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Account Books of Benjamin Perry’s Wards, 1841-1864

The Account Books of Benjamin Perry’s Wards, 1841-1864 Collection consists of two volumes kept by Benjamin Perry for John Allen Miles (Volume 1) and Jeremiah Jackson Miles (Volume 2). A South Carolina Plantation owner, Senator (1846-1850, 1856-1857) and Secretary of State (1850-1854), Benjamin Perry married widow Sarah Free Waring Miles and acted as guardian for […]

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Accounts and Estate Administration Books, 1824-1852

The Accounts and Estate Administration Book, 1824-1852 contains loose papers belonging to S.C. attorney Samuel Gaillard Barker (1799-1863). These papers include a list of slaves with their dates of birth, gender, their work as a full or half-time field hand and their “usefulness” as a slave. Also included is a mortgage for seven slaves, a […]

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Adger Family Papers, 1813-1932

The Adger Family Papers, 1813-1932 collection contains papers written by or for members of the Adger family in Charleston County, South Carolina. James Adger (1777-1858) was a wealthy merchant of Charleston and married Sarah E. Ellison, and among their children were John Bailey Adger (1810-1899), James Adger, Jr. (1812-1881), Robert Adger (1814-1891), who married Jane […]

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Agatha Aimar Simmons Papers, 1903-1962

“Stories Collected from Slaves” by Leonarda J. Aimar is a bound volume from the Agatha Aimar Simmons Papers, 1903-1962. Agatha Aimar was a local historian of Charleston, South Carolina, where she married T. Ritchie Simmons. In 1926, her mother, Leonarda Jacques Aimar, collected stories and reminiscences from formerly enslaved people. In her transcription, she attempted […]

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Agricultural Experiments and South Mulberry Plantation Journal, 1841-1907 (bulk 1841-1867)

The Agricultural Experiments and South Mulberry Plantation Journal, 1841-1907 (bulk 1841-1867) collection contains a bound journal kept by Sandford William Barker at South Mulberry Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina, which Barker acquired through his marriage to Christiana Constantia Broughton in 1835. A graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina as well as a […]

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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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Alexander Glennie Journal, 1831-1859

Journal kept by Alexander Glennie concerning his activities as rector of All Saints (Episcopal) Church, Waccamaw, South Carolina. Includes a list of plantation chapels (Woodbourne, Laurel Hill, Brookgreen, Oaks, Litchfield, Waverly, Midway, True Blue, Hagley, Fairfield, Sandy Knoll, Cedar Grove, and Mount Arena); the constitution (1832) and minutes (1832-1838) of All Saints Sunday School (an […]

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Alexander Inglis Papers, 1782-1811 (bulk 1800-1802)

The digitized portion of the Alexander Inglis Papers, 1782-1811 (bulk 1800-1802) collection contains two documents concerning enslaved people owned by Inglis. The collection includes a medical bill for the treatment of two enslaved people named Dure and Mammute, and a note about fifteen enslaved people hired out by a “Mr. Wagner.” Alexander Inglis Jr. was […]

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Anita Pollitzer Family Papers

The Anita Pollitzer Family Papers is comprised of documents and photographs gathered by multiple members of the Pollitzer family. The collection contains correspondence, funeral programs, an issue of The Jewish Women Quarterly, Gustave M. Pollitzer’s prayer book in  the original Yiddish, marriage and birth certificates, tickets to events, and family photographs.

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Anne Simons Deas Papers, ca. 1900

The Anne Simons Deas Papers, ca. 1900 Collection contains bound papers written by Anne Simons Deas, the daughter of Elias Deas and Ann Ball. A published author, Anne Deas wrote Points of Colonial Interest Around Summerville. Dorchester, Newington, Ingleside, St. James, Goose Creek (1905) and Recollections of the Ball Family of South Carolina and the […]

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Bacot Family Papers, 1752-1973

The Bacot Family Papers, 1752-1973, collection contains numerous bound receipt books, journals, diaries, correspondences, and financial documents kept by members of the Bacot and Bacot-Huger families.  Two bound diaries in this collection were kept by Julia A. Bacot, 1825-1905, and Julius Motte Bacot, 1859-1899. The Julia A. Bacot Diary covers the year 1820 and contains […]

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Ball Family Papers, 1631-1895

The Ball family was established in South Carolina in 1698 with the arrival of the English emigrant Elias Ball (1675-1751), often referred to as Elias “Red Cap” Ball in family histories. His first wife was Elizabeth Harleston (d.1720) and his second wife was Mary Delamare. His son, Elias Ball II (1709-1786), married Lydia Chicken (1721-1765), […]

