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African Americans Seen Through the Eyes of the Newsreel Cameraman
Fox News and Fox Movietone News camera crews covered the people and events of the country and, indeed, the world. From 1919 to 1963 these journalists aimed their viewfinders at the mundane and the spectacular. The resulting images - most of which still exist as camera negatives at Moving Image Research Collections--provide an unparalleled opportunity to glimpse the world through their eyes.
Alphabet Rendered Instructive and Entertaining
This beautifully illustrated alphabet book, published in 1775, is an excellent example of early children’s literature from the eighteenth century. Produced by copperplate engraving, the book originally sold plain at 9d. (9 pence) or hand-colored at 1s6d (1 shilling, 6 pence). Published by William Tringham of London, this copy was probably sold plain and colored later. The reproduction method, which was relatively expensive at the time, was also used by the great late eighteenth-century children’s publisher John Newberry. The book consists of 26 plates, each representing a letter of the alphabet accompanied by an illustration and a verse. Lessons provided by each verse combine instruction of both an orthographical and a moral nature.
American Clown: Athletic Dance for Men or Boys
Small 16 page book on directions for clown dancing. Date of publication is around 1927.
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.
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.
Carolina Bands Collection, 1914 - 1984
The online Carolina Bands Collection is a portion of the larger collection given to the University of South Carolina by two previous band directors: James Pritchard Sr. and James K. Copenhaver, and includes sheet music, audio files, drill charts, and album covers. The audio clips are at times coupled with the sheet music, so that one can read and listen to the music. The collection presents a unique view of the history of bands at the University of South Carolina from 1914 until the present. Hopefully, the entire Carolina Bands Collection, comprised of hundreds of letters, pages of drill, photographs, football programs, and newspaper clippings, will be available online one day.
Carolina Students' Handbook
The Carolina Student’s Handbook offers a glimpse of the campus culture at the University of South Carolina from the 1920s through the 1940s. Published annually by the University’s YMCA and YWCA chapters, it was primarily aimed at freshman, and included information on the honor code, campus traditions, songs, organizations, athletics, and more. The handbook also urged students to shop at the local businesses that advertised in the handbook.
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 book 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
History of Education in America
This collection of textbooks and printed works on nineteenth century American education had its impetus in a request from our colleague, Professor Susan Schramm-Pate, of the College of Education here at the University of South Carolina. She was interested in supplementing the core group of texts for her doctoral seminar “Curriculum Classics: Trends and Issues” (EDCS 822). The initial group of selected works from the nineteenth century were either printed in the South for a Southern audience, or are the texts of speeches and remarks concerning the state of Southern schools and education. The materials have been drawn from the collections of both the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections (including the William Savage Textbook Collection) and the South Caroliniana Library. None of these works have been freely available online until now. We hope that this online collection will form the basis of a larger site of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works on the history of American education with a focus on the South.
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.
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.
L'Art Decoratif de Leon Bakst
Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a Russian portraitist and designer who spent much of his career in Paris. This book reflects his extraordinary collaborative work with Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as well as the dancers Ida Rubinstein and Vaslav Nijinsky. The costumes and set designs in the book demonstrate his modern yet exotic aesthetic as well as a consistently brilliant and detailed use of color.
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).
Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman Home Movies
The 25 home movie reels in the collection cover a diverse range of activities dating from the duo’s heyday in the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, with the bulk of the films concentrated between approximately 1938 and 1941. Within the collection are events including, but not limited to: family gatherings; public appearances; trips both within the USA and abroad; Hollywood studio backlot footage; and other events that reveal the personal lives of a public family. The dates describing each film are estimates derived by using edge codes and context clues. In addition to the films, the donor provided clippings that give the researcher further contextual information on the Wisemans. These clippings may be accessed by researchers in the Lula Belle and Scotty Wiseman Collection file.
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.
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.
Phillis Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects (1773)
Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (London, 1773) is the first book published by an African-American author, and the frontispiece portrait of Wheatley is the only surviving work by the African-American slave artist Scipio Moorhead (born ca. 1750). Thomas Cooper Library’s copy, acquired with support from the College of Arts & Sciences and from library endowments, is the first copy recorded in WorldCat for any library in South Carolina. The library’s Digital Collections team is pleased to make available this full page-by-page digital facsimile of the first edition, in searchable form.
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 Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped in Young Folks Paper
Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about the adventures of young David Balfour, is one of the Scottish author’s most famous works. Set in eighteenth-century Scotland, Kidnapped originally appeared in serialized form in James Henderson’s literary magazine Young Folks Paper from May 1 to July 31, 1886. Young Folks Paper was published under various titles from 1871 to 1897 and hosted the first editions of Stevenson’s Treasure Island and The Black Arrow, as well as Kidnapped. In addition to fiction, the magazine printed essays, poetry, and history.Young Folks Paper also included a “Literary Olympic” that offered payment and criticism for original contributions, as well as a “Riddle Tournament” consisting of readers’ submissions.
Roman Vishniac: The Subject is Nature
These hundred images are a portion of the many scientific and naturalistic images that Vishniac took in his life time and that the University of South Carolina holds. More will be added to this collection in the future.
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.
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.
Stranger in America by Francis Lieber
The Stranger in America was first published by Carey, Lea & Blanchard in Philadelphia in 1834 as Letters to a Gentleman in Germany: Written After Trip from Philadelphia to Niagara. Lieber dedicated the book to author, Washington Irving. A frank assessment of nineteenth-century America from one of the era's leading men of letters and a distinguished faculty member of the University of South Carolina. This book can also be purchased through the USC Press AccessAble Book Program.
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.
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.
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.