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article icon December 2009 • College of Charleston
Avery Research Center Artifact Collection

This is a collection of images of the Avery Research Center's artifact collections. The collections consist of an array of objects, from slave shackles to artwork by contemporary African-American artists. The largest of Avery's artifact collections is the Joseph A. Towles Collection, donated by the famous anthropologist Colin Turnbull, who studied extensively in the Ituri forest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition to African artifacts, this collection also contains objects from Turnbull's and Towles' trips to China and India.

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article icon April 2010 • College of Charleston
Avery Research Center Oral History Collection

The Avery Research Center houses a variety of oral history interviews, largely documenting African American experiences in the Lowcountry. Oral history projects include the Avery Normal Institute documentation effort and the Sea Island Preservation Initiative.

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article icon January 2012 • College of Charleston
Barnwell Family Papers

This collection consists mostly of the correspondence, with other related materials, of the Barnwell family of Beaufort and lowcounty South Carolina, especially that of William H. W. Barnwell, his brother Senator Robert Woodward Barnwell, his wife, Catherine Osborn Barnwell and their children, Robert Woodward Barnwell, Edward Barnwell, Stephen Elliott Barnwell, Catherine Osborn Barnwell, Elizabeth Barnwell, Esther Hutson Barnwell, William Finley Barnwell, Ann Barnwell Mazyck, Joseph Walker Barnwell and Allard Belin Barnwell, from youth into adulthood. The bulk of the collection spans the years 1823-1882. Letters document religious and academic concerns of Barnwell family members as ministers, as students at South Carolina College, the University of Virginia and universities in Germany, and as professors. Home and family life issues predominate, including descriptions of leisure time spent at the family’s plantation, Laurel Bay, with frequent references to slaves and servants, and travel along the eastern seaboard and Europe. Topics such as temperance, the Episcopal Church, especially St. Peter’s in Charleston, foreign missions, and views of other religions and ministers are discussed. A small amount of material covers the humanitarian work of Robert Woodward Barnwell during the Civil War, and the military service of his brothers Edward, William and Stephen.

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article icon June 2011 • The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library
Bettie La Barbe Postcard Collection

Originally a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Bettie La Barbe spent several years (approximately 1904 - 1923) in Charleston as a teacher and the directress of Kelly's Kindergarten at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church (located at King and Poinsette Streets). She retired to Asheville, North Carolina and remained an active member in her community until her death in 1955. The collection consists of just over three hundred Victoriana-era postcards collected by Miss La Barbe between the years 1903 - 1935.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
C. Wayne Weart Pharmacy Artifact Collection

The C. Wayne Weart Pharmacy Artifact Collection features photographs of show globes, also known as carboys, as well as late-19th and early-20th century pharmacy catalogs and apothecary trade cards. These items are from the private collection of Dr. C. Wayne Weart, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the MUSC College of Pharmacy.

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article icon June 2009 • The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library
Charles N. Bayless Photos of Charleston

A collection of images of buildings in downtown Charleston, taken between 1979 and 1988 as part of a photographic project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Charleston and Savannah Railroad Records

Volume contains handwritten minutes of the Board of Directors of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Company, Charleston, South Carolina from 1863 to 1867. Minutes include financial accounts (1864), a report (1865) of the stockholders' meeting, a list (1866) of bondholders and their bonds, reports, resolutions, and copies of letters sent by the company. Many entries for 1866 and 1867 concern creditors.

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article icon August 2010 • The Charleston Museum
Charleston Firefighters Rosters, 1862-1864

The collection consists of sixteen oversize sheets listing the free men of color who comprised various fire companies in the city of Charleston in the years 1863 and 1864. Nine different companies are included – Engine companies numbers 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 as well as a Hook and Ladder Company. There are two sheets, nearly exact duplicates, for all companies except 2 and 8; there are many minor variations from sheet to sheet. The headings on the printed forms include date of enrollment, name, age, height, eyes, hair, complexion, occupation, residence and remarks, the last column always being empty. Information for all other categories is given, with the date of enrollment in most forms being the same for all enrollees, except for those men who were members of the Hook and Ladder Company, suggesting that the date might actually be the day that the rolls were taken. These sheets supply a type of visual identification for Charleston free men of color not available in any other known sources.

