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B.A. Rodrigues Ottolengui scrapbook

Identifier: Mss 1053

Collection Overview

The collection consists of a scrapbook (1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 35 cm.) and pieces which were removed from the scrapbook and, in some cases, photocopied. The scrapbook is inscribed: "This is 'Mama's' scrapbook and was given to me by 'Mother' and 'Papa' on the 25th of September 1874. B.A.R. Ottolengui." Given to B.A. Rodrigues Ottolengui in 1874, the scrapbook contains pseudonymous and other publications by his mother Helen Rodriguez Ottolengui in Civil War era publications as well as journalism by his father Daniel Ottolengui in mostly Charleston, SC, newspapers. Newspaper topics include sanitary inspections, Christmas shopping in Charleston and other subjects. There are clippings on theatrical topics during and after the Civil War; the Fort Moultrie Centennial (1876); with articles, programs and tickets from Charleston and elsewhere mostly regarding dramatic performances staged by Daniel Ottolengui at the Academy of Music, Charleston, as a benefit for the International Order of B'nai B'rith and other charities. Participants included B.A.R. Ottolengui's sister Helen, brother Israel Lee, and Nathaniel Levin; with a letter (1871) from the latter thanking Daniel Ottolengui for a benefit performance for Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation. Included are holograph Daniel Ottolengui (?) poems: one, a racist meditation on lazy freedmen, done as a burlesque of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" published in New York in 1865. With juvenilia of B.A.R. Ottolengui, lists (1870-1877) of books read, and a short list of pseudonyms used by his mother, his sister, himself, Isabelle DeLeon and Cecile Ottolengui; with some Ottolengui family obituaries. Loose papers include later biographical material on Ottolengui and photocopies and clippings of his novel "Conya: A Romance of the Buddhas" serialized in a Charleston newspaper in 1890.


  • Creation: approximately 1860-approximately 1890
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1860s-1879


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Benjamin Adolph Rodrigues Ottolengui (1861-1937) was born in Charleston, SC, the son of writer Helen Rosalie Rodriguez (1843-1866) and theatrical manager and journalist Daniel Ottolengui. Dabbling in theatre and writing, he left Charleston in 1877 for New York, where he became a leader in the dental and orthodontic fields, originating many practices, editing national journals and being a national spokesman. He also wrote internationally acclaimed mystery novels, and was an authority on moths and butterflies.


1.25 linear feet (1 flat box)

Acquisitions Information

Separated from the Thomas J. Tobias papers (Mss 1029).

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Inventory of the B.A. Rodrigues Ottolengui Scrapbook, approximately 1860-approximately 1890
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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