Shirley Black Brown papers, 1907-1945.


Shirley Black Brown papers, 1907-1945.

Early papers include report cards from Columbia Public Schools, namely Washington Street, Taylor, McMaster, and Columbia High, followed by University of South Carolina, show the educational progress made by Shirley E. Black Brown. Invitations, tickets to sporting and social events at USC, and play bills from the Columbia and Liberty Theatres give some indication of social life on the home front in Columbia during 1918-1921. While attending USC, Brown received invitations to dinner and dances sponsored by the officers of the 73rd Field Artillery, the Medical department of the 316th Field Artillery and the American Ordnance Base Depot in France, stationed at Camp Jackson, which were held primarily at Ridgewood Club. The effect of World War I on the lives of S.C. citizens is reflected in the change of the dates of commencement exercises at Clemson College in 1918 and the change of the date of a wedding to be held also in 1918. The changes were indicated with the invitations by enclosure cards and handwritten changes on the invitation itself. Photograph album features photos dated (1914-1918), with images of unidentified soldiers dressed in the uniforms of World War I, aerial views of Columbia, S.C., as well as photographs of camels, airplanes, and a dirigible airship. Volumes include notebook, ca. 1935-1940, kept by Brown as president of Alumnae Association, including, 12 Nov. 1937, agenda and notes to introduce J. Rion McKissick at a "Dinner for Women of University"; and notebook, ca.1937, including a paper re the Winyah Indigo Society presented by Brown to the Current Literature Club of Columbia; remainder of notebook contains Social Science notes kept by son Oliver while in the 6th grade at Snyder School, Columbia, S.C. The birth certificate of Charles Oliver Brown, Jr., born in 1925, is a part of the collection as well as letters of reference for him. Impact of World War II is reflected in his withdrawl from The Citadel, 1 July 1943, at the request of his father and with permission from the school at the completion of his sophomore year. His father apparently agreed with his decision to join the military prior to graduation. Collection includes miscellaneous printed material, including invitation for New Year's Party, 31 Dec. 1921, given by Columbia Medical Society; poem, "The Girls of the Sixties," 5 Aug. 1925, by W.H. Gibbes, regarding a homefront organization for women founded during World War I by women who had lived through the Civil War; Trinity Church anniversary program, 19 Nov. 1937; and undated typescript, "County Government in South Carolina," address by Dr. George Sherrill, delivered at a district meeting of the Federation of Women's Clubs.

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Winyah Indigo Society (corporateBody)

Agricultural and social club of Georgetown, S.C.; founded Mar. 1755; incorporated in 1757, for the purpose of erecting a free school at Georgetown, S.C.; by 1799, the Society sponsored the organization of the Georgetown Library Society, a group tasked with purchasing books and securing newspapers and gazettes from London and as well as centers of trade in the United States such as Boston, New York, Richmond, and Savannah. From the description of Records, 1788-1918. (University of Sou...

Brown, Shirley Black, 1900-1994. (person)

Shirley Elizabeth Black graduated from University of South Carolina in 1921 and later served as president of the USC Alumnae Association; she was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D. Shuler Black; born in Georgetown, S.C., but raised in Columbia, S.C., her residency in the city continued after marriage to Charles Oliver Brown; at the time of her death in 1994, Brown lived in West Columbia, S.C. From the description of Shirley Black Brown papers, 1907-1945. (University of South Carolina). ...

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