Ask a Librarian

Answers are available Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Home Catalogs Digital Collections SC Public Library History, 1930-1945
South Carolina Public Library History, 1930-1945

Visit This Collection

Tigerville Branch, Greenville, (S.C) County Library

About the Collection

The South Carolina Public Library History, 1930-1945 collection consists of photographs and documents from the archives of the SC State Library. These digital images highlight public libraries, bookmobiles, librarians, and patrons from around the state. Many photographs and documents relate to the federal Works Project Administration (WPA) Library Project in South Carolina, which provided statewide library services from 1935 to 1943.

The WPA's major objective was to provide each county of the state with some measure of area-wide public library service. The WPA Library Project helped establish library service in some areas and enhanced existing libraries' operations in others. The WPA program made possible the establishment of bookmobile service in 23 counties formerly without rural library service.

The federal WPA Library Project purchased books to lend to public libraries around the state. We have cataloged a selection of books owned by this program in LibraryThing to provide a glimpse of what a public library in 1942 in South Carolina might have had on their shelves.


This digital collection represents the collaborative efforts of several individuals at the South Carolina State Library and USC Libraries. Laura Sponhour suggested this collection for the South Carolina State Library’s inaugural collection into the South Carolina Digital Library. Amanda Stone created the metadata for these 81 images and documents and served as project coordinator. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format.

Scanning was done at the State Library by two USC MLIS interns, Andrew Blatchford and Kelly Jones. Joshua Morgan, scanning technician at the Clemson University Digital Library Initiative provided initial support in setting up our scanning program, created a written guide for best-practices, and participated in scanning documents. All three scanner technicians scanned the photographs and documents on a flatbed Epson Expression 1000XL Photo scanner, using Epson Scan software. Images were scanned as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 600 ppi, and high quality JPEGs were created from the TIFFs.

Tyler Mobley, MLIS student at USC and SCDL staff at USC Digital Collections, uploaded the JPEGs to the CONTENTdm server. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on a SAN server, backed-up to DVD and tape. Tyler also created a home page for the collection and Amanda Stone wrote an introduction to the collection.

The work could also not have been done without the help of Tony Branch, of the USC Libraries Systems Department, who is the systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database and helps to manage the computers and scanners in the Digital Activities Department.

institute of Museum and Library Services Many S.C. State Library programs, resources and services are supported in whole or in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Follow SCSL on the Web:

  • SC State Library on Facebook
  • SC State Library on Twitter
  • SC State Library on YouTube
  • SC State Library podcast, The Lion's Roar
  • Subscribe to SC State Library news feeds
  • SC State Library on MySpace
  • SC State Library on Flickr