As our partners know, we have been in the process of migrating our data to a new system. The new system now has over half of our content available for viewing and more items are being added every day. Click here to visit the new system or go to lcdl.library.cofc.edu Give it a try and let us know what you think!
July 12, 2012
The Loving Story: Film Screening – Thursday, July 26th 6:00pm
You are invited to join Producer and Editor Elisabeth Haviland James, the ACLU of SC and the Avery Research Center for a special screening of The Loving Story. This file recounts the story of the Lovings, Mildred (who was part black and Native American) and Richard (who was white), whose marriage was declared illegal in their home state of Virginia. The Lovings refused to leave their homes or one another. This film recreates a seminal moment in history and reflects a timely message of marriage equality in a moment in a personal, human love story.
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Screening
College of Charleston
Avery Research Center
125 Bull Street
April 27, 2012
LCDL honored with Special Recognition from Historic Charleston Foundation
The Lowcountry Digital Library recieved a Special Recognition award from the Historic Charleston Foundation at their Charter Day event on April 26, 2012. This award recognizes our partnership with HCF in its mission to preserve the architectural, cultural, and historic character of Charleston. We're so proud of the wonderful HCF collections we've been able to make accessible, thanks to the participation of Karen Emmons, HCF's archivist. Read more about Charter Day, including the night's other awardees, here.
April 16, 2012
Lecture by Labor historian Michael Thompson - April 19, 2012 at 6pm
Labor historian Michael Thompson will address a gathering of scholars, students, and Lowcountry workers at 6 p.m. on April 19, 2012, when he delivers "Working on the Dock of the Bay: Charleston's Waterfront, 1783-1861" at the ILA Local 1422 Union Hall, 1142 Morrison Drive.
Thompson, a history professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will explore life and labor among antebellum dock workers in Charleston.
The Thompson lecture is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina AFL-CIO, the International Longshoremen's Association (Local 1422), Charleston Central Labor Council and The Citadel Oral History Program.
For more information, contact Kerry Taylor by email at kerry taylor citadel edu or by phone at 843-953-5357. Or visit the CLAW Hines Prize website.
March 30, 2012
UNC Releases Enhanced E-Book On The Life Of Septima Clark
Check out the Enhanced e-book for Katherine Mellen Charron's "Freedom's Teacher: The Life Of Septima Clark"! The Lowcountry Digital Library was lucky enough to be able to contribute some digital images and oral history clips to the project.
You can watch a video demonstration of the e-book here.
January 19, 2012
SCDL Keeps On Growing and Gaining in Popularity!
The South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL) is now represented in both the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Digital Collections and Content web portal and in Opening History: US Resources from Libraries, Museums and Archives. So far South Carolina, through SCDL, has added more items than any other state to this Illinois database of digital collections!
Visit the IMLS site here and the Opening History site here.
January 12, 2012
New Collection: 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. Please take the time to view this notable collection here.
October 25, 2011
Lecture: Benjamin Franklin: Pioneer Medical Electrotherapist
The Waring Library Society cordially invites you to attend the Warren A. Sawyer Lecture “Benjamin Franklin: Pioneer Medical Electrotherapist” by Dr. Stanley Finger Professor Emeritus, Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri)
Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm Basic Sciences Auditorium at MUSC
A reception will follow at the Wickliffe House This lecture is free and open to the public For more information, please contact the library at 843-792-2288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Stanley Finger has written over 170 articles and had authored or edited 13 books, dealing with the history of science and medicine including Doctor Franklin’s Medicine (2006: Univ. Penn. Press), Brain, Mind and Medicine: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Neuroscience (2007: Springer), The Shocking History of Electric Fishes (2011, Oxford), and Animal Sprit: A Physiological Odyssey (Oxford, due 2012). Dr. Finger was the first president of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences and has long been one of the senior editors of the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
October 17, 2011
The Art of History: A Two-Day Celebration at the College of Charleston in Honor of Peter H. Wood
On October 20–21, the College of Charleston’s Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program, Addlestone Library, and Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture will present “The Art of History,” a two-day event honoring Peter Wood.