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article icon August 2011 • The Charleston Museum
Charleston Museum Civil War Photographs

These images are from the Charleston Museum's collection of civil war photographs and are primarily stereographs.

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article icon September 2011 • The Charleston Museum
Charleston Museum Collection

This collection highlights some of the best of the Charleston Museum Archives. Currently featured is the Charleston Signal Book. The Signal Book was kept by Union Officer Ensign LaRue P Adams during the Siege of Charleston between August and September of 1863.

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article icon August 2011 • The Charleston Museum
Charleston Museum Earthquake Photographs

This collection contains earthquake photographs held by the Charleston Museum, America's first museum. This collection features 204 photographs documenting the damage inflicted on Charleston by the earthquake of August 31, 1886. Primarily professional photographs, these images were sold as souvenirs of the devastating quake.

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article icon August 2011 • The Charleston Museum
Charleston Museum Fort Photographs

These images are from the collection of photographs relating to Charleston area forts, specifically Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson.

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article icon August 2011 • The Charleston Museum
Charleston Museum Illustrated Newspapers Collection

These images are from a collection of illustrated newspapers, primarily Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's, housed in the archives at the Charleston Museum.

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article icon September 2010 • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Charleston Naval Shipyard Photographs

This collection features hundreds of photographs of ships built or repaired at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, primarily during the World War II years.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Charleston Slave Passes

A collection of slave passes, some found in a Book of Common Prayer donated to the College of Charleston.

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article icon March 2010 • Historic Charleston Foundation
Civic Services Committee Papers

The Civic Services Committee (CSC) (1942-1946) was the predecessor body to Historic Charleston Foundation. It was formed by the Carolina Art Association to address the need for architectural preservation and to implement city planning in response to growth. The Committee received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, which were used to retain Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., to prepare a study that resulted in his report "Objectives for the Civic Services Committee." The funding was also used to compile an inventory of the city's architecture that resulted in the publication of the book This is Charleston. The Committee also addressed and conducted studies related to growth issues such as off-street parking and traffic. The collection spans the time period ca. 1939-1949, and consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, articles, speeches, news clippings, manuscripts, and other documents.

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article icon January 2010 • College of Charleston
College of Charleston Artwork and Sketchbooks

These digital images highlight some of the artwork found in the manuscript collections of the College of Charleston's Special Collections Department. Current collections include sketchbooks by Charleston architects Albert Simons and William Martin Aiken, artwork by the Middleton Family, chromolithographs by William Henry Jackson and lithographs by Prentiss Taylor.

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article icon December 2009 • College of Charleston
College of Charleston Oral Histories

The College of Charleston Oral Histories collection seeks to preserve the history and culture of the South Carolina lowcountry through recorded interviews with area residents. Currently highlighted are interviews with production managers, directors, performers and behind-the-scenes contributors from Spoleto Festival, USA in Charleston, SC.

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article icon January 2010 • College of Charleston
College of Charleston Photographs

The College of Charleston Photograph Collection consists of images of the college's historic buildings, campus activities, and other photographs from the Special Collections Department of the Addlestone Library.

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article icon January 2010 • College of Charleston
College of Charleston Publications

This collection contains newsletters, magazines, and other publications from several College of Charleston entities. The triannual College of Charleston magazine is included, as is the Carolina Lowcountry & Atlantic World's Connections newsletter.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
College of Charleston Scrapbooks and Photo Albums

This collection highlights various albums and scrapbooks housed in the Special Collections department of the College of Charleston library.

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article icon December 2010 • South Carolina Historical Society
Drayton family papers, 1837-1869

Papers consist of correspondence, writings, military records, accounts, plats, and other items. Included are the papers of James Shoolbred Drayton (1820-1867) and John Drayton (1831-1912).

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article icon April 2010 • College of Charleston
Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Correspondence

This growing collection features correspondence from the eighteenth and nineteenth century chosen from the College of Charleston's Special Collections holdings. It includes two letters written by Dr. John Vaughan of Philadelphia to Philip Tidyman, discussing smallpox vaccines. Also featured is a letter from Frederick Garrissen of Germany to Charleston merchant William Stephen requesting that Stephen ship goods to Europe, as supplies were limited due to war.

