Beulah Glover Photograph Collection

South Caroliniana Library

In about 1937 Miss Beulah Glover (17 Aug. 1887 – 4 Jan. 1991) opened a photography studio in Walterboro, S.C. Being also an historian, Miss Glover shot many historical scenes in the Lowcountry. She converted some of these images to postcards and sold them in her studio, Foto-Nook. She also used images to illustrate her many articles and books on the history of Colleton County. Miss Glover worked also as photo-journalist, selling her images to the Walterboro newspaper. This small sampling of images by Miss Glover includes prints and negatives and covers the years 1941 to 1952.

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into the following subseries: African Americans, Churches, Edisto Island, Houses, Persons, Photo-Journalism, Postcards, War Activities, Miscellaneous, and Negatives. Each sub-series is contained in single folder. There is also a sample book used for snap shots processed by Foto-Nook and a Cathay Cover that held the negatives. The collection contains ninety-two prints and thirteen negatives (stored with original negatives.)

African Americans – river baptism, old tabby house at Beaufort, cabins, and unidentified people.

Churches – Purrysburg, Coosawatchie, Indian Town, Edisto, Bamberg, and Walterboro.

Edisto Island – beach houses and park.

Houses – mainly plantations.

Persons – Catawba Indians, Walterboro people, and unidentified.

Photo-Journalism – mainly accidents and disasters.

Postcards – images made into postcards.

War Activities – troop maneuvers and bond rallies.

Miscellaneous – Walterboro, Charleston, historical markers, town activities.

Negatives – majority are nitrate negatives without corresponding prints; houses, cotton and rice harvests, Colleton woods.

Beth Bilderback of the South Caroliniana Library suggested this collection and allowed the Digital Activities Department access to it for scanning. Santi Thompson (MLIS, 2008) created the metadata for the photographs in an excel spread sheet from the finding aid provided by Beth Bilderback. The metadata records follow the Western States Best Practices Dublin Core format. Santi Thompson and Louis Miller (Volunteer) scanned the photographs on a flatbed Epson Expression 1000XL Photo scanner, using Silverfast scanning software. They scanned the images as color TIFFs at 24-bit and 600 ppi. From the TIFFs they created high quality JPEGs and added preservation metadata to the TIFF and JPEG images. Santi Thompson uploaded the JPEGs to the CONTENTdm server. The TIFFs will be maintained as the archival masters on a SAN server, backed-up to DVD and tape. Santi also created a home page for the collection. The work could also not have been done without the help of Tony Branch, of the Systems Department, who is the systems administrator for the CONTENTdm database and helps to manage the computers and scanners in the Digital Activities Department.

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