“The Lucille Hasell Culp Collection - A Celebration of Beaufort, South Carolina” contains a
selection of 300 images, primarily photographic negatives, from the much
larger Lucille Hasell Culp Collection. Here one finds selected images
of enduring historical value to Beaufort, such as those relating to
community and military events, built structures that are no longer
extant or greatly altered, iconic architecture, commercial activities,
natural vistas, and daily life, 1941 – 1999. Most of the images were
taken in the immediate area of the City of Beaufort, S. C. during from
the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.
Lucille Hasell Culp was born on September 30, 1921 in Denver, Colorado, a
daughter of Andrew George Hasell and Hazel Frances Middleton Hasell.
Culp moved to Beaufort with her family in 1933 to help on the Old Oak
Plantation farm of her recently widowed aunt, Nellie Hasell Fripp. Culp
purchased the Palmetto Studios in 1941 from Samuel Kosiner. In 1948
she married her second husband, William “Bill” Culp who helped her run
the business until his death in 1975 at age 52. She continued to work
out of 809 Bay Street for another 16 years, closing the studio in 1981.
When the Bay Street studio closed, Culp relocated her vast archive of
negatives to her modest home on Ribaut Road. Because of the degradation
caused by the variable environmental conditions of the South Carolina
lowcountry, some of the materials initially given to the Library
ultimately had to be destroyed. The bulk of the images chosen for this
digital collection were retrieved from her home. Unfortunately, some
images display the irreversible ravages of long-term storage in
Culp died on August 8, 2007 in Charleston, SC. Culp was survived by
three nieces, Frances Hasell Haselden, Barbara Hasell Bradley, and
Bonnie Hasell Antonucci and stepdaughter, Pamela Culp Rodriguez.
A biographical sketch of Culp entitled “A View Through a Fine Lens” is a
chapter in Remembering the Way It Was at Beaufort, Sheldon and the Sea
Islands (History Press, 2006) by Fran Heyward Marscher.
The Beaufort County Library was awarded SC SHRAB (South Carolina State
Historical Records Advisory Board) grants to fund the services of
photographic archivist, Celeste Wiley, to perform the initial survey,
arrangement, and preservation plan on the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection
in 2008 – 2009.
The preliminary Finding Aid to the Lucille Hasell Culp Papers is found
on the Beaufort District Collection web page.
Provenance: Donated by Frances Hasell Haselden in 2007 on behalf of her
aunt, Lucille Hasell Culp, by power of attorney to the Beaufort
District Collection of the Beaufort County Library; additional materials
from the Estate of Lucille Hasell Culp were received in 2008 and 2009.
Copyright: Copyright of all items within the Lucille Hasell Culp Papers
has been transferred to the Beaufort County Library.