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Beautifying Greenville, SC

In 1907, the landscape architecture firm Kelsey & Guild, of Boston, MA, prepared a report for the Municipal League of Greenville in which they outlined, “the possibilities for beautifying and...

aerial photo of textile mill

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

Furman University Magazine

First published in December 1951, the Furman Magazine contains rich historical content about the consolidation of Greenville Woman's College and the old campus of Furman University, the...

An image from a Bonhomie Yearbook

This growing digital collection will ultimately contain copies of all of Furman University's yearbooks and catalogs. Currently, the collection includes the Furman University Bonhomie...

The Greenville Civic and Commercial Journal (later the Greenville Journal) was a publication of Greenville’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition to articles showcasing local businesses and the...

bluebell sketch

This collection from the South Caroliniana Library consists primarily of the Civil War letters of Edward Laight Wells, discussing the mood in Charleston during the secession crisis in 1860,...

A handwritten letter

The Richard Furman and James C. Furman collection contains over 750 letters and 18 sermons of Richard Furman (1755-1825), the namesake of Furman University and his son, James Clement Furman (1809-...

In the first part of the 20th century, Greenville South Carolina was home to two colleges for women, Chicora College and the Greenville Woman's College. This collection of materials, which...

Images

American Spinning Company

Contains photographs of the mill, village, and people of the American Spinning Company from the private collection of Robert "Bob" H. Duke of Greenville. Organized in 1895 by Oscar Sampson, James...

Bookmobile

In 1923, the Greenville Public Library converted a Ford truck into a "Library Truck." It began service to the textile mill communities in the Parker District in September of that year. The second...

Brandon Mill Village Houses

Collection of photographs of the Brandon Mill community from the Brandon Historical Society and SC Room Archives. Organized in 1899, Brandon Mill was completed and producing fabric by 1901. Cotton...

Dixie Dairy Wagon

Photograph collection of Greenville County businesses.

Camp Sevier Soldiers

Collection of photographs and other items from World War I Camp Sevier.

Wetherill Soldiers in Formation

Collection of Camp Wetherill photographs located in Greenville in 1898.

Collection of photographs of Camperdown Mill and community from the SC Room Archives. Camperdown was the first “modern” textile mill to be opened within city limits. Organized by Oscar Sampson,...

aerial photo of textile mill

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

Broom Drill Team

Photographs of Greenville County clubs, organizations, and sports.

Greenville Women's College

Institutions of higher education in Greenville County.

Woodside Building under construction

When the Woodside Building was constructed in Greenville in the early 1920s, it was a symbol of the city’s prosperity and ambition. At 17 stories it was the tallest building in the Carolinas, and...

Young women in brightly colored traditional costumes dancing

This digital collection contains over 2,200 photographs of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Lithuania, and Poland taken from 2005-2007 by Furman University professor of Education, Michael...

Main Street

Photographs of Downtown Greenville, SC

Dunean Mill

Collection of photographs of the Dunean Mill and community from the private collection of Marshall Williams. Owned by Ellison Adger Smyth, Dunean Mill opened in 1912 to produce cotton goods. The...

Collection of photographs of the Estes Plant from the Piedmont History Collection. The Estes Plant opened June 1964 by J.P. Stevens and shortly replaced Piedmont Manufacturing production. The old...

A cougar

The Furman Cougar Project began in 2008 as an effort to monitor and research cougars in south-central New Mexico. Each summer Furman University Biology professor, Dr. Travis Perry, and...

ROTC cadet wearing a helmet and wielding a rifle

The Furman University Department of Military Science was organized in the fall of 1950 as an Armored Cavalry ROTC Unit. In 1953 the General Military Science curriculum was adopted which provided...

A little boy holding a football

The glass plate negatives in this digital collection are housed in Special Collections and Archives Department at Furman University. The images represent subjects at both Furman University and the...

A construction worker

This digital collection contains nearly 350 photographs of the new campus of Furman University located at 3300 Poinsett Highway in Greenville, South Carolina. The photographs date from 1950-1962,...

Richard Furman Hall. 1929

This digital collection contains over 2,000 photographs of the old main campus of Furman University located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina along the Reedy River. Images span over 100 years...

WWII Airplane

Photographs of the Greenville Army Air Base.

Fire truck

Photograph collection of government services in Greenville County.

