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Angelica Singleton Van Buren Collection
Sarah Angelica Singleton was born in Wedgefield, South Carolina in 1818, the daughter of a prominent South Carolina plantation owner, Richard Singleton, and his wife Rebecca Travis Coles. In 1838, Angelica would marry Abraham Van Buren, son of the 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. During her father-in-law's term of office, Angelica would serve in the capacity as first lady due to the death of Mrs. Martin Van Buren seventeen years prior. Angelica's papers, consisting of two travel diaries, dated 1854-1855, documenting her family's trips to New York and Europe, and an autograph book, dated 1831, can be viewed here. This collection gives a first-hand account of early to mid-nineteenth century aristocratic life in the United States and abroad.
Armstrong Family Papers, 1900 - 1930
One of America's foremost early twentieth-century African-American magic acts. J. Hartford Armstrong, his wife, Lille Belle Armstrong, and eventually their daughter, Ellen Armstrong, performed feats that included mind reading, slight of hand, and card tricks. This collection of 127 items includes letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings.
Bonds Conway Papers, 1763 - 1907
Papers of Bonds Conway (1763-1843), a free African-American resident of Camden (Kershaw County, S.C.). This collection of family letters, land papers, and other items documents several generations of a free family of color from the 18th through the 20th centuries in South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, east Texas, and elsewhere. Topics discussed include social relations during antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras through the early 20th century.
Broadsides from the Colonial Era to the Present
Now, broadsides (posters, one page fliers, advertisements and other types of ephemera) from across many different South Caroliniana Library manuscript collections can be searched, viewed, read, and compared. The dates range from the 1700s to the present, and items will continue to be added to this collection.
Butler Derrick In His Own Words
Elected to Congress in 1974, Butler Carson Derrick (b. 1936) represented South Carolina's Third District from 1975 to 1995. Derrick’s service was marked by influence, from his early appointments to the Budget and Rules Committees, to his mid-career service on the Congressional Textile Caucus and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and culminating in his appointment as Chief Deputy Majority Whip. At the time of his retirement, Derrick was considered one of the ten most influential members of Congress.
Calvin Shedd Papers, 1862 - 1863
Forty-four letters, 1862-1863, of Union soldier Calvin Shedd, Co. A, Seventh New Hampshire Regiment, are written primarily from locations in coastal South Carolina and addressed to his wife, S. Augusta Shedd, at Enfield, N.H., and South Reading, Mass. Shedd, a first sergeant, later second lieutenant, writes intelligently and with great detail, describing events, people, and places. His letters are noteworthy for their accounts of hospital conditions, portrayed vividly in correspondence penned from U.S. Army general hospitals at Beaufort, Hilton Head, and a field hospital at Folly Island.
Camilla Urso Collection
Camilla Urso was one of the leading violinists of the 19th century. She accomplished this at a time when the violin was not considered to be a suitable instrument for a woman to play. Furthermore, she made the difficult transition from child prodigy to mature artist with a career that spanned more than fifty years and that took place on several continents.
Charles Stuart Vedder Papers, 1848 - 1912
The papers of the Rev. Charles Stuart Vedder (1826–1917) consist primarily of letters as well as diaries spanning a period of over sixty years. Vedder moved from Schenectady, New York, to Columbia, South Carolina, to study at Columbia Theological Seminary. He was called upon to become pastor of the Summerville Presbyterian Church in June 1861. Of particular historical interest are Vedder’s three diaries from 1861 to 1866, in which the Civil War is woven into Vedder’s discussions of social life and religion. In 1865, as the war reached its conclusion, Vedder even buried his diary for three months “to avoid its being taken and destroyed by anticipated Raiders.”
Collected Civil War Papers of Colonel Benjamin Franklin Eshleman
This collection contains the mementos Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Franklin Eshleman, a former commander of the Washington Artillery battalion, saved in his scrapbook. It portrays a civil war colonel's dedication to preserving the memory of his unit along with a larger more important purpose of memorializing the era of the confederate soldier.
Columbia, SC Historical Collections
This is a compilation of numerous digital collections from the South Caroliniana Library, Richland Library, and the city of Columbia that capture the city's history in photographs, maps, books, and city minutes.
