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"S" is for South Carolina State Library

South Carolina From A to Z
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"S" is for South Carolina State Library. An independent agency, the South Carolina State Library assists libraries throughout the state in meeting the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of its citizens. In 1929 the General Assembly created the State Public Library Association and the State Library Board to assist in establishing quality countywide services across the state. The federal Works Projects Administration (WPA) was instrumental in establishing a measure of public library service to all counties between 1935 and 1943. The State Library Board inherited the WPA’s library assets. In 1969, the General Assembly renamed the State Library Board the State Library and gave it expanded responsibilities. In 1998, the South Carolina State Library created DISCUS, South Carolina’s Virtual Library, to provide a wide-range of on-line information to users in public, academic, and school libraries.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.