South Carolina Historical Society Digitizes Historical Assets

John McCrady Pawleys Island plat

The South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is excited to announce that more than two hundred plats from the John McCrady Plat Collection (1696–1924) are now available for viewing on the Lowcountry Digital Library – an online resource containing historic assets about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina.

The John McCrady Plat Collection consists largely of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plats pertaining to properties in the Lowcountry. These materials include: the early parishes of St. Thomas & St. Denis, St. Andrews, Prince Frederick, St. Stephens, St. Luke, St. Peters, St. Johns, St. Bartholomew, St. Paul, St. George Dorchester, St. James Goose Creek, and Prince William Parish.

Since 2018, the SCHS has worked diligently to add numerous resources from the society’s collections to the Lowcountry Digital Library, drawing from funding in the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

The archival team chose to digitize items of high research value as well as materials that would not be accessible to researchers when on display in the new museum.

Items included are: • Visual materials from the Agricultural Society of South Carolina records • Visual materials from the Pinehurst Tea records • Scrapbook of Erastus Everson, (1861-1893) • Journal of Julia A. Huger Bacot • Langdon Cheves III Hunting Notes & Art • Receipt books of Mary Motte Alston Pringle, Anna M.S. Wells, Mrs. William Timmons • 4th South Carolina Regiment Order Book (1775-1778)

John McCrady Pee Dee River plat

Additionally, the SCHS is currently partnering with The Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University to digitize materials in the SCHS’ collection that document the history and culture of the Gullah Geechee people for the upcoming Gullah Geechee Digital Project. These materials, such as the Robert F.W. Allston papers and Sandy Island plantation journals, are expected to be added to the Lowcountry Digital Library throughout 2019 and 2020.

To view these assets in the Lowcountry Digital Library, visit lcdl.library.cofc.edu and enter the collection name or title in the search box. Contact the archives staff with any questions or issues at this address: [email protected]

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