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Benjamin H. Rutledge Family Papers, 1675-1867

The Benjamin H. Rutledge Family Papers, 1675-1867, collection includes a bound volume kept by politician and attorney general, Charles Pinckney, 1699-1758. Following the death of his first wife, Charles Pinckney married Eliza Lucas, 1722-1793, a successful women credited with the development of the Indigo industry in South Carolina. Together, the couple had four children: Charles […]

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Berry Family Papers, 1767-1929

The Berry Family Papers, 1767-1929, collection contains a loose paper written by or belonging to members of the Berry Family of Orangeburg County, S.C. John Wesley Bowman Berry (ca. 1850-1929) of Branchville (S.C.) married Martha McQuillan Bowman (1857-1933) in 1877. John Wesley Bowman Berry was the son of planter John P. Berry of Branchville (S.C.) […]

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Bowman Family Papers, 1835-1892

The Bowman Family Papers, 1835-1892, collection contains loose papers written by or belonging to members of the Bowman family of Orangeburg County, South Carolina. Loose papers consist of bills of sale for enslaved women and their children, a mortgage for enslaved persons and a document titled the “names and ages of the enslaved persons Reddick […]

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Charles Fraser Sketchbook, 1793-1796

Charles Fraser (1782-1860) was a renowned Charleston artist and attorney recognized for his miniatures and landscape paintings. Highlights of this sketchbook include some of Charles Fraser’s earliest Lowcountry landscape scenes, and several theatrical views, some of which may be the work of his brother, Alexander.

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Charleston Bible Society Records, 1815-2010

The Charleston Bible Society Records, 1815-2010, collection contains correspondence kept by the Charleston Bible Society. Founded in 1810 as the Bible Society of Charleston (S.C.), the purpose of this organization was the distribution of Bibles without cost. Later constitutions of the society state its name as the Charleston Bible Society. The correspondence in the collection […]

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Chesnut Family Papers, 1741-1900

The Chesnut Family Papers, 1741-1900, collection contains loose papers belonging the family of merchant, plantation owner and state legislator John Chesnut (1743-1818), A Virginia native living in Camden District, S.C., John Chesnut owned large tracts of land in the vicinity of the Wateree River. He was the father of James Chesnut (1773-1866), a plantation owner […]

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Church Session Books Excerpts, 1816-1901

The Edisto Island Presbyterian Church Register is found in the “Church Session books excerpts, 1816-1901” Collection. This collection contains administrative records taken from the unbound Presbyterian church session books between 1816-1901 on Edisto Island, South Carolina, revealing information on the churches’ history and membership prior to, during and following the American Civil War. Recorded by […]

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Coffin Point Plantation Journals, 1800-1816

This collection consists of five plantation journals, two of which are almanacs repurposed as plantation journals, for Coffin Point Plantation on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The journals were kept between 1800-1816 by or for a member of the Coffin family or plantation manager, E.W. Rose. The journals document the names of […]

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Cora Godfrey Justice Family Papers, 1816-1987

The Cora Godfrey Justice Family Papers, 1816-1987 contain two loose papers kept by or for members of the family.   Cora Page Godfrey Justice was a freelance writer and historiographer of St. David’s Church in Cheraw, S.C. She was the daughter of Cora Page and banker William Godfrey (b. 1870) and wife to John William […]

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Cote Bas and Mepkin Plantation Journals, 1865-1877

The Cote Bas and Mepkin Plantation Journals, 1865-1877 is comprised of four volumes written by Peter Gourdin that includes data for planting, personal information and clippings. The son of Samuel and Mary Gourdin, Peter Gourdin lived at Buck then Cote Bas Plantation and later settled at Mepkin Plantation with his wife, Constantia Harleston Moultrie Gourdin, […]

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Cranston Family Papers, 1822-1959

The Cranston Family Papers, 1822-1959, collection contains loose papers belonging to Harold Dener Cranston of Capers Island in Charleston County, South Carolina. Correspondence consists of letters (1850) from plantation owner James Vidal in Charleston (S.C.) to H. Cranston at Capers Island. Letters concern shipments of sugar and rice; repairs to boats; planting of corn; Vidal’s […]

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DeBerniere Family Papers, 1790-1930 (bulk 1790-1860)

The DeBerniere Family Papers, 1790-1930 (bulk 1790-1860) contains a letter from 1853 kept by the DeBerniere family.  The DeBerniere family’s presence in American began when John A. DeBerniere, a native of Ireland and a British army officer, immigrated with his family to America in 1799. The family first settled in North Carolina, and later resided […]

