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Braun and Hogenberg Collection
The John and Mary Osman Braun and Hogenberg Collection contains a variety of maps from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, primarily from the Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of the World) by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg. The Civitates is considered one of the first modern atlases and it captures an exciting glimpse into the past through the eyes of some of Europe's most skilled artists and engravers. In addition, the Osman collection also contains nearly three-dozen other maps, including some by rival cartographers. Though not a part of the Civitates, the additional maps help provide a larger context for the styles and locations thought important at the time.
Brief History of Moscovia by John Milton
John Miltonï¿½s Brief History of Moscovia, and Other Less-Known Countries Lying Eastward of Russia as far as Cathay. Gathered from the Writings of Several Eye-Witnesses (1682) is one of several shorter prose works published late in Miltonï¿½s life or shortly after his death. By comparison with his better-known prose works from the 1640s and 1650s, published during the turmoil of the English civil wars and its political aftermath, the Brief History is more informational than controversial, surveying the geography, customs, and recent history of a country that was both mysterious and fascinating to Miltonï¿½s contemporaries. Milton tells the heroic story of the first English expeditions to make contact with the Russian imperial court, and his narrative makes clear both the perilous journey and alien culture that contemporary Englishmen faced in traveling to Muscovy.
Census of Cuba, 1899
This 786 page census tells of the history, geography, culture and statistical makeup of Cuba in 1899. Except for about 200 pages of tables, it is full text searchable.
Charleston Earthquake, 1886
On August 31, 1886, Charleston and surrounding towns suffered extensive damage from the largest earthquake to ever hit the southeast. The photographs in this collection show the aftermath of the earthquake shortly after it occurred. George LaGrange Cook, a prominent Charleston photographer created the series "Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity" which featured a total of 200 photographs that could be purchased as souvenirs. A portion of this series, along with earthquake photographs from photographers William Wilson, W.H. Fairchild, J.H. Wisser, and Joseph Hall are featured here. Also, reports, maps, and geological surveys conducted by The U.S. Department of the Interior and The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commisson published in 1888, 1977, 1983, 1986, and 1991 are contained within the collection.
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.
Humboldt's Atlas of Latin America, 1799-1804
The German scientist Alexander von Humboldt and his expedition partner, botanist Aimé Bonpland, traveled through Central and South America between 1799 and 1804. Under a Spanish warrant, they explored the Orinoco in Venezuela, surveyed and gathered plant and animal specimens, and studied the geology and mineralogy of Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. They climbed Chimborazo, the highest summit in Ecuador and what was then thought to be the highest summit on Earth, reaching the highest altitude of any human before succumbing to oxygen sickness near the summit.
Hurricane Hugo Elevation Maps
This series of 31 maps of the South Carolina coastline depicts water-surface elevations, high water marks, and landward extent of storm-tide inundation caused by Hurricane Hugo, September 21-22, 1989.
Kenneth Frederick Marsh Photograph Collection
Many of the over 700 photographs by Kenneth Frederick Marsh (d. 1968) available in this collection have not been published. Some were used to illustrate books by photographer Marsh and his wife, Blanche Marsh. The photographs and negatives depict historic and modern homes, public buildings, textile mills, churches, and scenes of South Carolina and Flat Rock, N.C.
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 Photography
Thanks to funding by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnlley Foundation, USC SCFloods, and other generous private and public donors, USC's Government Information Department is able to make their historic aerial photography collection, spanning the 1930s to the 1980s, available online as georectified images. This site is user-friendly on laptops, tablets and phones. There is a transparency bar for viewing old and new images simultaneously . So far eight counties, including Charleston and Richland, have been added to the map. Start with the search icon, choose your county and then a year. We will be adding counties as they are finished.
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.
Spartanburg at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century
This collection includes A Story of Spartan Push: The Greatest Cotton Manufacturing Centre in the South: Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Its Resources by Edward P. McKissick and Spartanburg, City and County, South Carolina: Their Wonderful Attractions and Marvelous Advantages as a Place of Settlement, and for the Profitable Investment of Capital by the Spartanburg Board of Trade. The volume combines the first reprints of two early histories of the upstate's second largest city, detailing Spartanburg's economic and cultural resources in the 1890s.
Stereographic Views of South Carolina
This group of 74 stereographs contains images of the damage to Charleston during the Civil War, along with images of Folly and Port Royal Islands. Forts, churches, hospitals and headquarters come to life in these photographs taken by war photographers such as Samuel A. Cooley and John P. Soule. Spanning both the period of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the stereographs include locations significant to the war and the times. Each item features two albumen prints on one side, and some contain information about the photographs or photographers on the reverse. The collection also features anaglyphs (a composite image that provides a stereoscopic 3D view when viewed with 3D glasses) for each stereograph.
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).
WPA Photograph Collection
This collection of photographs documents cities, towns, farms, lifestyles, landscapes, and other aspects of South Carolina life. Under the direction of Mabel Montgomery and Louise Jones DuBose, these photographs were produced and collected by the South Carolina Writer’s Project (SCWP) from 1936 to 1940. SCWP was part of the Writers’ Program of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), created in 1935 to create, among other things, a comprehensive guide to the states, cities, and regions of the United States. South Carolina: A Guide to the Palmetto State was published in 1941 and included many of the photographs in this collection. SCWP also published several other books on South Carolina, which used some of the images.