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Belle W. Baruch Institute Library Collection
Published for the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research by the University of South Carolina Press, c1985.
Brief History of Moscovia by John Milton
John Miltonï¿½s Brief History of Moscovia, and Other Less-Known Countries Lying Eastward of Russia as far as Cathay. Gathered from the Writings of Several Eye-Witnesses (1682) is one of several shorter prose works published late in Miltonï¿½s life or shortly after his death. By comparison with his better-known prose works from the 1640s and 1650s, published during the turmoil of the English civil wars and its political aftermath, the Brief History is more informational than controversial, surveying the geography, customs, and recent history of a country that was both mysterious and fascinating to Miltonï¿½s contemporaries. Milton tells the heroic story of the first English expeditions to make contact with the Russian imperial court, and his narrative makes clear both the perilous journey and alien culture that contemporary Englishmen faced in traveling to Muscovy.
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.
Carolinian Florist of Governor John Drayton of South Carolina
A remarkable regional botanical guide authored by South Carolina's fortieth governor in 1888 and published for the first time by the South Caroliniana Library in 1943. This book is freely available online, but may also be purchased through the USC Press AccessAble Book Program.
Catalogue of the Library of the South Carolina College
A facsimile of the 1836 catalogue to the University of South Carolina's remarkable library, especially valuable as the only guide to the antebellum books arranged by subject rather than format or author. This books is freely available online, but may also be purchased through the USC Press' AccessAble Book Program.
Census of Cuba, 1899
This 786 page census tells of the history, geography, culture and statistical makeup of Cuba in 1899. Except for about 200 pages of tables, it is full text searchable.
Charles Darwin's The Foundations of the Origin of Species
A sketch written in 1842 and published in 1909.
Charleston Earthquake, 1886
On August 31, 1886, Charleston and surrounding towns suffered extensive damage from the largest earthquake to ever hit the southeast. The photographs in this collection show the aftermath of the earthquake shortly after it occurred. George LaGrange Cook, a prominent Charleston photographer created the series "Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity" which featured a total of 200 photographs that could be purchased as souvenirs. A portion of this series, along with earthquake photographs from photographers William Wilson, W.H. Fairchild, J.H. Wisser, and Joseph Hall are featured here. Also, reports, maps, and geological surveys conducted by The U.S. Department of the Interior and The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commisson published in 1888, 1977, 1983, 1986, and 1991 are contained within the collection.
City of the Jugglers
William Northï¿½s The City of the Jugglers or, Free Trade in Souls, A Romance of the ï¿½Goldenï¿½ Age (1850) is one of the most original novels of the mid-Victorian period, but it is also the most elusive book by one of the nineteenth-centuryï¿½s most elusive authors. Only three surviving copies are recorded in WorldCat, with only two listed in libraries in North America, including the one here, held in Rare Books and Special Collections.
Columbia, SC City Directories 1859 -
This searchable collection of Columbia City Directories from 1859 is an invaluable source for historians and genealogists. City directories offer an alphabetized listing of residents and businesses as well as a street-by-street listing of occupants. Richland Library and the University of South Carolina Libraries are collaborating to scan all the Columbia directories up to 1923.
Development of the Printed Page: 150 Examples of Handpress Printing and its Antecedents, ca. 1200 to 1937
This collection offers a wide survey of typography, page design, and book illustration spanning 500 years of printing in Europe and the Americas. Also included are manuscript leaves from the medieval and early modern periods, including some examples from the Middle East.
Diamond Fields of South Africa
In the Early 1870s, one of the greatest diamond rushes began in South Africa after the discovery of a valuable diamond on the Orange River. This collection consists of five items that represent some of the earliest publications describing the diamond fields of South Africa. Published between 1870 and 1917, this collection of monographs, essays, and pamphlets reflect the excitement generated by one of the greatest mineral discoveries of the late 19th century.
Digital Sheet Music Project
This searchable database provides access to the bibliographic records and, for those pieces in the public domain, access to images of the cover and each page of music. Currently, the collection contains over 10,000 pieces of classical, popular, and sacred music from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties and Literature of Negroes by Henri Grégoire
The Abbé Henri-Baptiste Grégoire (1750-1831), a Catholic priest and bishop, was a leading French abolitionist at the turn of the eighteenth century, a participant in the Revolution of 1789, and a member of its governing assembly. His work An Enquiry Concerning the Intellectual and Moral Faculties and Literature of Negroes was first published in 1808. The first edition in English, the complete text of which is included here, was brought out in 1810 by Brooklyn printer Thomas Kirk.
