Lander University was originally located across from Mineral Springs Park in Williamston, South Carolina, and was known as the Williamston Female College. When Lander College began publishing the yearbook in 1923, it was given the name the Naiad (meaning mythical female nymph said to inhabit a river or spring). The name is a reference to the institution’s early years in Williamston, South Carolina near the spring with healing waters. The Naiad gives a glimpse into the lives of students, faculty and staff of the institution through its history. The Naiad ceased publication in 1991.


Lander University Library Services believes in the importance of facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information in order to provide a broad view of history. In doing so, we acknowledge that materials in our collection reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times and should be considered records of the era in which they were produced. As they arose in different eras, they do not always represent the values that Lander University holds today.