Time Period: The Antebellum South (1816 - 1860)

Jeremiah Cleveland Store Ledger, 1823

Jeremiah Cleveland (1774-1845) moved to Greenville in 1804 and open a mercantile store which he operated until 1826 when his sons took over management. These loose pages torn from a bound ledger date August to December 1823.


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Views of Columbia, South Carolina

This digital collection brings together photographs of Columbia, S.C. from many different collections in the South Caroliniana Library.  Dating from the 1880s through the 20th century, these photographs provide a visual record of the changes seen in the city.  This collection will continue to grow and is not exhaustive of all of the Columbia images …


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South Caroliniana Cookbook Collection

The South Carolina Historical Cookbooks collection consists of publications from 1832 to 1921.  Many of these “receipt” books provide insight into 19th-century and early 20th-century South Carolina foodways.  Geographically, the collection covers many parts of the state, including Kingstree (Kingstree Cook Book 1921), Spartanburg (Spartanburg Cook Book 1917), Sumter (Best War Recipes 1917), and, of …


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Clariosophic Literary Society Records of the University of South Carolina

The Clariosophic Literary Society was one of two original student organizations established at South Carolina College in 1806. The Clariosophic and Euphradian Literary Societies sought to prepare their members for future leadership roles by strengthening their oratorical skills. This collection comes from USC’s South Caroliniana Library and comprises 132 volumes of society records, spanning the …


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Samuel Pope, Seaman’s Protection Certificate, 1820

This document is an example of an American Seaman’s Protection Certificate. In 1796, the Fourth U.S. Congress authorized Seamen’s Protection Certificates (SPCs) to protect American merchant seamen from impressment into the British Navy. The British believed that they could force British seamen in port or on the high seas into service and it was common …


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Chesterfield County Library: Spencer Family Papers, 1700-1900

Chesterfield County Library has digitized a collection of family papers from the Spencer Family circa 1780s-1910s.


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Chesterfield County Library: Library History

Chesterfield County Library digitized several historical documents from their library circa 1930s-1940s, including due date cards, a library card application, and list of books sent to Florence to be mended.


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Chesterfield County Library: Cheraw History

Chesterfield County Library digitized several historical documents from their library including photographs of buildings in Cheraw such as Brown’s Gift Show and the Stricklin Building.


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South Carolina Book Collection

The South Carolina State Library maintains an extensive print collection of materials published about South Carolina. The South Carolina Book Collection provides access to digitized copies of selected books in the public domain, including the Annual Reports of the Charleston Orphan House, Annual Reports of the Audubon Society of South Carolina, and published political speeches.


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Fairfield County Museum Manuscript Collection

The Fairfield County Museum preserves the history of the county through the collection of significant artifacts and interpretation of the personal stories of its citizens. This digital collection includes bound volumes and family bible records concerning history of Fairfield County. The Fairfield County Museum Manuscript Collection includes letters daing from 1787 through 1854 and includes …


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