South Caroliniana Library

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South Caroliniana Library

Contact Information



910 Sumter St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C. 29208

Telephone:[1]  803-777-3131  Fax:  803-777-5747

Hours:[1]  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[1]

Directions: The intersection of Sumter and College Streets on the historic Horseshoe.
Maps: University map, and Google map.
Public transportation: CMRTA bus routes 3, 8, 20, and 21 stop about a block from the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • South Caroliniana Library search, contacts, manuscripts, oral history, published materials, University archives, visual materials, collections and finding aids, online publications, news, events, and exhibits.
  • USC South Caroliniana Library Catalog by keyword, title, author, subject, call number, or ISBN/ISSN.
  • Repository database.
  • other(s).

Collection Description

This library has 75,000 books or microfilms, 1.3 million manuscripts including unpublished genealogical files documenting connections amoung South Carolina families and beyond. Important large genealogical collections: Leonardo Andrea, Bessie Lee Garvin, and Louise K. Crowder.[2]

{Please briefly describe the strengths and weaknesses of each collection for genealogists (about two or three sentences for smaller collections).[3] For example, explain the collection size, who (which ethnic, political, or religious groups) are covered, dates covered, jurisdictions covered, record types available, significant indexes, and any noteworthy record loss or gaps.[4]}


Please bring a photo I.D.[1]


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the South Caroliniana Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Similar Collections

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History federal and state census records, county probate records, county land records, family histories, cemeteries, tax records, newspapers, county equity court records, and state death certificates. Also colonial British records.
  • South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, SC, diaries and papers, plantation, business, and church records, maps, plats, genealogies, 30,000 photos, 50,000 books, pamphlets, and serials.

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "South Caroliniana Library" in University of South Carolina Libraries at (accessed 13 May 2011). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "S1" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 603. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry.
  3. Source 2.
  4. Source 3.