Greenville Memorial Hospital

Photographs of the Greenville Health System (formerly Greenville Hospital System) over the past 100 years. Photographs loaned for digitization by the Greenville Health System.

Student at Greenville Woman's College. 1930

This digital collection contains over 500 documents, postcards, and photographs from the Greenville Woman's College located in Greenville, South Carolina. The college, which was founded in 1854 by...

Jewish man

A collection of photographs from private collections, digitized by the Greenville County Library System.

Victor Mill

Collection of photographs of the textile industry and community in Greer from the Greer Heritage Museum Collection and the SC Room Archives. Pelham Mill was founding in 1820. Bates Mill was...

Jack Keilen Slide Collection

John J. ("Jack") Keilen (d. 1999) was a native of Pittsburgh and received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Charleston during the mid-1940s, working first...

portrait of Marsh and his wife

Many of the over 700 photographs by Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) available in this collection have not been published. Some were used to illustrate books by photographer Marsh and his wife,...

Caesar's Head

Photographs of Greenville's nature and landscapes.

Collection of photographs of Mills Mill and community from the private collection of Marshall Williams. The Mills Manufacturing Co. was organized in 1895 with Otis P. Mills as president. The mill...

Monaghan Mill Building

Collection of photographs of Monaghan Mill and community from the Monaghan Historical Society. Organized by cousins Thomas and Lewis Parker in 1900 and named for their grandfather’s birthplace,...

Interviews with residents of Greenville County and Upstate South Carolina.

bluebell sketch

This collection from the South Caroliniana Library consists primarily of the Civil War letters of Edward Laight Wells, discussing the mood in Charleston during the secession crisis in 1860,...

Pelzer Mill Safety Display

Collection of photographs of Pelzer Mill and community from the Pelzer Heritage Commission. The Pelzer Manufacturing Company was organized in 1880 and began operations in 1882. The mill expanded...

People standing on front porch

Historic photographs of people from the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room photograph collection and contributions from Greenville County residents.

This collection of photographs documents several days in the town of Piedmont, a South Carolina mill town in Anderson and Greenville counties. Taken by an itinerant photographer in the mid-1930s,...

Piedmont Manufacturing Company

Collection of photographs of the Piedmont Manufacturing Company from the Piedmont History Collection. Piedmont Manufacturing Company was established in 1873 by Henry Pickney Hammett along the...

Lickville Presbyterian Church

Photographs of places of worship and cemeteries in Greenville County.

Poe Mill

Contains photographs of the mill and community of Poe Mill from the private collection of Gary L. O'Steen and South Carolina Room Archives. Established and owned by Francis Winslow Poe, the mill...

Illustration of Poinsett Mills

Collection of photographs of Poinsett Mill from the private collection of Alvin Henson. Originally organized as Carolina Mills in a 1900, it was later renamed Poinsett Mills. The mill ceased...

House covered with ivy

Photographs of historic residences in Greenville County.

Old school house with bell tower

Photographs of Greenville County schools past and present.

Weave Room

Collection of photographs from the Slater Hall Citizens' Committee. Slater Mill was built in 1927 and still operates today. Originally a cotton mill, it later shifted to rayon, fiberglass, and...

This collection contains picture postcards from the early part of the twentieth century that depict scenes across South Carolina. Items in this collection are held by the Greenville County Library...

photo of train engine

The South Caroliniana Library has been collecting photographs of train stations, depots, rail yards, engines, and rolling stock for many years. The images come in as single items, as part of other...

Photographs of Greenville's Textile Hall from the South Carolina Room Archives.

Swamp Rabbit Train

Methods of transportation from Greenville's past.

Employee at work

Collection of photographs of Union Bleachery and community from the Union Bleachery Historical Society. Union Bleachery began operations in September 1903. After struggling for a few years, the...

Woodside Cotton Mill

Collection of photograph of the Woodside Mill and community from the private collection of John Hall and the SC Room Archive. Organized by the John T. Woodside along with his brothers, the mill...

Manuscripts

A handmade ledger book from 1794 belonging to Alexander McBeth & Company, who began operations in Greenville County in the early 1790s. The store stood on the White Horse Road. This ledger is...

aerial photo of textile mill

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

The collection contains Civil War correspondence from two Furman University alumni:

Samuel Pringle Letters: Samuel McBride Pringle was born December 7, 1839 and enrolled at...

Receipt

William Butler [1790-1850] moved to Greenville from Edgefield in 1825 where he began to practice as a country doctor. He was educated at the University of South Carolina and served as a surgeon...

