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Tornadoes in Charleston

Identifier: Mss 0034-083

Collection Overview

This collection consists of two typed reports, a map and newspaper clippings about the two tornadoes which hit Charleston, S.C. on the morning of September 29, 1938. The first report by John E. Lockwood (meteorologist U.S. Weather Bureau) gives a description of the tornadoes paths, building damage, numbers killed by tornadoes and the value of property damage. The second report follows up with eyewitness accounts from Mr. W.A. Brunson, Mr. R.C. Alderedge (Weather Bureau Office), Mr. J.F. Fox, Jr., Mr. J.R. DeMore, Captain George Lockwood, Mr. J.D. Elliot, and Dr. W.L. Coggin. These reports appear in the Yearbook of the City of Charleston, S.C., 1938. Also included in this collection are photocopies of newspaper articles from The News and Courier and The Charleston Evening Post, September 30 to October 8, 1938, which show photographs of the tornado damage to Charleston buildings. A 1938 map of the City of Charleston printed by the Office of Port Development shows the path of the tornadoes through the city.


  • Creation: 1938

Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Inventory of the Tornadoes in Charleston, 1938
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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