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David Bancroft Johnson Photographs

 Series — Folder: 10929
Identifier: SCL-VM-10929

Of note among the family photographs are Johnson at different ages and the formal portrait of Mai Rutledge Smith Johnson (Mrs. David Bancroft) in wedding gown and veil. Also of note is a carte-de-visite of Mary A. Gibbs Smith (Mrs. William Ladson Smith), mother of Mai Johnson. Photographs of other family and friends include Burgh Smith Johnson, Louise Palmer Taylor, Margaret Melona Tillman, Charles S. Taylor, Cleveland Abbe Jr., John Thomas Stone, Margaret Nance Hall, Gladys Smith, Wiley Pierce Wright, and Thomas M. Dykus.

Although most of the photographs of Winthrop College are of unidentified people, there is the laundry building and Johnson with home demonstration agents on steps, 1921. Johnson's association with the Y.M.C.A. is evident in photograph of members of state YMCA convention, Greenville, S.C., 1903. There is also a photograph of Fork Hill School in Lancaster County, South Carolia, 1902.

Photographers represented in the collection: Lyles Studio, W.A. Reckling, Sargent Studio, Rawls Bros., Lindler, Columbia, S.C.; J.H. Anderson, Cook, Clarkes Studio, W.B. Austin, and Leidloffs Studio, Charleston, S.C.; Webbs Studio, Florence, S.C.; Thackston's Studio, Rock Hill, S.C.; Wheeler & Son, Greenville, S.C.; Underwood and Underwood, White Studio, and International Newsreel, N.Y.; Hartsook Photo, San Francisco; and Stoner, Charlotte Engraving Company, Charlotte, N.C.; E. Chickering Co., Boston; Cummings, Baltimore; Thuss Studios, Nashville; Fox Company, San Antonio, Texas; Harris Photographers, Little Rock, Ark.; Cayce, Bowling Green, Ky.; Walden, Evansville, Ind.; Fredericks & Co. and GGG Photo Studio, N.Y.; Vail Bros. Photo, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and James A. Vanderzee.


  • 1864 - 1960

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Biographical / Historical

Photographs related to David Bancroft Johnson, his family and friends, and Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, 1864-1950's. Johnson founded Winthrop Training School for Women in Columbia, South Carolina, which became Winthrop College, and served as its first President for 42 years.


Chronology for David Bancroft Johnson and Winthrop University

1856 - David Bancroft Johnson born in La Grange, Tennessee.

1883 - DBJ appointed Superintendent of Schools in Columbia, South Carolina.

1884 - President of South Carolina Teachers Association, served to 1888.

1886 - DBJ secured funding from Peabody Fund to establish a school in Columbia to train women to teach in public schools and named Winthrop Training School for Teachers after the Fund's Chair Robert C. Winthorp.

1889 - DBJ founded South Carolina Association of School Superintendents.

1891 - South Carolina General Assembly established South Carolina Industrial and Winthrop Normal College with a two year curriculum and named DBJ as President.

1893 - name changed to Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina and Rock Hill, South Carolina chosen as school's new home.

1864 - cornerstone laid in Main Building.

1895 - classes began with a four-year curriculum. North Dormitory built.

1901 - DBJ inducted into Phi Kappa Phi.

1902 - DBJ marries Mai Rutledge Smith.

1903 - David Bancroft Johnson, Jr. born.

1905 - Carnegie Library built, now Rutledge Building.

1905 - DBJ received honorary doctorate from South Carolina College.

1908 - Burgh Johnson born.

1909 - Bancroft Hall built.

1910 - DBJ elected president of Southern Education Association and of Normal School division of National Education Association.

1912 - Winthrop Training School built, now Withers.

1913 - Tillman Science Building built.

1915 - DBJ elected president of National Education Association.

1916 - Peabody Gymnasium built.

1920 - DBJ elected member of Internationl Committee of Y.M.C.A.

1920 - name change to Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women.

1921 - Susanne Johnson born.

1927 - DBJ named South Carolina's Most Distinguished Citizen by American Legion.

1928 - DBJ died in Rock Hill and was buried in the old chapel on Winthrop's campus.

1992 - name change to Winthrop University.

Repository Details

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