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Aquí Estamos (Here We Are) Digital Collection

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Aquí Estamos is a digital archive that documents the history and culture of diverse groups of Latinos in the Lowcountry. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, promotional flyers, and other ephemera. The materials help document the first permanent settlement of Latino immigrants on Johns Island in the 1980s, the emergence of an Hispanic Catholic community, and the work of the Tri-County Hispanic American Association. The documents also trace the continuing efforts of area Latinos to organize politically, especially around issues of importance to immigrants.

Most of this material was gathered during “harvesting” events held in May and June, 2017 on Johns Island and in North Charleston.  Charleston Public Library, Lowcountry Digital Library , Circulo Hispanoamericano and the Holy Spirit Catholic Church community provided strong support for Aqui Estamos. The images are available here as part of a “Common Heritage” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Aquí Estamos es un archivo digital que documenta la historia y la cultura de diversos grupos de latinos en el Lowcountry. La colección incluye fotografías, correspondencia, volantes y actas. Estos materiales ayudan a documentar el primer asentamiento permanente de inmigrantes latinos en Johns Island en la década de 1980, la formación de una comunidad católica hispana y el trabajo de Tri-County Hispanic American Association. Los documentos también muestran los continuos esfuerzos de los latinos residentes en el área para organizarse políticamente, especialmente en torno a problemáticas importantes para los inmigrantes.

La mayor parte de este material se recopiló durante los eventos de recolección llevados a cabo en mayo y junio del año 2017 en Johns Island y North Charleston. La Biblioteca Pública de Charleston, la Biblioteca Digital de Charleston, el Círculo Hispanoamericano y la comunidad de la iglesia católica Holy Spirit brindaron invaluable apoyo a este proyecto. Las imágenes están disponibles aquí gracias a la iniciativa Common Heritage promovida por National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Pinehurst Tea Plantation Visual Materials

Pinehurst Tea Plantation Visual Materials

Charles Shepard Jr. (1842–1915) established the first successful tea plantation in America at Summerville in 1888. Pinehurst Tea Plantation thrived until Shepard died in 1915. After his death, the plantation faltered and the plants grew wild on the outskirts of town. In 1963 the Lipton Tea Company transported the old Pinehurst plants to Wadmalaw Island.Photographs include images of residence, tea factory and gardens, irrigated fields, tea pickers, day laborers,School students and teachers, and an album depicting Japanese tea culture.

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Agricultural Society of South Carolina Visual Materials

Organized in Charleston, South Carolina as the South-Carolina Society for Promoting and Improving Agricultural, and Other Rural Concerns, the society was incorporated in 1795 as the Agricultural Society of South Carolina. Photographs in this collection depict meetings and officers of the Agricultural Society, exhibits, farm scenes, farmers' markets, livestock, and other related subjects.

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George W. Williams Photograph Collection

George W. Williams Photograph Collection

This collection consists of 95 photographs and negatives taken around the Charleston area. The images depict early 20th century rooftop views of the city, parks, Charleston Fire Department firefighters and their equipment, Charleston Harbor, the construction of Dry Dock One at the Navy Yard, and a late 20th century reconstruction of Fort Sullivan that was located at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. George Walton Williams, a Charleston native, English professor, and writer, donated the collection. The creator or creators of this collection are unknown.

 
 
 
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Civil War and Reconstruction Era Stereoscope Photographs of the Port Royal Region

This collection of 106 Civil War period photographic stereopticon cards of the Beaufort area, St. Augustine, Florida, and Charleston are primarily from the Samuel A. Cooley studio. This collection was purchased from New Hampshire based collector, Stephen J. Edwards. There are a number of scenes depicting the homes and life of the freedmen, a rarity.  Dr. Stephen Wise, the Parris Island Museum Director verified the authenticity of the images, noted how unusual it was to find an entire collection of local interest together, and introduced the images to the public on 7 December 1997 in a formal library program attended by 100 members of the community. Beaufort County Library Trustee funds and donations from the Friends of the Beaufort County Library and Beaufort County Historical Society secured the purchase of the images in November 1997.  

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L.A. Hall Collection of Mid-19th Century Stereoscopic Images

L.A. Hall, Beaufort's postmaster, gave the Beaufort Township Library a collection of 36 stereopticon views of Beaufort taken "right after the War between the States" that he had received "from a friend in the north."  Twenty-six of the images were taken in Beaufort by photographer E.W. Sinclair who worked for Samuel A. Cooley, self-described "Photographer, 10th Army Corps" during the Civil War and early Reconstruction periods. According to the Beaufort Times June 21, 1944, "The pictures are most interesting, including those homes which were used as hospitals, the old Magnolia hotel, which is no more, and many of the homes which still exist."

The stereopticon card "Cotton picking at the Yard - St. Helena Island Fall of 1879" was donated by a Mrs. Evans though the date of her donation is unknown. 

Four stereopticon cards published by Rufus Morgan depict scenes near Columbia, SC. One stereopticon card of "Southern Scenery" near Asheville, NC was also published by Rufus Morgan. The provenance of the Rufus Morgan cards housed in the L.A. Hall Collection is unknown.

It appears that the Hall images and other donations of stereopticon cards were merged into one series at some point before February 1999. 

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William ("Bill") Saunders Papers, circa 1950 - 2004

Bill Saunders
William (“Bill”) Saunders, a community and Civil Rights activist in Charleston, South Carolina, was an organizer and lead negotiator of the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969. In 1970, Saunders established the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) to address race-related community problems and provide assistance to community members in need. He also operated the AM radio station WPAL from 1972-1998.
 
The majority of the William (“Bill”) Saunders papers document Saunders’ civic involvement from the late 1960s onwards, including documents and manuscripts such as correspondence, meeting minutes, in addition to a small number of photographs regarding the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA), the WPAL radio station, American Cancer Society, and other civic organizations.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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Millicent E. Brown Papers, 1949 - 2003

Millicent E. Brown Papers, 1949 - 2003
Millicent Ellison Brown (b. 1948) is an educator and civil rights activist. Born in Charleston to MaeDe and J. Arthur Brown, local and state president of NAACP (1955-1965), Brown, in 1963, replaced her older sister Minerva as the primary plaintiff in a NAACP-sponsored lawsuit (Millicent Brown vs. Charleston County School District #20).
 
The collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, essays, materials regarding organization including the Avery Research Center, Charleston Branch of the NAACP, and National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, Rivers High School materials, and photographs.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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Anna D. Kelly Papers, 1930s - 1999

Anna D. Kelly Papers, 1930s - 1999
Anna D. Kelly (1913-2007) is known for her efforts to connect Lowcountry African Americans with the Highlander Folk School, most notably recruiting Septima Clark. A graduate of the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, Kelly was a charter member of the Avery Institute of African American History and Culture. She then played a crucial role in establishment of the Avery Research Center.
 
The collection includes photographs, correspondence and supporting documents regarding Kelly's civic invovlement—including work with the Charleston County Library, the South Carolina Commission on Aging, YWCA, and social work—and documents and photographs regarding the Avery Institute and Avery High School.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., Records, 1906 - 2007

YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., Records, 1906 - 2007
The Young Women’s Christian Association of Greater Charleston, which originated in 1907, has served communities in Charleston and the Lowcountry area of South Carolina for over a century. Currently, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., strives to provide programs and services for all people and holds a mission to eliminate racism and to empower women.
 
The collection documents the founding and history of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Charleston, South Carolina as well as the administrative and operational functions of Charleston’s YWCA for over a century. The collection contains by-laws and constitutions, financial documents, meeting minutes, agendas, board correspondence, social event materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and programs.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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