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Beaufort County Library Postcards Online

The Beaufort County Library is proud to announce its fifth online collection in partnership with the Lowcountry Digital Library during National Postcard Week, May 7 – 13, 2017.

The Russell J. Arnsberger Postcard Collection includes over 350 postcards of houses, businesses, public buildings, street views, military base activities and structures in and around Beaufort, South Carolina. Some built structures pictured are no longer extant or have been greatly altered. Among the publishers represented in this collection of 20th century postcards are Albertype Company, Dexter Press, Charles G. Luther’s Pharmacy, the Crescent Drug Company, W.R. Bristol, Palmetto Studios and Photo Arts of Winnsboro, SC.

Arnsberger volunteered his time and deltiological expertise to the Beaufort District Collection while he was a resident and as a parting gift, donated his personal collection of Beaufort area postcards to the Library.

“The Library is delighted that we launched the Arnsberger Collection just in time for National Postcard Week. Postcards offer colorful glimpses into the past that all ages can appreciate. The Arnsberger Collection is just a sample of what waits in store for researchers inside the BDC,” says Grace Cordial, Manager of the Library’s special local history collection and archives unit, the Beaufort District Collection.

Based at the College of Charleston, the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) produces digital collections and projects that support research about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World. Together with its institutional partners, LCDL helps students, scholars, and a wide range of public audiences develop a better understanding of the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry relative to the nation and the world.

The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the Library’s special local history and archives unit. BDC staff and docents are stewards who collect, protect and share a research collection of permanent value about local history, Gullah culture, the natural southeastern coastal environment, family history and archaeology. Please contact or call 843-255-6468 for information about other postcards and local history materials cared for by the Beaufort District Collection.

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