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Bicentennial Photograph Collection

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 …

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Bicentennial Photograph Collection

Books and Pamphlets

Full-text books and pamphlets about Columbia and South Carolina from the Richland Library Local History collections. These diverse texts feature the people, places and events that existed in Columbia and the surrounding areas from the Civil War to the modern era.

Books and Pamphlets

Columbia Army Air Base

The Columbia Army Air Base was established by United States War Department in West Columbia, South Carolina for training flight crews. Airmen flew on bombing missions at warfronts across the globe. These images were scanned from the personal collection of William Hamson, who served as an air base photographer from 1942 to 1945.

Columbia Army Air Base

Columbia Theatre Programs

Built in 1900 as the city hall and theater, Columbia Theatre presented opera, ballet, vaudeville, and later moving pictures to city residents for 38 years. Provided here is a small collection of programs from 1905 - 1930.

Columbia Theatre Programs

Epting Family Collection

This digital collection contains a sample of photographs from the David and Annie Epting family collection. The items were donated by Julie (Derrick) Epting, widow of David Epting Jr. Photographs are from the Columbia, Lexington, and Newberry areas, and date between 1876-1955. Neighborhoods depicted include Shandon and Cottontown. 

 

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Epting Family Collection

About the collections



Richland Library, with 11 locations throughout Richland County, South Carolina, offers numerous resources in a variety of formats to meet citizens' needs for reading, learning and information.

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, and other historical materials from the Civil War to the mid-20th century eras.

Additional Collections Available

Richland Library has additional collections available online through the South Carolina Digital Library. Click the links below to explore these collections.

 South Carolina Digital Library

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  • Civil War lithographs featuring Columbia, South Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Town Theatre programs over 100 programs dating from 1921 to 1999 from productions at the historic Town Theatre in downtown Columbia.

 

All Rights Reserved

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.

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