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article icon October 2012 • Medical University of South Carolina
Francis Peyre Porcher Papers

The Francis Peyre Porcher Papers, 1844-1895, document primarily the professional activities of Francis Peyre Porcher, physician of Charleston, South Carolina. It includes Porcher's lecture, class, and research notes on materia medica, botany, and pharmacy compiled over his career in support of his medical teaching responsibilities and the publication of his book, Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests. Also included are personal letters to and from members of the Leigh, Porcher, and Wickham families from 1846 to 1862. Of particular interest are letters from Francis Peyre Porcher to his first wife Virginia 'Jennie' Leigh Porcher written from camp in Virginia between 1862 and 1863. In these, Porcher relates news of his advancement through the office of the Surgeon General, of living and working conditions in camp, and of family news and affections. Dr. Porcher's travel diary from 1852 to 1854 document his travels in Europe. Porcher's notes, arranged alphabetically, includes notes for classroom instruction in the areas of materia medica and therapeutics. Files include handwritten notes, clippings, sketches, prescriptions, sources, and notes for publications.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
Frederick E. Kredel, M.D. Papers

The Frederick E. Kredel, M.D. Papers document the professional life of Dr. Kredel, MUSC's first full-time professor of surgery. The collection includes awards, ceritifcates, and honors received by Dr. Kredel, corespondence, and speeches given by Dr. Kredel. The highlight of the collection is Dr. Kredel's scrapbook of his 1925 zoological research trip to Kartabo, British Guiana, where he studies sloths.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Friendly Moralist Society Records, 1841-1856

The Friendly Moralist Society was a benevolent society for free brown (mulatto or mixed race) men established in Charleston, S.C. in 1838. This collection contains proceedings of their monthly meetings from 1841 to 1856, and the Absentee Book, showing member absent and for what reason, from 1842 to 1849.

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article icon July 2009 • Gibbes Museum of Art
George W. Johnson Photographs

George W. Johnson took photographs of Charleston buildings and people at the turn of the 20th century. His collection also includes a number of photographs of the 1901-1902 South Carolina Inter-state and West Indian Exhibition.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
Gordon R. Hennigar Pathology Museum Collection

The Gordon R. Hennigar Pathology Museum Collection features photographs of gross pathology specimens from the Museum's holdings. The photograph collection is the result of a collaboration between the Waring Historical Library and MUSC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (DPLM) to preserve, document, and make the wet specimen collection more accessible. Dr. Erin Presnell of DPLM says, "This is a wonderful solution to the preservation of the vast collection of gross pathology specimens collected and maintained in the DPLM Gordon Hennigar Museum over the past several decades. This effort will allow images of these valuable specimens to be readily and indefinitely available to educators and students everywhere. "

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Heyward and Ferguson family papers, 1806-1923

The Heyward and Ferguson family papers consist of over 1400 pages of family and business correspondence, plantation records, slave lists, military and legal documents and Civil War letters of the Heyward and Ferguson families on the Combahee, Savannah and the Cooper Rivers in the Low Country near Charleston, South Carolina.

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article icon November 2011 • Historic Charleston Foundation
Historic Charleston Foundation Monographs and Photographs

Various monographs and photographs from the Margaretta Childs Archives at Historic Charleston Foundation. The focus of the collection items is primarily Charleston historic buildings, streets, landmarks, and sites. The collection also includes publications related to tourism in Charleston (1879-1948), the Charleston Earthquake of 1886, and the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition of 1901-1902.

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article icon April 2010 • Historic Charleston Foundation
Historic Charleston Foundation Tours of Homes

One of the first fundraising programs developed by Historic Charleston Foundation after its incorporation in 1947 was its annual spring tours of historic houses, during which trained “hostesses” would guide visitors through several private homes in Charleston’s historic district. In addition to raising revenue to support Historic Charleston Foundation’s preservation efforts, the tours performed an educational function by presenting Charleston architecture and decorative arts to both visitors and residents alike. Tour publicity included posters, brochures, and guidebooks, and this collection features some of the promotional materials from the first ten years of the annual tours of houses. Of note are the guidebooks which contain not only house histories written by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Jr., accompanied by photographs by numerous Charleston photographers, but also information about Historic Charleston Foundation and its activities, essays, maps, and advertisements for a variety of local businesses.

