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James Gosnell pay voucher, 24 April 1864, for $137.50, paid "For servis renderd as Post Guard at Greenville...from Jan. 4th 1864 to April 24th 1864 With Horse Saddle & Bridal 110 days at $1.25 per day," signed by John D[urant] Ashmore (1819-1871). [Filed as "Ashmore, John D., (1819- )"]

Childs family papers, 1850-1880 and 1991, addition of 21 manuscripts, comprised of letters and legal papers (contracts, deeds, leases, and notes) relating to Lysander D. Childs (1813-1879). The papers focus chiefly upon land transactions pertaining to property located north of Asheville, N.C., "where the Childs family first settled on moving south from the Rochester, N.Y., area" (7 July 1991). Included here is a contract, 2 January 1854, between L.D. Childs, Eben Childs, Jr., and Josiah Mace establishing the Childsville [N.C.] Mineral Company--"Mace for his part is to find the minerals and the two Childs'es...to bear all the expences of entries grant & [etc]." The donor has provided a twenty-one page typewritten transcription of this collection.

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Pvt. Willie Code, Jr., papers, 1943-1945, to his former employer, Mrs. Hunter R. Lang, Columbia, S.C.; thirty letters reflect the military experience of a young black selectee who trained as an infantryman and became a truck driver with the Quartermaster Corps. From bases in Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and England he inquires about the well-being of members of the Lang household, expresses his feelings of homesickness, indicates his chronic fatigue and health problems, asks for matches, money, and prayers for an end to the war. "I was tired in civilian life," he wrote from Camp Wolters, Texas, 18 May 1943, "but I never have been this tired in my life...some time I go to sleep walking along the road." In a letter of 14 September 1943 he mentions seeing boxer Joe Louis "in person" at Ft. Dix, N.J.--"Last week he had a fight here in the camp at the sport arena." He stresses the importance of receiving mail from home. "When a soldiers get a letter from home," he writes from England, 10 March 1944, "it is almost the same as if he was there him self."

Darien Baptist Church (Aiken County, S.C.), 1871-1906, two bound volumes of minutes include membership records for both black and white members.

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Delmar Democratic Club Membership Roster, 2 and 11 August 1884, listing members, officers, and delegates to the county convention.

John Ferguson Accounts, 6 October 1778, account of debts due Ferguson, of Ninety Six District, with statement attesting that Col. James Williams had "taken by force" fourteen yards of linen cloth.

Bessie Lee Garvin Genealogical Files Two linear feet and three bound volumes, 1786-1982 and undated, consisting in large part of genealogical materials on the Corbitt, Garvin, Johnson, Protho, Tyler, and allied families of Aiken, Barnwell, and Orangeburg counties, represent the research files of Aiken County resident Bessie Lee Garvin (1893-1982). In addition to the family history files, three maps mark the sites for early nineteenth-century homesteads in the Clearwater section of present-day Aiken County, and three scrapbooks, 1970-1975, document the Aiken County Historical Society's Bicentennial celebration. Of special historical interest are Barnwell and Orangeburg District land papers, 1786-1848, and bills of sale for two slaves purchased by Jesse Johnson--"a negro Girl named Mary Ann" purchased from Edward Harvey, 18 February 1829, and "a negro boy named George about eight years of age" sold by Arthur Webb, 27 February 1843.
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Richard Hampton Letter, 8 June 1789, of (1752-1792), "To the Hon[ora]ble Court of Lexington Co[un]ty," reports the death of Jacob Brown, "who was to have appeared for persons at our next Court in a number of causes," and advises that Brown's brother would appear on behalf of his clients at the September term.

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DuBose Heyward Broadside, [1923], advertisement announcing the publication of Peter Ashley, "DuBose Heyward's greatest novel...A story of old Charleston," by Farrar & Rinehart, New York.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Letter, 11 April 1877, Boston, to South Carolina native Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830-1886), in which Holmes reacts sympathetically to poems--"South Carolina" and "Vision"--sent him by Hayne, while commenting indirectly on the trials of Reconstruction endured by Hayne's native state. "I read both the poems carefully and I wish I could say that I read both with pleasure," Holmes begins. "But it distresses me to hear whether in prose or verse of the wretchedness of a sister State. I could not call up the images which your poem pictured...without a thrill of sympathy and an aching of regret that my fellow countrymen of your proud mind and sensitive race should be doomed to such suffering." "At last we may hope that the dawn is shewing itself," the letter concludes. "President Hayes means to do justice we all--or almost all--believe, and it remains to be seen if your people left to themselves can right the wrongs under which they are groaning."

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Allen Jones, Jr. Scrapbook, 1903-1925, scrapbook of 1907 University of South Carolina alumnus and Rock Hill native Allen Jones, Jr. (1887-1975), contains programs, announcements, invitations, letters, and newspaper clippings which reflect the social and cultural life of Columbia chiefly for the decade from 1903, when Jones graduated from Columbia High School, to 1913, when he married Helen Iredell Williams of Wilmington, N.C., and was described in a wedding account as "a prominent young business man of Columbia, engaged in the cotton milling industry, and also prominent socially in the Palmetto State." In a letter of 11 January 1913, to Jones's prospective parents-in-law, University president S[amuel] C[hiles] Mitchell referred to young Jones as "a distinct factor in the recent growth of the University" and went on to say--"To me personally he has become the type man for the present South--full of initiative, liberal in thought, pulsating with public spirit, and withal endowed with great constructive ability." Two graduation speeches by Jones--one delivered at Columbia High School ("Columbia"), the other at the University ("The Decadence of Courtesy")--testify to this perceived potential. Newspaper clippings in the scrapbook reveal his wide range of interests and include material relating to athletics, the boll weevil, the burning of Columbia, child labor, constitutions of South Carolina, cotton mills, education, elections, the Negro, prohibition, voting, and women. Other items pertain to such persons as Coleman L. Blease, Matthew C. Butler, Eugene B. Gary, Wade Hampton III, Duncan Clinch Heyward, and Woodrow Wilson.

