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Historical Soil Survey Maps of South Carolina
These forty South Carolina soil survey maps from the early Nineteen Hundreds were prepared with booklets to explain the soil classifications on the county level. They include information that do not appear on updated survey maps, such as old rail lines, schools, churches and other structures as well as entire towns that no longer exist.
Primary Sources for K-12 , Pilot Project
In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online. We want to build on this effort. Please let us know what you think.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Originally conceived in the late 18th Century, fire insurance maps provided structural and urban environmental information necessary for insurance underwriters. Included here are over 2000 Sanborn Maps of over eighty cities in South Carolina from 1884 - 1923 as well as over two hundred unpublished draft maps of additional cities in the state.
South Carolina Aerial Photograph Indexes, 1937-1989
Spanning five decades, the University of South Carolina’s collection of aerial photograph indexes consists primarily of projects commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture. Showing cities, farms, forests, reservoirs, coastlines, and other features across the state, the indexes provide a visual overview of each project’s collection of individual aerial photographs, many of which are housed in the Maps Department of Thomas Cooper Library.
South Carolina Aerial Photos (pilot project)
This pilot project consists of a small portion of the aerial photo collection, approximately 360 images of 130,000, focusing just on Columbia, SC for the dates of 1938, 1959-60, 1971, and 1980. Photos will continue to be added to the collection.
South Carolina Department of Transportation County Roads
Maps of all the South Carolina counties, showing cities, towns, roads, cultural features, and other miscellaneous features.
South Caroliniana Library Map Collection
The map collection of the South Caroliniana Library has always been a significant resource for geographers, historians, and genealogists. In the past two hundred years, technological changes have substantially altered the landscape of South Carolina, and the library's map collection visually documents these transformations. The maps show airports, battlefields, cemeteries, churches, cities, highways, Native American territories, postal routes, railroads, schools, topographical features, towns, and urban, rural, and African American slave populations. Taken together, the maps chart the state's urbanization over time. The collection also contains a number of maps dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, which are vital to researchers interested in the history of cartography. The digital collection is searchable by Date, Creator, Contributor, call number, and keyword.
Topographic Maps of South Carolina: 1888-1975
The Map Library has made available from this site 236 of it's 15 minute, 30 minute, and 7.5 minute topographic maps of South Carolina. Measuring 14 Â½ x 20 inches the Polyconic Projections were first published in the late 19th Century. Some were produced by the Army, others by the Corps. of Engineers and the remainder were produced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Tycho Brahe's Instruments in the Blaeu Grande Atlas
In the late 16th century, the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) established two observatories on the island of Hven, near Copenhagen. This section from Jean Blaeu’s Grande Atlas, from the French version issued in 1663, describes and illustrates Brahe’s astronomical instruments. Blaeu’s handcolored copper-plate engravings were revised from wood-cuts originally published in Brahe’s own Astronomiae Instauratiae Mechanicae (1598), with the descriptions in Latin; an English translation from Brahe’s 1598 text is available from the Danish Royal Library. The section also gives a map of Hven and plans and descriptions of Tycho’s two observatories, Uraniborg and Stelleborg.