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article icon October 2010 • College of Charleston
Holloway Family Scrapbook, 1806-1974

This disbound scrapbook contains legal documents, personal and business correspondence, receipts, ephemera, clippings and photographs pertaining to the Holloway family, a prominent free family of color in Charleston, SC. Legal documents include deeds, conveyances, slave bills of sale, contracts and a photograph of a 1797 document declaring patriarch Richard Holliday (Holloway) a free mulatto. Personal and business correspondence include letters concerning the hiring out of slaves, an offer to buy Holloway Negroes, a letter from Samuel Benedict about emigrating to Liberia, and information about the Brown Fellowship Society, the Century Fellowship Society, the Minors Moralist Society and the Bonneau Literary Society. Also included are invitations, Confederate tax receipts and Confederate scrip, and articles and letters concerning Negro taxes, Negro slaveholders, the Liberia movement, the Methodist Episcopal Church and related topics.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Holocaust Archives Project

These haunting images from the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston tell the personal stories of survivors and one liberator who witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
Horace Gilbert Smithy, Jr., M.D. Papers

The Horace Gilbert Smithy, Jr., M.D. Papers, 1946-1948, document Dr. Smithy’s research and publications on the groundbreaking surgical treatment (valvulotomy) he developed for scar tissue of the aortic valve. Dr. Smithy received national acclaim for this procedure, and the instrument used in the surgery, known as the valvulotome, was fabricated at MUSC. The collection contains negatives, photographs, and original drawings used in his publications, correspondence of Dr. Alfred Blalock regarding Dr. Smithy, and a news clipping from the Atlanta Journal Constitution detailing Dr. Smithy’s first valvulotomy.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
Hospital Herald

The official publication of the Association of Colored Physicians of South Carolina, the Hospital Herald was published from 1899-1900. Edited by A.C. McClennan, MD, surgeon in charge of the Colored Hospital and Training School for Nurses, the Hospital Herald was a monthly journal "devoted to hospital work, nurse training, domestic and public hygiene".

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Irish Volunteers Company records, 1798-1929

Organized in Charleston, South Carolina about 1798, the Irish Volunteers Company was first on active service in the War of 1812 where they served on patrol and constructed defenses. This collection contains typescript copies of "The History of the Irish Volunteers Company" (1798-1836) and minutes from organizational meetings from 1884-1901 and 1915-1929. Also included is a pamphlet commemorating memorial meetings in 1877.

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article icon October 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
J. Marion Sims Letters

The J. Marion Sims Letters, 1858-59 and 1880-1881, consist of four original letters from J. Marion Sims to Gen. Waddy Thompson of Greenville, South Carolina (1858-1859); to O.B. Mayer (1880); and Tom Taylor (1881). His letters refer to patients suffering with fibrous tumors of the uterus and ovarian cysts or tumors. He also inquires of a physician who treated a patient with rectal alimentation. The letters provide detailed accounts of his techniques in attempting to treat the patients.

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article icon January 2010 • The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library
Jack Keilen Slide Collection

John J. ("Jack") Keilen (d. 1999) was a native of Pittsburgh and received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He came to Charleston during the mid-1940s, working first for West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company and later Charleston Rubber Company. An avid amateur photographer throughout his life, Mr. Keilen took several thousand of photographs during his annual vacations around the world. The present collection consists of nearly six hundred color slides taken around Charleston and the Carolinas between 1944 and 1990.

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article icon October 2011 • College of Charleston
Jewish Heritage Collection - Personal Papers

This collection is comprised of born-digital and digitized material from individual and family collections from the Jewish Heritage Collection. Most of these digital objects are part of larger manuscript collections held in the College of Charleston’s Special Collections Department. Finding aids for these collections can be located by searching the College of Charleston online catalog.

