Camilla Urso Collection

Camilla Urso was one of the leading violinists of the 19th century. She accomplished this at a time when the violin was not considered to be a suitable instrument for a woman to play.

Select Pamphlets from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

These three rare pamphlets cover a wide range of topics, including women’s suffrage, athletic dance, and colonization.

Jerred Metz Collection of Manufacturers’ Recipes and Advertisements, 1902-1950

The Metz Recipe Book Collection includes more than 500 manufacturers’ cookbooks.

John Henry McCray papers, 1929-1989

This collection of manuscripts and photographs documents the life and work of journalist and politician John H. McCray (1910-1987).

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

Marian Bruce Logan Collection of Civil Rights Activism, 1945-1989

This collection is comprised of the personal papers and effects of Civil Rights activist and cabaret singer Marian Bruce Logan (1920-1993).

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.

New Voter: South Carolina League of Women Voters, Columbia, S.C.

A primer for newly-enfranchised voters, this pamphlet lays out the goals and purposes of the South Carolina League of Women Voters and provides a tutorial on government and elections.

Papers of the Cox and Chesnut Families, 1792-1858

This collection of papers of the Cox and Chesnut families discusses political, economic, and social aspects of life in the United States during the Early National and antebellum periods.

Papers of the Smith and Wells Families, 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.