Cox and Chesnut Families Papers, 1792-1858
This collection of papers of the Cox and Chesnut families discusses political, economic, and social aspects of life in the United States during the Early National and antebellum periods.
Many of the letters were written between 1792 and 1815 to Mary Cox Chesnut (1775-1864) of Camden, South Carolina, by her mother, Esther Bowes Cox (1740-1814) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This Mary Chesnut was the wife of James Chesnut (1773-1866), owner of Mulberry Plantation, near Camden, in present-day Kershaw County, South Carolina, and the mother-in-law of famed Civil War diarist Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823-1886).
David Wyatt Aiken Papers, 1849 - 1976
This collection contains letters and other materials surrounding the life of five-term U.S. congressman David Wyatt Aiken, who biographers have styled "South Carolina's Militant Agrarian." Born in 1828 in Winnsboro (Fairfield County, S.C.), Aiken served as a colonel in the Confederate Army and later went on to serve in the S.C. House of Representatives. He was a member of the Agricultural and Mechanical Society of South Carolina and served on the executive committee of the National Grange. From 1877 until 1887, he represented South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives. He died in 1887 at his home in Cokesbury, South Carolina. The collection consists in large part of letters to his second wife Virginia Carolina Smith Aiken (1831-1900) , as well as a hand-written autobiography and other materials surrounding his life.
Delbert Claire Brandt Collection
This collection contains 32 letters and postcards relating to Delbert Claire Brandt (Claire Brandt), a young man from Sharon, Pennsylvania who served with the 1st Cavalry in World War I, was wounded, and died on November 16, 1918. The letters were written between May 1918 and November 1918. Most of the letters are from Claire Brandt to his sister Beatrice. Topics range from the care packages which Beatrice sent to Claire Brandt’s travels in the army.
Edwin Hughes Collection
Edwin Hughes was a noted pianist with ties to South Carolina. Hughes studied with noted pianist Theodor Leschetizky, who was a pupil of major composers and pianists of the late 1800s. Hughes had a very successful teaching and touring career, and eventually became editor with noted music publishing house G. Schirmer. Hughes taught a series of master classes in the 1950s and 1960s, often teaching on USC’s Columbia campus.
Eleanor Phelps Cruise Around the World, 1922
In the winter of 1922, Aiken, South Carolina, resident Eleanor Phelps boarded the S.S. Laconia and embarked on the inaugural American Express Company Cruise Around the World. The photographs, diary entries, and souvenirs that comprise this collection document Eleanor's visits to the Panama Canal, the Taj Mahal, and the Valley of the Kings, as well as dozens of cities and other historic sites all over the globe. Each volume teems with life and color and answer the question that Eleanor asks on the last page of her diary: "How can one come to a conclusion or express and opinion on the world as I saw it in 130 days?"
F. Scott Fitzgerald's Ledger, 1919 - 1938
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Ledger is one of the richest primary source documents in existence for any literary author. Fitzgerald began recording information in this business ledger sometime in 1919 or 1920 after leaving the Army and moving to New York to begin his professional life as a writer.
Family Bible Records
Historically, family Bible records have been an important source for vital statistics, supplementing the centralized recording of vital statistics which did not begin in South Carolina until the early twentieth century. These records contain birth, marriage, and death dates and sometimes other personal and family information. Over the years, the South Caroliniana Library has acquired originals, photocopies, and occasion transcriptions of many South Carolina related Bible records. Please note that poor quality originals may result in illegible images and that photocopies were not always produced under optimal conditions.
Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words
Fritz Hollings: In His Own Words is a collection of Senator Hollings’ writings, speeches, photographs, and audio files from his days as Lt. Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator. 200 items showcase the compelling intellect, keen wit, and, at times, sharp tongue that Senator Hollings was known for in South Carolina and on Capitol Hill.
Glenn Drayton's Journal, 1814 - 1864
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, 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,". 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].
Henry William Ravenel Private Journal, 1859 - 1860
This is the first journal made available online from the collection of one hundred ten manuscripts, thirteen manuscript volumes, and thirty-nine photographs documents the family life, business pursuits, and natural history interests of South Carolina planter, botanist, and agricultural writer Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887).
