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William Sinkler Manning

Identifier: SCL-MS-14797

Correspondence, letter books, and business records re cotton trade, textile mills, and other aspects of life in S.C. during Reconstruction and the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Letters, 1866-1996 and undated; bills and receipts, 1845-1919; legal papers, lien and rent contracts, 1874-1928 and undated [on site - legal-size document box]; and records of various cotton textile mills, 1880-1949 and 1960-1966. Topics addressed include cultivation and sales of cotton; African Americans and others employed by Manning on his properties; labor contracts and plantation management; education for male and female children; life during Reconstruction; politics and elections at the state and national levels; sales of real estate to satisfy debts; Clifton Manufacturing Company and many other textile mills around S.C., especially in Spartanburg and Anderson Counties, S.C. Correspondents include Richard I. Manning; D.E. Converse; James P. Lesesne; members of the Moise family; Andrew M. Adger and the cotton factorage firm of Smyth and Adger (Charleston, S.C.); photographer George S. Cook; and others; places represented include the S.C. Counties of Charleston, Pendleton, Sumter, and elsewhere; and others writing from Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. Eighty-four volumes, 1859-1964, include letter books (1875-1918) of W.S. Manning; accounts with tenants and farm laborers; financial accounts and banking passbooks; and other records of various family members. Smaller volumes filed in Box 13.


  • 1840-1996


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Collection is open for research.

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16.25 Linear Feet (13 cartons 84 volumes)


Planter of South Carolina; attended University of Virginia; husband of Margaret C. Adger; WSM was the eldest child of Richard Irving Manning (1817-1861) and Elizabeth Sinkler Manning (1821-1908), who owned Homesley Plantation (4100 acres) and Pineland Plantation (1952 acres) in Clarendon County, S.C.

Related Publications

University South Caroliniana Society Annual Program, 2008, pp. 39-45

“William Sinkler Manning, By an American Army Officer Who Participated in the Action Described, near Damvilliers, France, 6 Dec. 1918,” published in New York Times, 5 Jan. 1919.

“Mrs. Manning Gave Six Sons to the Army; Major William S. Manning, Now Dead, Came of a Line of Patriots,” in New York Times, 1 Dec. 1918.

Abbreviations Legend

ADS = autographed document signed ALS = autographed letter signed ALS (T) = typed copy of autographed letter signed DS = document signed LS = letter signed MP = printed manuscript MS = manuscript signed MS vol. bd = manuscript volume bound n.d. = undated


Also includes accession number 15571.

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

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