These resources about Laura M. Towne, a woman of character, courage, and commitment who dedicated 44 years of her life to Penn School, are available through the Beaufort County Library. List compiled and selected by Grace Morris Cordial, MLS, SL, CA, Historical Resources Coordinator, Beaufort County Library, S.C. Latest update: 24 February 2014
Web based resources:
African American Registry entry about Laura Towne found at http://aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/laura-m-towne-was-primetime-educator
SC 372.757 UNI University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.The Penn School papers in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill. Finding Aid also available online at http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/p/Penn_School.html
Letters and Diary of Laura M. Towne; Written from the Sea Islands of South Carolina 1862 – 1884 edited by Rupert Sargeant Holland, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, 1912. Internet Archive https://archive.org/details/cu31924074445267
Pathfinder to Penn School (https://bdcbcl.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/penn-school-3859k4scvdgpj-45/) prepared by staff of the Beaufort District Collection.
Pathfinder to Missionary Teachers to the Freedmen (https://bdcbcl.wordpress.com/article/missionary-teachers-to-the-freedmen-3859k4scvdgpj-46/) prepared by staff of the Beaufort District Collection.
Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:
Her obituary is on file in the BDC.
We have two vertical files related to her filed as Towne, Laura Matilda, 1825-1901 and Laura M. Towne Library in the BDC.
SC 372.757 UNI University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection. The Penn School papers in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill. Finding Aid also available online at http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/p/Penn_School.html
SC 975.799 DAB Sea Island Diary: A History of St. Helena Island, 1983.
SC 975.799 MAR Lowcountry Gossip by Chlotilde R. Martin, 1930? Photocopy of newspaper article, 1 sheet.
SC 975.799 TOW Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne:Written from the Sea Islands of South Carolina, 1862-1884, 1912. (This edition only in BDC).
Penn Center, Inc. Penn School Papers, 1862-1976 [33 Microfilm reels]
The Penn School, 1862-1948 [Microfilm]: A Look at Negro Education in South Carolina by Betsy Jacoway Burns, 1968.
Check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library:
REF 975.73 SOU Entry in South Carolina Encyclopedia (ALL)
975.799 JAC Yankee Missionaries in the South: The Penn School Experiment by Elizabeth Jacoway, 1980. (BDC, BEA)
975.799 TOW Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne: Written from the Sea Islands of South Carolina, 1862-1884, 1996. (ALL) There is an Internet Archive e-version of the 1912 edition of this book at https://archive.org/details/cu31924074445267.
The legend for location codes: Beaufort District Collection (BDC); Beaufort Branch Library (BEA); Bluffton Branch Library (BLU); Hilton Head Island Branch Library (HHI); Lobeco Branch Library (LOB); St. Helena Branch Library (STH).