Inventory of S.C. Church Archives
A historical records survey known as the Inventory of Church Archives was completed by W.P.A. workers between 1937 and 1939. The original survey sheets are held in the Manuscripts Division of the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia. Inventory of Church Archives survey sheets are available for forty-two of South Carolina’s forty-six counties. Surveys for Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, and Georgetown are not extant. The questionnaires provided the means by which information was systematically gathered on African-American and white churches in both rural and urban areas, including address, date organized, building description, construction date, and, of primary importance, listings of any known church records.
Isaac Rosenberg: Early Poetry and Related Documents from the Joseph Cohen Collection of World War I Literature
Rosenberg, recognized as the first significant Jewish poet in English literature, was one of the major poets whose life was cut short by the Great War, and the only one who served in the ranks. This online collection includes six items, including one of only three known copies of Rosenberg's first book of poems, Night and Day (1912). This copy also contains a manuscript poem in Rosenberg's own hand.
Isaiah DeQuincey Newman Collection
DeQuincey Newman was a Methodist pastor, civil rights activist, and entrepreneur. A leading figure in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina, he helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the NAACP in 1943, helped found the Progressive Democratic Party, and served the South Carolina NAACP as state field director from 1960 to 1969. In 1983, at age 72, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate, thus becoming the first African American to serve in that body since Reconstruction.
James Glen Papers, 1738 - 1777
The papers of colonial governor James Glen (1701-1777), who served as Governor of South Carolina from 1738 to 1756, include official government documents, papers concerning relations with Native American Indians, business papers relating to his ownership of a South Carolina rice plantation, and correspondence between Glen and South Carolina planter, John Drayton (1713-1779).
James Kershaw Papers, 1786 - 1825
This collection contains diaries of James Kershaw, 1791-1825, with meteorological observations, recipes, and home remedies, including advice for treatment of pimples, boils, baldness, and unwanted hair. The papers record observations, 17 September 1811, of a solar eclipse, accounts of debts paid, January-April 1812, including prices of cotton, molasses, and sugar, and typed abstracts of recipes, 1936, copied from the diaries.
James R. Hagood. Civil War Memoir
This Civil War memoir and regimental history written prior to 1870 by James R. Hagood reviews his service as one of the youngest colonels in the Army of the Confederate States of America in Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. Hagood's relatives, chiefly his nephew, Johnson Hagood 1873-1948, edited and reworked this memoir, ca. 1928 and 1944. He was born in Barnwell, S. C. , the son of Dr. James O'Hear Hagood and Indiana M. Allen Hagood. In 1862 he and a group of Citadel cadets formed themselves into a company of cavalry called the Cadet Rangers, which afterwards became Troop F, 6th South Carolina Cavalry. Hagood later transferred into the 1st South Carolina Regiment of Volunteer Infantry.
Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Manuscripts, Images, and Ephemera
The Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Manuscripts, Images, and Ephemera is a part of the larger Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature. The collection contains letters, manuscripts, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, and a variety of other ephemeral material relating to nineteenth-century American authors, especially those associated with the Transcendentalist movement. The bulk of the collection is comprised of letters by Ralph Waldo Emerson, many of which are previously unpublished. In addition to illuminating Emerson's personal life and work as a public lecturer, many letters in the collection cover Emerson's work as a published author in the market place of nineteenth-century print culture. Additionally, the collection contains the largest assortment of Emerson iconography. Supplemental to its focus on Ralph Waldo Emerson, the collection is also home to material relating to a variety of other authors and figures important to the Transcendentalist movement, New England, and nineteenth-century American literature more broadly, such as Theodore Parker, Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman, Bronson and Louisa May Alcott, Christopher Pearse Cranch, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Ellery Channing, James Russell Lowell, and many others.
John Kenneth Adams Scrapbook
This scrapbook contains recital and concert programs, playbills, clippings, photographs, awards and certificates collected throughout John Kenneth Adams' career as a performer and teacher.
John West In His Own Words
The selection of documents digitized here encompass the entirety of West's life and career, including legislative and executive work in South Carolina, documents from his diplomatic tenure, speeches, photographs, and personal reflections in correspondence, memoirs, and diaries.
