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Carew Rice papers

Identifier: Mss 0188

Collection Overview

This collection includes personal and business correspondence regarding Carew Rice's daily life, travel schedule, and fair and exposition contracts between Rice and various vendors. Also includes seven original silhouettes done by Rice, Rice's handwritten lyrics and/or poetry, pamphlets featuring Rice's silhouettes, clippings about Rice's appearances and work, and Rice's subscription cards for state fairs and other institutions.


  • Creation: 1932-1971


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Carew Rice was born in Green Pond, South Carolina in 1899. Rice is best known as a silhouette artist who made his living by "cutting" and performing comical songs at county fairs and civic and social events in the Southeast. In addition to personal silhouettes, Rice's most popular topics relate to Lowcountry landscapes and South Carolina history.


0.25 linear feet (1 slim document box)


Correspondence, original silhouettes, pamphlets, and writings of South Carolina silhouettist, Carew Rice.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by John Rivers, April 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Cara McHugh, April 2013.



Inventory of the Carew Rice Papers, 1932-1971
Processed by: Cara McHugh; machine-readable finding aid created by: Cara McHugh
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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