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article icon March 2011 • College of Charleston
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories

These interviews with members of Charleston's Jewish community cover various topics including family history, life in Charleston in the mid-20th century, anti-Semitism, and experiences during World War II and the Holocaust. Both audio recordings and typed transcripts are available.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Journals, Diaries and Travelogues

The Journals, Diaries and Travelogues collection brings together an extensive array of unique writings. Among the highlights are a "Diary of a Voyage to China, 1850-1851" by Captain Thomas Small, writings by plantation owner Elizabeth Allston Pringle, a legal "Book of Precedents" handwritten by Charleston miniaturist Charles Fraser and journals by Roswell T. Logan, 1852-1865, and Frank Fisher, 1882-1902, the latter containing a lengthy analysis of the 1886 Charleston earthquake.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Keystone View Company Lantern Slides, 1892-1912

These lantern slides were produced for classroom use by the highly successful Education Department of the Keystone View Company. The slides cover a wide range of subject matter including scenes of industry, places of architectural or historical significance and places of natural beauty.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Lowcountry Tourism

This growing collection features historic pamphlets highlighting some of the attractions of Charleston, South Carolina and the lowcountry.

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article icon March 2011 • Diocese of Charleston Archives
Lynch Family Letters, 1858-1866

From the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives comes this collection of correspondence to Bishop Patrick N. Lynch, Bishop of Charleston from 1858-1882. Spanning the years 1858-1866, these letters to the Bishop from his family touch on a variety of topics including Catholicism and convent life, the Civil War and slavery, and Southern life in the mid-19th century.

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article icon June 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
Marguerite Andell Collection

Marguerite Andell was born on November 6, 1884 on John’s Island. Ms. Andell was a graduate of Roper Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1914, and was elected Superintendent of Nurses in 1924, a position in which she proposed ideas that were ahead of her time. She retired in 1948 after working for 24 years at Roper Hospital and the Medical College School of Nursing. The Marguerite Andell Collection, 1919-1945, includes a photograph album, many postcards and personal letters from France, with dates ranging from 1919 to 1945. Miss Andell appears in many photos throughout the album. These photographs were presumably taken in Europe during World War I, and include scenes of a funeral and various cemeteries, troops’ bunks, damaged buildings, hospital scenes, wounded soldiers, nurses, and tanks. There are photos with the Red Cross, with medical doctors, and scenic photos of various areas.

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article icon June 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
Medical Caricatures, 1736-1932

A collection of colorful illustrations satirizing both doctor and patient, illness and treatment. Notable artists represented in the collection include Louis Crusius, M.D., James Gillray, and Louis Boilly.

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article icon July 2010 • Medical University of South Carolina
Medical Society of South Carolina Digital Collections

The Medical Society of South Carolina was founded in 1789. The collection includes the society's minutes as well as portraits of MSSC Presidents.

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article icon December 2009 • College of Charleston
Mitchell King Atlas, 1662-1695

This collection of 17th century world maps was published and printed by the Danckerts family, and was donated as a part of the Mitchell King Library. These 31 maps cover various countries in Europe, as well as the continents of Asia, Africa, and North and South America. The maps are by various cartographers including Visscher, Schagen, Overton, Ram, Blaeu, Broen, and Borgonio.

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article icon March 2010 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Collection of 1886 Charleston Earthquake Photographs

A collection of 15 photographs documenting the destruction Charleston suffered as a result of the August 1886 earthquake. Locations in the photos include King Street, Market Street, and Hibernian Hall.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC College of Health Professions Digital Collections

The College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina began in 1966 as the School of Allied Health Professions. The College offers more than twenty training programs in a variety of fields. The College of Health Professions Digital Collections currently includes a small amount of class photos and dissertations authored by CHP students.

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article icon July 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC College of Nursing Class Photos, 1897-2002

Class composites and group photos of graduates of the MUSC College of Nursing.

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article icon March 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Working Papers

The MUSC DBE Working Papers allows faculty within the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology to disseminate and pre-publish research methods developed within the division.

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article icon June 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Journal Articles

A collection of articles published by MUSC faculty in various scientific journals.

