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University of South Carolina Archives

Preserving the current records and historical documents of the University of South Carolina

Contact Us

Telephone: (803) 777-5158
Fax: (803) 777-5747


Location: South Caroliniana Library on the Horseshoe
(Located on College at Sumter Streets)
Columbia, SC 29208

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About the USC Archives

The University Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible those University records that have permanent historical value. These include the records of major administrative offices, such as the Board of Trustees, the President and the Provost.

Other collections held by USC Archives include nineteenth century student records and various University publications, such as commencement programs, annual reports, academic bulletins, the Garnet and Black yearbooks and The Gamecock newspaper. The Archives also collects photographs relating to all aspects of life at USC, as well as architectural plans, drawings and maps of campus buildings and grounds. The bulk of the material is from the 20th century. Archives materials cannot be checked out, but most items can be reproduced.

The University Archives does not hold genealogies or family histories; for this type of information, contact the Manuscripts Division or Published Materials Divison at South Caroliniana Library. Objects and artifacts relating to the University's history can be found atMcKissick Museum.

USC Archives materials are stored offsite; advanced notification required.

For more information, contact Elizabeth West by telephone at (803) 777-5158 or by email at

Evolution of a Campus:

Expansion and Demolition at USC from 1801 to 2008

An online exhibit from USC Archives.

Recent digital collections from the University Archives.


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