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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.
Beulah Glover Photograph Collection
In about 1937 Miss Beulah Glover (17 Aug. 1887 ï¿½ 4 Jan. 1991) opened a photography studio in Walterboro, S.C. Being also an historian, Miss Glover shot many historical scenes in the Lowcountry. She converted some of these images to postcards and sold them in her studio, Foto-Nook. She also used images to illustrate her many articles and books on the history of Colleton County. Miss Glover worked also as photo-journalist, selling her images to the Walterboro newspaper. This small sampling of images by Miss Glover includes prints and negatives and covers the years 1941 to 1952.
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.
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.
Fox Movietone News, The War Years
“Fox Movietone News: the War Years, 1942 – 1944,” a collaboration between the University of South Carolina and the Library of Congress, provides online access for the first time to over two hundred Fox Movietone News newsreels released in American theaters from September 1942 through August 1944. Before the era of television news broadcasts, newsreels were shown in theaters across the country to inform and entertain audiences. During the war, two newsreels per week were released by each of the five major American newsreel companies (Fox Movietone News, Universal News, Hearst News of the Day, Paramount News, and Pathé News). These 8 to 10 minute Fox Movietone News newsreels record how the world appeared on screen to the American public during the war. As a whole, the collection helps us better understand how the war was waged on the home front. The films reveal a concerted effort to sustain a sense of “normalcy” in America even as war ravaged much of the globe. Battlefield victories (and losses) were interspersed with beauty pageants and ball games. But even when light-hearted news dominated much of a newsreel, the war was an inescapable reality.
Harry and William Birch Collection
Comprised of over 40 hours of motion picture film and video, photographs, paper records and equipment, this collection documents the careers of two distinguished news cameramen who were also father and son. Through home movies and photographs the collection provides rare insight into the personal lives of news cameramen from the silent and early sound period. It also provides a detailed look at life as a U. S. Army Signal Corps cameraman during World War II. The 16 mm film and video elements from Bill Birch’s company, William H. Birch & Associates, document the work typical of industrial and documentary filmmaking from the 1970s to the 2000s and encompass subjects from all over the United States and the world.
Historic Newspapers of South Carolina
The Historic Newspapers of South Carolina repository provides online access to fulltext searchable historic newpspapers originating in South Carolina since it became a state in 1788. This online collection is a continuation and extension of the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) that began in 2009 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (www.loc.gov/ndnp/). The University of South Carolina is one of many institutions that participated in the program as part of a national effort to preserve America's historical newspapers. This site seeks to continue what that program began by continuing to digitize and make accessible as many historical newspapers originating in South Carolina as we can find.
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.
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.
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.
Primary Sources for K-12 , Pilot Project
In collaboration with a pilot group of South Carolina teachers, USC Libraries has made these primary resources available online. We want to build on this effort. Please let us know what you think.
Sheet Music from the Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection
The Joseph M. Bruccoli Great War Collection founded by Matthew J. Bruccoli in memory of his father includes over a thousand pieces of chiefly American sheet-music from the First World War. The Collection includes a variety of popular music from marches to rag-time to jazz, pieces made popular by the top performers of the era, themes of patriotism, love, the many roles of women, and the war itself, often with humor, as well as the story of music publishing in the U.S., in particular. It is noteworthy that the Collection includes a number of variant editions. These were quite deliberately collected to illustrate the demand for the most popular songs overtime, while also advertising varying lists of the next group of popular songs.
South Carolina and the Spanish American War
This virtual collection is made up of three photograph albums from the Joshua Fulton Ensor family, photographs from the August Kohn Collection, and other photographs pulled from the Visual Materials Division at the South Caroliniana Library. The albums contain scenes from Camp Fornance, around Columbia, the journey of the 27th United States Volunteers to the Philippines, and Ensor family travels.
South Carolina and World War II
This virtual collection brings together materials documenting the South Carolina home-front during World War II as well as experiences of South Carolina soldiers.
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.
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.
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 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 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.