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article icon June 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Orthopaedic Journal

This collection contains a published journal from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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article icon September 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC Poster Presentations

The MUSC Poster Presentations collection includes posters created by faculty and staff at MUSC for presentation and conferences and other forums.

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article icon June 2009 • Beaufort County Library
Phosphate, Farms, & Family: The Donner Collection

This collection of 548 photographs comes from two albums of family photographs created by Conrad Munro Donner (1844 – 1916), a peripatetic engineer from the Hamburg-Altona area near the border between Denmark and Germany who had an active interest in photography. Self-taught, the bulk of his images reflect his experience of Low Country rural life in Beaufort County, SC near the turn of the twentieth century.

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article icon June 2009 • The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library
Photographic Record of the Cooper River Bridge

The collection consists of two scrapbooks recording the construction of the John P. Grace Memorial Bridge. Completed in 1929, the bridge spanned to Cooper River Bridge to connect Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

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article icon October 2010 • The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library
Photos from the Records of The Historic Preservation Planner, BCD-COG

These photos are from the collection, The Records of the Historic Preservation Planner, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), 1970 - 1981. A large portion of this collection is comprised of the research materials collected for the publication, Historic Preservation Plan Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Region, with the rest being non-survey regional research materials, general business files of the BCDCOG historic preservation department, and topical and miscellaneous files. The majority of the photographs that appear here were taken and compiled by Elias Ball Bull - the tri-county region’s first historic preservation planner – who initiated the process for several hundred of the properties to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. These are the original photos filed with the register nominations; some appear on the National Register website, however, many have been replaced with current images or were not included on the National Register.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Pierrine Smith Byrd Collection

Pierrine Smith Byrd was one of the first 13 women to enroll in the College of Charleston in 1918, and was the first to graduate, in 1922. She was a longtime resident of Greenwood, S.C., and an accredited judge for the American Rose Society. The collection contains memorabilia from her high school and college days, correspondence relating to her alumni activities, newspaper articles relating to her accomplishments, and photographs of class reunions.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
Roy S. MacElwee's Waterfront Design Study, 1929

Roy S. MacElwee was a planner who specialized in port development. He created a plan for the waterfront of Charleston in 1929. This collection is an oversized scrapbook of photographs and clippings about the design of waterfronts for cities worldwide. It includes 20 professionally made 8x10 photographs and several dozen pages of clippings, and an article on his plan for Charleston. Though most of the land was eventually reclaimed, no grand boulevard extends north of the Ashley River bridge today and MacElwee's vision of building "one of the most famous water front driveways in the world" was never realized.

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article icon April 2010 • College of Charleston
Samuel Lord Hyde Photographs

Samuel Hyde was a photographer and a historian who lived in Charleston and in Summerville, S.C. He was the "chief cemetery investigator" for the South Carolina Public Service Authority during the creation of Lake Moultrie. This collection contains 2 groups of his photographs - 25 prints from the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition of 1901-1902, and approximately 100 images taken in 1939 in the area of Lake Moultrie during its construction.

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article icon August 2011 • Historic Charleston Foundation
SCDOT Photographs - Properties in the Right-of-Way

B&W photographs of buildings and other properties located in Charleston County that were destroyed, relocated, or otherwise modified because they were in the right-of-way of where roads were being constructed or widened. Building types include houses, apartment buildings, freedman’s cottages, and other dwellings including mobile homes; commercial and industrial buildings; churches; schools; gas stations; restaurants; grocery stores and corner markets; and garages, sheds, outhouses, and other outbuildings. Roads include Interstate 26 (I-26), Route 171 (Folly Road/St. Andrews Boulevard), Route 17 (a portion of which is known as Savannah Highway), State Road 894 (Azalea Drive), State Road 31 (Reynolds Avenue), and State Road 13 (Remount Road). It is notable that some photographs in the U.S. Route 17 and I-26 groups show the area affected by the construction of the Crosstown and the Silas Pearman Bridge (a/k/a Cooper River Bridge).

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article icon December 2009 • College of Charleston
Septima Poinsette Clark Scrapbook, 1919-1983

This scrapbook celebrates the life and achievements of Charleston-born civil rights activist and educator, Septima Poinsette Clark.