Joseph A. De Laine Papers, ca. 1918 - 2000
This core unit of three hundred fifty items -two hundred sixty-two manuscripts, miscellaneous printed artifacts, and eighty-eight photographs- added to the papers of the late Joseph Armstrong DeLaine (1898-1974) covers chiefly the period from 1942, when he submitted his annual report as secretary of the Clarendon County Citizen[s] Committee, to 1974, when he delivered an address entitled "History leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision outlawing Segregation in Public Schools."
Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection
The Great War of 1914-1918 remains a watershed in social and cultural history, on both sides of the Atlantic. It involved millions of combatants from around the globe. It technologized warfare. It redrew the map of Europe. It precipitated lasting changes in demographic structure, social behavior, and cultural expression. It marked the imagination, not of one generation only, but of generations to come.
Joseph M. Bruccoli (1892?-1965) was a veteran of the Great War. His campaign medal carried eight bars, each representing a major battle in which he participated. He was severely wounded and was deeply patriotic. His son, Professor Matthew J. Bruccoli, has initiated this collection as a continuing personal project in his father's memory.
Keziah Brevard Journal, 1860-1861
Records daily activities, 22 July 1860 - 13 Apr. 1861, of a widowed plantation mistress, including the management of slaves; preparation and preservation of food; menus offered to guests; winery procedures; and the distribution of supplies to the slaves at her Sand Hills and Cabin Branch plantations. Volume also contains Brevard's personal reflections on slavery and secession; will and appraisal of her estate; notes on the summer resort of Adams Hill; and genealogical information on the Adams, Goodwyn, Boykin, Hopkins and related families.
Lutheran Church Records of Lexington County, South Carolina (1866-1982)
This collection consists of parish registers, with records of baptisms, marriages, burials, and communions, in addition to lists of members, pastors, and church officers. The originals, most of which reside at the individual churches, were microfilmed and now digitized to extend easier access to these valuable records. Currently, only records from Lexington County are available. We will continue to add counties. Please check back for additions.
Many Years After , by D. Graham Copeland
This book describes the history of Bamberg, South Carolina, with maps, photographs, and text regarding the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras; more specific chapters discuss the buildings, businesses, schools, churches, occupations and people of the 1890s. Genealogical charts and other information document the Copeland and various other families of Bamberg County, South Carolina, through the 1930s, and also record Copeland family connections with the Castanedo and related famililies of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Maxcy Gregg Papers, 1835-1888
Maxcy Gregg's Sporting Journal (1839-1860) describes hunting and fishing expeditions, a record of game animals taken, weather conditions and Fisher's Pond. Other entries discuss a trip to the mountains (17 July - 12 August 1843), attending "the Washingtonian lecture" in Winnsboro, South Carolina, a mention of David Johnson (1782-1855), who served as governor of South Carolina, 1846-1848, and unsuccessful efforts to convince William Waters Boyce to assume editorial duties at the South Carolinian (a newspaper of Columbia, South Carolina).
Micajah A. Clark Journals
In 1847 and 1857, Micajah Adolphus Clark (1822-1905) traveled from Mississippi to South Carolina and kept detailed accounts of his journeys. He recounts the hardships of travel, miscellaneous expenses, weather patterns, making acquaintances, and overnight stays in various locations. His journals from these expeditions are now housed at the South Caroliniana Library and are presented here in digital form.
Modjeska Monteith Simkins: In Her Own Words
A Columbia civil rights activist, Simkins served as the South Carolina State Secretary for the NAACP, 1941 to 1957. She also had leadership roles in the renovation of Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital and the Richland County Citizens Committee. Simkins was a founder, in 1921, of the Victory Savings Bank of Columbia. Now called South Carolina Community Bank, it survives as one of the oldest African-American owned banks in the country. As a voice of African-American leadership in the South, Simkins was routinely asked to use her influence in political campaigns. Although she helped many leaders win election, Simkins was unable to attain elected office herself. She ran unsuccessfully for Columbia City Council in 1966 and 1984 and the S.C. House of Representatives in 1966.
