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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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 familyís 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. Peterís 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Charlestonís 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 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
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 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 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 Keithís 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 Keithís correspondence discusses his experiences in specific battles, loss of troops, impressions of the war from his accompanying slave, Paris, and his comradesí slaves, inquiries about life back home, and some political reflections and opinions on the Confederacy.

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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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DIOCESE OF CHARLESTON ARCHIVES
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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HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION
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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MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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 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. Smithyís 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. Smithyís first valvulotomy.

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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 June 2009 • Medical University of South Carolina
Marguerite Andell Collection

Marguerite Andell was born on November 6, 1884 on Johnís Island. Ms. Andell was a graduate of Roper Hospitalís 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, troopsí 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 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 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 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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SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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 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 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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THE CHARLESTON MUSEUM
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 Ė 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 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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THE CITADEL
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 July 2009 • The Citadel
The Citadelís 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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