The Richland Public Library Digital Collections from Richland County, South Carolina include:

  • Russell Maxey Photograph Collection “The Russell Maxey Photograph Collection at Richland Library includes over 7000 negatives, including images taken by Maxey and earlier photographers. Russell Maxey’s photographs allow researchers a glimpse into a southern city undergoing dramatic shifts in its economic, physical and social landscape.”

    Midlands Memories “Midlands Memories is a digital collection of photographs contributed by citizens that depict people, places and events of local historical significance. Contribute your Midlands Memories! Help us to share our collective community history”

    South Carolina Postcards “The South Carolina Postcards collection includes early 20th-century postcards and souvenir folders depicting historic images of Columbia, Richland County, Fort Jackson, and the wider Midlands area of South Carolina.”

    Yearbooks of Columbia Area Schools “This collection features historic yearbooks from local schools in the Columbia area. Most yearbooks were generously donated by members of the community.”

    Bicentennial Photograph Collection “This collection of photographs was donated to Richland Library in 1987 in honor of the bicentennial of the founding of the city of Columbia in 1786. The collection was created from copies of photographs, programs and lithographs of historic images of Columbia, S.C.”

    Columbia Army Air Base “The Columbia Army Air Base was established by United States War Department in West Columbia, South Carolina for training flight crews. Airmen flew on bombing missions at warfronts across the globe. These images were scanned from the personal collection of William Hamson, who served as an air base photographer from 1942 to 1945.”

    Columbia Theater and Entertainment “A collection of programs and ephemera representing a long history of performance and entertainment in Columbia. This collection spans the twentieth century and features playbills and programs from the historic Town Theater and other local theatrical productions as well as novelties such as dance cards, movie memorabilia and event tickets.”

    Epting Family Collection “This digital collection contains a sample of photographs from the David and Annie Epting family collection. The items were donated by Julie (Derrick) Epting, widow of David Epting Jr. Photographs are from the Columbia, Lexington, and Newberry areas, and date between 1876-1955. Neighborhoods depicted include Shandon and Cottontown.”

    Fort Jackson Library Collection “A collection of photographs from 1950-1971 depicting the libraries, staff and patrons of Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. In these years the Fort Jackson library system grew from a main library with 3 small branches to a centralized library system with more than 100,000 volumes.”

    Indexes of Local History and Genealogy “This collection includes indexes and finding aids for historical and genealogical information pertaining to Columbia, Richland County, and the Midlands.”

    Jimmy Price Studios “Jimmy Price Studios operated in Columbia, South Carolina during the mid-twentieth century. A transplant to Columbia from Raleigh, N.C., Jimmy Price worked as a staff photographer for the Columbia Record. He photographed a variety of subjects such as social events, business meetings, advertising displays, sporting events and accidents.”

    Mabel Payne Photograph Collection “The Mabel Payne Photograph Collection contains hundreds of photographic negatives taken by Payne and other local photographers between 1959 and 1970. These images depict historic structures such as Ainsley Hall (Robert Mills House), the Seibels House, the Hampton-Preston mansion, and others.”

    Maps of Columbia and Richland County “The Maps of Columbia and Richland County collection features an assortment of historic maps of Columbia and the surrounding areas. These maps depict streets, political boundaries, and school zones from the early twentieth century.”

    Mayer Family Photographs “The Mayer Family Photographs collection consists of photographs of members of the Mayer family who lived in Columbia throughout the twentieth century, along with various friends and acquaintances of the family. The Mayer family photograph collection was donated to Richland Library by Julian Hennig (1922–2006).”

    Mayors of Columbia “The Mayors of Columbia collection consists of portraits of the mayors and intendants of Columbia from John Taylor, the first intendant in 1806 to Bob Coble, mayor from 1990-2010.”

    Oral Histories from Richland Library “In their own words, get a personal glimpse from residents of Columbia or Richland County into their experiences of life in the past! This collection of oral histories from 1985 to the present was collected by Richland Library staff and volunteers.”

    Richland Library Archives “The Richland Library Archives collection consists of photographs, pamphlets, and assorted ephemera from library scrapbooks and other collections that document the library’s history as it has evolved throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”

    Sargeant Studios “John A. Sargeant was the founder of Sargeant Studios, a prominent photography studio based in Columbia, South Carolina that operated from 1918-1940. This collection contains a small group of Sargeant Studios news photography depicting accidents, crime and weather events from 1928 to 1939.”

    Columbia City Directories “a searchable collection of historic directories from 1859 to the early 20th-century.”Columbia, South Carolina Historical Digital Collections  “is a collaborative site hosting Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Mills Atlas, Columbia City Minutes and photographs from several institutions.”

    Confederate Rolls of South Carolina “listing Confederate servicemen by name and divided by company and regiment.”


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