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The South Carolina Encyclopedia Goes Digital

Historians, students and the curious have often turned to the South Carolina Encyclopedia to find the answers to their questions about our state’s history. This work was edited by Dr. Walter B. Edgar and published in 2006. Now, the Digital South Carolina Encyclopedia is available online!

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The Digital South Carolina Encyclopedia is an expanded and enhanced edition of the original South Carolina Encyclopedia and contains video, historic photographs, and updated entries for over 1000 topics relating to our state’s long and fascinating history. Richland Library’s historic photographs, along with those from numerous other libraries and museums across the state, enhance the entries within the Digital South Carolina Encyclopedia to help make history come alive for students and researchers.

The Digital South Carolina Encyclopedia is a joint project between South Carolina Humanities, the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State Library, and others. Librarians at Richland Library are happy to see such a rich resource about our state now available online. Please check it out!


Amazon Says: The South Carolina Encyclopedia is a comprehensive single-volume reference for just about anything anyone would want to know about the Palmetto State's rich cultures and stori more...
Amazon Says: The South Carolina Encyclopedia is a comprehensive single-volume reference for just about anything anyone would want to know about the Palmetto State's rich cultures and storied heritage, from prehistory to the present day. Under the editorial direction of distinguished historian Walter Edgar, five hundred ninety-eight contributors have come together to write more than one million words depicting the representative people, places, and things that define South Carolina. The encyclopedia is an authoritative, entertaining compilation of essays on a broad array of topics ranging from war and politics to arts and recreation, from agriculture and industry to popular culture and ethnicity. Among the nearly two thousand entries are such diverse subjects as the Boykin spaniel, John C. Calhoun, Sarah Moore Grimke, Hootie and the Blowfish, Indian mounds, Matthew J. Perry, Rainbow Row, Surfside Beach, and white lightning. less...
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  • Local History Digital Collections
    Richland Library's Walker Local and Family History Center, located in the Main Library in downtown Columbia, has historical material focusing on Columbia, Richland County, and the surrounding counties of the Midlands. The collections found here include photographs, pamphlets, books, maps, and other historical materials from the Civil War to the present day.
  • Digital South Carolina Encyclopedia
    Consisting of almost 2000 entries with more than 1100 digital assets, the digital encyclopedia aspires to be an authoritative compilation of essays on topics ranging from politics to the arts, from Hilton Head to Caesars Head, from the Lords Proprietors to Hootie and the Blowfish. In short, we hope it will be the go-to reference for everything South Carolina.
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