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Dirleton Plantation Memorandum Book, 1859-1928 (Bulk 1859-1865)

Dirleton Plantation journal was kept either by or for James Ritchie Sparkman (1815-1897) and possibly by a member of the Upton family. Sparkman served as commissioned surgeon in General W.J. Hardee’s Legion during the Civil War. After the death of his father-in-law, physician Edward Thomas Heriot (1793-1854), Sparkman exchanged Birdfield Plantation for Dirleton Plantation (previously […]

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Drayton Family Papers, 1837-1869

These Papers consist of correspondence, writings, military documents, slave lists, accounts, plats, and other items relating to the Drayton family of Drayton Hall near Charleston, South Carolina. They include the papers of James Shoolbred Drayton (1820-1867) and Dr. John Drayton (1831-1912) and date 1837-1869. Included is a letter about a “slight altercation between Col. Tarleton […]

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Eliza Lucas Pinckney Receipt Book, 1756

Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1723-1793), a colonial South Carolinian, was a remarkable woman who broke gender norms by influencing the colony’s agriculture and business investment plans. She is best remembered for her experiments with indigo and early investment in the indigo market. This receipt book provides fascinating insights into the life of a matriarch on a […]

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Elizabeth W. Allston Pringle Family Papers, 1861-1926

The Elizabeth W. Allston Pringle Family Papers, 1861-1926, collection includes two bound volumes kept by members of the Allston family. The Allston-Pringle Plantation Account book created in 1867 documents the laborers who worked at Allston properties such as White House, Chicora Wood and Greenfield Plantation in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Recorded by Adele Petigru Allston, […]

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Ellinor P. Gadsden Family Papers, 1848-1970

The Ellinor P. Gadsden Family Papers, 1848-1970, contains a small bound volume kept by Ellinor Cordes Porcher (1810-1888) that records the baptisms performed on enslaved people, both alive and deceased, between 1848-1853. These enslaved men, women and children belonged to Major Samuel Porcher (1768-1851) and Dr. Thomas W. Porcher (1807-1889), and baptisms were performed by […]

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Emily Clarkson Ball Grainger Family Papers, 1839-1962 (bulk 1926-1950)

The Emily Clarkson Ball Grainger Family Papers, 1839-1962 (bulk 1926-1950) collection contains two letters sent to William Clarkson in 1839 and 1842.   Alexander Ketsall Ball (1883-1958) was born in Cordesville, S.C. and lived in Virginia and North Carolina. His wife Emily Heyward Clarkson (1889-1968) was the daughter of Emily Barnwell Heyward (1855-1928) and Alexander Garden […]

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Erastus W. Everson Papers, 1861-1893

A scrapbook by Erastus W. Everson (1837-1897) documenting his time spent serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861- 1865); the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands during the American Reconstruction Period (1865-1877); as a librarian at the University of South Carolina and a newspaper editor.

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Flagg Family Papers, 1832-1926

This collection consists of plantation account books, medical journals, medical account books, a time book and letters for Dr. Arthur Belin Flagg and Dr. Joshua John Ward Flagg for plantations in Georgetown County, South Carolina between the years 1792-1926. The medical journals and medical account books had been used to record the medical treatment and […]

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Fraser Family Papers, 1755-1872

The Fraser Family Papers, 1755-1872, collection contains a bound receipt book kept by Beaufort and Charleston, South Carolina planter and merchant Frederick Fraser (1762-1816), the son of Scotland native John Fraser who settled in South Carolina around 1700. The Frederick Fraser Receipt Book, 1793-1816, documents the numerous receipts written by merchants, acquaintances, and family members […]

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Gaillard Family Papers, 1758-1901

The Peter Gaillard Jr. Plantation Journal is a bound volume in the Gaillard Family Papers, 1758-1901, collection. Written by Peter Gaillard Jr., 1783-1843, and other members of the Gaillard family upon his death, the journal records information between 1825-1851 for the Rocks Plantation in what was then Berkeley County, South Carolina but is today, Orangeburg […]

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Gaillard Family Papers, 1795-1850

The Gaillard Family Papers, 1795-1850 Collection contains a bound journal kept by an anonymous member of the Gaillard family. Details within the journal concern shoes made for enslaved people on a Gaillard plantation between 1817-1818. Other entries discuss cattle, milk, coffee, and pecks of corn.

