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Visual Materials

South Caroliniana Library

  • Albumen prints
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  • Architectural drawings
  • Art work
  • Blueprints
  • Cabinets
  • Cartes-de-visite
  • Cased photographs
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  • Stereographs
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In 1900, 'Miss Waring' won a race associated with Charleston's Blockade Week festival.  - 27398 Bytes Visual Materials Division documents the people, places, and culture of South Carolina through a collection of 19th- and 20th-century photographs, postcards, illustrated newspapers, engravings, and lithographs. Other holdings include original artwork, sculpture, posters, blueprints, and architectural drawings.

Digitization and reproduction services are available. Please contact the visual materials archivist to arrange an appointment or discuss costs and delivery schedule.

Call 803-777-7090 or email Ms. Beth Bilderback

Addtional S.C. images available from:

The Honorable James F. Byrnes (1882-1972) stands on a street in Conway, S.C., while on the campaign trail in 1939, posing with two full strings of fish borrowed from some passing children for the photo-op. - 13697 Bytes To browse descriptions of many items held by Visual Materials Division, go to the online catalog, click on the pull-down menu and limit search to Columbia South Caroliniana Library.

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When searching in KEYWORD mode, include the term PICTORIAL

The term will appear in the catalog along with the name of the person, location, event, school, organization, or business, as seen in the following examples of subject headings:

View of Columbia, S.C., 1908, from West side of Congaree River, photographed by William L. Blanchard who worked in Columbia from 1906-39. - 41948 Bytes Women Picking in the Field; oil painting by Margaret Moffett Law (1871-1956) - 49496 Bytes Daguerreotype by David L. Glen of Charleston, S.C. - 11212 Bytes

Celebrated diarist, Mary Boykin Chesnut (1823-1886); carte-de-visite, ca. 1862. - 7466 Bytes Postcard view of Mulberry, near Camden, S.C.  In 1840, seventeen-year-old bride Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut joined her husband James Chesnut (1815-1885) at this Kershaw County home. They lived at Mulberry until 1848 when the couple moved into Camden, S.C. - 51468 Bytes Actress Lois Collier of Salley, S.C., ca. 1950s. - 45974 Bytes Printed drawing of the Library's reading room by Philip Mullen. - 3333 Bytes

Students on joggling board at the Laing School (Mt. Plesant, S.C.), from the Abby D. Munro papers (Manuscripts Division) - 35063 Bytes View of Beaufort, S.C. (postcard, circa 1940) - 34304 Bytes 'Steady Freddie' Green (1911-1987),  ca. 1937, when he joined the Count Basie Orchestra. - 115641 Bytes

The Arsenal building, Beaufort, S.C. (postcard, ca. 1950s) - 33199 BytesBaseball Team, Harbison Agricultural College (Irmo, S.C.) - 10120 Bytes


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