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Inventory of the Carew Rice Papers, 1932-1971

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Correspondence, original silhouettes, pamphlets, and writings of South Carolina silhouettist, Carew Rice.
Title: Carew Rice papers
Creator: Rice, Carew, 1899-1971
Date(s): 1932-1971    
Extent: 0.2 linear feet
(1 slim document box)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 0188
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Carew Rice was born in Green Pond, South Carolina in 1899. Rice is best known as a silhouette artist who made his living by "cutting" and performing comical songs at county fairs and civic and social events in the Southeast. In addition to personal silhouettes, Rice's most popular topics relate to Lowcountry landscapes and South Carolina history.

Collection Overview

This collection includes personal and business correspondence regarding Carew Rice's daily life, travel schedule, and fair and exposition contracts between Rice and various vendors. Also includes seven original silhouettes done by Rice, Rice's handwritten lyrics and/or poetry, pamphlets featuring Rice's silhouettes, clippings about Rice's appearances and work, and Rice's subscription cards for state fairs and other institutions.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.


    • Rice, Carew, 1899-1971


    • Silhouettes--South Carolina


    • South Carolina

    Types of Material

    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Commercial correspondence
    • Pamphlets
    • Personal correspondence
    • Postcards
    • Silhouettes


    Personal correspondence, 1932-1970, undated   box 1 | folder 1

    Postcards and handwritten letters between Rice, family members, and friends regarding daily life and Rice's travel schedule. Some envelopes include handwritten lyrics, presumably written by Rice.

    Business correspondence and related materials, 1935-1970   box 1 | folder 2

    Includes various requests and thank yous for Rice's work. Also includes exposition agreements and contracts between Rice and vendors (1935-1944), invoices for book featuring his work, Dusky Land (1944-1945), and a bulletin from the Charleston Arts Guild.

    Artwork, 1967, undated   box 1 | folder 3

    Includes one pencil sketch and seven silhouettes, several with Rice's handwriting on back.

    Writings, 1957, undated   box 1 | folder 4

    Handwritten song lyrics and/or poetry.

    Pamphlets, 1951-1957   box 1 | folder 5

    All featuring Rice's silhouettes. Includes the Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation, South Carolina Magazine, and Hitching Post distribution company. Also includes National Arts Club pamphlet and applications (1951-1957).

    Clippings, 1948, undated   box 1 | folder 6

    Regarding Rice and his appearances at fairs and expositions.

    Subscription passes and membership cards, 1939-1945, 1971   box 1 | folder 7

    Season passes to Georgia, South Carolina, and Southeastern's state fairs (1939-1945). Includes membership card to Colleton County Historical Society (1971) and season ticket to Belle Isle Gardens (1927).

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carew Rice papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Donated by John Rivers, April 2011.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Cara McHugh, April 2013.

    Encoded by Cara McHugh, April 2013.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, April 2013.

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