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History of Public Health

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South Carolina Libraries

  • South Carolina State Library - The library has a collection of published materials dealing with South Carolina and South Carolinians. Multiple copies of South Carolina titles are usually purchased to ensure that one copy remains in the Library for long-term, historical purposes. Publications that are primarily genealogical in nature are not collected. The South Carolina collection contains approximately 26,000 items. The State Library also has a permanent collection of state agency reports and publications. The Department of Health annual reports extend from 1881
  • South Caroliniana Library - The library that retains original material on South Carolina, including letters, diaries, and other personal papers; records of businesses, churches, and other organizations; and broadsides and other ephemera reflecting political, commercial, and leisure activities. The visual images collection includes photographs, prints, postcards and other items that document the people, buildings, and landscapes of the region. The collections also include newspapers, monographs, photographs, maps, and other historic material. Use of materials is restricted.
  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History - The South Carolina Department of Archives and History collects non-current public records, those created, used, or retained by any agency, political subdivision, or governmental body of the state supported by or expending public funds. This includes records from the legislature, judicial system, office of the governor, state agencies, county and municipal governments, school districts, and special purpose districts. The department also collects copies of records of or relating to South Carolina government from sources such as the National Archives and other federal agencies, the British Public Records Office, and private sources. The records span from a 1671 deed for a town lot on Albermarle Point, the earliest original record, to present-day agency publications. Records are found in a wide variety of formats--original documents and manuscripts, published works, microfilm and microfiche of original or published documents, photographs, maps, drawings, audio and video recordings, and electronic records.
  • Thomas Cooper Library. University of South Carolina - The Thomas Cooper Library supports the curricula of the university, including schools of public health and nursing.
  • Waring Historical Library (Medical University of South Carolina) - Located on the campus of MUSC, the library houses books, journals, manuscript items, and museum artifacts dealing with the history of the health sciences. The primary focus of the Library is the history of medicine in South Carolina and in the South, but much of the material is universal and many medical classics are included.
  • South Carolina Historical Society - Has a variety of materials including 3000 photographs on the history of South Carolina. There are several manuscripts, particularly medical diaries during the Revolutionary and Civil wars.