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Frederick A. Porcher papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 0038

Collection Overview

Papers consist of memoirs, lectures, essays, correspondence, and other assorted writings of Frederick A. Porcher, Professor of Belles Lettres and History at the College of Charleston from 1848 to 1886. Memoirs concern Porcher's life and career, including his childhood on Cedar Springs Plantation, his education at Yale, his life in politics, his travels abroad, and teaching at the College of Charleston. There are also personal reminiscences on South Carolina history and politics and the "upper division of St. John's Berkeley Parish." Lectures and essays cover a wide variety of topics but are mainly concerned with English and American literature, the English language, and European and American history. Also included is a framed portrait miniature of Porcher painted on ivory by his daughter Clelia Lightwood Porcher (1847-1924), Porcher's calling card with two copper printing plates, a eulogy for Daniel Ravenel, and an 1836 map of Europe.

Dates

  • 1761-1878

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English and Latin

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Born on Cedar Spring Plantation, South Carolina, Frederick A. Porcher (1809-1888) was the son of George Porcher (1775-1813) and Marianne Gendron Palmer (1784-1835). After graduating from Yale he studied law, and from 1834 to 1836 served in the South Carolina legislature. Porcher became Professor of History and Belles Lettres at the College of Charleston in 1848, a position he held until 1886.

Extent

3.0 linear feet (6 document boxes, 1 flat box)

Abstract

Papers consist of memoirs, lectures, essays, correspondence, and other assorted writings of Frederick A. Porcher, Professor of Belles Lettres and History at the College of Charleston from 1848 to 1886. Memoirs concern Porcher's life and career, including his childhood on Cedar Springs Plantation, his education at Yale, his life in politics, his travels abroad, and teaching at the College of Charleston. There are also personal reminiscences on South Carolina history and politics and the "upper division of St. John's Berkeley Parish." Lectures and essays cover a wide variety of topics but are mainly concerned with English and American literature, the English language, and European and American history.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Philip Porcher account book, 1776-1936 (Mss 0087).

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown. Edited and reprocessed for encoding by Joshua Minor, February 2016.

Title
Inventory of the Frederick A. Porcher Papers, 1761-1878
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
Date
2016
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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