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General Orders of William Moultrie and Benjamin Lincoln, 1779

The General William Moultrie and General Benjamin Lincoln Order Book, 1779 is a bound volume kept by Thomas Hall, captain in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment containing general orders (May 15-Sept. 27) given by General William Moultrie in Charleston or “Charles Town,” South Carolina, and orders (Nov. 6-Dec. 31) given by General Benjamin Lincoln. Orders […]

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George Chicken Journal, 1715-1716

The journal of George Chicken (1685-1727) was written during the Yamasee War and documents a march across South Carolina to various Cherokee settlements as well as treaty negotiations for peace and alliances against the Creek tribes from January 1715 to February 1716. The journal also includes the correspondence of James Alford and Captain James Woodward. […]

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Glover Family Papers, 1729-ca. 1955

The Glover Family Papers, 1729-ca.1955, collection contains one bound volume and loose papers kept by the Glover family. The bound volume titled “General Work and Allowance List, 1840” records the tasks performed by enslaved people at Camp, West Bank, Forlorn Hope and Snug-it-is Plantations in Colleton, Charleston, Berkeley, and Orangeburg Counties in South Carolina. Tasks […]

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Gooch Family Papers, 1754-1947

The Gooch Family Papers, 1754-1947, collection contains loose papers written by or belonging to members of the Gooch family. John Gooch (1780-1840), a plantation owner of Chester District, S.C., was the father of Henry H. Gooch (1811-1883) of Lancaster District, S.C., who married Martha Trusdel Gooch (1812-1892) in 1832. Their son, Henry H. Gooch, Jr. […]

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Good Hope Plantation Journal, 1835-1874 (bulk 1835-1857)

The Good Hope Plantation Journal, 1835-1874 (bulk 1835-1857) collection is comprised of a bound volume and loose papers pertaining to Good Hope Plantation located in St. Matthew’s Parish, South Carolina. The 3,925-acre planation was inherited by Joseph Heatley Dulles from his aunt Anne Heatley Reid Lovell following her death in 1834. The volume (1859-1860) contains […]

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Gourdin Family Collection, 1707-1903

The Theodore L. Gourdin Estate Record, 1826-1829 is part of the Gourdin Family, 1707-1903, collection and is a bound record written by estate executor, Theodore Louis Gourdin. A South Carolina state legislator and plantation owner, Theodore L. Gourdin was the son of Theodore Gourdin (1764-1826) and Elizabeth Gaillard. Establishing himself in St. Stephens and St. […]

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Hasell Family Papers, 1803 – 1884

The Hasell Family Papers 1803-1884, collection includes four account books spanning the years 1813-1856.  These volumes record Dr. George Paddon Bond Hasell (1781-1818) and his son, Dr. Andrew Hasell’s (1803-1866) medical treatments for their patients, consisting of many Georgetown County plantation families and their enslaved men, women, and children. Information includes prescriptions, records of patient […]

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Henry Laurens Papers, 1747-1860

The Henry Laurens Papers, 1747-1860 collection consists of correspondence, Congressional and military records, and other items. Henry Laurens was a Charleston, S.C. merchant, plantation owner, South Carolina state legislator, U.S. Continental Congressman, and U.S. diplomat. In June 1775, Laurens became president of the U.S. Continental Congress and served in that role when the first Articles […]

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Henry Mouzon Plat Book, 1769-1819

This item is a surveyor’s duplicate book of plats attributed to noted surveyor, civil engineer, and map maker Henry Mouzon. Mouzon conducted surveys for the first map drawn to scale of North and South Carolina, which was published in London in 1775. This book includes an index to the names of property owners and the […]

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Horlbeck Brothers Records, 1824-1860

The Horlbeck Brothers Records, 1824-1860, collection contains a daybook, cashbook and ledger associated with the architectural firm H. Horlbeck and Brothers, which includes Henry (1800-1872), Daniel, Edward (1809-1893), and John Horlbeck (1817-1892). Contained in these books are lists of work done for private, commercial, municipal, religious, and institutional clients, noting client’s name and/or street address, […]

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Huger Family Papers, 1795-1897

The Huger Family Papers, 1795-1897, collection contains a record of enslaved persons owned by members of the Huger family. A South Carolina family, Francis Kinloch Huger (1773-1855) was a Charleston and Stateburg physician, U.S. Army officer, and South Carolina state legislator. In 1794, Huger was studying medicine in Vienna, Austria, where he met Dr. Erick […]

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Hutson Lee Papers, 1858-1865