Activities will begin on Thursday evening at 6:00 in Addlestone Library, room 227, with a screening of Carvalho’s Journey, a work-in-progress by acclaimed filmmaker Steve Rivo.
On Friday, Wood, professor emeritus at Duke University, will offer a lecture on Near Andersonville, recounting the detective-like work at the intersection of art and history that led him to uncover the mysteries of this once neglected painting. The lecture, to be held on October 21st at 6:00 PM at the Avery Research Center, 125 Bull Street, is co-sponsored by Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) Bank and is a part of the CLAW program’s commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
Please join us for these events. Both of these events are free and open to the public.
October 06, 2011
Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting
October 13th at 6pm in the College of Charleston Addlestone Library, Room 227, author Scott Poole will discuss his new book Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting.
October 03, 2011
International conference on preservation of digital information started in Moscow
The most topical issues of preservation of digital information will be discussed in Moscow in the international conference, Preservation of Digital Information in the Information Society: Problems and Prospects, which started today. The Conference, organized in the framework of Russian chairmanship in the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO Information for All Programme, will continue up to 5 October 2011. This event is a new step in the implementation of the IFAP Strategic Plan, and the first-ever international conference on this theme under UNESCO aegis with attendance of representatives of all UNESCO geographical regions.
July 01, 2011
We Are American Libraries Direct Digital Library of the Week!
A big thank you to Karon Emmons of the Historic Charleston Foundation for suggesting us. Check it out here: AL Direct June 15, 2011
June 15, 2011
Pentagon Papers - Uncensored - Finally Released!
The Pentagon Papers, officially titled "Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force", was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed. However, the publications of the report that resulted from these leaks were incomplete and suffered from many quality issues.
On the 40th anniversary of the leak to the press, the National Archives, along with the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon Presidential Libraries, has released the complete report. There are 48 boxes and approximately 7,000 declassified pages. Approximately 34% of the report is available for the first time.
What is unique about this, compared to other versions, is that:
The complete Report is now available with no redactions compared to previous releases
The Report is presented as Leslie Gelb presented it to then Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford on January 15, 1969
All the supplemental back-documentation is included. In the Gravel Edition, 80% of the documents in Part V.B. were not included
This release includes the complete account of peace negotiations, significant portions of which were not previously available either in the House Armed Services Committee redacted copy of the Report or in the Gravel Edition
Local Students Create Moncks Corner Digital History
Stratford High School students have created a digital history of Moncks Corner, which will launch in time for the town's 125th anniversary celebration over the Fourth of July weekend. Junior Nicholas Baxter and seniors Dylan Campbell, Araceli Cruz and Konner Smith developed the website in teacher Michael Eason's Web Page Design and Development II class.
The project is a partnership between the Berkeley County School District, the town of Moncks Corner, and Google, which provided training and mentors for the students. Currently, the project includes text and photographs on the town's history, and the students have begun creating three-dimensional images of the town's most iconic buildings using Google's free SketchUp software.
CLAW Conference "Civil War: Global Conflict" begins March 3
The Carolina and Atlantic World Program presents "Civil War: Global Conflict" here at the College of Charleston starting today, March 3, and concluding Saturday, March 5. Professor James McPherson, the nation’s leading Civil War Historian will give the keynote lecture at the College of Charleston’s “Civil War—Global Conflict” conference. The lecture is part of a three-day (March 3-5, 2011) conference that considers the war in a global context, and is the academic kickoff for a series of commemorative events marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. McPherson’s lecture entitled "Two Irreconcilable peoples? Ethnic Nationalism in the Confederacy" is free and open to the public on Friday March 4th, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom.
Other lecturers include Yale University Professor E.B. Rugemer, who will present “Some International Dimensions to the Coming of the Civil War.” Vanderbilt University Professor Richard Blackett will lecture on “A Duet with John Bull: African Americans and the Contest for British Support during the War” on Thursday March 3 at 7:00 p.m.. Ohio State University’s Joan Cashin, who recently published her biography of Varina Davis, will present “Southern History in Global Perspective: The Willingness to Forget” on Saturday March 5th at 1:30 p.m.
