black and white image of fire fighters battling a blaze with moving vans in foreground

Columbia Fire Department

This is a collection of photographs documenting the activities of the Columbia Fire Department between the 1940s the 1960s.

Handwritten cursive text with words I.S. Leevy History overlaid on background of example notebook page from I.S. Leevy collection with cursive lettering

Isaac Samuel Leevy Papers, 1905-1973

Isaac Samuel Leevy (1876-1968) was an entrepreneur and civic leader in Columbia, South Carolina best known for directing Leevy’s Funeral Home and staunchly supporting a two-party political system in the state as a Republican (until late in life) and Richland County Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.

A panoramic photograph of a group of people.

Panoramic Photographs of South Carolina

Panoramas are not unique to photography, as artists have employed the technique to capture wide-angle views since 20 A.D. Early panoramic photographs are rare and consisted of daguerreotype plates being pieced together to form the picture. Even with the later albumen process, prints were stitched together. With the invention of film negatives in 1888, followed …

flooded street

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.

Abby D. Munro Papers, 1837-1913

This collection includes letters from Munro’s purchase of a house which served as the Mt. Pleasant Home for Destitute Children, as well as legal documents from parents and guardians who signed care of impoverished African American children over to the home, financial documents, photographs, and an extensive run of the Laing School Visitor newsletter.

detail of ada clare letter

Ada Clare Papers, 1841-1864

Ada Clare (1836-1874) was the pseudonym and later legal name of Jane McElhenney, a journalist, writer, actress, poet, and feminist, of Charleston, S.C., and New York, N.Y.

Aerial Photos of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina (Pilot Project)

Aerial photographs of Richland County, South Carolina.

American Revolution in South Carolina

This collection brings together material from numerous South Caroliniana Library collections to document the experiences of South Carolinians during the American Revolutionary War—both within and outside of the state.

Belle W. Baruch Library Collection

Shallow Water Marine Benthic Macroinvertebrates of South Carolina:
Species Identification, Community Composition and Symbiotic Associations
by Richard S. Fox and Edward E. Ruppert

Berkeley County Photograph Collection

Once part of an album, the photographs (circa 1900) show plantations, African Americans, horses, hunting, rice threshing, wagons and carts, and churches in Berkeley County, S.C.

Beulah Glover Photograph Collection

This small sampling of images by Miss Beulah Glover includes prints and negatives and covers the years 1941 to 1952.

Bonds Conway Papers, 1763-1907

This collection of family letters, land papers, and other items documents several generations of a free family of color from the 18th through the 20th centuries in South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, east Texas, and elsewhere.