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Herald-Journal Willis Collection

The Herald-Journal Willis Collection is the centerpiece of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ visual arts holdings. The collection of over 400 historical photographs was donated by the Herald-Journal in 1999.

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. His photographs also depict the everyday life and interests of Spartans from this era.

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. In December 1913 he received a Military Aviator's Certificate from the War Department. In August 1917 Willis was commissioned by President Woodrow Wilson as Lieutenant in the United States Signal Corps, and in February 1918 as Major of Infantry.

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. In addition to being a musician, Pizzimenti was a photographer and had permission to take pictures in camp. In 1945, Pizzimenti was shipped to Okinawa and spent the last six months of his service in the South Pacific. He died in 1996. His son, who donated these images to the Spartanburg County Public Libraries, said he always spoke fondly of his Army days in Spartanburg County.

image: soldier's last goodbye

This collection is a selection of items including photographs, postcards, pamphlets, newspaper articles, and letters that describe experiences of World War I soldiers in the Spartanburg area. Most items are about Camp Wadsworth and included are a map, materials from the Camp library, and images from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. There is a proclamation from the City of Spartanburg honoring the 369th Regiment, known as the “Harlem Hell Fighters”.

William Lynch Postcard Collection

The postcard collection was started by Bill and Judy Lynch over 30 years ago. Both daughter, Tracie and granddaughter, Halie have been active participants as well. The collection is being shared with the Spartanburg County Public Libraries, to allow anyone with an interest in Spartanburg's history access to these postcard images.

In its entirety the collection has approximately 1,200 postcards. Most of the postcards and the images associated with them were published during the 20th century (1900-1999). A small portion predate that time period.

image: Pacolet River flood damage

William Lynch assembled an impressive collection of stereoviews, or stereoscopic photographs. These are card-mounted photographs that render a three-dimensional image when placed in a specialized viewer. In the digital collection presented here, the front and reverse of each stereoview are shown. Also included is a 3-D anaglyph that allows users with 3-D glasses (with red and blue lenses) to view the image in full three dimensional depth.  The entire collection consists of 122 stereoviews.