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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 to present issues may be searched online at
              2. 1967-2012 issues are on microfilm in reference
              3. 1987-2007 Google News
              4. 1960-1987 Google News

            2. Sumter area high school yearbooks

            3. Sumter County Genealogical Society

            4. Sandlapper, the Magazine of South Carolina, 1968 to 2012
              See indexes online.

            5. South Carolina Historical Magazine
              1. To search articles in most of our print back issues (1950-1962 and 1993-2005), go online to the Journal Storage website, JSTOR Advanced Search.
              2. Type your topic into the search form at the top.
              3. Narrow the 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 in the box beside The South Carolina Historical Magazine 1952 - 2014
              6. Scroll down and click on Search.
              7. Note the issue dates so you can make copies of the articles for 15 cents per page or read them for free at the library.

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

            7. South Carolina Review
              Online index includes our print back issues, 1969-72, 1986-87, 1991-93, 1995-2009, 2011-12

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

Revised February 2016