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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.
Berkeley County Photograph Collection
Once part of an album, the 66 photographs (circa 1900) show plantations, African Americans, horses, hunting, rice threshing, wagons and carts, and churches in Berkeley County, S.C. Some featured landmarks are: Medway, Wappahoola, Mulberry Castle, Dean Hall (bulk of collection,) Dockon, Bushy Park, Exeter, Cote Bas, Bippy, Lewisfield, Strawberry Chapel, Strawberry ferry, and pine land house. People who are identified in the photographs include Col. Jim Petigru Carson, S.P. Stoney, and the Stoney family.
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.
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).
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).
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.
John Shaw Billings Photograph Albums, 1875-1939
The series of photograph albums document the time that John Shaw Billings (1898-1975) and his extended family spent at the Redcliffe plantation in Aiken County, South Carolina. Known for his position as the first managing editor of Life Magazine, Billings purchased Redcliffe in 1935 from his uncle Henry Cumming Hammond (1868-1961) for $15,000. Even before the purchase, however, Billings' family had owned the estate since its founding: former South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond, who was also Billings' great-granfather, built Redcliffe. There are a total of 62 photograph albums in the John Shaw Billings Papers collection, housed at the South Caroliniana Library.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.