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Charleston History Sources
"Middleton Gardens, Charleston, SC"
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. All other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Manuscript and Archival Materials
  • The Oliver Hart Collection: contains photocopies of diaries, correspondences, and engagement lists from Hart's time as pastor of the Charleston Baptist Church, 1750-1780; as well as original diaries from 1754 and correspondence with Richard Furman from 1784-1794.
  • The Richard Furman Collection: contains correspondence, sermons, addresses, and written works by Richard Furman, as well as biographical information and artifacts. The namesake of Furman University, Richard Furman succeeded Oliver Hart as pastor of Charleston Baptist Church from 1787-1825.
  • The James C. Furman Collection: contains correspondence, sermons, addresses, and written works of James C. Furman, as well as biographical information and journals. Furman's early life was spent in Charleston; materials related to the city generally date from prior to the relocation of Furman University to Greenville in 1850.
  • The Davis Family Correspondence: contains correspondence from various Davis family members living in Charleston between 1832 and 1908.
  • The Basil Manly, Sr. Collection: the bulk of the collection consists of sermons preached at the two prominent Charleston Baptist churches--the First Baptist Church of Charleston and Wentworth Street Baptist Church--of which Manly served as pastor between 1829 and 1865. Manly’s papers also contain personal correspondence, essays, a military pass dated 1864, and a pardon by President Andrew Jackson.
  • Postcard Collections, contains early-to-mid 20th century postcards depicting various locations in Charleston.
II. Books and Published
18th Century
  • Charleston Baptist Association annual session, bound annual reports, 1775-1939
  • The constitutional rules of the Religious Society: revised and finally ratified the third day of May one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight, 1768
  • A sermon, containing a brief illustration and defence of the doctrine commonly called Calvinistic: preached before the Charleston Association of Baptist Churches, Henry Holcomb, V.D.M., pastor of the Baptist Church at Enhaw, 1793
  • An oration: delivered at the Charleston orphan-house before the intendant and wardens of the city, the board of commissioners, and a large assemblage of the benefactors to the institution, October the 18th, 1796, Richard Furman, 1796
19th Century
  • Constitution of the Female Benevolent Society of Society Hill, 1818
  • Two discourses on the occasion of the great fire in Charleston: on Friday night, April 27th, 1838, delivered in the Second Presbyterian Church on Sabbath, May 6, 1838, Rev. Thomas Smyth, 1838
  • The theatre, a school of religion, manners and morals: two discourses, delivered on the opening of the new theatre in Charleston, Rev. Thomas Smyth, 1838
  • The Charleston book: a miscellany in prose and verse, William Gilmore Simms, 1845
  • Census of the city of Charleston, South Carolina, for the year 1848, exhibiting the condition and prospects of the city, illustrated by many statistical details, prepared under the authority of the City council, J. L. Dawson, M. D., and H. W. De Saussure, M. D, 1849
  • Annual oration delivered before the Chrestomathic Society of the College of Charleston, February 22, 1850, James Worley Miles, 1850
  • Reminiscences of Charleston, Charles Fraser, 1854
  • List of the tax payers of the city of Charleston, for 1859, 1860
  • Official proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, held in 1860, at Charleston and Baltimore: proceedings at Charleston, April 23-May 3, prepared and published under the direction of John G. Parkhurst, 1860
  • Record of inscriptions in the cemetery and building of the Unitarian, formerly denominated the Independent Church, Archdale Street, Charleston, S. C., from 1777-1860, arranged by Caroline Gilman, 1860
  • The battle of Fort Sumter and first victory of the Southern troops, April 13th, 1861. Full accounts of the bombardment, with sketches of the scenes, incidents, etc. Comp. chiefly from the detailed reports of the Charleston press. Pub. by request, Steam-power Presses of Evans & Cogswell, 1861
  • Two months in the Confederate States: an Englishman's travels through the South, W.C. Corsan; edited with an introduction by Benjamin H. Trask, originally published in 1863, 1996
  • Engineer and artillery operations against the defences of Charleston Harbor in 1863: comprising the descent upon Morris Island, the demolition of Fort Sumter, the reduction of Forts Wagner and Gregg; with observations on heavy ordnance, fortifications, etc., Q.A. Gillmore, 1865
  • Reminiscences of Charleston, J.N. Cardozo, 1866
  • Supplementary report to Engineer and artillery operations against the defences of Charleston harbor in 1863, Q.A. Gillmore, 1868
  • Guide to Charleston illustrated: being a sketch of the history of Charleston, S.C. with some account of its present condition, with numerous engravings, compiled by Arthur Mazyck, 1875
