minister and leader in the fields of education, civil rights, and business.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Ledger, 1919–1938

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.

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 This digitization project was made possible by the Public History internship (HIST 480) held by …

Fox Movietone News: The War Years

These 8 to 10 minute Fox Movietone News newsreels record how the world appeared on screen to the American public during the war.

French Language Children’s Books

A selection of French language children’s books from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings at South Carolina Political Collections

Garnet and Black Yearbooks, 1899-1994

University of South Carolina’s Garnet and Black Yearbooks from 1899 to 1994, all available and keyword searchable.

George LaGrange Cook Photograph Collection

This collection of glass plate negatives of Charleston and Summerville was made by George LaGrange Cook in the 1880s and early 1890s.

George William Walker papers, 1913-1934

Letters and photographs from Charleston-native George William Walker (b. 1894) who served as a lieutenant in the 52nd Infantry Regiment, World War I.

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

Government Information Pamphlet Collection

This is a collection of informational pamphlets from the Government Information Library.

Harbison Agricultural College Photograph Collection

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.

Harry and William Birch Collection

Over 40 hours of film, photographs, and papers document the careers of two distinguished Chicago news cameramen, father and son.

Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music

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.

Henry William Ravenel Papers, 1739-1935

Manuscripts and diaries documenting the family life and natural history interests of a 19th century planter, botanist, and agricultural writer.

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.

Historic Southern Naturalists

This website cross-references digitized images of object and archival collections documenting the work of significant naturalists associated with the University, who worked in the South.

Historical Soil Survey Maps of South Carolina

At the close of the 19th century the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with individual state agencies, began the collection of vast amounts of pedogenic information for the sake of not only farmers but also for developers and industry.

History of Education in America

This collection of textbooks and printed works on nineteenth century American education 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.

Home Movies from USC’s Moving Image Research Collections

Moving Image Research Collections’ holdings of amateur films and home movies documents family life, holiday celebrations, vacation travel and much more. These films, created in many locations across the United States and across the globe as well, represent a period of time spanning from the early 20th century to the 1970’s. Browse the entire collection …

Humboldt’s Atlas of Latin America, 1799-1804

This volume, the atlas to the exhibition, 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.

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.

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.

Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Pamphlet Collection

These three rare pamphlets cover a wide range of topics, including women’s suffrage, athletic dance, and colonization.

Isaac Rosenberg: Early Poetry and Related Documents from the Joseph Cohen Collection of World War I Literature

Isaac 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. He died on the Somme in 1918 at the age of 27.

Isaiah DeQuincey Newman (1911-1985), Papers, 1929-2003

I. DeQuincey Newman was a Methodist pastor, activist, entrepreneur, and a leading figure in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina.

James and Marian Robinson Scrapbooks, 1935-1969

This collection includes both a bound (1944-1949) and an unbound (1935-1969) scrapbook, and each book offers a snapshot into the life of Jim and Marian Robinson. Letters, photos, and newspaper clippings are all included in this collection.

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.

Jerred Metz Collection of Manufacturers’ Recipes and Advertisements, 1902-1950

The Metz Recipe Book Collection includes more than 500 manufacturers’ cookbooks.

Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Manuscripts, Images, and Ephemera

This collection contains over 300 letters, photographs, page proofs, and various other items connected with many prominent persons of nineteenth-century American literary culture from New England and beyond.

John and Mary Osman – Braun and Hogenberg Collection

The John and Mary Osman Braun and Hogenberg Collection contains a variety of maps from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, primarily from the Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World) by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg.

John C. Calhoun Papers

John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850), born in Abbeville, South Carolina, rose to prominence as a politician and statesman. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1810, and quickly became instrumental in pushing the United States to declare war on Britain, launching the War of 1812.

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.

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.

John Shaw Billings Photograph Albums, 1875-1939

The series of photograph albums document the time that John Shaw Billings (1898-1975) and his extended fmaily spent at the Redcliffe plantation in Aiken County, South Carolina.

John West: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of John West at South Carolina Political Collections

Joseph A. De Laine Papers ca. 1918 – 2000

This core unit of three hundred fifty items covers chiefly the period from 1942, when Joseph Armstrong DeLaine 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.”

Joseph E. Winter (1920–1992) Collection

The Joseph E. Winter (1920–1992) Collection reflects the career of Joseph E. Winter, housing inspector (1955–1965) and director (1965–1980) of the Columbia Rehabilitation Commission.

Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection: Postcards

Postcards were a popular and inexpensive means of keeping in touch during the Great War. In addition, they boosted morale, encouraged patriotism, and served as an important propaganda tool. Designs included national themes, political cartoons, patriotic imagery, and humorous and sentimental messages. Photographic postcards depicted every aspect of the war from soldiers training to battlefield …

Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection: Posters

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 …

Kenneth Frederick Marsh Photograph Collection

The photographs of Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) were used to illustrate the following books by photographer Marsh and his wife, Blanche Marsh: Historic Flat Rock (North Carolina), Plantation Heritage, Robert Mills, and The New South, Greenville, S.C.

