Academic journal article South Carolina Historical Magazine

Archives and Libraries Update

Academic journal article South Carolina Historical Magazine

Archives and Libraries Update

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Recent Acquisitions: The Manuscripts Division of the SCL has been making steady progress in processing substantive additions to two of its collections and two collections that were recently received . An addition to the Hampton family papers is significant in that it includes correspondence and documents of family members who have been less well represented in previous accessions. The planting activities of Wade Hampton II's second son, Christopher FitzSimons Hampton, in South Carolina and Mississippi are now documented. The collection also includes correspondence of the children of Frank Hampton (1829-1863) and Sarah Strong ("Sally") Baxter (18331862). An addition of 2.5 linear feet to the papers of the Hammond, Bryan, and Cumming families includes correspondence and literary compositions of Richard Henry Wilde (1789-1847) addressed to Julia Bryan Cumming (18031879); antebellum correspondence of members of all of the families; and post1865 correspondence that focuses on family members and news.

An extensive collection of genealogical records and correspondence represents the work of Virginia Brockington Gourdin. An avid genealogist who taught school and served in the state legislature, Gourdin primarily researched Huguenot immigrants to South Carolina. Surnames represented among her files are Gourdin, Gaillard, Couturier, and countless allied families.

James Henry Hammond (1885-1970) was a lawyer, farmer, state representative and senator, historic preservationist, pioneer in the savings and loan industry, and chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Authority. When fully processed, the thirty-plus record storage boxes in this collection will document Hammond's careers in business and politics as well as his advocacy for preservation of the state's history and material culture.


Noiv Available for Research: The following manuscript collections are now available for research by SCHS patrons. The SCHS welcomes gifts of manuscript collections and publications relating to South Carolina. Such gifts can be designated charitable contributions and are eligible for income-tax deductions. Descriptions of all of the SCHS's manuscripts can be viewed online at

Title: George A. Trenholm legal papers, 1857-1879

SCHS Call Number: 0431.02 (T) 10

Description: 1 linear ft.

Summary: Forming part of the Simons & Simons case records, this collection of legal documents and correspondence pertains to the legal and financial affairs of George A. Trenholm. One group of documents (1867-1875) relates to lawsuits brought against Fraser, Trenhom & Company and John Fraser & Company by the U.S. government for involvement in blockade running during the Civil War. There also are case records pertaining to other lawsuits involving these companies or George A. Trenholm or his estate, including /. L. Phipps & Company, et al. v. Theodore D. Wagner, William L. Trenholm, executors, et al.; William A. Beali (of Georgia) v. Charles T. Lowndes and James Robb; George A. Trenholm v. John B. Darby et al; E. L. Wells v. W. L. Trenholm; and H. P. Green (bankrupt) and John S. Green v. George A. Trenholmetal.

Another group of documents consists of property records (1857-1873) reflecting George A. Trenholm's real-estate transactions. These include title abstracts, plats, conveyances, and other records related to property in Charleston, Corn Hill Plantation on the Ashley River, Schieveling Plantation in Saint Andrew's Parish, Sycamore Plantation in Saint Bartholomew's Parish, Cedar Hill Plantation in Saint James Santee Parish, and land in Flat Rock, N.C., including a farm called "Solitude. " Papers concerning Cedar Hill Plantation reference the Tidyman and Sommers families and contain a copy of the will of Humphry Sommers and letters (1860s) from Hester T. Drayton in Sumter. …

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