In addition to sharing some of Wofford's history or the history of Methodism in South Carolina on this blog, sometimes I highlight new collections, interesting documents, or old photographs. Today, I'm hlghlighting a collection of photographs that my student assistants and I have been working on for several months. Several years ago, I found an old photo album maintained by a Methodist minister from the late 19th century. With a better scanner and better ways to present these images, my student assistants scanned all of the indivudal photos in the album. Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to get them uploaded to Flickr and labeled in such a way that a researcher could find them.
We've added about 35 photos to this point, and there are about 150 in the album in total. So far, I've got the pictures of a group of bishops, of a few of the ministers, and of some individuals who must have been friends or family members of the Rev. William Wynn Mood, who maintained the album.
These photos will be useful to local church historians who are looking for photos of some of their earlier ministers, as the album covers years prior to the first conference biographical directory. I'll continue to add items to this album until I have the entire set of photos added, with information about as many of the individuals as I can locate. Then, I'll start adding the photos from the 1901 and 1914 biographical directoies.
The two photos come from the album. They are the Rev. Frederick Auld, above, who was a Methodist minister in South Carolina from 1858 to 1902, and Bishop William Wallace Duncan, left, who was a Wofford graduate in 1858, a Methodist minister in Virginia, a Wofford professor, and a Methodist bishop from 1886 to 1908.