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.

L’Art décoratif de Léon Bakst

éon 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.

Literary Annuals

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.

Loretta Dunbar Oral Correspondence Collection, 1974-1979

Loretta & Hamish Dunbar’s recorded letters home to her mother and step-father while serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa in the 1970s

Lutheran Church Records of South Carolina

Parish registers, with records of baptisms, marriages, burials, and communions, in addition to lists of members, pastors, and church officers.

Many Years After

A Bit of History and some Recollections of Bamberg with Appendix of Data Concerning a few Bamberg County Families and their Connections
by D. Graham Copeland

Marian Bruce Logan Collection of Civil Rights Activism, 1945-1989

This collection is comprised of the personal papers and effects of Civil Rights activist and cabaret singer Marian Bruce Logan (1920-1993).

Martha Monteith Papers

Martha Cunningham Monteith was the first trained speech therapist employed by the South Carolina public school system, establishing the inaugural program at Richland County District One in 1949.

Marx E. Cohen Plantation Records, 1840-1868

Owner of Clear Springs Plantation, or Tipse Boo in St. Andrew’s Parish, Charleston, SC.

Massenet First Edition Opera Scores

Selected, signed first editions of Massenet operas.

Maxcy Gregg Papers, 1835–1888

This collection includes Maxcy Gregg’s Sporting Journal (1839–1860) as well as letters and reports from his service during the Civil War. Letters and newspaper clippings commemorating his death at the Battle of Fredericksburg are also included.

Menu Project

This collection is the beginning of a community wide effort to record the contemporary culinary history of the Southeast.

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.

Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches in South Carolina, 1785-1920

Baptists, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians in South Carolina have often disagreed on matters of liturgy and theology and have even competed for members.

Modjeska Monteith Simkins Papers, 1909-1992

Columbia civil rights activist Simkins was a founder of the Victory Savings Bank and proved to be a key influence in many SC political campaigns.

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.

Negro Travelers’ Green Book, 1956

The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green.

New South Newspaper, 1862–1866

The New South offers a glimpse into an era of unprecedented social upheaval in the South Carolina Lowcountry. In the Battle of Port Royal Sound of Nov. 7, 1861, Union Navy forces seized control of Port Royal Harbor, and Beaufort District’s white residents fled in their wake.

New Voter: South Carolina League of Women Voters, Columbia, S.C.

A primer for newly-enfranchised voters, this pamphlet lays out the goals and purposes of the South Carolina League of Women Voters and provides a tutorial on government and elections.

North American Fauna No. 28

Revision of the mice of the American genus peromyscus

North of the Broad River, The Land and the People – Buford S. Chappell

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.

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.

Official program of the mid-winter session of the Bishops’ 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.

Oliver Hart Papers, 1741-1961

Correspondence, diaries, and sermon notes from colonial and Revolutionary periods in Charleston, S.C.

Pages from the Past

Pages from the Past comprises a digital record of all the medieval manuscripts in South Carolina’s institutional archives.

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.

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.

Paul Cross Papers

The Paul Cross (d. 1784) papers span the years 1768 to 1803 and include accounts, lists of goods exchanged for enslaved Africans, inventories, invoices, correspondence, receipts, and a memorandum book. The bulk of the letters written to Cross are from resident merchants, transient traders, and seasoned ship captains affiliated with the port of Liverpool. During …

Paul Hamilton Papers, 1802 – 1812

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.

Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects

The first book published by an African-American author, and the frontispiece portrait of Wheatley is the only surviving work by the African-American slave artist Scipio Moorhead (born ca. 1750).

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.

Quiver

Antebellum Charleston literary magazine, recognized as the first Jewish publication printed in the United States. 

Richard L. Walker: In His Own Words

Academic papers, articles, clippings, and speeches from the Papers of Richard L. Walker at South Carolina Political Collections

Richard Theodore Greener Papers, 1876-1919

Richard Theodore Greener was the first black graduate of Harvard University in 1870. He taught philosophy, Latin, and Greek at the University of South Carolina, and served as the school’s Librarian. He was the first African-American member of the faculty and served until 1877.

Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy

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 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.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped in Young Folks Paper

Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about the adventures of young David Balfour, is one of the Scottish author’s most famous works.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow in Young Folks Paper

First published in the children’s periodical Young Folks Paper under his pseudonym “Captain George North”

Robert McNair: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of Robert E. McNair at South Carolina Political Collections

Roman Vishniac: The Subject is Nature

Roman 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.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina

Originally conceived in the late 18th Century, fire insurance maps provided structural and urban environmental information necessary for insurance underwriters. Founded in 1867 in the United States, the Sanborn National Insurance Diagram Bureau systematically produced ascetically appealing, but also efficient, maps nationwide.

