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The Department of Oral History's holdings include online collections as well as those available on-site only. Follow the links for Online Collection to view materials that have been digitized and published online. Use the Catalog Records and Finding Aid links to locate and access on-site collection materials. Click on titles in red to read more about that collection.

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Kline Iron & Steel Company History & Recollections

Thirty-four oral history interviews, created between 2016 and 2018, begin to tell the living history of a Jewish family and the steel business they developed, and the lives of those they employed, during its eighty years of operation in Columbia, South Carolina (1923-2003)

Online Collection digital
Shivar Spring Company & Tom McConnell: A Shared Story Online Collection digital 
University High School (1932-1966) Oral History Collection
Thirty-five oral history interviews with former students and teachers who recall their experiences during the high school’s operating years (1932-1966) on the campus of the University of South Carolina
Online Collection digital 
1977 International Women's Year (IWY) Oral History Collection

Approximately 700 interviews on analog audiocassettes recorded during the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas and the earlier state conference in Columbia, South Carolina

Online Collection digital 
South Caroliniana Library Oral History Collection
More than 200 oral history interviews and growing, on a variety of topics related to South Carolina history

Online Collection
Catalog Records

digital 
Constance Ashton Myers Collection
Women’s Suffrage: oral histories discussing efforts to secure votes for women during the early 20th century
Catalog Records onsite 
Loretta Dunbar Oral Correspondence Collection
Dozens of hours of recorded letters. Loretta Dunbar served in the Peace Corps in West Africa (specifically Nigeria and Ghana) from 1971-1979
Online Collection digital 
Margaret J. Gibbs Theus Collection
Explores South Carolina people and culture as part of Professor Theus’s Cultural Journalism class, 1979-1983
Catalog Records onsite 
Tom Crosby Collection, Rosenwald Schools of South Carolina: An Oral History Exhibit
African-American education in South Carolina during segregation: interviews primarily focus on Rosenwald schools, Allen University and sports at Sims High School in Union County, South Carolina

Online Collection
Catalog Records

digital 
Amelia Wallace Vernon Collection
More than 85 oral histories recorded between 1977 and 1988, which form the basis of the book African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina (1993)

Catalog Records
Finding Aid [pdf]

onsite 
William Gravely Oral History Collection on the Lynching of Willie Earle Online Collection digital
William Savage Oral History Collection, 1982-1988 Online Collection digital
James H. Davis and John S. Davis U.S. Marine Corps Oral History Collection
The oral history interviews in this collection seek to tell the story of Lt. Col. James H. Davis and his brother, John Sherwood Davis, by sharing recollections and experiences of those who knew or served with them
Online Collection digital