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Aquí Estamos (Here We Are) Digital Collection


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.


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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Laura Bragg Papers

The Laura Bragg Papers collection at The Citadel Archives and Museum contain letters written to Miss Bragg from Chinese cadets before and after their graduation from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, from 1926 to 1948. Topics of the letters include career plans, The Citadel, political beliefs, Chinese culture, history, and military events. Bragg worked as the director of the Charleston Museum, was the founder and first librarian of the Charleston Free Library, and other museums. Also included in the collection are a photograph album and scrapbook, postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, commencement programs, additional letters from Chinese students, notes on Chinese art and history, and miscellaneous artifacts.

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The Citadel Oral History Program

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Founded in 2008, 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. The Program has three main objectives: 1. Program staff and their associates conduct interviews with people from all walks of life in order to promote the study of The College and the region. The resulting recordings and transcriptions are made available to the public as part of The Citadel Oral History Program Collection at the Citadel Archives and Museum and select interviews are made available through this website. 2. Through regular course offerings and independent research projects, COHP provides opportunities for students to experience the challenges and rewards of conducting and preserving oral history interviews. 3. In the interest of promoting best practices in oral history research, COHP offers training through community workshops and consultations. The COHP is also among the founding organizations of the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance, a regional group that promotes oral history research.

The first interviews to be made available online are a part of the "Citadel WWII Alumni History Project." With generous support from the Humanities Council of South Carolina, the Citadel Oral History Program collected thirty interviews with Citadel alumni regarding their experiences during WWII. Journalist and historian Jack Bass conducted the interviews during the Fall of 2008.They serve as a powerful testament to the veterans’ experiences and their critical contributions to the war effort. The digital recordings and transcripts are part of The Citadel Oral History Program Collection at The Citadel Archives and Museum.

For ease of access, this collection can be browsed by series and subseries.



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The Citadel and the American Civil War

First page of the Letters to C. Irvine Walker

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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