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2015 South Carolina Flood Oral History Collection

For residents of Columbia and the many communities throughout the state, the 2015 flood was much more than statistics suggest. The oral histories in this collection begin to humanize the experience of the flood, as residents confronted loss and destruction of homes and businesses, and found support and resilience within their communities. Those willing to share their story are farmers, professors, artists, retirees, web designers, business owners, and more.

Fairfield High School Oral History Collection

The thirty-six interviewees in this collection describe community, family, educational experiences, and race relations in Winnsboro, Ridgeway, Simpson and surrounding areas of Fairfield County, South Carolina.

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James H. Davis and John S. Davis U.S. Marine Corps Oral History Collection

The oral history interviews in this collection seek to tell the story of Lt. Col. James H. Davis and his brother, John Sherwood Davis, by sharing recollections and experiences of those who knew or served with them. Family members, college friends, and fellow Marines have been interviewed, and those interviews form the foundation of ongoing efforts to preserve the stories and experiences of those who served our country.

Kline Iron & Steel Company History and Recollections

Kline Iron and Steel Company (1923-2003), known for its high quality products and services, had a reciprocal reputation of loyalty and respect between employees and owners. Through the thirty-plus oral history interviews in this collection, narrators share their stories of family, community, friendship, and work.

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

South Carolina Veterans Oral History Collection

This collection highlights the lives and experiences of American veterans who now call South Carolina home. Most major military conflicts including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan are represented in the collection, as are all branches of the U.S. military.

Tom Crosby oral history collection, 2006-2011

The Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina exhibit features as its center the forty-three oral history interviews forming the Tom Crosby Oral History Collection that describe the educational experiences of African Americans in South Carolina 1910s-1970s, most of whom attended Rosenwald schools and/or Allen University.

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 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.