  • The August cyclone. A descriptive narrative of the memorable storm of 1885. Some mention of the destruction of property in and around Charleston--The character of the disturbance explained, and its progress traced from its origin in the West Indies to its disappearance in the North Atlantic ocean, by Carl McKinley, esq. Together with a brief account of the tornado of 1761. (Reprinted from the city year book, 1885), Carlyle McKinley, 1886
20th Century
  • Twenty drawings of the Pringle house, on King street, Charleston, S. C., Alice R. Huger Smith, 1914
  • The Florence Crittenton home and training school of South Carolina, 1916
  • Death notices in the South-Carolina gazette, 1731-1775, comp. and ed. by A.S. Salley, Jr., 1917
  • History of the New England society of Charleston, South Carolina, for one hundred years, 1819-1919, William Way, 1920
  • The Charleston stage in the XVIII century, with social settings of the time, Eola Willis, 1924
  • The Carolina low-country, Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, 1931
  • Old Charleston, twenty-four woodcuts by Charles W. Smith; with an introduction by Herbert Ravenel Sass, 1933
  • A history of the College of Charleston, founded 1770, J. H. Easterby, 1935
  • Charleston; azaleas and old bricks, photographs by Bayard Wootten, text by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, 1937
  • Prints and impressions of Charleston, Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, 1939
  • Weather observers and observations at Charleston, South Carolina, 1670-1871, by Robert Croom Aldredge, 1940
  • A Charleston sketchbook, 1796-1806; forty watercolor drawings of the city and the surrounding country, including plantations and parish churches, Charles Fraser, with an introduction and notes by Alice R. Huger Smith, 1940
  • The early ironwork of Charleston, Alston Deas; illustrated by Richard J. Bryan; introduction by Albert Simons, F.A.I.A, 1941
  • Family Album: the Moods of Charleston and Related Families, Thomas McAlpin Stubbs, 1943
  • Charleston gardens, Loutrel W. Briggs; photograpphs by R. Adamson Brown and others, 1951
  • St. Michael's, Charleston, 1751-1951, George W. Williams, 1951
  • Piazza tales: a Charleston memory, Rose Pringle Ravenel; edited by Anthony Harrigan, 1952
  • The South Carolina gazette, 1732-1775, Hennig Cohen, 1953
  • A Charleston Sketchbook, 1796-1806; forty watercolor drawings of the city and the surrounding country, including plantations and parish churches, Charles Fraser, with an introd. and notes by Alice R. Huger Smith, 1959
  • Quaint old Charleston: America's most historic city, ca. 1965
  • Across the cobblestones, compiled and published by the Junior League of Charleston, inc., 1965
  • The early architecture of Charleston, ed. Albert Simons and Samuel Lapham, Jr. With an introd. by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, 1970
  • The siege of Charleston, 1861-1865, E. Milby Burton, 1970
  • Charleston furniture, 1700-1825, E. Milby Burton, 1970
  • Register of St. Philip's Church, Charleston, South Carolina, 1810-1822, ed. Elise Pinckney, 1973
  • An account of the history of stranger's fever in Charleston, 1699-1876, M. Foster Farley, 1978
  • Church music in Charleston, South Carolina before 1860, Lanny R. McManus, 1989
  • Black Charlestonians: a social history, 1822-1885, Bernard E. Powers, Jr, 1994
  • The doctor to the dead: grotesque legends and folk tales of Old Charleston, by John Bennett, 1995
21st Century
  • My losing season, Pat Conroy, 2002
  • The hand of God in building a Christian university: Charleston Southern University from its beginning until 1983, John Asa Hamrick, 2003
  • James Hamilton of South Carolina, Robert Tinkler, 2004
  • City of heroes: the great Charleston earthquake of 1886, Richard N. Côté, 2007
  • History of the First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina, 1682-2000, Robert A. Baker & Paul J. Craven, Jr.; with an update by R. Marshall Blalock, 2007
  • Vital rails: the Charleston & Savannah Railroad and the Civil War in coastal South Carolina, H. David Stone, Jr., 2008
III. Maps
  • The town and harbour of Charles Town in South Carolina, Emanuel Bowen, 1752
  • A map of the province of South Carolina with all the rivers, creeks, bays, inletts, islands, inland navigation, soundings, time of high water on the sea coast, roads, marshes, ferrys, bridges, swamps, parishes, churches, towns, townships, county, parish, district, and provincial lines, James Cook, 1793
  • Map of the defences of Charleston City and harbor: showing also the works erected by the U.S. forces in 1863 and 1864, to accompany the report of Major Genl. Q.A. Gillmore, U.S. Vols, ca. 1860s
  • Gray's atlas map of Georgia, (plan of Charleston and Fort Sumter on verso), Ormando Willis Gray, 1874
  • J.H. Colton's Topographical map of North and South Carolina, a large portion of Georgia & part of adjoining states, J.H. Colton (1800-1893), facsimile printed in 1966
IV. Online Resources at Furman
V. Web Sites