Chiefly literary drafts, scrapbooks, lectures, poetry, fiction, drama, printed articles, "Memorials notebook," andrelated manuscripts and correspondence of writer William Gilmore Simms, the father of Charles Carroll Simms, along with a small amount of papers of C.C. Simms.
Letter, 30 Oct. 1861 (Woodlands plantation [now located in Bamberg County, S.C.]) from Mrs. [Chevilette Eliza Roach] Simms to Augusta Simms, describing visitors and other events at home, and expresses concern for her safety; ten certificates, 1864-1865, of Confederate States bonds acquired by W.G. Simms; letter from W.G. Simms, 3 Aug. 1866 (Yonkers, N.Y.), to a daughter, expressing great concern for the family's welfare, especialy those living at Woodlands plantation, with emphasis on methods of preventing illness, requests her to secure two copies of "the miniature" from Mrs. John Laurens, and commenting on cholera in New York; a poem, 24 Sept. 1868, titled "Communion Hymn, "written by William Kellogg Sherwood (b.1822) of Great Barrington, Mass., that was presented to Mary Lawson Simms.
Woodlands plantation journal, 1845-1874 [a site in present-day Bamberg County, S.C.; formerly in old Barnwell District, S.C.], consisting of records of farming operations, planting of cotton, rice, potatoes, and other crops; shearing of sheep; weather observations; directions for curing bacon; useful formulas related to farmers and and overseers, such as a formula for determining volume of bushels of corn in a crib (as well as for wheat, rye, oats etc.) and preparation of seed wheat; record of shoes, food, and other items distributed to African American slaves identified by name, including record of "Axes given out" in 1857; post Civil War entries dating to Reconstruction record days of work completed by freedmen sharecropping on Simms family property; and record of births of 32 African American slaves identified by name, 1842-1862 [p. 43].
Volume, Sept. 1881, consisting of journal entries documenting Charles Carroll Simms' trip from his home in Barnwell, S.C., to [Great Barrington] Massachusetts in order to accompany Mrs. Mark Hopkins [Mary Frances Sherwood Hopkins-Searles, the widow of railroad barron Mark Hopkins (1813-1878)] and her party to San Francisco; entries describe Mrs. Hopkin's house and her private railroad car, "the 'Sacramento' ... [with] 2 bedrooms for the ladies ... (4 berths) 2 of which Tim & myself occupied - & the other 2 ... for ... the Cook, Butler, & Mrs. H's servant." Commenting on the cross-country trip, C.C. Simms records his impressions of Chicago, the Rocky Mountains, with a description of San Francisco, Mrs. Hopkins' home [an elaborate Queen Anne-style mansion on Nobb Hill] and reception of the party in San Francisco society.
Letter, 30 Sept. 1926 (Paris, France), from Timothy Hopkins to C.C. Simms discusses problems connected with the settlement of his father's estate and compliments Simms on his success at the Bar.
Letter, 3 Mar. 30 (Barnwell, S.C.) to [William Gilmore Simms (Orlando, Florida)], thanking his son for $1.00 sent "out of his savings," re his illness, the kindness of his children, and recalling his youth when he earned $1.00 a week in a German music store and his sister would take fifty cents as payment for his board, although she actually saved the money to purchase shoes or clothing for Simms, "I had no father or mother and she wanted me to learn to be independent and to be self-supporting and it was a good lesson and made a man of me." Transcript includes note, that at this time, W.G. Simms was "living with his brother John Govan Simms in Orlando, Florida."
Nine items detail genealogical notes on the Govan, Hart, Roach, Rowe, Chevilette, and Simms families.