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: Among the Avery Research Center's recent acquisitions are a research collection on Charleston's DeReef Park and a book of poetry from the early twentieth century. The research materials of activist and librarian Mary S. Miller concern DeReef Court and DeReef Park in the Cannonborough and Elliottborough neighborhoods of Charleston. Collected as part of an effort to save the Morris Street property from real-estate development, they include newspaper clippings, correspondence, city council minutes, DeReef family history, and documents from the city planning commission. DeReef Court and DeReef Park were considered the "heart and soul" of Charleston's black community from the 182Os to the 1960s. This area was named after Joseph DeReef, a free man of color who owned properties on DeReef Court in the 186Os, and his brother Richard E. DeReef. The DeReef brothers were prominent businessmen and founding members of the Brown Fellowship Society, a benevolent organization made up of free African American and racially mixed men. In 1868 Richard DeReef was appointed to Charleston City Council. Miller's research materials document an ongoing grass-roots campaign to preserve the park as open space and a memorial for not only the DeReef family, but also the black persons of prominence who lived in the vicinity.

Published in 1904, Lyrics of Love is a collection of religious and secular poems by the Reverend Charles Roundtree Dinkins of Columbia. A leader in the local African American community, Dinkins used poetry as a medium to present his thoughts and emotions to blacks as well as whites. His poetry criticized racism, espoused themes of self -discipline, and expressed his hopes of being identified as both a black man and an American citizen with political and social rights. The book was donated by Dr. Bernard Unti in memory of his parents, Oreste and Margrit Unti, both of whom, he shared, were "strong supporters of justice and equality for all."


Now 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: Manigault family papers, 1745-1989

SCHS Call Number: 436.01.01

Description: 6 linear ft.

Summary: Collections within the Manigault family papers cataloged separately include the papers of Arthur Middleton Manigault (1824-1886), Arthur Middleton Manigault Jr. (1851-1924), Charlotte Drayton Manigault (1781-1855), Edward Manigault (1817-1874), Gabriel Manigault (18091888), Gabriel E. Manigault (1833-1899), Joseph Manigault (1763-1843), and the related Taylor family. Papers of Charles Drayton Manigault (1805-1838) consist of slave and estate records. Papers of Edward Manigault (1848-1915) contain a naturalization certificate issued inCanadainl 894 . Papers of Henry Middleton Manigault include a prescription (1 871 ) for the cure of asthma and letters to his niece Julia. There also is a commonplace book, mostly copied poetry, of Harriet Kinloch Smith (Mrs. Arthur M. Manigault Jr.). The earliest item in the collection is a letter (1745) to Gabriel Manigault (1 704-1781) from business associates in Rhode Island.

Miscellaneous correspondence includes a letter (1837) to Dr. Philip Porcher Mazyck from his daughter Eliza and [father?] William Mazyck about family and social matters along with rice planting; a letter (1862) to Julia Manigault from her cousin Lewis R. Gibbes; and a letter (circa 1915?) to Mrs. [Edward] Manigault from Mrs. J. Gregg Maxcy about Edward Manigault (1848-1915?). …

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