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  South Carolina Room

S.C. Room The Williams-Brice South Carolina Room, located in the Downtown branch, contains over 2500 items pertaining to the history, culture and government of South Carolina. Items of particular interest are histories of Sumter County and works of non-fiction, prose and poetry by current and former Sumter County and area residents. The room is available all hours the Downtown branch is open. Visit the Reference Desk for access.



Some local history sources:

            1. Sumter Item newspapers:
              1. 2004-present issues may be searched online at
              2. 1967-2012 issues are on microfilm
              3. 1987-2000 Google News
              4. 1960-87 Google News

            2. Sumter area high school yearbooks

            3. Sumter County Genealogical Society

            4. Sandlapper, the Magazine of South Carolina, 1968 to 2012
              Indexes are online

            5. South Carolina Historical Magazine
              1. Topics in most of our print back issues (1950-1962 and 1993-2005) may be searched online via Journal Storage (JSTOR) Advanced Search.
              2. Type your topic into the search form at the top.
              3. Narrow date range to 1952-1962 or 1993-2005 for our print back issues that overlap with the online articles.
              4. Under "Journal Filter" click on the angle bracket (>) next to American Studies or History.
              5. Scroll down and click to check the box beside "The South Carolina Historical Magazine 1952 - 2014"
              6. Scroll down and click on Search.

            6. South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research,
              most of volumes XV (1987) through XXXVIII (2010).
              Yearly indexes are in each fall issue

            7. South Carolina Review

            8. Nineteenth century South Carolina
              newspapers may be viewed online via

Revised February 2016