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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

William Couper’s Diary, World War I, 1917

Diary of William Couper (1884–1964), a native of Norfolk, Virginia, who served as Construction Officer at Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson) in Columbia, South Carolina, during WWI.

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.

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

Via interviews with former slaves, notes on folklore, and articles on prominent African Americans and African-American organizations, these materials provide us with one of the richest sources of information on African-American life in South Carolina at the time.