About the Project


York County (SC) Library, like many libraries, holds collections of photographs and newspaper clippings concerning historic homes, sites and events of this area, plus individuals who participated in the life of our community. These items have become fragile with age and so recent usage has been limited.


Current technology allows us to digitize these materials – an effective method for both preservation and access. To this end, York County Library applied for and received a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the South Carolina State Library. This project involves digitizing the following photograph collections:


  • Carlisle Collection: a collection of 32 images taken by early 20th century photographer Marion Carlisle of scenes and natural disasters of Rock Hill.
  • Creed Collection: a collection of 100 images of scenes and individuals in the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century.
  • White Collection: a collection of 34 photographs of scenes in Rock Hill and South Carolina.
  • Circus Collection: a collection of 30 photographs that show the years the circus wintered over in York, South Carolina.
  • York County Schools: a collection of more than 250 photographs of early school facilities in York County, South Carolina. These appear in two segments:
    (1) 138 images are part of the South Carolina Archives website as the Insurance File Photographs of Public Schools, 1935–1952 and
    (2) 120 images are part of this York County History website.

The original photographs have been preserved in Keepsake Albums (1 inch D–ring binders) with acid-free Melinex protectors. Upon completion of the project, these binders will be located in the Nan Weller Carson Local History Room of the York County Library, 138 E. Black St. Rock Hill, SC.


In addition to the photographic collections above, clippings about homes, churches and individuals prominent in the history of York County area and about the Catawba Indian Nation from The Herald and other local area newspapers are presented. Articles included have the permission of the publisher for the purposes of this project.


The Local History collection includes typewritten manuscripts that are histories of local churches in York and Chester counties. These have been scanned and made full–text searchable. They are a treasure–trove of local names.


Links to websites with related information are presented to enable the user to have access to all relevant historical information.


The goal of this project is to make this information accessible for the genealogist, the historian, the student, and the interested resident.