Student at Greenville Woman's College. 1930

This digital collection contains over 500 documents, postcards, and photographs from the Greenville Woman's College located in Greenville, South Carolina. The college, which was founded in 1854 by...

Grocer receipt

A collection of personal and commercial documents created by or on behalf of members of the Holland family of Greenville. Includes eleven letters written during the Civil War, most of them from...

McBee Store Ledger

The bulk of the entries in this handwritten ledger book date from 1846 and 1847 and are arranged chronologically, offering a day-by-day account of the individuals who transacted business with...

Handwritten letter

The Neves family of the Mush Creek Community in Greenville District sent three sons to fight in the Civil War, William (W.P.Z.F), John (J.P.), and George (G.W.) Neves, as well as a son-in-law,...

bluebell sketch

This collection from the South Caroliniana Library consists primarily of the Civil War letters of Edward Laight Wells, discussing the mood in Charleston during the secession crisis in 1860,...

A handwritten letter

The Richard Furman and James C. Furman collection contains over 750 letters and 18 sermons of Richard Furman (1755-1825), the namesake of Furman University and his son, James Clement Furman (1809-...

This printed ledger book listing the members of Post 7, South Carolina Department of the United Spanish War Veterans. Information recorded in the ledger includes dates and places of birth, dates...

WPA Federal Writers Project African American Life in S.C.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) launched the Federal Writers’ Project to employ white-collar workers left jobless by the Great Depression and to create a comprehensive guide to the states...

Maps

aerial photo of textile mill

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

Historic Soil Survey Maps

These forty South Carolina soil survey maps from the early Nineteen Hundreds were prepared with booklets to explain the soil classifications on the county level. They include information that do...

Newspapers

Camp Sevier Soldiers

Collection of photographs and other items from World War I Camp Sevier.

The cover of the "Furman Hornet" dated May 3, 1918

This digital collection contains copies of the Furman University student newspaper publications: The Furman...

Objects

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

Coin with Arabic writing

This digital collections contains more than 500 coins from two collections held by the Furman University Special Collections and Archives: The...

Pamphlets

aerial photo of textile mill

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

ROTC cadet wearing a helmet and wielding a rifle

The Furman University Department of Military Science was organized in the fall of 1950 as an Armored Cavalry ROTC Unit. In 1953 the General Military Science curriculum was adopted which provided...

The short publications in this collection were selected from the South Carolina Room’s extensive collection of pamphlets and fliers. They offer a variety of perspectives on the Civil War in South...

Postcards

Student at Greenville Woman's College. 1930

This digital collection contains over 500 documents, postcards, and photographs from the Greenville Woman's College located in Greenville, South Carolina. The college, which was founded in 1854 by...

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A handmade ledger book from 1794 belonging to Alexander McBeth & Company, who began operations in Greenville County in the early 1790s. The store stood on the White Horse Road. This ledger is...

American Spinning Company

Contains photographs of the mill, village, and people of the American Spinning Company from the private collection of Robert "Bob" H. Duke of Greenville. Organized in 1895 by Oscar Sampson, James...

Beautifying Greenville, SC

In 1907, the landscape architecture firm Kelsey & Guild, of Boston, MA, prepared a report for the Municipal League of Greenville in which they outlined, “the possibilities for beautifying and...

Bookmobile

In 1923, the Greenville Public Library converted a Ford truck into a "Library Truck." It began service to the textile mill communities in the Parker District in September of that year. The second...

Brandon Mill Village Houses

Collection of photographs of the Brandon Mill community from the Brandon Historical Society and SC Room Archives. Organized in 1899, Brandon Mill was completed and producing fabric by 1901. Cotton...

Dixie Dairy Wagon

Photograph collection of Greenville County businesses.

Camp Sevier Soldiers

Collection of photographs and other items from World War I Camp Sevier.

Wetherill Soldiers in Formation

Collection of Camp Wetherill photographs located in Greenville in 1898.

Collection of photographs of Camperdown Mill and community from the SC Room Archives. Camperdown was the first “modern” textile mill to be opened within city limits. Organized by Oscar Sampson,...

aerial photo of textile mill

The Carolina Textile Mills Collection provides photographs, maps, blueprints, ephemera, letters, guidebooks and more documenting textile mill history in Upstate South Carolina from various textile...

