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Rare Lunar Materials Featured in New Display

This entry was posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

Can’t get enough moon-mania? Beat the heat – and crowds – with a special document display featuring rare lunar materials drawn from the collections of the Library and the South Carolina Historical Society:

  • Rare printed images of the moon from materials dating back more than 500 years
  • Hand-drawn illustrations of eclipses occurring in the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • An 1835 handwritten sermon preached on the eclipse by Jasper Adams, a former president of the College
  • Historic almanacs from 1763 (image below) and 1846 featuring eclipse predictions


“Many of my brethren have entertained themselves about the effects of the eclipse…” From the 1763 South-Carolina Almanack in the SCHS Pamphlet Collection. 


When not organizing solar eclipse expeditions, famed American astronomer William Pickering found time to pen & illustrate The Moon: A Summary of the Existing Knowledge of Our Satellite, with a Complete Photographic Atlas, featuring 100 plates.


The display is viewable only during Special Collections’ business hours. A special thanks to the Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society teams for their help organizing the display.