The Russell Maxey Photograph Collection at Richland Library includes over 7000 negatives, including images taken by Maxey and earlier photographers. Russell Maxey’s photographs allow researchers a glimpse into a southern city undergoing dramatic shifts in its economic, physical and social landscape. The negatives are housed in the …
Midlands Memories is a digital collection of photographs contributed by citizens that depict people, places and events of local historical significance. Contribute your Midlands Memories! Help us to share our collective community history. Richland Library is looking for historical photographs from the city of Columbia, Richland County, …
The South Carolina Postcards collection includes early 20th-century postcards and souvenir folders depicting historic images of Columbia, Richland County, Fort Jackson, and the wider Midlands area of South Carolina. These postcards are available for examination in the Walker Local and Family History Center on the first floor of the …
This collection features historic yearbooks from local schools in the Columbia area. Most yearbooks were generously donated by members of the community. Help us grow this collection! If you have any yearbooks to donate, please contact the Walker Local and Family History Center at Richland Library, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C., or …
This collection of photographs was donated to Richland Library in 1987 in honor of the bicentennial of the founding of the city of Columbia in 1786. The collection was created from copies of photographs, programs and lithographs of historic images of Columbia, S.C. Due to copyright restrictions, some images in the Bicentennial Collection …
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.
All rights are reserved for these images. Prints for personal or educational use can be made from the website. To request a publication-quality print, digital copy or for permission to use images owned by Richland Library, please contact us at (803) 929-3402.
Additional collections on Columbia and Richland County are available online through the South Carolina Digital Library. Use the links below to explore these collections.
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Columbia City Directories
A searchable collection of historic directories from 1859 to the early 20th-century.
Columbia City Council Minutes
A full-text collection of minutes from the City Council of Columbia from 1883-1919.
Confederate Rolls of South Carolina
Listing Confederate servicemen by name and divided by company and regiment.
John Hensel Photograph Collection
A collection of mid-twentieth-century photographs of people and places throughout Columbia, taken by local professional photographer John Hensel.
Joseph E. Winter Photograph Collection
A collection of photographs of Columbia ranging from 1948 to 1993 taken by Joseph Winter.
Standard Federal Photograph Collection
A comprehensive photograph collection of the Columbia area from 1865 to 1980, taken by longtime community photographers such as Russell Maxey, John A. Sargeant, Charles Old, and Walter Blanchard.
Views of Columbia, S.C.
A collection from the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina featuring a diverse collection of historical images of Columbia.