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Thomas E. Richardson collection

Identifier: SCL-MS-0002

The manuscript collection of Thomas Eveleigh Richardson (1847-1933), relates primarily to the history of Sumter County, South Carolina. More generally, it pertains to the region east of the Wateree River. Because old Sumter District covered territory beyond the present county limits and its people had social ties in Camden and elsewhere, researchers interested in Kershaw, Lee, and Clarendon counties will find pockets of information on those areas. The manuscripts cover a period of nearly two centuries, from 1767 until Richardson's death in 1933. Many of the papers dating prior to 1902 seem to be a remnant of the destruction that befell a larger hoard. Richardson related that during his four-year absence from Sumter between 1897 and 1900, the contents of his office were moved out, and many of his papers were "lost or destroyed and the balance in utter confusion." A few years later, around 1902, a fire damaged part of his library. Partially-burned manuscripts in the collection bear witness that they did indeed survive a fire. "Utter confusion" accurately describes the state of the collection from 1934, when the University of South Carolina acquired it for the Caroliniana collection, until 1998, when a federal grant made it accessible to researchers. His collection has now been put in order and arranged in two series that reflect both his career as a businessman and civil servant and his activity as a collector of old manuscripts.


  • 1683 - 1933


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights reside with creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact The South Caroliniana Library.


10 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

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

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