S. Lewis Bell Room Local History Overview, Chester, Main Library
JEAN C. AGEE MEMORIAL COLLECTION
The Jean C. Agee Memorial Collection was donated to the S. Lewis Bell Room by local historian and genealogist (and co-founder of the Chester District Genealogical Society) Jean Clawson Agee before her death in 2009. Several books were donated by Mrs. Agee, as were two file cabinets worth of material. The books are shelved with the rest of the S. Lewis Bell Room Collection and may not be checked out of the library. The cabinets are sorted as Mrs. Agee donated them, largely separated by surname in alphabetical order. The respective family lines are not separated. Some folders contain material on historical topics related to Chester County and the Upcountry of South Carolina.
Chester Vertical File
The Chester Vertical File consists of material collected from the Chester News and Reporter as well as other sources. Proofs from both volumes of Chester County: A Heritage History are also included. Several other donors have given items as well. Items are arranged alphabetically by topic. Folders relating to specific time periods in the history of both the City of Chester and Chester County are clearly labeled. A sizable number of folders relate to the Chester County Library over the years as well.
Chester County Newspapers on Microfilm
The S. Lewis Bell Room Local History collection has a collection of Chester County newspapers on microfilm. We have the Chester Lantern from 1897 to 1906, with some gaps; the Chester News from 1915 to 1971 complete; the Chester Reporter from 1874 to 1906 and from 1929 to 1971, with some gaps; and the Chester News and Reporter from 1971 to present complete. We also have a smaller assortment of other area newspapers as well.
Also visit the Chester County Historical Society, South Carolina