Hutson Lee, 1834-1899, was a Charlestonian and quartermaster in the Confederate army.  Within his manuscript collection are 15 slave auction broadsides advertising sales of slaves in Charleston, South Carolina in 1859 and 1860.  Each broadside contains information about the time and location of the sale, with many advertised as taking place at Ryan’s Mart on […]

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Isaac Hayne Journal: Register, ca. 1764-1781

The Isaac Hayne Journal (1764-1781) is a bound volume compiled by planter, Revolutionary War colonel, and South Carolina legislator Isaac Hayne (1745-1781).  Serving with Patriot forces in the Colleton County regiment, Hayne was captured by the British during the Siege of Charleston in 1780.  Initially given parole and allowed to return to his home, Hayne was later […]

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James N. Cochran Papers, 1838-1887

The James N. Cochran Papers, 1838-1887, collection contains a loose paper belonging to the Cochran family. A South Carolina attorney, James N. Cochran was the son of John Cochran (d. 1855) and practiced in Abbeville, S.C. and later in Cokesbury and Hodges, S.C. He married Celestia Douglass White, widow of Leonard J. White. His sister […]

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James Simons Papers, 1832-1879

The James Simons Papers, 1832-1879, collection contains one bound volume and loose papers pertaining to James Simons (1813-1879). A South Carolina attorney, military leader and legislator, James Simons was the son of James Simons (1761-1815), a Continental Army officer who practiced law in Charleston, South Carolina and was the commander (general) of the 4th Brigade […]

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James W. Miles Papers, ca. 1840-1875

The James W. Miles Papers, ca. 1840-1875, collection contains loose papers belonging to James Warley Miles (1818-1875). A Charleston S.C. Protestant Episcopal minister and educator, Miles studied law with Henry Bailey, attorney general of South Carolina, but left that profession for the ministry. He spent several years as a missionary in Constantinople, and after returning […]

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John McCrady Plat Collection, 1696-1924

This collection primarily consists of over two hundred eighteenth and nineteenth century plats pertaining to properties in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Plats include the parish of St. Thomas & St. Denis, St. Andrew’s Parish, Prince Frederick, St. Stephen’s Parish, St. Luke’s Parish, St. Peter’s Parish, St. John’s Parish, St. Bartholomew’s Parish, St. Paul’s […]

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John P. Berry Papers, 1844-1897

The John P. Berry Papers, 1844-1897, collection contains loose papers belonging to the family of John Parker Berry. A plantation owner of Branchville, S.C. he was the son of John Berry and Ann Berry (d. 1873). His wife was Margaret S. Berry, and his children included Alice Berry, M. Elizabeth Edwards, John Wesley Bowman Berry, […]

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John Ravenel Estate Book, 1862-1870

The John Ravenel Estate Book, 1862-1870, collection contains a bound volume on the inventory and appraisement of the estate of John Ravenel, deceased. A Charleston, South Carolina merchant and businessman, John Ravenel (1793-1862) married Anna Elizabeth Ford in 1818. Together, they had five children: Alfred Ford Ravenel (1822-1893), Francis Gualdo Ravenel (1825-1862), St. Julien Ravenel […]

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Journal of Robert Barnwell Plantations, 1838 – 1859

The Robert Woodward Barnwell Plantations collection contains a plantation book (1838-1859) created by Robert Woodward Barnwell (1801-1882) listing the names of enslaved men, women and children as well as clothing and blankets given to slaves at Cotton Hope, Bull’s Point, Woodward and the Briars Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Loose papers in this collection […]

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Journal of Samuel Wilson, 1854

The Samuel Wilson Diary is found in the Journal of Samuel Wilson, 1854 collection. Initially a Miller’s Planters & Merchants Almanac for the year 1854, Charleston (S.C.) physician Samuel Wilson (1791-1861), the son of Dr. Samuel Wilson (1763-1827) repurposed the almanac as a journal. Information found in the journal includes meteorological and weather observations, family […]

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Joyner Family Papers, 1842-1883

The Joyner Family Papers, 1842-1883, collection contains an estate record kept by or for members of the Joyner family. Members of this family include Belton Joyner, Paul H. Joyner and Robert Joyner and counties associated with them include Lexington County (S.C.) and Richland County (S.C.)  The estate record, 1848-1849, is for Robert Rowan written by […]

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Langdon Cheves Papers, 1777-1864

The Langdon Cheves Papers, 1777-1864, collection contains the personal, business, and legal papers of Langdon Cheves Sr., 1776-1857, a South Carolina attorney, judge, plantation owner, state legislator, U.S. Representative, and president of the Bank of the United States. In the collection are records of the Bank of the United States and other financial records, and […]

