Addition, 1827-1920, to William Blanding Papers| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2009
One hundred items, 1827–1850, 1916, 1920, and undated, augment the library's holdings relating to physician and naturalist William Blanding (1773-1857). This native of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, relocated in 1807 to Camden (Kershaw County, S.C.), where he remained until 1835. | Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
The collection consists chiefly of manuscript maps, sketches, color prints of animal and plant life, and correspondence. Some of the maps and sketches were clearly drawn by William Blanding, while others were produced by later generations of the family. Included among the maps are ones showing portions of Kershaw County, which notes the locations of both Haile's and Brewer's Gold Mines, and another showing the route from Camden (S.C.) to Asheville, North Carolina.
Sketches include views of "Swananoa Valley as seen from Col. Davidson's on the morning of 29th Aug. 1828, Buncomb[e] Co., N.C.," and "the Meadow field at the Cata[w]ba Springs" and representations of veins at a "Gold mine...on the land of Mrs. Kirkley on the East side of Big Linches Creek - two miles from Brewer's gold mine," the "Plan of the Fætal [i.e. fetal] Circulation," and of a meteor observed on the night of 22 March 1835, including a written description of the event.
Other items of interest include a letter, 13 July 1830, Camden, William Blanding to James Guignard, Camden, regarding his attempts at grape cultivation; printed broadside, "Rules for the Teacher," which notes that these bylaws were adopted by School District No. 2, Reho¬both, Massachusetts, on 3 December 1850; photograph, 1916, titled "Officers 2nd Florida Infantry at Laredo, Texas - Mexico, Border"; and an undated manuscript regarding Native American tribes residing in North and South Carolina during the colonial era and relating a story describing the "hereditary enmity between the Catawbas & Shawanese."