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Eola Willis Cuban photograph collection

Identifier: Mss 0124

Collection Overview

Collection consists of 37 black and white mounted photographs 8"x10" (20 x 25 cm), 5"x7" (12 x 17 cm), and 4"x5" (10 x 12 cm) taken mostly in Havana, Cuba around the time of the Spanish-American War (1898). Includes photographs of Cuban architecture and agriculture, a traditional Cuban home, a Cuban bedroom, and sugar cane farming. Also includes various photographs of Colon Cemetery in Havana, including one photograph of an open "bone pit" grave used for low-income individuals. Other photographs include Fort Castillo de la Chorrera (circa 1900), Fort CabaƱa, Morro Castle, the 161st Indiana Monument (circa 1899), Columbus Chapel, the Cuban presidential palace, and the erection of a Jose Marti statue in Havana's Parque Central (1905). A large number of the photographs include handwritten captions on the back.


  • Creation: circa 1895-1910


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Eola Willis (1856-1952) was born in Dalton, Georgia, and later settled in Charleston, South Carolina. She studied at the Art Students League in New York, New York and at the College de France in Paris, France. During her life, Willis became well known as a painter, writer, and public speaker. Willis also authored The Charleston Stage in the XVIII Century with Social Settings of the Time, and "Henrietta Johnston, First Woman Painter in America."


0.2 linear feet (1 slim document box)


Collection consists of 37 black and white mounted photographs collected by artist Eola Willis, taken mostly in Havana, Cuba around the time of the Spanish-American War (1898) and after.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred from the Charleston County Public Library, circa 2004.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Cara McHugh, May 2013

Inventory of the Eola Willis Cuban Photograph Collection, circa 1895-1910
Processed by: Cara McHugh; machine-readable finding aid created by: Cara McHugh
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Repository Details

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