Author Archives: Virginia Pierce

Helpful Tips for Researching in Chronicling America

The Library of Congress recently launched a new Chronicling America home page, with several improvements and new features. With this great new site redesign, I thought it might be helpful to point out some features that will improve your searching … Continue reading

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Professor Lowe’s 1861 Balloon Voyage to Union, S.C.

Eight days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, Professor Thaddeus Lowe, a self taught scientist conducting ground breaking work in the field of aeronautics, embarked on a 500 mile hot air balloon voyage from Cincinnati, Ohio. … Continue reading

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But wait, there’s more! More historic S.C. newspapers added to Chronicling America!

This week, the Library of Congress added three more historic South Carolina newspaper titles, and 30,000 newspaper pages, into Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. These are the Keowee courier (Pickens, S.C.) (1861-1900 now available), the Orangeburg news, (Orangeburg, S.C.) and … Continue reading

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Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette!

This fun cigarette advertising campaign for Sovereign Cigarettes, which personified a cigarette as a southern child of good breeding and manners, appeared in the Watchman and Southron (Sumter, S.C.) newspaper in January and February 1917. He’s a darling little fellow, … Continue reading

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The 1903 Tillman-Gonzales Affair: South Carolina’s “Crime of the Century”

In the shadow of the South Carolina State House stands a monument. Most that pass it each day on this busy street corner in Columbia are perhaps unaware for whom the monument was erected more than a century ago or … Continue reading

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A guide to navigating the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers is chock full of useful information to users wishing to search for newspapers and to learn more about the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). In fact, I thought a proper explanation of how to navigate … Continue reading

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“Chronicles of the Electric City” A brief history of the Anderson Intelligencer

Craig Keeney, Published Materials Cataloger at the South Caroliniana Library here at USC and one of our Principal Investigators of the SCDNP, has composed fascinating essays about each of the South Carolina newspapers digitized in Chronicling America. These essays or … Continue reading

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Breaking news! The Sumter Watchman and the Watchman and Southron are now available in Chronicling America

Breaking News! Two more newspaper titles, the Sumter watchman and the Watchman and southron, are now available online in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Also, more Charleston daily news content is now online. So far, 39,024 digitized S.C. newspaper images … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years Hence: 1911′s futuristic vision of the year 2011

Here’s a fun futuristic article published in 1911, titled One Hundred Years Hence, imagining what life might be like in the year 2011. The future is set on February 1, 2011, today’s date! You can click here to read the … Continue reading

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Acting Bears, Sacred Bulls, Performing Dogs… the Big Top is Arriving Soon.

Here in 21st century Columbia, the circus will be passing through town soon. Some of the earliest pictorial advertisements in post-bellum South Carolina newspapers are advertisements for the circus. Below are examples of fanciful circus advertisements printed in the Columbia … Continue reading

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The new year brings changes!

The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program Blog will be undergoing server changes in the upcoming weeks and may be unavailable for a period of time.  These changes will require the blog to have a different web url as well as … Continue reading

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"Come bring with a noise my merry merry boys the Christmas log to the firing…"

A search for “Christmas” brings up a lot of gems worth reading in SC newspapers on Chronicling America. To search for yourself, you can go to the Search Newspaper Pages at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/. The following is an excerpt of a fun … Continue reading

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Hot off the press! The Anderson Intelligencer and the Charleston Daily News are now on Chronicling America!

We just received word this afternoon that two newspaper titles, the Anderson Intelligencer and the Charleston Daily News,  have been added into Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. To date, 29,178 newspaper images (of the 100,000 total number of images we … Continue reading

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"Our city shall spring from her ashes." A brief history of the Columbia Phoenix.

Craig Keeney, Published Materials Cataloger at the South Caroliniana Library here at USC and one of our Principal Investigators of the SCDNP, has composed several fascinating essays about each of the South Carolina newspapers digitized in Chronicling America. These essays … Continue reading

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Have you checked out the Topics in Chronicling America page yet?

The Library of Congress Newspaper and Current Periodicals Reading Room has compiled a wide range of topics related to 19th and 20th century American History, from newspaper articles that can be found in Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers. Currently, there … Continue reading

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Madame Sosnowski, noteworthy citizen of Columbia, South Carolina

While reading the Columbia Phoenix online in Chronicling America, I ran across a brief article printed on March 28, 1865. The editors of the Phoenix wished to make quite clear that a highly regarded citizen of Columbia had NOT followed … Continue reading

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Sack and Destruction of Columbia

Read William Gilmore Simm’s vivid account of the sack and destruction of Columbia by General Sherman’s army. Readers will find the commentary on saving the South Caroliniana Library and other buildings on the Horseshoe of particular interest. To read the … Continue reading

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Upcoming Presentation on The National Digital Newspaper Program

“The National Digital Newspaper Program” Presentation by Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:00 p.m. Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library (Enter through the Thomas Cooper Library) University of South Carolina 1322 Greene St. Columbia, S.C. University … Continue reading

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Columbia Phoenix in Chronicling America

The following newspaper titles are now available in Chronicling America!  Feel free to be like Kristin Amsden and Virginia Pierce (pictured below) and browse the issues, search for particular topics, and share with all of your friends and colleagues. Columbia … Continue reading

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July 2010 Progress

SCDNP completed an important milestone in the program. SCDNP staff submitted Batch A to the Library of Congress for inclusion in Chronicling America.   If accepted by LC, the batch will be ingested and made publicly available in September.  The batch … Continue reading

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