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Charles N. Bayless Photos of Charleston

A collection of images of buildings in downtown Charleston, taken between 1979 and 1988 as part of a photographic project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Charleston Earthquake, 1886

On August 31, 1886, Charleston and surrounding towns suffered extensive damage from the largest earthquake to ever hit the southeast. The photographs in this collection show the aftermath of the earthquake shortly after it occurred. George LaGrange Cook, a prominent Charleston photographer created the series "Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity" which featured a total of 200 photographs that could be purchased as souvenirs. A portion of this series, along with earthquake photographs from photographers William Wilson, W.H. Fairchild, J.H.

Charleston Museum Civil War Photographs

These images are from the Charleston Museum's collection of civil war photographs and are primarily stereographs.

Charleston Museum Collection

This collection highlights some of the best of the Charleston Museum Archives. Currently featured is the Charleston Signal Book. The Signal Book was kept by Union Officer Ensign LaRue P Adams during the Siege of Charleston between August and September of 1863.

Charleston Museum Earthquake Photographs

This collection contains earthquake photographs held by the Charleston Museum, America's first museum. Currently the collection features 204 photographs documenting the damage inflicted on Charleston by the earthquake of August 31, 1886. Primarily professional photographs, these images were sold as souvenirs of the devastating quake.

Charleston Museum Fort Photographs

These images are from the collection of photographs relating to Charleston area forts, specifically Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson.

Charleston Museum Illustrated Newspapers Collection

These images are from the collection of illustrated newspapers, primarily Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's, housed in the archives at the Charleston Museum.

Charleston Naval Shipyard Photographs

This collection features hundreds of photographs of ships built or repaired at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, primarily during the World War II years.

The Chicora Wood Collection features seven photographs taken by North Carolina photographer, Bayard Wootten (1875-1959) in 1938. Plantation owners, Duncan and Frances Waddell had recently hired Charleston landscape architect, Loutrel Briggs (1893-1977) to plant numerous azaleas and camellias throughout the property. The photos include exterior views of both the c.1809 house and gardens.

Claude Casey

Claude Casey (1912-1999) filled these albums with mementos from his career as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and actor. The photographs, clippings and ephemera reflect his personal and professional lives. 

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