Historic Southern Naturalists

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During the colonial period in North America, centers of scientific thought were often associated with port cities such as Boston, New York and Philadelphia. However, the southernmost port city of Charleston should not be overlooked, as it was the center of intense scientific investigations through the mid-1800s. The founding of South Carolina College in 1801 drew the attention of scientific pursuits to the inland city of Columbia, and there began an important legacy of scientific collections.

Since that time, the University of South Carolina (formerly South Carolina College) has amassed a collection of both archives and objects dating to the earliest years of the field of natural history. 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.

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