History of the South Carolina State Library

The South Carolina State Library building, erected in 1969, is celebrating 50 years of statewide library service at our 1500 Senate Street location. This is a comprehensive timeline to celebrate the history of the South Carolina State Library from the time it was first established in 1929 as the South Carolina State Library Board to present-day library service.

1929-01-01 00:00:00

South Carolina State Library Board was created, 1929

The General Assembly passed legislation authorizing the South Carolina State Library Board.

1930-09-01 22:17:47

South Carolina Library Leaves, 1930

The South Carolina State Library Board published the South Carolina Library Leaves newsletter.

1930-10-20 00:00:00

State Library Board at the State Fair, 1930

The State Library Board exhibited for the first time at the State Fair, October 20 to 26, 1930.

1935-01-01 00:00:00

Works Project Administration (WPA), 1935

The first statewide library program was carried out under the Works Project Administration (WPA), 1935 to 1943.

1943-01-01 00:00:00

General Assembly began funding the South Carolina State Library Board, 1943

The General Assembly gave $3,000 to the South Carolina State Library Board to assist public library development.

1945-01-01 00:00:00

South Carolina Library Bulletin is published, 1945

South Carolina Library Bulletin newsletter was published.

1945-01-01 00:00:00

1137 Washington Street, 1945

The State Library Board was located at 1137 Washington Street.

1946-01-01 00:00:00

Estellene P. Walker becomes director of the South Carolina State Library Board, 1946

Estellene P. Walker becomes the Director of the South Carolina State Library Board.

1946-01-01 12:30:46

1207 Calhoun Street, 1946

The State Library Board moves to 1207 Calhoun Street.

1948-10-01 00:00:00

State Library Board funds for African American library services, 1948

The South Carolina State Library Board begins to provide funding for African American library services and collections.

History of the South Carolina State Library

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