About the Collection

Glenn Drayton's journal is a bound volume consisting of Drayton's rules of conduct expected of a U.S. sailor, 1814; and records, 1814-1864, of Rusticello plantation, Pendleton District, S.C., continued after Drayton's death. Drayton's entries consist of hand-written guide, 1814, "Internal Rules and Regulations to be observed on board the United States Frigate Constellation, Charles Gordon, Esqr., Commander"; a scale drawing of the "Constellation," showing the hold stocked with barrels, and dimensions of the ship; and an original water color, presumably executed by Drayton, entitled, "America Must Have a Navy," with patriotic image of eagle and U.S. flags above a ship under construction in dry-dock. After Drayton's death, volume served as a plantation account book in upstate, S.C.; entries include medicinal recipes and treatments; list of slave illnesses and vaccinations, 1845-1861; and a record documenting births, baptisms, and deaths, 1814-1864, among the African American slaves of Rusticello plantation in Pendleton District [a region later divided into Pickens County and Oconee County].


Robert Blank (MLIS 2013) scanned the journal and created metadata following Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices. Robert Blank then designed the landing page. This work could not have been done without the help of and Tony Branch, systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database.

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