Archivist Harlan Greene to speak on Holloway Scrapbook
Harlan Greene, Senior Manuscript and Reference Archivist at the College of Charleston, will be speaking at Addlestone Library on Friday, January 21, about the Holloway Family Scrapbook. The scrapbook documents the Holloway family of Charleston, one of the most prominent free people of color clans. The Holloway Scrapbook is held at the Avery Research Library and was digitized and added to the Lowcountry Digital Library last year. Join Mr. Greene to hear about this family's history, and view the scrapbook online here in the digital library. The lecture will be at 3:15 in room 227 of the Addlestone Library, 205 Calhoun St., downtown Charleston. Click here for more details.
October 13, 2010
Preservation planning photographs added
The Charleston Archive at the Charleston County Public Library has just digitized nearly 1,000 photographs from the records of Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments' Preservation Planner. These photographs, primarily by Elias Ball Bull, the area's first preservation planner, were taken in the 1970s and 1980s and depict hundreds of historic buildings from the tri-county area. Be sure to check out this large and unique collection.
September 28, 2010
The Citadel's WWII vets leave their memories for future generations
The Citadel has issued a press release about our collaboration with the Citadel Oral History Project to make available World War II veteran oral histories. See it here.
September 21, 2010
New Tourism Publications Added
Historic Charleston Foundation has added several tourism publications dating from 1879 to 1948. They include photographs, illustrations, maps, and descriptions of Charleston-area tourist sites. See how previous generations of visitors saw the Lowcountry! They are located in the Historic Charleston Photographs and Monographs collection.
September 14, 2010
A Presentation on Newspaper Digitization
“The National Digital Newspaper Program” Presentation by Deborah Thomas, Library of Congress
Thursday, September 23, 2010, 4:00 p.m. Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library (Enter through the Thomas Cooper Library) University of South Carolina 1322 Greene St. Columbia, S.C.
University Libraries invites you to a special presentation by Deborah Thomas, Program Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress. The NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is responsible for Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), a freely searchable database of U.S. newspapers published between 1860 and 1922. Ms. Thomas will speak about the goals of this important program and its impact on preserving our nation's cultural memory.
In 2009, the University Libraries' Digital Collections department was awarded a $350,000 grant from NEH to establish the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (http://sc.edu/library/digital/newspaper/index.html). The goal of the project is to scan, enhance, and deliver an estimated 100,000 pages from select South Carolina newspapers to the Library of Congress by 2011. The first digitized newspaper, the Columbia Phoenix (1865-78), will be available on the Chronicling America Web site in September, 2010. Eighteen newspapers were selected for this grant cycle, including the Reconstruction-era African American papers the Free Press and Georgetown Planet.
The event is free and open to the public. A Q&A session on the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program will follow Thomas’ presentation.
Historic Charleston Foundation has contributed another wonderful set of images to the Digital Library. These photographs were taken by Sabina Elliott Wells, a Charleston artist, in 1898-99. They depict scenes around South Carolina and North Carolina, including some of Charleston buildings after a rare snowstorm. Click here to see the Sabina Wells Photographs.
July 08, 2010
New Item from Historic Charleston Foundation
Historic Charleston Foundation has added a great new item to their digital collections. The Business Guide of Charleston was published in 1889 and contains a directory and advertisements for all types of businesses in Charleston, including grocers, barbers, undertakers, butchers, builders, and lodging houses. See it in the Historic Charleston Foundation Monographs and Photographs Collection.
June 17, 2010
New architecture-related items in the LCDL
Historic Charleston Foundation has just added several new items to its Monographs & Photographs collection. These include 2 extremely rare books of architectural details (The Orders, and The Study Book of Furniture and Furnishing) and a collection of turn-of-the-century photographs from builder Henry T. Zacharias. These show Charleston buildings such as St. Philip's Church and the old Charleston Museum (which was destroyed by fire in 1980) in the process of being repaired. See them all in the Monographs & Photographs collection.
