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"The Black Whale Captured in Charleston Harbor, January 1880"

Identifier: Mss 0034-037

Collection Overview

Holograph manuscript with annotations and corrections written by Gabriel Manigault for publication in the Proceedings of the Elliott Society. In the manuscript Manigault notes that an earlier article, published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, was based on his letter to J.B. Holder. The manuscript describes the capture of a Right whale in Charleston harbor in January 1880, a description of the whale, the steps taken to preserve the specimen for exhibit at the College of Charleston Museum, and descriptions taken from published sources describing similar animals that had been sighted along the American coast and elsewhere beginning in the early 18th century.


  • Creation: 1885


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Physician and graduate of the College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina) who studied medicine at the University of South Carolina and zoology in Paris. Gabriel Edward Manigault became curator of the College of Charleston Museum (Charleston, S.C.) in 1873. The skeleton of the whale was exhibited on the third floor ceiling of the museum of the College of Charleston, then later removed by Paul M. Rea and exhibited at the Charleston Museum. An earlier article, "The Atlantic Right whales ...", written by Joseph Bassett Holder and published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 4 (1883), was based on whales described by Manigault and others.


1 folder (1 item ) : 8 pages

Custodial History

Found by a female Palmer College student in a carton of manuscripts being thrown away from a building on Montague Street (behind Palmer College, Charleston, South Carolina) belonging to W.G. Mazyck. Given to Francis Bremer who gave them to Laura Mary Bragg.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Laura Mary Bragg.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Inventory of the "The Black Whale Captured in Charleston Harbor, January 1880," 1885
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