Sheet Music from the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection

The Joseph M. Bruccoli Collection includes over a thousand pieces of sheet-music from the First World War

Sol Blatt: In His Own Words

Documents from the Papers of Solomon Blatt, Sr. at South Carolina Political Collections

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 Maps Department of Thomas Cooper Library.

South Carolina and Spanish American War

Scenes from training camps in S.C. (1898), journey of 27th U.S. V. to the Philippines (1898), and 2nd SCI at the Mexican Border Campaign (1916)

South Carolina 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.

South Carolina Department of Transportation County Road Maps

This digital project was completed by Robert Blank (MLIS 2013). Blank scanned the documents on an Zeutschel overhead scanner and created metadata following Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices. This work could not have been done without the help of Ross Taylor and Tony Branch, systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database.

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.

South Carolina Political Collections, Oral Histories

A small collection of oral histories recorded by staff at South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina.

South Carolina Postcards

This digital collection features postcards from across the State of South Carolina. Browse this collection by county, or keyword search collection metadata using the search box. 10 counties are currently available, and more counties will continue to be added in the future. The originals are housed at South Caroliniana Library.

South Carolina Railroad Photograph Collection

The South Caroliniana Library has been collecting photographs of train stations, depots, rail yards, engines, and rolling stock for many years.

South Caroliniana Cookbook Collection

19th-century and early 20th century South Carolina cookbooks containing recipes and practical domestic advice

South Caroliniana Library Map Collection

The map collection of the South Caroliniana Library has always been a significant resource for geographers, historians, and genealogists.

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.

Stereographic Views of South Carolina

This group of stereographs contains images of the damage to Charleston during the Civil War, images of Folly and Port Royal Islands as well as forts, churches, hospitals and headquarters.

Thomas and Muller Family Papers, 1702-1998

Diaries, correspondence, and photographs chiefly documenting the lives of family members near Ridgeway, S.C.

Thomas Jones Davies Bible Records (1830-1865)

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.

Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley is a term used to describe the popular sheet music business primarily based in New York City from 1880-1950, with its peak years occurring from 1903-1930.

Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward

This World War I soldier’s sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist.

Topographical Maps of South Carolina, 1888-1975

Measuring 14 ½ 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). The scale is 1:62500. The contour intervals vary. Measurements are shown in miles, feet …

Travel Journal and Album of Collected Papers of William Tennent III (1740-1777)

Travel Journal, 2 Aug.-15 Sept. 1775, documenting Tennent’s trek though the back-country of the South Carolina Colony, at times in the company of William Henry Drayton and Rev. Oliver Hart, in an effort to persuade American Loyalists to join the Patriot cause.

Tri-Daily Meteorological Records, 1878

Bulletins published in these volumes exhibit the record of simultaneous weather observations, taken three times daily.

Tycho Brahe’s Instruments in the Blaeu Grande Atlas

This section from Jean Blaeu’s Grande Atlas, from the French version issued in 1663, describes and illustrates the astronomical instruments of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).

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.

United States Marine Corps Films

This online collection provides access to the United States Marine Corps Film Repository and highlights materials from other collections that enrich our understanding of Marine Corps history.

University of South Carolina Buildings and Grounds

The University of South Carolina was originally established as the South Carolina College in 1801.

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.

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.

University of South Carolina Student Examinations

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.

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).

Views of Columbia, South Carolina

This digital collection brings together photographs of Columbia, S.C. from many different collections in the South Caroliniana Library. Dating from the 1880s through the 20th century, these photographs provide a visual record of the changes seen in the city.

William Ancrum Papers, 1757–1789: Letter Book and Account Book

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., …

William D. Workman Photographs, Papers

William D. Workman, Jr. (1914-1990) was a newspaper journalist and editor, author, and talented amateur photographer. His collection includes thousands of images taken across South Carolina and of prominent South Carolinians within and outside the state.

William Drayton Rutherford Papers, 1840–1897

This collection of papers and artifacts relating to William Drayton Rutherford (1837–1864) and his wife, Sallie Fair Rutherford (1842–1921), has been expanded to include a 2008 accession that provides a look into the life of Sallie and her family following her first husband’s death.

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, William Gilmore Simms did more than anyone to frame white southern self-identity, nationalism, and historical consciousness.

William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle

41 oral history interviews and accompanying notes relating to the lynching of Willie Earle in 1947.

William Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words

Audio clips from the Papers of William Jennings Bryan Dorn
at South Carolina Political Collections

William Savage Oral History Collection, 1982-1988

40 interviews from late 1980s of faculty and staff members documents a small part of the institutional history of the University of South Carolina.

World War I Letters of Samuel Bloom

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.

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 …

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.

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.