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.

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 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.

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J.B. Hawley Postcard Collection

This collection of postcards from donor J.B. Hawley focuses primarily on buildings found on university campuses across the United States.

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.

M. Hayes Mizell Papers

This digital collection consists chiefly of reports relating to implementation of school desegregation that were sent to M. Hayes Mizell in his role with the American Friends Service Committee, his own speeches and writings, and photographs.

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.

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.

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.

Smith and Wells Family Papers, 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.

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 McNair: In His Own Words

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