Topic: Civil Rights

Fairfield High School Oral History Collection

Stories of desegregation often focus on the urban schools that were in the spotlight thanks to their media coverage or the conflicts surrounding them, from Little Rock to Boston. Much less attention is paid to schools in rural communities, outside the media glare. In addition, the period before integration is often neglected, or discussed solely …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

Black History in Spartanburg

Black history in the Spartanburg area remains obscured by the biases and scarcity of early records. By 1790, the first year with a reliable population estimate, Spartanburg County was home to 866 black slaves and 27 “free persons not white,” representing about 10% of the total population.  At the time of emancipation, some 8,300 African-Americans lived in Spartanburg County, around 30% …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

Local Television Newsfilm Collections

The Local Television News Collections at Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) comprise approximately 1.5 million feet of 16mm motion picture film outtakes dating from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, donated by several South Carolina television stations. These outtakes document over two decades of local people and events, as well as reportage surrounding significant …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

Fox Movietone News Collection

The collection contains seven million feet of nitrate motion picture film and four million feet of safety motion picture film documenting the national and global politics and culture from 1919 through 1934 and from September 1942 through August 1944. Paper holdings provide detailed notes generated by original camera crews as well as ephemera related to …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

School Desegregation in the Southern and Border States

School Desegregation in the Southern and Border States is a series of reports compiled between 1956 – 1968 by the Southern Education Reporting Services. These reports provide statistics and information about desegregation of public schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington District …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

The Harry and William Birch Collection

Comprised of over 40 hours of motion picture film and video, photographs, paper records and equipment, this collection documents the careers of two distinguished news cameramen who were also father and son. Through home movies and photographs the collection provides rare insight into the personal lives of news cameramen from the silent and early sound …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

Strom Thurmond Collection

With a public service career spanning over 70 years, the speeches of Senator Strom Thurmond document the evolution of his thoughts, opinions, and philosophies in all of the public offices he held – State Senator, Circuit Judge, Governor, and U.S. Senator. These speeches available online are only a small portion of the Strom Thurmond Collection. …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

The State Newspaper Photograph Archive

The images in this collection are selections from the photographic archives of The State Media Company, which are stored at Richland Library. This digital collection will continue to grow as more historic photographs are digitized. A finding aid for the archive is available. The photographs in the archive date from 1955 to 2002 and were taken by …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

Eugene Avery Adams Papers, 1892-1968

Eugene Avery Adams (1886-1958) was a minister in the African American Episcopal Church and a leader in the fields of education, civil rights, and business. He was a founder of Bell Street High School in Columbia and a trustee of Allen University. He also helped start the South Carolina Citizens Committee, a state-wide organization that …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery

Modjeska Monteith Simkins Papers, 1902-1992

Activist Modjeska Simkins of Columbia, S.C. served as the South Carolina State Secretary for the NAACP, 1941-1957; as Campaign Director for the renovation of Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital, 1944-1950; as Public Relations Director for the Richland County Citizens Committee, 1956-1988; and as President of the Southern Conference Educational Fund, 1972-1974.   She also helped found, in 1921, …


Quick Access:
View Partner Collection Homepage / View in Discovery