Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 15: No 2) >> Simms Society News and Announcements >> Page 38

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 38

Illustrations | 2007
Transcription The muster roll is now on
display at the Cooper Library
on the USC campus until ear-
ly August.

Barnwell, SC Sentinel (4 July 2007)

This must of Wilittam Gilmore Simms
sits in Coilinq Park-in Barnwell



A new exhibit, "Introducing Simms: The William Gilmore Simms Exhibit at the South Caroliniana Library," is now on permanent display in the Reading Room of the South Caroliniana Library.
Created by Nicholas Menwether, the exhibit provides an overview of the life and achievements of South Carolina's greatest literary figure. As the captions explain, `The Simms Exhibit introduces readers to this protean talent and highlights his prominence,
influence, and literary stature by placing him in his proper cultural and historical context. The exhibit presents six of the most dramatic and revealing images of Simms. along with one of the library's most compelling Simms artifacts, the Babcock Lap Desk. Originally owned by William Bogen; Babcock, the Charleston bookstore owner and publisher who brought out Simms's The History of South Carolina, the lap desk was used by Simms when he revised the page proofs of that lx)ok.
It was given to Simnis's granddaughter Mary C. Simms Oliphant by Babco k's great-greatgranddaughter, Margaret Woods Babcock Meriwether, and presented to the South Caroliniana Library in 1999 by Mrs. Oliphant's daughter, Maly C. Simms Furman, Simms's great-granddaughter."
The exhibit also displays a picture of Simmss home, Woodlands; a manuscript contract; and an engraving which shows Simms in the company of his literary peers, including Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph. Waldo Emerson, and James Fenimore Cooper.