The collection contains Civil War correspondence from two Furman University alumni:

Samuel Pringle Letters: Samuel McBride Pringle was born December 7, 1839 and enrolled at...

Broom Drill Team

Photographs of Greenville County clubs, organizations, and sports.

Coin with Arabic writing

This digital collections contains more than 500 coins from two collections held by the Furman University Special Collections and Archives: The...

Receipt

William Butler [1790-1850] moved to Greenville from Edgefield in 1825 where he began to practice as a country doctor. He was educated at the University of South Carolina and served as a surgeon...

Greenville Women's College

Institutions of higher education in Greenville County.

Woodside Building under construction

When the Woodside Building was constructed in Greenville in the early 1920s, it was a symbol of the city’s prosperity and ambition. At 17 stories it was the tallest building in the Carolinas, and...

Young women in brightly colored traditional costumes dancing

This digital collection contains over 2,200 photographs of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Lithuania, and Poland taken from 2005-2007 by Furman University professor of Education, Michael...

Main Street

Photographs of Downtown Greenville, SC

Dunean Mill

Collection of photographs of the Dunean Mill and community from the private collection of Marshall Williams. Owned by Ellison Adger Smyth, Dunean Mill opened in 1912 to produce cotton goods. The...

Collection of photographs of the Estes Plant from the Piedmont History Collection. The Estes Plant opened June 1964 by J.P. Stevens and shortly replaced Piedmont Manufacturing production. The old...

A cougar

The Furman Cougar Project began in 2008 as an effort to monitor and research cougars in south-central New Mexico. Each summer Furman University Biology professor, Dr. Travis Perry, and...

Furman University Magazine

First published in December 1951, the Furman Magazine contains rich historical content about the consolidation of Greenville Woman's College and the old campus of Furman University, the...

ROTC cadet wearing a helmet and wielding a rifle

The Furman University Department of Military Science was organized in the fall of 1950 as an Armored Cavalry ROTC Unit. In 1953 the General Military Science curriculum was adopted which provided...

A little boy holding a football

The glass plate negatives in this digital collection are housed in Special Collections and Archives Department at Furman University. The images represent subjects at both Furman University and the...

A construction worker

This digital collection contains nearly 350 photographs of the new campus of Furman University located at 3300 Poinsett Highway in Greenville, South Carolina. The photographs date from 1950-1962,...

Richard Furman Hall. 1929

This digital collection contains over 2,000 photographs of the old main campus of Furman University located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina along the Reedy River. Images span over 100 years...

Courtney Tollison and Frances Furman Hewitt

This growing collection contains oral histories taken and recorded by Furman University History professor Courtney Tollison and her students. Many of the recordings feature Furman University's...

The cover of the "Furman Hornet" dated May 3, 1918

This digital collection contains copies of the Furman University student newspaper publications: The Furman...

This growing digital collection will ultimately contain copies of all of Furman University's yearbooks and catalogs. Currently, the collection includes the Furman University Bonhomie...

WWII Airplane

Photographs of the Greenville Army Air Base.

The Greenville Civic and Commercial Journal (later the Greenville Journal) was a publication of Greenville’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition to articles showcasing local businesses and the...

Fire truck

Photograph collection of government services in Greenville County.

Greenville Memorial Hospital

Photographs of the Greenville Health System (formerly Greenville Hospital System) over the past 100 years. Photographs loaned for digitization by the Greenville Health System.

Student at Greenville Woman's College. 1930

This digital collection contains over 500 documents, postcards, and photographs from the Greenville Woman's College located in Greenville, South Carolina. The college, which was founded in 1854 by...

Jewish man

A collection of photographs from private collections, digitized by the Greenville County Library System.

Victor Mill

Collection of photographs of the textile industry and community in Greer from the Greer Heritage Museum Collection and the SC Room Archives. Pelham Mill was founding in 1820. Bates Mill was...

Historic Soil Survey Maps

These forty South Carolina soil survey maps from the early Nineteen Hundreds were prepared with booklets to explain the soil classifications on the county level. They include information that do...

Grocer receipt

A collection of personal and commercial documents created by or on behalf of members of the Holland family of Greenville. Includes eleven letters written during the Civil War, most of them from...

Jack Keilen Slide Collection

John J. ("Jack") Keilen (d. 1999) was a native of Pittsburgh and received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Charleston during the mid-1940s, working first...

portrait of Marsh and his wife

Many of the over 700 photographs by Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) available in this collection have not been published. Some were used to illustrate books by photographer Marsh and his wife,...

