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Columbia , SC City Directories

This searchable collection of Columbia City Directories from 1859 is an invaluable source for historians and genealogists. City directories offer an alphabetized listing of residents and businesses as well as a street-by-street listing of occupants.

Columbia, SC Historical Digital Collections

The following digital collections represent a broad picture of the history of Columbia, South Carolina, from the 1800s to the end of the twentieth century. A special thanks to the City of Columbia, Richland Library, USC Libraries, South Carolina State Museum, South Carolina State Library, and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History for making these collections available online.

image of Confederate Rolls page

Roll of South Carolina volunteers to the Confederate armed forces divided by company and regiment, and including age, rank, county, and remarks on their service. Compiled in 1898 for the Historian of the Confederate Records.

image of exterior of Olympia Mills

Describes the mill industries of Columbia in the beginning of the 20th century with photographs of area mills and homes. Written by W. B. Whaley and published in 1903 by The State Company of Columbia.

Cover of Harper's Weekly Newspaper

The Richland Library Historical Collections is comprised of materials depicting Columbia, S.C. found in the Walker Local and Family History Center- including digitized books, ledgers, playbills and civil-war era lithographs from various original sources.

image of Russell Maxey

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. The negatives are housed in the Walker Local and Family History Center.

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Town Theatre Logo

A collection of over 100 programs dating from 1921 to 1999 from productions at the historic Town Theatre in downtown Columbia. Full programs can be viewed online, hosted by South Carolina Digital Library.