North of the Broad River
This collection contains two volumes of local history and genealogical information regarding Fairfield County, South Carolina, including families who settled in the region, as well as related lines in Charleston, Orangeburg County, Richland County, and elsewhere in South Carolina. The volumes include transcriptions of letters and account books and excerpts from other unpublished documents regarding immigrants from the United Kingdom, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, as well as other regions in North America, who settled in South Carolina. Some entries document sales or purchases of African American slaves, inheritance of real estate, military service in the American Revolution or Civil War, and related topics.
O.H. Wienges World War II Collection
This collection is comprised of first hand accounts, logs, and photographs of life on the U.S.S. Landing Craft Infantry 759 during World War II. The journaled account was written by Gerald Atherton forty years after his experiences. The Executive's morning order book was kept by Lt. O.H. Wienges while on the Naval ship. The collection also includes a map of the travel route taken by the U.S.S. LCI 759. As an added bonus, Wienge's diary as a teenager in 1938 is also included.
Oliver Hart Papers, 1741-1962
The papers of the Reverend Oliver Hart (1723-1795) span the years 1741 to 1795 and include correspondence, diaries, and sermon notes from colonial and Revolutionary periods in Charleston, S.C. The bulk of the correspondence is from Oliver Hart to his brother, Colonel Joseph Hart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, relaying news from South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Ten volumes of diaries and journals detail diverse activities in Hart's life. Topics discussed include a storm in Charleston harbor in 1761, travels in Virginia and North Carolina, and his tour of the South Carolina upcountry during the initial months of the American Revolution with William Henry Drayton (1742-1779) and Congregational minister William Tennent III (1740--1777), and later officiated at the latter's funeral. Throughout his journals, Hart always notes the weather and from what verse he preached a particular sermon.
Pages from the Past, A Legacy of Medieval Books in South Carolina
Pages from the Past comprises a digital record of all the medieval manuscripts in South Carolina’s institutional archives. None of the manuscripts in private hands has been documented. A total of 118 items includes eight more or less complete codices, but most are individual leaves and cuttings. As representative samples of the medieval book, however, the South Carolina manuscripts expose an impressive range of pre-modern literacy—theological, scientific, liturgical, historical, and so forth. This website has been designed to showcase a range of texts over centuries of transmission, chiefly as an introduction to the technology and function of writing in the Middle Ages.
Paul Hamilton Papers, 1802 - 1812
This small collection of letters written by U.S. Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton (1762-1816) documents concerns and developments during the months preceding the War of 1812.
Plants & Planter, Henry William Ravenel
Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887), a botanist, planter, and author documented over 6,200 botanical specimens and wrote over 3,000 pages of field journals and correspondence. For the first time, Ravenel's botanical collection, thirteen journals (1859-1887), and over 400 letters between him and other renowned naturalists and family members across the country and world have been digitized and can be read and searched together in one place.
Richard L. Walker In His Own Words
Dixie Walker dedicated his life and career to intercultural understanding and he utilized his knowledge of East Asia in his work at home and abroad. He taught in numerous prestigious institutions as a professor of international studies before joining the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1957. He founded the Institute of International Studies at USC in 1961
Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy
In 2011 Robert B. Ariail donated an extraordinary collection of historical astronomy to the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina State Museum. Over the past half-century, Mr. Ariail built a collection that encompassed both historic telescopes and astronomical instruments, now at the State Museum, and more than 5,000 rare books and other published items, now housed in the University's Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.
Robert Gilmor Travel Account, 1806 - 1807
This travel journal was originally conceived of as a way to assist the friends of Baltimore merchant Robert Gilmor in their future travels, with information about mileage and taverns along various routes. The narrative follows Gilmor's journey from Maryland to South Carolina, with locations mentioned along the way including Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., and Camden and Stateburg, S.C. In addition to travel notes on mileage to such destinations as Savannah, Ga., Philadelphia, Pa., and New York City and Albany, N.Y., there are pencil sketches depicting pastoral landscapes of such places such as the Susquehanna River and Richmond.
