The project has collected and transcribed original materials from the holdings of: The Georgia Historical Society The Library of Congress Manuscript Division The National (UK) Archives The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University The South Carolina Department of Archives and History The South Carolina Historical Society The South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina The correspondence and other documentation of these two women are rich in the details of the everyday lives of women of their class. Their papers contain important references to current economic and political events and people of their time, seen from the perspective of women who were themselves managers of plantations and their slave labor force. Included in the papers are:

  • Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s letterbooks containing her earliest correspondence with her father in Antigua concerning management of his South Carolina plantations
  • letters during the years (1753-1758) when the Pinckneys lived in England, where Eliza maintained through correspondence and visits an extensive social network among English aristocratic circles
  • letters describing the effects of the Revolutionary War on low country South Carolina families from both the men who fought and the women who tried to protect their families and homes during the conflict
  • correspondence in French between Harriott Pinckney Horry and her son and daughter-in-law living in France during the Napoleonic wars
  • journals which Harriott Horry wrote in 1793, 1795, and 1815 describing her travels from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, New York, and New England
  • financial records illuminating costs of maintaining households and plantations, travel, and the business interests of coastal South Carolina planters
  • legal and financial documents including wills, probate inventories, accounts, petitions and deeds of sale which, in addition to the correspondence, offer detail into the lives of enslaved people at the Pinckney-Horry plantations
  • “receipt” books with extensive recipes for feeding and doctoring the inhabitants of a coastal rice plantation

As a continuous record over eight decades of the writings and activities of a mother and daughter, their papers bridge traditional political, economic, diplomatic and military history with social history scholarship on the history of childhood and of the family, and especially with women’s history.