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H. Philip Staats collection

Identifier: COD0000065-ACC 2013-0006

Films of H. Philip Staats, of Charleston, known for filming Bachman’s warbler (now presumed extinct) and for his trips to Africa.


  • Approximately 1930s-1950s



Materials are available upon request. For more information, contact curator Amy Ciesielski at

Copyright and Use

Copyright University of South Carolina. All rights reserved.


3,164 feet of film

Biographical Note

Henry Philip Staats, son of Robert Parker Staats, was born in New York City on October 29, 1900. He was educated as an architect at Yale University, and wrote the book Californian Architecture in Santa Barbara in 1929. He married Juliette Wiles Staats (1906-1992), and had one daughter, Gay Staats Huffman (1928-2014). The family moved from Connecticut to Charleston, SC in 1941 and purchased the Thomas Rose House. Staats was also involved in the founding of the Historic Charleston Foundation.

In 1954, Staats published African Journal following his travels to Africa. He died on August 23, 1971.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Cathy Forrester, granddaughter of the filmmaker, in 2013.



Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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