Robert McNair: In His Own Words
Over the course of his twenty year career in South Carolina politics, including an unprecedented six years as governor, Robert McNair led South Carolina in an era of prosperity and carefully guided the Palmetto State through the turbulent 1960s, a period of profound social upheaval and change. Digitized here are speeches, correspondence, clippings, and photographs that highlight Governor McNair's dedication to and focus on education, tourism, and industrial expansion as well as illuminating the Governor's thoughts and reactions to the Civil Rights movement, desegregation, and the Vietnam War.
Scottish Literature Digital Projects
The G. Ross Roy Collection of Burnsiana and Scottish Literature includes works by and about Robert Burns. In addition to Burnsiana, the G. Ross Roy Collection covers a wide range of Scottish literature, including poetry anthologies, histories, and modern writings.
Smith and Wells Papers, 1856 - 1914
This collection from the South Caroliniana Library consists primarily of the Civil War letters of Edward Laight Wells, discussing the mood in Charleston during the secession crisis in 1860, fighting with the Hampton's Legion 1864-1865, and the immediate aftermath of the war.
Other letters are from Eliza Carolina Middleton Huger Smith discussing the health and welfare of her family during the war. Also included are quotations, autographs, Confederate notes, poetry, recipes, genealogical information and newspaper clippings.
Sol Blatt In His Own Words
Sol Blatt (1895-1986) represented Barnwell, Bamburg, and Allendale Counties in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1933 until his death in 1986. He also served as Speaker of the House almost continuously from 1937 until 1973. These documents reveal Blatt's thoughts on issues such as race, economic development, taxes, nuclear energy, and a number of other topics at a critical time in South Carolina's history. Personal letters also detail the day-to-day work of a state politician as well as something of Blatt's drive and personality. Blatt was perhaps the most powerful South Carolina politician of the mid-twentieth century, rendering his papers an invaluable source for understanding the dramatic changes the state has experienced since World War II.
South Carolina and the Civil War
Poised for the sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War, South Carolina and the Civil War brings together eyewitness views and accounts of this period of American history, selected from the rich holdings of University of South Carolina Libraries. Books, diaries, sheet music, maps, letters, photographs and illustrations all provide glimpses of everyday life during exceptional times. This collection provides students and other researchers with primary sources on the Confederate and Union soldiers, women, African Americans, and others who lived in camps and on battlefields, in urban and rural areas, at the homefront and on both sides of the blockade during our bloodiest conflict.
Thomas Jones Davies Bible Records
The Bible and its inserts, owned by Thomas Jones Davies, contain vital statistics of enslaved African Americans living on Davies' plantations located throughout Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The plantations mentioned in the records include: Malvern and Gardner's Swamp, of Beech Island, SC; Swamp Place, near Hamburg, SC; Cherry Hill and Waldburg of Burke County, GA; and Edgefield and Barnwell of Bolivar County, MS. The vital statistics of the enslaved African Americans span from 1830 to 1865, and consist of 82 births, 36 deaths and 11 marriages.
Topical Sketches by Douglas G. Ward
This World War I soldier's sketchbook is the mark of Cpl. Douglas G. Ward, an otherwise unknown British soldier-artist. Douglas G. Ward entered the military and trained at Catterick Camp, the infantry training center and was assigned to the 7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment which was part of the 33rd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division, landing at Sulva Bay (Gallipoli) 7th August 1915. Ward was wounded at the Somme and on leaving the hospital in 1916 he was transferred to a different unit and was sent to India.His sketches are executed in pen and ink and watercolor and cover subjects ranging from basic training to romance. The sketchbook was acquired in 2006 with funding from the USC Educational Foundation. The sketchbook was purchased by the Thomas Cooper Library for the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collections.
University of South Carolina Reconstruction Records
In 1873, the University of South Carolina became the only state-supported Southern university to fully integrate during the Reconstruction Era that followed the Civil War. By 1876, the student body was predominately African-American. After Wade Hampton was elected governor and whites regained control of state government, the University was closed for reorganization in 1877, and reopened in 1880 as an all-white institution. It would remain all-white until desegregation in 1963.
