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A collection of photographs from 1950-1971 depicting the libraries, staff and patrons of Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. In these years the Fort Jackson library system grew from a main library with 3 small branches to a centralized library system with more than 100,000 volumes. The post library system provided Fort Jackson soldiers and their families access to current books, periodicals, music, reading programs for children, and a space for gathering. This collection was donated to Richland Library in 2015 by Fort Jackson librarian Julie Miller and library director John Vassallo.


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Additional images of Fort Jackson

In addition to the photographs included in this collection, photographs of Camp Jackson and Fort Jackson can also be found in our other digital collections.


History of Fort Jackson

This brief overview of Fort Jackson's history comes from a souvenir folder in the South Carolina Postcards collection.

Fort Jackson, adjacent to Columbia, S.C. is a huge 53,000 acre U.S. Army Training Center. Named for Pres. Andrew Jackson, it was originally established in 1917 when it trained men of the 30th and 81st Infantry Divisions. Between 1925 and 1940 it served as an encampment and training area for the S.C. National Guard. It became a permanent Army garrison in 1940 and lost its former name of Camp Jackson. After World War II Ft. Jackson became a replacement training center. During the Korean War, the 8th and 31st Infantry Divisions trained here. In March, 1956, the Fort officially became a U.S. Army Training Center.


Books about Fort Jackson

  • 50th anniversary history, 1917-1967, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. 1967. View in Catalog
  • Basic training: United States Army Training Center Infantry, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan, 1959. View in Catalog
  • Columbia salutes Fort Jackson, the United States Army Training Center. Lubbock, TX: Boone Publications, 1968. View in Catalog
  • Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the United States Army Training Center. Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Co. View in Catalog
  • Historical and pictorial review 30th Infantry Division, Army of the United States : Fort Jackson, South Carolina, 1941. Baton Rouge, LA: Army and Navy Pub. Co., 1941. View in Catalog
  • Myers, Andrew H. Black, white & olive drab: Racial integration at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and the civil rights movement. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006. View in Catalog
  • United States Army 306th Regiment of Engineers and Engineer Train. Roster and history, 306th Regiment of Engineers and 306th Engineer Train. Columbia, S.C. : The State Company, 1919. View on Internet Archive
  • United States Army Basic Combat Training Museum. The birth of Camp Jackson : A collection of photographs, maps and papers documenting the development of Camp Jackson near Columbia, South Carolina. Including a discussion of the need for training camps and soldiers in World War I, the offer presented by the city of Columbia to the Army to help fill that need, the construction of Camp Jackson and the structures built there, the units and people who populated the camp, and the training that converted average American citizens into the world's greatest soldiers. Columbia, S.C.: United States Army Basic Combat Training Museum, 2016. View in Local History Digital Collections
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