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NEW:  Francis Marion's Regimental Muster Roll (1778)

               The Kaye Gibbons Archive

               full text of Henri Gregoire on 18th Century
               African Writers  


& Hours
Thomas Cooper Library's special collections are available to registered researchers in the Graniteville Room, entered through the mezzanine exhibit area. Reading room hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (except during holidays and the winter break). Detailed information on individual items may be found in the library's online catalog. Results limited to Rare Books and Special Collections may be obtained by choosing "Columbia Cooper Rare Books" on the main search page. The department may be reached by telephone at (803) 777-3847 or by e-mail.

Online collections are divided into six categories: 1. The Core Collection, 2. Natural History, 3. Historical Collections, 4. British Literature, 5. American Literature, and 6. Children's Literature. Links are provided below both to full exhibits and to briefer descriptions of individual collections. 

The Core Collection and the History of the Book The heart of the University's rare book collection remains the library of the original South Carolina College, books purchased or donated during the early nineteenth century. This library was particularly strong in general and classical literature, modern history, travel books, and natural history. With later additions, these core collections illustrate the history of the printed book and its cultural role from the invention of printing to the twentieth century.

Natural History & Science Collections Significant additions to the original natural history collection in the South Carolina College library include: 

Historical Collections Among notable additions to the University's strength in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history has been the important Campanella Collection in Italian history.

British Literature Collections In addition to the collections listed below, there are significant holdings for most major British writers from the Renaissance onwards.

American Literature Collections In addition to F. Scott Fitzgerald and other specific collections, holdings include most major American writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Children's Literature Collections The core collection of children's literature, chiefly of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, is now complemented by selective twentieth-century additions.

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This page updated May 29, 2007
by the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections,
Copyright 2005, the University of South Carolina.

Special Collections and Rare Books
Thomas Cooper Library, Mezz Level
The University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Phone: 803 777-3847
Fax: 803-777-4661