Sort Order

show all A B C E F H I J K L M P R S T W Z

This is the old Lowcountry Digital Library.
Please visit our NEW WEBSITE HERE http://lcdl.library.cofc.edu for all of this content and more!

College of Charleston Collections

32 Collections

- a -
article icon December 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon April 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- b -
article icon January 2012 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- c -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon November 2009 •
Charleston Slave Passes

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

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon January 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon December 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon January 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon January 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- e -
article icon April 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- f -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- h -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon October 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- i -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- j -
article icon October 2011 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon March 2011 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- k -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- l -
article icon November 2009 •
Lowcountry Tourism

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

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- m -
article icon December 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- p -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- r -
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- s -
article icon April 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon December 2009 •
Septima Poinsette Clark Scrapbook, 1919-1983

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

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon November 2009 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- t -
article icon May 2011 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- w -
article icon September 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon June 2011 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
article icon June 2011 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |
- z -
article icon March 2010 •
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.

View Collection Web Site | View All Items |