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Pinckney Papers Projects

The Pinckney Papers Project explores one of our area's most prominent families. We specifically examined the importance of women's social connections and relationships during that time. Our department was heavily involved in studying and digitizing these letters, diaries and other documents. This public history project engaged students and faculty across the university campus as well as other historical institutions in South Carolina and throughout the South. 

The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2012 as part of its Rotunda digital imprint “American Founding Era Collection.” You can access the papers, biographies of Pinckney family members, and more on the website


The Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen

The Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen Digital Edition is a historical documentary editing project that will collect and publish the personal and public papers of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825), his brother Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828), and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1756–1824). Each of these three South Carolina men played a leading role in military, political, diplomatic, and economic affairs on the state and national levels during and after the American Revolution.

The Pinckney Statesmen edition will be published by Rotunda, the digital imprint of the University of Virginia Press, in its “American Founding Era Collection” between 2016 and 2020. You can get real-time updates about the project on the Pinckney Papers Facebook page




Dress sword of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1750–1780. Courtesy of the Charleston Museum. (top)
Uniform coat of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1796–1798. Courtesy of the Charleston Museum. (left)
Notes of James Wilson on Resolutions of Charles Pinckney, Constitutional Convention, Philadelphia,
29 May 1787. Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (center)
Suit jacket and breeches of Thomas Pinckney, ca. 1793. Courtesy of the Charleston Museum. (right)

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