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American Clown: Athletic Dance for Men or Boys
Small 16 page book on directions for clown dancing. Date of publication is around 1927.
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 teh capacity as first lady due to the death of Mrs. Martin Van Buren seventeen years prior. Angelica's papers, consisteing of two travel diaries, dated 1854-1855, documenting her family's trips to New York and Europw, 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.
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?"
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.