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Phelps sisters collection

Identifier: COD0000021-ACC 1992-0001

Gifted to the University in 1992 by Stephanie Wilds, this collection comprises approximately five hours of material (1,900 feet of b&w 35mm film, 17,300 feet of b&w 16mm film, and 50' of color 16mm film). Their movies document their active social lives, both at home and abroad.


  • 1920-1940



This collection has been processed. Portions may be viewed online; the remainder may be accessed upon request.

For more information contact curator Lydia Pappas at

Copyright and Use

Copyright University of South Carolina. All rights reserved.


19,200 feet of film

Biographical Note

Claudia Lea Phelps (1894-1984) and her sister Eleanor Sheffield Phelps Wilds (1895-1967) were fixtures of Aiken, SC society. Claudia Lea was a sportswoman, gardener, and noted breeder of West Highland terriers. Eleanor was deeply involved in philanthropy and local politics. Both sisters were avid travelers--they literally circled the globe together in the early 1920s.

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC). 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Stephanie Wilds (granddaughter of Eleanor Phelps Wilds) in 1992.

Ms. Wilds provides more information about her family materials and her decision to donate the films on the MIRC blog.

Digital Collections

"Eleanor Phelps' Cruise Around the World," a digital collection of travel journals and photography, is available through USC Digital Collections:



Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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