June 02, 2010
On this day in 1859...
On June 2, 1859, Charleston resident Hortensia Mordecai was in Paris, several months into tour of Europe with her family. In Paris, she visited the Palace of Industry, which had been built 4 years before for the World's Fair. She enjoys the "parlor fountains" most of all. For dinner, she has a beef steak delivered to her hotel room, but must wait for "the girls" to leave, as she "cannot be the only one at work on my masticators in such a crowd." Read more from Hortensia here.
April 30, 2010
Frances R. Edmunds, former Director of the Historic Charleston Foundation for 38 years, died today. See the Post and Courier article here.
March 18, 2010
South Carolina Historical Society joins LCDL
In the current issue of Carologue the South Carolina Historical Society announced that it has joined LCDL. The first SCHS collection should be available in the near future. We encourage anyone who is interested in the history of South Carolina or who wants to support local cultural heritage organizations to visit the SCHS website and to join this fine organization.
The Lowcountry Digital Library received a very positive review in the March 2010 issue of Choice Reviews Online, a leading source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. Visit the following link to see the review: http://www.cro2.org/default.aspx?page=reviewdisplay&pid=3525145
March 08, 2010
Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society
Jennifer Welch, Assistant Project Director of the Lowcountry Digital Library, will present a talk on LCDL at the March 21 meeting of the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. Members of CCSCGS will learn about the collections and partner institutions in LCDL, as well as how to search the digital library.
New collection added to Holocaust Archives Project
"Mementoes of Days of Service" details Lawrence Layden's service in World War II from his induction in June 1941 until his formal discharge in December 1945. Through photographs and text, Layden's scrapbook follows him from his initial assignment in Louisville, KY to bases in England and continental Europe. The album contains reconaissance photos used in the assault on Europe and several photos of Buchenwald concentration camp, visited by Layden six days after its liberation.
The Lowcountry Digital Library now has a new preview feature! On browse and search results pages, you can preview single items by clicking the "preview" button to the left of the thumbnail. A small version of the image will display on your screen, the background will darken, and you can go to the item's full description by simply clicking the "view this item" link in the preview box. This preview feature runs on the Lightbox 2 technology developed by Lokesh Dhakar. Enjoy!
September 21, 2009
LCDL web site and image database up and running, updates continue
The Lowcountry Digital Library web site and image database are now running again and are available for browsing. We are working to resolve all remaining issues and complete updates as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
Lowcountry Digital Library Technology Support
September 17, 2009
Site unavailable on Saturday, September 19, 2009
The Lowcountry Digital Library web site and image database will be unavailable on Saturday, September 19, 2009 to undergo server maintenance. We will have the LCDL available to you again as soon as possible after maintenance, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Lowcountry Digital Library Technology Support
September 09, 2009
Newspaper Digitization Project
Several members of the staff of the Lowcountry Digital Library and the South Carolina Digital Library are involved in this project, which is being spearheaded by the University of South Carolina:
The Byrnes Downs Garden Club Scrapbook has been added to the College of Charleston collection of scrapbooks and photo albums. This collection consists of a scrapbook documenting the history, projects, and activities of the Byrnes Downs Garden Club from 1948 to 1953. The scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper clippings, typed histories and explanatory notes, year books including the organizations constitution and membership lists (1948-1953), programs and awards from special events, and one map of metropolitan Charleston from 1945 that details neighborhoods. The scrapbook also includes ink drawings on some pages and paintings on the front and back covers. The scrapbook measures 10" x 11.5". To view the entire collection of scrapbooks and photo albums, visit:
This website is part of a collaborative project hosted by the College Charleston. Thanks to funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the digital collections will grow to include over 50,000 items over the next three years and will include materials from a variety of libraries, museums, cultural heritage repositories, and archives from throughout the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. All of the collections are freely available for research purposes. For reproduction permissions, please contact the individual holding institutions.