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David Moniz Papers represent the research and writing of a journalist with The State newspaper that went into coverage of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Doolittle Raiders, held in Columbia, 16-19 April 1992. Included here are drafts of Moniz's and others' feature articles, press schedules and releases, planning memos, photographs and a bibliography. Of special interest are Moniz's transcripts of interviews with Col. John Doolittle, son of Gen. James Doolittle; biographer Edward Jablonski; Gen. David Jones and Columbia native Horace Crouch, surviving Raiders; and Columbia attorney Augustus T. Graydon, recalling wartime service on the domestic and Pacific fronts. Miscellaneous items from Chernoff/Silver and Associates, the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, the South Carolina State Museum, and Trustus Theatre indicate the cooperative planning which went into the celebration.

Roster, 9 June 1779, "Return of the Detachment Commanded by Col. [Andrew] Pickens," listing total numbers of unidentified officers and soldiers.
[Addition to papers of Andrew Pickens (1739-1817)]

Plat of Wantoot plantation, St. John's Parish (Berkeley County, S.C.), 19 September 1865, belonging to Daniel Ravenel. The plat was copied by Richard Y. Macbeth from a survey made 1 April 1795 by Ja[me]s G. Weare. [Addition to Ravenel family papers.]

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Ellison Adger Smyth, Jr., manuscript volume, 1893-1911, of "Bird Notes: Ornithology of South Carolina," with ornithological, meteorological, and other natural history notes, primarily from the vicinity of Blacksburg, Va., where Smyth served as professor of biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, but also from the South Carolina sea islands near Charleston.

South Carolina Railroad Company (Charleston, S.C) circular, 6 September 1848, announcing the settlement of insurance claims for damaged goods from the ship John Castner--"The Schooner...arrived yesterday afternoon: soon after passing the Bar, it was discovered she was on Fire, which could not be subdued until two Engines from the City were placed on board, and her hold forward deluged with water. Portions of the Goods are coming out damaged--some by Fire, and others by Water....All Goods consigned this Company are now being put in Store for examination." The circular is signed in print by W[illia]m H. Bartless, secretary and forwarding agent, South Carolina Railroad Company.

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Valerie Bowen [Stroebel] papers, one and one-quarter linear feet, 1990, represent research she conducted for her 1991 thesis, "Katharine Bayard Heyward, South Carolina Art Educator." The files and volumes comprising the collection reflect Mrs. Stroebel's meticulous efforts to piece together the life and career of this governor's daughter who founded the art department at the University of South Carolina, was its first head, and remained associated with it as a distinguished teacher for twenty years (1925-1945). These records contain information on the Heyward family, the U.S.C. art department, and the art community in South Carolina beyond what she could use in her thesis. Especially valuable is a notebook consisting of notes from interviews conducted by telephone or in person with, among others, family members Bessie Heyward Boykin, Margaret (Peggy) Belser and Daniel W. Hollis, Mary Jane Heyward; Carrie Hiller Black, cook and housekeeper; former students and associates Frances Corzine-Crimm, William Halsey, Guy Lipscomb, Jr., Jacqueline Going Maxwell, Catharine Phillips Rembert, Doris Nash Upshur; and John R. Craft, former director of the Columbia Museum of Art. In a letter of 5 March 1990, former student Elizabeth Casey Lyman (Class of 1935) remembered--"we students never did things she didn't spot! One thing that got to me was when I finished at Carolina, she told me she enjoyed my work because all the colors were done (mixed or blended) under artificial light! I had to work at night on my homework. I don't feel she minded I did that, but she said I "interpreted the colors differently." Artist Corrie McCallum, Heyward's student assistant from 1932 to 1936, wrote, 23 February 1990--"Having taught at Newberry College and the College of Charleston for many years, I know how difficult it is to be a dedicated teacher and an active creative artist. Like Miss Heyward, I loved teaching, but my primary concern was with the development of my own creative advancement."

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Roster, 1861 "Roll of Non-commissioned Officers and Privates employed on extra duty as Mechanics and Laborers at Hilton Head S.C. during the month of November, 1861, by Capt. H.A. Hascall, Assistant Quartermaster U.S. Army," November 1861, listing 218 men by name, company, regiment, term of service, rate and amount of pay, and in what capacity employed.

Thomas A. Waites, Jr., (1915-1992), and Virginia Draffin Waites papers three and three-quarters linear feet, ca. 1967-1991, contain genealogical files compiled by focus chiefly upon the Waites and Draffin families, but provide information on other lines as well, including Crockett, Crout, Downey, Fikes, Fulmer, Graddock, Koon, LaCons, Meetze, Mickler, Morris, Myers, Rikard, Rutherford, Sease, Seastrunk, Stack, Washington, Wingard, and Younginer. In addition to letters, charts, Bible records, newsclippings and miscellaneous printed items, the collection contains more than two hundred sixty photographs, principally of cemetery headstones.

Washington Race Course Broadside, 18 February 1846, announcing the names of horses entered in one-mile and four-mile heats at the Charleston, S.C., track, including their owners, and judges--John B. Irving, W.H. Sinkler, H.A. Middleton, and T.H. Hutchinson.

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