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Letter to Harriott Horry, ca. 1780

The Letter to Harriott Horry, ca. 1780, collection contains a letter from Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1723-1793) to her daughter Harriot Horry (1749-1830) discussing family matters and an enslaved woman. Eliza Lucas Pinckney was the daughter of Col. George Lucas of Antigua, was the second wife of South Carolina chief justice Charles Pinckney (ca. 1699-1758). Her […]

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Letters to Alfred Wardlaw, 1857-1862

The letters from Hiram Tilman to his father, Major Alfred Wardlaw, between the years 1857-1862 comprise the Letters to Alfred Wardlaw, 1857-1862 Collection. Sent from Memphis, Tennessee and other various locations to Charleston, South Carolina, these letters primarily concern slaves on the Wardlaw family plantation, the transport of slaves to Memphis, Tennessee and Hiram Tilman’s […]

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Lucas-Porcher Family Papers, 1827-1972

The Lucas-Porcher Family Papers, 1827-1972, collection contains loose papers written by or belonging to the Lucas-Porcher family. Thomas Porcher (1796-1843) of White Hall Plantation (Berkeley County, S.C.) was the father of Thomas Francis Porcher (b. 1827), and Elizabeth Lydia Porcher (1825-1872), who married Charles Baring Lucas (1829-1874), a physician and owner of Wappaoola (or Wappahoola, […]

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Lydia Jane Waring Estate Book, 1840-1847

The Lydia Jane Waring Estate Book, 1840-1847 collection contains a bound volume for the estate of Charleston, South Carolina resident Lydia Jane Ball Waring (1801-1841) who married Francis Malbone Waring (1804-1839). Together, the couple bore three children named John B. Waring, Ann Simons Waring, and Francis Malbone Waring. Lydia Ball Waring’s brother was Keating Simons […]

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Manigault Family Papers, 1685-1971

The Manigault Family Papers, 1685-1971, collection contains a bound volume kept by Charles Izard Manigault, (1795-1874).   The Manigault family was established in South Carolina by Huguenot immigrants, Pierre and Judith Manigault who settled in the French Santee area of South Carolina. The couple gave birth to a son, Gabriel Manigault (1704-1781), who became the wealthiest […]

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Mary Lamboll Thomas Beach Papers, 1822-1890

The Mary Lamboll Thomas Beach papers, 1822-1890 (bulk 1822-1823), collection consists of sixteen letters written by Mary Beach (1770-1851), a member of the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina and wife of New Jersey native Samuel Beach (1761-1793). Sent to her sister Elizabeth Lamboll Thomas Gilchrist (1771-1852) of Philadelphia, (Pa.), the letters concern religious […]

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Mathurin Guerin Gibbs Plantation Register, 1824-1874

This is the plantation register by Mathurin Guerin Gibbs (1788-1849) for Rice Hope Plantation and Jericho Plantation. The plantation register primarily documents the cultivation and harvesting of staple crops such as corn, cotton, rice and potatoes, livestock, and building fences. Gibbs also writes about the use and management of enslaved labor and the movement of […]

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McLeod Family Papers, 1873-1990

Selections from the McLeod Family Papers include photographs and a “Crop Memoranda” book for McLeod Plantation on James Island in South Carolina. The visual images are comprised of various structures located on the property as well as the residents of McLeod Plantation. The “Crop Memoranda” book lists names and accounts of workers (1910-1921), notes on crops (1926-1944), […]

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Middleton Family Papers, 1736-1929

The Weehaw Plantation Journal, 1855-1861, is a journal kept by Henry A. Middleton, Jr. (1829-1861). The son of Henry Augustus Middleton (1793-1887) and Harriot Kinloch (1801-1878), South Carolina planter Henry Middleton, Jr. joined Wade Hampton’s South Carolina Legion and was fatally wounded at the Battle of First Manassas in July of 1861. Numerous pages in […]

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Mulberry Plantation Journals, 1853-1908 (bulk 1853-1889)

The Mulberry Plantation Journals, 1853-1908 (bulk 1853-1889) collection is comprised of four bound journals containing records of Mulberry Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina kept by plantation owners John B. Milliken, Thomas Milliken and overseers C.A. Ward and R. Meynardie. Volume One kept by Thomas Milliken between 1853-1858, reports activities on the rice plantation such […]

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Pinckney Family Papers, 1708-1878

