Village to State
The "Village to State: The Foundation of South Carolina Public Library System"
exhibit illustrates through documents and photographs the history of public libraries in South Carolina.
In 1935 the Work Projects Administration (WPA) began sponsoring nationwide library demonstration projects.This site explains the workings of the WPA library projects in South Carolina and includes county information and photographs.
"So Good and Necessary a Work"
Estellene P. Walker compiled and edited "So Good and Necessary a Work": The Public Library in South Carolina 1698-1980, which was published by the South Carolina State Library in 1981.
Thomas Bray established 70 libraries in colonial America.
Susan Dart Butler
Mrs. Butler provided the leadership needed in 1925 in gaining assistance for the development of public libraries for Negroes in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dr. Thomas Cooper
Dr. Thomas Cooper was the second president of what is now known as the University of South Carolina. The main campus library in Columbia bears his name.
Mary Elizabeth Frayser Miss Frayser was a woman whose determined hard work was largely responsible for the nationally recognized public library system South Carolina enjoys today.
Estellenne P. Walker
Estellene P. Walker (1913-1984) was the director of the South Carolina State Library Board from 1946 and State Librarian at the South Carolina State Library from 1969 until her retirement in 1979.