Equality of Educational Opportunity Report
This report was submitted in response to Section 402 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It can now be read, searched and chapters may be printed out online.
Filles et Garcons: Scenes de la Ville et des Champs by Anatole France
This children's book, written by Anatole France, pseudonym for Jacques Anatole Thibault (1844-1924), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921, is an excellent example of early twentieth century French Children's literature. The illustrator, painter Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1855-1913), was a highly successful children's portraitist and illustrated a number of children's books.
Garnet and Black Yearbooks
The USC Garnet and Black Yearbooks are currently being scanned and will be made available from this site as they are done. Each yearbook is searchable and browsable by section. The first available years are 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1975. Eventually, we hope to have 1899 - 1994 scanned. The school stopped creating the yearbook and went to a magazine format in 1994.
Government Information Pamphlet Collection
This collection contains over 400 pamphlets from the Federal Security Agency and Health, Education and Welfare programs discussing a wide variety of subjects. These pamphlets, ranging in dates from the 1930s – 1970s, can also be found in the online catalog. Government information pamphlets from other agencies as well will continue to be added to this collection.
Hemrick Nathan Salley Family Sheet Music
Donated in 2010 by Hemrick Nathan Salley Jr., the Salley Family Sheet Music includes music from the 19th and 20th Centuries. These two bound volumes from the collection each have a distinct focus: one on popular piano music from the mid-1800s, and the other on popular songs for piano and voice from 1899 to 1902 with an emphasis on blackface minstrelsy.
Humboldt's Atlas of Latin America, 1799-1804
The German scientist Alexander von Humboldt and his expedition partner, botanist Aimé Bonpland, traveled through Central and South America between 1799 and 1804. Under a Spanish warrant, they explored the Orinoco in Venezuela, surveyed and gathered plant and animal specimens, and studied the geology and mineralogy of Colombia, Peru, and Mexico. They climbed Chimborazo, the highest summit in Ecuador and what was then thought to be the highest summit on Earth, reaching the highest altitude of any human before succumbing to oxygen sickness near the summit.
Leaves of Grass Imprints: American and European Criticisms
With a new introduction by Joel Myerson, this book is freely available online, but may also be purchased through the USC Press AccessAble Book Program.
The illustrated annual giftbook is one of the most distinctive publishing genres on both sides of the Atlantic, from the mid-1820s through to the 1850s. In 1823, the British published Rudolph Ackerman issued what is usually recognized as the first annual, the Forget-Me-Not, an almanac with poems and engravings, issued in a small format in papercovered boards in a printed slipcase. Ackerman's innovation was soon imitated by others: Friendship's Offering (from 1824), the Literary Souvenir (from 1825), The Amulet (from 1826), and The Keepsake (from 1828).
Negro Travelers' Greenbook, 1956
The Negro Travelers’ Green Book was a travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It was intended to provide African American motorists and tourists with the information necessary to board, dine, and sightsee comfortably and safely during the era of segregation.
New South Newspaper, 1862 - 1866
Union postmaster Joseph H. Sears published the New South newspaper out of the post office building on Union Square in Port Royal, S.C., on a weekly basis beginning in March 1862. The paper was moved to the town of Beaufort sometime in 1865 and remained there until it ceased in 1867. The New South offers a glimpse into an era of unprecedented social upheaval in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The 64 issues available online are fully searchable and readable with the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Official Program of the Mid-Winter Session of the Bishop's Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, February 14, 1923
This item documents the 1923 meeting in Columbia, S.C., of the Bishops' Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The session convened at Bethel A.M.E. Church, the impressive, masonry structure built in 1921 at the corner of Sumter and Taylor Streets. This publication is significant for its portraits and biographical sketches of African American ministers and their wives from around the United States.
Palmetto Riflemen : Co. B., Fourth Regiment S.C. Vols. Co. C., Palmetto Sharp Shooters
A history of the 4th regiment of the Confederate Army, including a roll of the company and an address by James Hoyt, a former member of the company.