Caesar's Head

Photographs of Greenville's nature and landscapes.

McBee Store Ledger

The bulk of the entries in this handwritten ledger book date from 1846 and 1847 and are arranged chronologically, offering a day-by-day account of the individuals who transacted business with...

Collection of photographs of Mills Mill and community from the private collection of Marshall Williams. The Mills Manufacturing Co. was organized in 1895 with Otis P. Mills as president. The mill...

Monaghan Mill Building

Collection of photographs of Monaghan Mill and community from the Monaghan Historical Society. Organized by cousins Thomas and Lewis Parker in 1900 and named for their grandfather’s birthplace,...

Handwritten letter

The Neves family of the Mush Creek Community in Greenville District sent three sons to fight in the Civil War, William (W.P.Z.F), John (J.P.), and George (G.W.) Neves, as well as a son-in-law,...

Interviews with residents of Greenville County and Upstate South Carolina.

bluebell sketch

This collection from the South Caroliniana Library consists primarily of the Civil War letters of Edward Laight Wells, discussing the mood in Charleston during the secession crisis in 1860,...

Pelzer Mill Safety Display

Collection of photographs of Pelzer Mill and community from the Pelzer Heritage Commission. The Pelzer Manufacturing Company was organized in 1880 and began operations in 1882. The mill expanded...

People standing on front porch

Historic photographs of people from the Greenville County Library System's South Carolina Room photograph collection and contributions from Greenville County residents.

This collection of photographs documents several days in the town of Piedmont, a South Carolina mill town in Anderson and Greenville counties. Taken by an itinerant photographer in the mid-1930s,...

Piedmont Manufacturing Company

Collection of photographs of the Piedmont Manufacturing Company from the Piedmont History Collection. Piedmont Manufacturing Company was established in 1873 by Henry Pickney Hammett along the...

Lickville Presbyterian Church

Photographs of places of worship and cemeteries in Greenville County.

Poe Mill

Contains photographs of the mill and community of Poe Mill from the private collection of Gary L. O'Steen and South Carolina Room Archives. Established and owned by Francis Winslow Poe, the mill...

Illustration of Poinsett Mills

Collection of photographs of Poinsett Mill from the private collection of Alvin Henson. Originally organized as Carolina Mills in a 1900, it was later renamed Poinsett Mills. The mill ceased...

House covered with ivy

Photographs of historic residences in Greenville County.

A handwritten letter

The Richard Furman and James C. Furman collection contains over 750 letters and 18 sermons of Richard Furman (1755-1825), the namesake of Furman University and his son, James Clement Furman (1809-...

Old school house with bell tower

Photographs of Greenville County schools past and present.

The short publications in this collection were selected from the South Carolina Room’s extensive collection of pamphlets and fliers. They offer a variety of perspectives on the Civil War in South...

Weave Room

Collection of photographs from the Slater Hall Citizens' Committee. Slater Mill was built in 1927 and still operates today. Originally a cotton mill, it later shifted to rayon, fiberglass, and...

This collection contains picture postcards from the early part of the twentieth century that depict scenes across South Carolina. Items in this collection are held by the Greenville County Library...

photo of train engine

The South Caroliniana Library has been collecting photographs of train stations, depots, rail yards, engines, and rolling stock for many years. The images come in as single items, as part of other...

Photographs of Greenville's Textile Hall from the South Carolina Room Archives.

Swamp Rabbit Train

Methods of transportation from Greenville's past.

Employee at work

Collection of photographs of Union Bleachery and community from the Union Bleachery Historical Society. Union Bleachery began operations in September 1903. After struggling for a few years, the...

This printed ledger book listing the members of Post 7, South Carolina Department of the United Spanish War Veterans. Information recorded in the ledger includes dates and places of birth, dates...

In the first part of the 20th century, Greenville South Carolina was home to two colleges for women, Chicora College and the Greenville Woman's College. This collection of materials, which...

Woodside Cotton Mill

Collection of photograph of the Woodside Mill and community from the private collection of John Hall and the SC Room Archive. Organized by the John T. Woodside along with his brothers, the mill...

WPA Federal Writers Project African American Life in S.C.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) launched the Federal Writers’ Project to employ white-collar workers left jobless by the Great Depression and to create a comprehensive guide to the states...