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article icon October 2010 • South Carolina Historical Society
South Carolina Historical Society Manuscripts

Selections from the manuscript collection of South Carolina Historical Society. The first addition to this collection is a journal written by Peter Timothy during the Revolutionary War, detailing troop activities in Charleston.

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article icon August 2010 • South Carolina Historical Society
South Carolina Historical Society Oral Histories

Interviews with Charlestonians of various backgrounds, recorded in the 1970s and 1980s. The subjects talk about growing up in Charleston and cover such topics as preservation, race relations, the Exposition of 1901, and Charleston's involvement in World War I and World War II.

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article icon July 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
South Carolina Hospital Postcards

The South Carolina Hospital Postcard collection includes postcards representing hospitals throughout South Carolina. The postcards provide a visual record for hospitals that may no longer exist or have changed location, and reflect the ways that hospital architecture has changed over time.

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article icon November 2009 • College of Charleston
South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, 1901-1902

In order to attract new business to the area, the city of Charleston hosted the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition in 1901-1902. This collection contains pamphlets of illustrations and exhibit information.

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article icon February 2010 • The Citadel
The Citadel and the American Civil War

As a Southern military college, The Citadel and its cadets were integrally involved in the events of the American Civil War. This collection includes first-person accounts of the Civil War period, in addition to a signed copy of the U.S. War Department orders to raise the flag at Fort Sumter at the conclusion of the War.

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article icon November 2011 • The Citadel
The Citadel Oral History Program

The Citadel Oral History Program seeks to deepen understanding of the Lowcountry's rich history and culture through the gathering and presentation of recorded memories from area residents. This collection currently houses a sample of interviews from the following series: Charleston and the Long Civil Rights Movement, Working Charleston, Women in World War II; and, The Citadel in War and in Peace.

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article icon November 2011 • The Citadel
The Citadel Photograph Collection

A growing collection of photographs from The Citadel. Current photographs include interviewees of the The Citadel’s Oral History Program taken by Citadel cadets.

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article icon July 2009 • The Citadel
The Citadel’s Collection of Historical Commencement Speeches

A collection of speeches presented at the The Citadel by notable South Carolinians. Topics include the education, military, economy, and politics of the State in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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article icon May 2011 • College of Charleston
The Joseph Mordecai Hirschmann Collection

A Charlestonian who attended both the College of Charleston and the School of Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania, Joseph Mordecai Hirschmann practiced architecture with the New York firm of Walker and Gillette. His architectural training induced a special interest in old world buildings, and on his European holidays in 1924 and 1927 he made numerous sketches in watercolor, conte and pencil of buildings and ruins in Italy, France and North Africa. In addition to those sketches, this collection also includes numerous renderings of architectural details observed during those travels.

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article icon January 2012 • Beaufort County Library
The Lucille Hasell Culp Collection - A Celebration of Beaufort, South Carolina

“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.

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article icon January 2011 • The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library
The South Carolina & West Indian Exposition Photo Passbook, 1901 - 1902

The photos in this collection were taken as part of a season pass that patrons could purchase for unlimited admission to the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, held in Charleston in 1901 and 1902. Each individual’s photo was mounted in a passbook kept by the patron and a duplicate photo was mounted in an album kept by the Director of the Departments of Admissions and Collections, Hugh James Fleming (whose image is on page 34, number 297). The album contains images of 1,326 people, of whom 1,213 are identified by a caption presumably made at the time the photograph was taken. The total number of season pass photos taken for the Exposition is unknown, but similar photos beyond the present collection are known to survive in extant individual Exposition pass books. Mr. Fleming donated this photographic album in 1948 to the Charleston Free Library (now called the Charleston County Public Library). The letter regarding its provenance and donation to the library has been included as the final image in this collection (number 157). Since the paper on which the gelatin silver photographs are mounted is extremely brittle and in a state of deterioration, the album was disbound several years prior to its digitization in order to facilitate its preservation.