University of South Carolina Student Exams, 1854 - 1917
These student examinations date largely from the second half of the 19th century, a period in which the University of South Carolina underwent significant changes not only in its curriculum but also in its student body, its faculty and its educational goals. The exams in this collection that date prior to 1873 reflect the South Carolina College's original incarnation as a classical institution. This purpose continued even during the American Civil War (1861 - 1865), although the small number of documents from that time demonstrate the impact that the conflict had on students, faculty and the institution itself. Exams from the Reconstruction period following the war (1873 - 1877) demonstrate a shift away from the classical and towards the practical as the university was integrated for the first time. Of particular interest are those exams which appear to be the work of African Americans, since these documents represent some of the few surviving records of these students and their important place in the university's history.
William Ancrum Papers, 1757-1789
Formerly owned by wealthy Charleston merchant William Ancrum, this volume contains both a letter book and financial accounts that reflect the financial impact of the American Revolution on this South Carolina businessman and planter.
William Drayton Rutherford Papers, 1859 - 1894
The William Drayton Rutherford Papers originally consisted of 153 manuscripts that dated as early as 1858, when Rutherford began courting Sallie Henderson Fair (1842–1921), the daughter of Colonel Simeon Fair (1801–1873) and Mary Butler Pearson Fair (1821–1867) of Newberry. This portion of the collection includes letters written to Sallie Fair during her 1858–1859 enrollment at the South Carolina Female Collegiate Institute (Barhamville, South Carolina), and from former classmates after her return to Newberry. The courtship of William (“Drate,” “Drayt,” or “Drayte”) Rutherford and Sallie Fair was interrupted in 1861 by secession and war, but they eventually married in 1862. Rutherford later died in battle in 1864.
In 2008, an addition to the collection brought the number of documents to approximately double its previous amount. Along with more letters between William and Sallie from their courtship and subsequent marriage, the addition continues the story after William’s death from the perspective of Sallie, who remarried Young John Pope (1841–1911), later distinguished as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. Correspondence with friends and family follows the social and political lives of the writers from the antebellum period through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the end of the nineteenth century.
William Gilmore Simms Digital Edition
Welcome to one of the largest single author collections on the web, the William Gilmore Simms Digital Edition.
Writing from Charleston and Barnwell District, South Carolina, as well as on trips across the South and to the North, he did more than anyone to frame white southern self-identity, nationalism, and historical consciousness. He also did more to foster the South's literary life and place in America's imagination. In the second quarter of the nineteenth century, only James Fenimore Cooper was as popular, and Edgar Allan Poe in 1845 rated Simms "the best novelist which this country has, on the whole, produced." He was as well the South's most influential editor of cultural journals and was the region's most prolific critic and poet.
William Tennent III (1740 - 1777), Travel Journal and Album of Collected Papers
These online collections contain not only Tennent's Journal and Album, but also a 1974 essay entitled The Back Country Commission of Drayton, Tennent, and Hart by L.L. Owens and two maps of their back country route. The journal covers Tennent's trek though the S.C. back-country, at times in the company of William Henry Drayton and Rev. Oliver Hart in an effort to persuade Loyalist Tories to join the Patriot cause. The album contains papers documenting Tennent's life as a Presbyterian minister in the Colonies of New Jersey and Connecticut, the courtship of his wife despite her mother's objections, and his 1772 arrival in Charleston, S.C., to serve the Independent or Congregational Church among other topics.
World War I Letters of Samuel Bloom
Samuel Bloom (1895-1976), a first-generation Ukrainian immigrant and recent City College graduate, served as private first class and signaler with Company L, 325th Infantry Battalion, US Army, from October 1917 till July 1919. This project makes available the full sequence of Blooms life during World War I including his letters, postcards, and diaries, arranged chronologically.
WPA Federal Writers' Project Materials on African American Life in South Carolina
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) launched the Federal Writers’ Project to employ white-collar workers left jobless by the Great Depression and to create a comprehensive guide to the states, cities, and regions of the United States. The Federal Writers’ Project gathered information on American life and interviews with “ordinary” Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds. The bulk of interviews, articles, and notes contained in this collection paint a portrait of African-American life in South Carolina. These interviews with former slaves, notes on folklore, and articles on prominent African Americans and African-American organizations were compiled at the height of the Project in 1936 and 1937. Though they are products of their times, these materials provide us with one of the richest sources of information on African-American life in South Carolina at the time.