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1886 Earthquake Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: SCL-VM-201710013
Collection of photographs and photomechanical images documenting the destruction caused by the 1886 earthquake in Charleston, Summerville, Aiken County, Berkeley County, and Charleston County, S.C. W.J. McGee, one of the first employees of the U.S. Geological Survey, compiled the following materials on the earthquake which struck near Charleston, S.C. McGee’s observations were rewritten for the 1887-1888 USGS report by Clarence E. Dutton, later published as The Charleston Earthquake of August 31, 1886. In 1986, Kenneth E. Peters and Robert B. Hermann compiled and published McGee’s material, with that of South Carolinians Earle Sloan, Gabriel E. Manigault, and others who corresponded with and assisted McGee, in First-Hand Observations of the Charleston Earthquake of August 31, 1886, and other Earthquake Material (South Carolina Geological Survey, Bulletin 41.) E.P. Howland was McGee’s photographer; Sloan and Manigault secured photographs taken by LaGrange Cook, J.A. Palmer, and William E. Wilson.

Dates

  • 1886

Conditions Governing Access

Open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or use materials beyond personal research must be obtained from the Director of the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, 910 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208.

Extent

65 See container summary (Photographs, woodcuts, collotypes, and drawings.)

Physical Location

This collection is held by the South Carolinina Library, 910 Sumter St. Columbia, SC 29208. All collections are currently housed off-site and require 24-hours advance notice to retrieve. Please call (803) 777-3132 or email sclref@sc.edu to request materials.

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

Contact:
910 Sumter St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-3131
(803) 777-5747 (Fax)