The Pinckney Family Papers, 1703-1847, collection consists of two bound volumes kept by members or for members of the Pinckney family. Several members of the Pinckney family have been distinguished for service to South Carolina and the United States. Eliza Lucas Pinckney helped make indigo a major cash crop; she was the mother of two […]

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Pinckney-Means Family Papers, 1701-1983

The Pinckney-Means Family Papers, 1701-1983, collection contains a loose paper belonging to members of the South Carolina Pinckney-Means family. Family members include Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), Mary Stead Pinckney (ca. 1751-1812), Thomas Pinckney (1750-1828), Edward Barnwell Means (1821-1898), and Mary Barnwell Pinckney Means (1857-1939). Pinckney-Means family plantations consist of Shifnal Plantation (Colleton County, S.C.), Toppin […]

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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. […]

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Porcher Family History

This family history was created by Laura Heyward Porcher White for John Porcher Bryan and contains biographical information, anecdotes, and reminiscences concerning Porcher family members who lived on various plantations properties in Berkeley County (S.C.), namely, Ophir, Goshen, Comingtee, and Mulberry. The family history also includes a description of Ophir Plantation, and it is illustrated […]

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Porcher Family Papers, 1740-1967 (bulk 19th century)

The Porcher Family Papers, 1740-1968 (bulk 19th century), collection contains a bound prescription book kept by Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher (1824-1895) between 1856-1859. A Berkeley County and Charleston County family with descendants from France, Dr. Francis Porcher was the son of William Porcher (1800-1833) and Isabella Sarah Peyre Porcher (1803-1890). The prescription book states the […]

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Pringle-Garden Family Papers, 1701-1882

The Pringle-Garden Family Papers, 1701-1882, collection contains loose papers written by or belonging to the Pringle-Garden family. When Robert Pringle (1755-1811) married his second wife, Amelia Ann Garden (1770-1801), the lives and property of these South Carolina Lowcountry families became intertwined. Robert Pringle, a physician and later a merchant, was the son of Robert Pringle […]

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Ragsdale Family Papers, 1844-ca.1920

The Ragsdale Family Papers, 1844-ca.1920, collection consists of loose papers for the family of  plantation owner Burr Ragsdale (d.1859). Living in Chester District, South Carolina, Burr Ragsdale married Elizabeth S. Ragsdale (her maiden name was possibly Wall). Their son B.A. Ragsdale was also a planter, and his wife’s name was Jamie. Loose papers include a […]

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Ravenel Family Papers, 1695-1925

The Ravenel Family Papers, 1695-1925, collection contains financial, estate, enslaved persons, and property records for the Ravenel family. Miss Emily Guerard Ravenel and Mrs. Mary Ravenel Gignilliat inherited these papers from their father, Thomas Porcher Ravenel (1850-1936), and donated them to the South Carolina Historical Society through Henry R. Dwight.  A Berkeley County, S.C. family, […]

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Records of the Church of the Holy Cross, 1788-1942

The Records of the Church of the Holy Cross, 1788-1942, collection contains a bound volume and loose papers associated to what was then known as the Claremont Church in Stateburg, South Carolina. Established in 1788, the church was renamed the Church of the Holy Cross in 1849 when construction began on a new church building. […]

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Richmond Plantation Journal, 1859-1860

The Richmond Plantation Journal, 1859-1860 collection is comprised of a bound volume kept by Richmond Plantation overseer Anthony Weston between 1859-1860. Weston moved to the plantation on January 13th, 1859 under the supervision of the plantation’s owner Dr. Benjamin Huger. Weston began recording activities on the rice plantation related to rice cultivation, vegetable farming and […]

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Robert Heriot Correspondence, 1781

The Robert Heriot Correspondence, 1781, collection consists of letters during the American Revolution between Robert Heriot (1739-1792) and his wife Mary Ouldfield Heriot. Robert Heriot immigrated to South Carolina in 1759 and settled in Georgetown, where he became a merchant and plantation owner. He married Mary Ouldfield, daughter of John Ouldfield and Anne LaRoche. Robert […]

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Rose Hill Plantation Time Books, 1878

This collection consists of three time books for Rose Hill Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The books were kept in the year 1878 by or for a member of the Heyward family. The time books document the names of enslaved men and women working on the plantation and their jobs working with rice, carpentry […]

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Rose P. Ravenel Family Papers, 1857-ca. 1920

The Rose P. Ravenel Family Papers, 1857-ca. 1920 Collection contains a notebook (ca. 1920) containing reminiscences by Rose P. Ravenel, the daughter of William Ravenel and Eliza Butler Pringle Ravenel. Rose Ravenel writes about her girlhood, her relationship with her “mammy” and her French nurse. She describes life at Farmfield Plantation during the Civil War, […]

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Roslin Plantation Journal, 1807-1814

This journal, found in the Perry family papers, contains lists of enslaved persons, cotton and rice accounts, and a planting diary for 1813 and 1814 from Roslin Plantation in St. Paul’s Parish.

