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.

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 D. Workman, Jr., Papers Photographs

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 Jennings Bryan Dorn: In His Own Words

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

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.