“The South Carolina Digital Library provides free access to historic materials, such as photographs, manuscripts, journals, books, oral histories, objects, etc. illustrating the history and culture of South Carolina from over 40 cultural heritage institutions across the state. Over 200,000 items have been added so far.”

Free Spartanburg County South Carolina genealogy collections online include:

  • Broadsides from the Colonial Era to the Present “Broadsides is a virtual collection of posters from many different collections at the South Caroliniana Library.”

  •  Family Bible Records “This collection contains Bible records for a number of South Carolina families. They date from the late 1700s to the late 1900s. The Bible records contain information on births, marriages, deaths, and other notable events that occurred within the families.”

  • Forward Together, South Carolina in World War I

  •  Greer High School Yearbooks “This collection includes yearbooks from Greer High School scanned in collaboration with the Greer Heritage Museum. While Greer’s yearbook changed names over the years, the early ones were known as The Bantam. “

  • Henry William Ravenel, Plants and Planter “Correspondences between Henry William Ravenel and fellow botanist, family, and others. 1844-1887”

  • Herald-Journal Willis Collection “The collection of over 400 historical photographs was donated by the Herald-Journal in 1999. Most of the photographs were taken by Alfred Tennyson Willis, a Spartanburg commercial photographer, and date from the early 1900s to the 1940s.”

  •  Heyward Album “This Civil War-era photograph album contains cartes-de-visite photographs of members of the S. C. Secession Convention, Confederate and U.S. Governments, officers of the Confederate and U.S. Armies, S.C. governors, and officers of the South Carolina Volunteers 1st Regiment of Rifles.”

  • Historical Commission of South Carolina Pamphlets “Topics covered include: agriculture, Civil War regimental histories, education and schools, geology, industry, medicine, Native American tribes, nature, nullification, the Revolutionary War, the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) …”

  • Historical Newspapers “View selected issues of the Greenville Daily Herald, The Charleston Courier, The Carolina News and Guide, Cohen’s Weekly, the Illinois State Register, and other historical newspapers dating from 1851 – 1963.”

  • James F. Byrnes Photograph Collection “James F. Byrnes (May 2, 1879 – April 9, 1972) was a U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, and Governor of South Carolina. During World War II Byrnes was nicknamed the “Assistant President” because of the power he wielded over the war effort in his position as Director of the Office…”

  • Mills Atlas of the State of South Carolina “The 1825 publication of Robert Mills’ Atlas of the State of South Carolina marked an American cartographic first. This volume is the first systematic atlas of any state in the union.”

  •  Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches in South Carolina, 1785-1920 “This digital collection from the USC’s South Caroliniana Library comprises nearly 400 volumes of Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches in South Carolina between 1785 and 1920.”

  •  Negro Travelers’ Greenbook, 1956

  • Newsletters and Pamphlets “Browse selected newsletters and pamphlets scanned from microfilm.”

  • Reminiscences of the Sixties “Charles Crosland (1845-1918), who served in the 19th South Carolina Cavalry Battalion, with Company H of the Confederate Army’s Hampton Legion, recounts his combat experiences, his father’s death, and the destruction of the Crosland family plantation in Bennetsville. He also references the sinking of the USS Housatonic by the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley.”

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina

  • Selections from the Bradford Scrapbook Collection “The photographs by Randy Bradford from this collection of historical Spartanburg images are from the decade of the 1940s. Bradford recorded important events, political leaders, and visiting celebrities.”

  • Selections from the Willis Collection “Lieutenant Colonel Robert Henry Willis, Jr., son of Robert Henry and Jessie Willis, was born in Williston, South Carolina in 1886. He was the first honor graduate of the Citadel in 1908. Henry Willis became interested in aviation in 1912 and learned to fly in San Diego, California.”

  • Selections from World War II Camp Croft Photographs of Joseph Peter Pizzimenti “One of the nearly 200,000 men who passed through Camp Croft was Joseph Peter Pizzimenti of Detroit, MI. He was a musician in the jazz and marching bands at Croft from 1941 until early 1945.”

  • South Carolina Aerial Photograph Indexes, 1937-1989

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