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Sandy Island Plantation Journals/Almanacs, 1792-1798

These three almanacs, from 1792, 1797, and 1798, contain interleaved pages with handwritten plantation journal entries kept by Allard Belin for his plantation on Sandy Island near Georgetown, South Carolina. The journal entries pertain to rice planting and harvesting, maintaining the property, problems with an overseer as well as a list of the names of enslaved persons who […]

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Slave Records in the Discrete Manuscript Collection

The selected manuscripts date from as early as 1774 and contain evidence of the lives and experiences of enslaved persons in South Carolina. The items include bills of sale, plantation ledger lists, land plats, court records, family papers, correspondences, labor contracts, last will and testaments and estate records. These manuscripts have proven essential in genealogical […]

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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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South Carolina Historical Society Oral Histories

Interviews with Charlestonians of various backgrounds, recorded in the 1970s and 1980s. The subjects talk about growing up in Charleston and cover such topics as preservation, race relations, the Exposition of 1901, and Charleston’s involvement in World War I and World War II.

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South Carolinians at Work

The South Carolina Historical Society’s South Carolinians at Work collection is comprised of correspondence and other records, constitutions, and by-laws of organizations in Charleston, South Carolina. The organizations include Charleston Iron Works, American Federation of Musicians Local 502, Mechanics’ Union No. 1, Charleston Fire Department, and the Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers International Union of America. […]

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Springfield Plantation Journal, 1831 – 1864

The Springfield Plantation journal collection contains a bound plantation journal and loose papers pertaining to Springfield Plantation owned by Francis Withers (1769-1847) and later by Joshua John Ward (1800-1853) in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The journal (1831-1864) contains the names of enslaved men, women and children on Springfield Plantation as well as births, information on […]

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Stoney Family Papers, 1775-1949

The Stoney Family Papers, 1775-1949, collection contains two bound volumes kept by members of the Stoney Family at Medway Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The Stoney family is comprised of Samuel Gaillard Stoney (1853-1926), a Charleston, S.C. businessman and plantation owner who married Louisa Cheves Smythe (1868-1939), daughter of South Carolina state Senator Augustine […]

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The Allston Family Papers, 1730-1901

The Allston Family Papers, 1730-1901 collection contains numerous bound volumes and hundreds of loose papers kept by members of the Allston family between 1744-1865.  One of the most prominent members of the Allston family is Robert Francis Withers Allston (1801-1864), a plantation owner and 67th Governor of South Carolina. He married Adele Petigru, and their […]

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The Samuel Badger Papers, 1767-1773

The Samuel Badger Papers, 1767-1773 collection is comprised of loose papers and letters between members of the Badger family discussing personal, family and religious matters. These correspondences sent between Charleston (S.C.) and Boston (Mass) are written by Charleston tailor Samuel Badger, his wife Abigail Jarvis Badger, his sister Elizabeth Jarvis, mother Katherine Badger and brother-in-law […]

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The Vanderhorst Family Papers, 1689-1942

The Vanderhorst Family Papers, 1689-1942 collection contains two bound journals kept by members of the Vanderhorst family. As residents of Charleston, Christ Church Parish and Kiawah Island, South Carolina, these journals consist of estate records for Kiawah Plantation. The Kiawah Plantation Book, 1854-1861 records the names of the enslaved men, women, and children on the […]

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Voices of the Santee Delta Oral History Collection

The Voices of the Santee Delta project’s primary purpose will be to record an oral history of this significant biological and historic area. The Santee Delta was once the location of an important branch of the Rice Kingdom, and a slave labor force whose descendants have provided a lasting Gullah culture. The voices are diverse, […]

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William Henry Johnson Scrapbook

This scrapbook by William Henry Johnson is part of a collection 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 […]

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Woodward Manning Papers, 1771-1906

The Woodward Manning Papers, 1771-1906, collection contains loose papers belonging to planter, store owner, and hotelkeeper Woodward Manning (1808-1881). Papers consist of an agreement to hire an enslaved woman and her child, a deed of gift for a plantation and correspondence between Manning and family members in Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. Topics discussed include yellow […]