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 …
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.
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 - 1907.
Jimmy Price Studios operated in Columbia, South Carolina during the mid-twentieth century. Jimmy Price photographed a variety of subjects such as social events, business meetings, advertising displays, sporting events and accidents. The photographs in this collection were taken between the years 1954 - 1963.
The Mayors of Columbia collection consists of portraits of the mayors and intendants of Columbia from John Taylor, the first intendant in 1806 to Bob Coble, mayor from 1990-2010. The original portraits are on display in the Columbia City Hall at 1737 Main Street. Portraits of some former mayors are not included in this collection.
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, pamplets, books and historical materials from the Civil War to the mid 20th-century eras.
Richland Library has additional collections online through the South Carolina Digital Library. Click the links below to explore these materials at www.scmemory.org.
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.