Phosphates in South Carolina, 1870 - 1890
During the late 19th century the discovery of phosphate deposits in the Charleston and Florence areas marked the beginning of a rapidly growing industry in South Carolina. Phosphates are rocks formed from the fossilized remains of sea creatures found in areas once covered by oceans. In South Carolina, phosphates were used as fertilizers to extend the life of crops. Freedmen flocked toward the industry seeking employment, and with the financial support of Northern financiers, Carolina farmers began production of this highly sought-after material.
Planters Guide and Family Book of Medicine
A reference book by a Charleston physician describing symptoms for cholera, measles, and smallpox, and other health disorders, and also including instructions for the medical care of slaves.
South Carolina Pamphlets
The South Carolina pamphlet collection is comprised of 45 artificially bound volumes of separately published South Carolina imprints from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
South Caroliniana Library Map Collection
The map collection of the South Caroliniana Library has always been a significant resource for geographers, historians, and genealogists. In the past two hundred years, technological changes have substantially altered the landscape of South Carolina, and the library's map collection visually documents these transformations. The maps show airports, battlefields, cemeteries, churches, cities, highways, Native American territories, postal routes, railroads, schools, topographical features, towns, and urban, rural, and African American slave populations. Taken together, the maps chart the state's urbanization over time. The collection also contains a number of maps dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, which are vital to researchers interested in the history of cartography. The digital collection is searchable by Date, Creator, Contributor, call number, and keyword.
Thirty-four Years: An American Story of Southern Life
A novel of the South Carolina Piedmont set in the nineteenth century. This book can also be bought through theUSC Press AccessAble Books Program.
Tried as by Fire: or, The True and The False, Socially by Victoria Woodhull
Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838-1927) was the first woman to run for President of the United States, the first female stockbroker on Wall Street, and the publisher of the first English translation of the Communist Manifesto. With her sister, Tennessee, she published a progressive journal, Woodhull and Claflin's Weekly (1870-1876) and was involved with the early women's rights movement in America. This 1874 speech, a stinging attack on marriage, was part of her truly radical vision of social, economic, and political equality for both men and women.
Tycho Brahe's Instruments in the Blaeu Grande Atlas
In the late 16th century, the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) established two observatories on the island of Hven, near Copenhagen. This section from Jean Blaeu’s Grande Atlas, from the French version issued in 1663, describes and illustrates Brahe’s astronomical instruments. Blaeu’s handcolored copper-plate engravings were revised from wood-cuts originally published in Brahe’s own Astronomiae Instauratiae Mechanicae (1598), with the descriptions in Latin; an English translation from Brahe’s 1598 text is available from the Danish Royal Library. The section also gives a map of Hven and plans and descriptions of Tycho’s two observatories, Uraniborg and Stelleborg.
U.S. Food Administration Food Conservation Notes, 1918
The U.S. Food Administration was established by Executive Order 2679-A (August 10, 1917). President Wilson appointed Herbert Hoover as its administrator. Hoover realized that conservation was the only way to quickly increase food stocks and correctly believed that people would voluntarily conserve food to help the war effort. Through promotions such as Meatless Mondays and Wheat-less Wednesdays, the agency was able to reduce domestic food consumption by 15% and supply US and allied forces. The US Food Administration ceased with Executive Order 3320 (August 21, 1920) after post-war shipments of food had helped prevent famine in Europe.
This collection contains USDA Periodicals titled, The Cotton Situation (1947-1948), The Farm Income Situation (1946-1955), The Fruit Situation (1946-1949), The Marketing and Transportation Situation (1947-1948), and The Market Reporter (1920-1921).
Virginia - (Merrimac) Monitor Engagement, and a Complete History of the Operations of these Two Historic Vessels in Hampton Roads and Adjacent Waters.
This 42 page book written around 1907 describes how the iron-clad steamer, Virginia, destroyed the Merrimac and others during the Civil War.
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.
WPA Week in National Defense
Issued in 1941, The WPA Week in National Defense presented brief news items concerning the Work Projects Administration’s activities throughout the United States. Formerly the Works Progress Administration, this agency provided jobs in construction, adult education, writing, and art. The WPA Week described products of this work leading up to the second World War. The circulars cover subjects such as the building of armories and air bases, mosquito control at military camps, renovation of water and natural gas supply systems, mural painting, and recreation.