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article icon January 2010 • Medical University of South Carolina
Waring Historical Library Artifact Collection

As part of a grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Waring Historical Library is photographing 500 objects from its' collection of medical artifacts. The artifacts date to the 18th century, and include pharmacy containers, surgical instruments, and bleeding apparatus. One hundred of the objects will be presented as "3D" videos that offer a 360 degree view of the artifact.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses

With funding provided by the National Library of Medicine's Express Library Digitization Award program, The Waring Library has scanned and transcribed 133 of its inaugural medical theses, for the period of 1825-1829. The 1,858 inaugural medical theses in the collection of the Waring Historical Library are, in the words of eminent medical historian John Harley Warner, "one of the finest extant collections of antebellum American medical theses." He went on to write that "The collection of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina deposited at the Waring Historical Library represents a remarkably large and complete collection spanning a critical period of transition in the history of both of American medicine and of the South."

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article icon September 2010 • Medical University of South Carolina
Waring Historical Library Photograph Collection

The holdings of the Waring Historical Library include photographs documenting the history of health care, health professionals, and the study of the health sciences in the Charleston and Lowcountry area.

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article icon October 2011 • Medical University of South Carolina
Waring Historical Library Print Materials Collection

The collection includes published materials from the collection of the Waring Historical Library. Here you can find historic books, pamphlets, and broadsides relating to the history of the health sciences.

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article icon September 2010 • College of Charleston
Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers

The Wilkinson-Keith Family Papers consist of correspondence and other documents among the Wilkinson, Keith, Siegling, Haskell, and Marshall families and their friends dating from 1785 to 1920. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1820 to 1890, a large portion of which chronicles Willis Keith’s experiences as a Confederate soldier in 1862-1863. Antebellum correspondence discusses Charleston fires, great details of family illnesses and their cures, plantation life (more specifically, destruction/endurance of crops and treatment of slaves), and general details about everyday life. Civil War-era correspondence is largely concerned with battles and rumors of battles, descriptions of military preparations and blockades, the value of Confederate currency, debt, and family illnesses. Willis Keith’s correspondence discusses his experiences in specific battles, loss of troops, impressions of the war from his accompanying slave, Paris, and his comrades’ slaves, inquiries about life back home, and some political reflections and opinions on the Confederacy.

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article icon June 2011 • College of Charleston
William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection - Postcards

William A. Rosenthall's collection of Judaica postcards. A particular collecting focus of Rosenthall was images of synagogues located around the globe, including European synagogues destroyed by the Nazis or converted to stables and warehouses. Also included are images of cemeteries, tombs, Jewish neighborhoods, and other Jewish sites of interest.

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article icon June 2011 • College of Charleston
William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection - Prints and Photographs

Rabbi William A. Rosenthall's collection of prints of world synagogues. Mr. Rosenthall was the rabbi at Charleston's Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue from 1976 through 1992. He traveled extensively during his life and collected items related to Jewish life and culture.

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article icon January 2013 • South Carolina Historical Society
William Henry Johnson Scrapbook

This scrapbook by William Henry Johnson is part of a collection of three, which document the history of a large array of Lowcountry plantations and places of interest. In this book - compiled, 1928-1932 - Johnson focuses on the Cooper River region and in the Parishes of St Stephen, St James Goose Creek, St James Santee and St. John Berkeley. The scrapbook draws together published historical research, maps, contemporary anecdotes and includes photographs Johnson took while visiting each location.

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article icon March 2010 • College of Charleston
Zionist Organization of America Records - Charleston Chapter

Jewish residents of Charleston created an organization in 1917 to support the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The organization is known alternately in the minutes as Bnei Zion and the Charleston Zionist Society, but ultimately affiliated as a chapter of the Zionist Organization of America. The records cover the meetings held from 1917 through the 1940s, and document fundraising efforts on behalf of both international Zionist groups and local Jewish causes such as the Hebrew School. The group included members from all three local congregations, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Brith Sholom, and Beth Israel, with the latter two predominating. Prominent members and officers included Samuel Rittenberg, Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin, Joseph Hepler, Louis Shimel, Rabbi Menahem Mendel Horowitz, Harry Simonhoff, Joseph Goldman, and others.

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