Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and Translations

Period of Performance

9/1/2010 - 11/30/2011

Funding Totals

$123,500.00 (approved)
$123,500.00 (awarded)

Digital Edition of the Writings of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry, A Revolutionary Era Mother and Daughter

FAIN: RQ-50452-10

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Constance B. Schulz (Project Director: November 2009 to June 2012)

Completion of work on the Pinckney digital edition. (12 months)

This project will to bring to completion work begun in August 2008 under a 2-year NEH grant to create a "born digital" edition of the writings of two South Carolina women planters. Their letters, diaries, recipe books, plantation inventories, financial records, wills and other legal documents spanning 1739-1830 document the significant political events and people of the late colonial and early national period, as well as the everyday activities of managing households and plantations and raising families. They also document the lives of their slaves. Pinckney is best known for introducing the cultivation of indigo, a key staple crop of 18th century coastal Carolina. Her daughter Harriott was one of the early planters to introduce tidal-flow rice cultivation in the Santee River basin. The edition will use TEI encoding, and be published by the Univ. of VA Press's Rotunda. One more year of funding will allow full annotation and publication of all 1000 documents collected & transcribed.

Media Coverage

Review - The PapersofElizaLucasPinckneyandHarriottPinckneyHorry Digital Edition, (Review)
Author(s): Lorri Glover
Publication: The Public Historian
Date: 8/20/2013
Abstract: Highly favorable review of digital edition and content of papers.

Outstanding Academic Titles, 2013 (Review)
Publication: Choice
Date: 1/15/2014
Abstract: Choice, the journal for academic libraries, selected the Edition of Eliza Pinckney and Harriott Horry as one of the outstanding publications in its category for 2013.

Associated Products

The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry Digital Edition (Web Resource)
Title: The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry Digital Edition
Author: Harriott Pinckney Horry
Author: Eliza Lucas Pinckney
Abstract: The papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (1722–1793) and her daughter Harriott Pinckney Horry (1748–1830) document the lives of two observant and articulate founding-era women who were members of one of South Carolina’s leading families. Their letters, diaries, and other documents span nearly a century (1739–1830) and provide a window on politics, social events, and people of the late colonial and early national periods. They richly detail the daily life of maintaining family ties and managing households and plantations. Pinckney’s correspondence illustrates the importance of women’s social connections and transatlantic friendships. Horry’s correspondence documents the strength of personal ties that linked the elite families of the North and the South to each other even as connections were threatened by disputes over slavery, commercial differences, and political and constitutional conflict.
Year: 2012
Primary URL:


Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013
Date: 1/1/2014
Organization: American Library Association's Choice Magazine
Abstract: Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the recognition of the academic library community. The list is quite selective: it contains approximately ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year. Choice editors base their selections on the reviewer's evaluation of the work, the editor's knowledge of the field, and the reviewer's record. The list was known as Outstanding Academic Books until 2000. The new name reflects an increase in reviews of electronic products and Internet sites.

"Old Editorial Wine in New Digital Bottles" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Old Editorial Wine in New Digital Bottles"
Abstract: PI Schulz gave a series of lecture presentations on the process of editing and publishing a "born digital edition" of the writings of the two Pinckney women. The lectures varied slightly depending on audience, but the presention was given at: NCHP meeting, Ottawa Canada, April 2013 Semnar on Digital Humanities, St. Andrews University (Scotland) September 2014 Seminar on Digital Humanities, University of Paris, East-Creteil FR October 2014 International Federation of Public History conference, Amsterdam HL October 2014
Author: Constance B. Schulz, PI
Date: 04/17/2013
Location: Ottawa, CA; St. Andrews, Scotland, UK; Paris FR; Amsterdam HL

Pinckney Papers Projects (Web Resource)
Title: Pinckney Papers Projects
Author: Robert Karachuk
Abstract: In 2014 the USC History Department redesigned its website, and the Pinckney Papers Projects website now combines the Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry, the predecessor editorial project to the current project funded by NEH since 2013, The Papers of the Revolutionary Era PInckney Statesmen. The new website includes a general description of the edition, biographies and portraits of the three Pinckney statesmen, a list of resources for those interested in the project and its subjects, and a gallery of documents, maps, and material culture associated with the Pinckney family.
Year: 2014
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Project website

Pinckney Papers Projects (Web Resource)
Title: Pinckney Papers Projects
Author: Constance Schulz
Author: Robert Karachuk
Abstract: The Pinckney Papers Project Facebook page was initiated during a previous NEH grant (RQ-50748-13) by Associate Editor Robert Karachuk, and has continued to promote the NEH project through regular postings about professional activities of the staff of the Pinckney Statesmen edition, interspersed with regular historical postings about activities of the Pinckney subjects of the edition, i.e. "On this day in ... Charles Cotesworth PInckney ... " Since its initiation 10/17/2014 a total of 209 posts (an average of 1 every 3 days) have reached 48,389 "hits" as of 07/24/2016. The greatest number of hits to date was 1,294 on 02/04/2016 with a post showing the return of the S.C. presidential electors for the election of 1789, on the anniversary of the date the SC electors met to cast their ballots.
Year: 2014
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: The Facebook page for the Papers of the Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen and its predecessor project, The Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry, both born-digital editions available by subscription from the publisher, the University of Virginia Press in its Rotunda digital imprint collection of the American Founding Era.