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Lowcountry Digital Library at ALA 2013!

The Lowcountry Digital Library went to the 2013 American Library Association annual conference in Chicago!   The College of Charleston Addlestone Library's Heather Gilbert and Tyler Mobley presented as part of a panel called "Breaking Up with CONTENTdm".  Their presentation was all about leaving CONTENTdm and building the new LCDL.  In case you missed it, […]


We have now completed the final of the expense books. Although this book wasn’t as interesting as some of the others, it was certainly the biggest. Hmm…both expense books were large, this leads us to wonder of the magnitude of business back in the day and the amount of economic activity that was taking place. […]

Newton Plantation Expense Book 1843 – 1867 and Slave List 1828

NEWTON PLANTATION EXPENSE BOOK 1842- 1867   This is an overall general journal for accounts held between Newton plantation and other plantations, individuals and companies.  This book was one of the bigger ones and a bit more fragile.  Due to its size, it was a bit challenging to get a high quality picture.  One had […]

Newton Plantation Expense Book 1842-1867

Working with this book is proving to be somewhat of a challenge. The book has clearly not withstood the test of time as good as some of the others have. The leaves are torn, very tattered, brittle and falling apart. Thus making it very hard to scan since you want quality scans, while preserving the […]


Interesting…and some new names! So, a few of the plantation workers were caught stealing, hmmm big deal on one part but on the other one wonders why they were stealing. Some stole potatoes and few stole cane.  Were they stealing for food or to make a few extra dollars on the side?     Bravery King […]


NEWTON PLANTATION DAY BOOK 1865 & NEWTON RENT BOOK 1862   After a bout of sickness with dengue fever I’m happy to be back here gaining details  and bits and pieces into the lives of the Newton Plantation owners and their daily recordings of what’s happening on the plantation. This leaves us to wonder how […]

Newton Day Book 1872

  “Brandy, Whiteface, Blossom…” the plantation owner must love his cattle. He has spent the time to name all of his cattle as opposed to his horses, sheep and mules  for which he only takes into account increases or decreases.  His list of cattle is extensively detailed. “They must have been producing some really good […]

Newton Day Book 1864 and 1870

  It’s amazing to see the accountancy skills of the managers or owners of this plantation back in the day. They left no stone (or on this case, no cent) unaccounted for. It still blows my mind the meticulous way in which they documented every single transaction.  They even made extra notes, which may be […]

Inventory Book 1866

Today August 24th, 2012 we completed the final check through of the inventory book, which proved to be hilarious. It took so long because we were checking and re-checking and re-checking as we thought that a mistake was made somewhere along the way as the number of tiffs was one more that what we had […]

Money Renters and Stock Keepers 1862

Upon starting much care had to be given to this book in particular as its pages were very brittle, torn and falling apart.  On many occasions two persons had to be on hand to turn pages and also to help in deciphering the writing. After analyzing the document Harriet and I realized that this was […]