March 2010

Art in the Archives

While the Russell-Arnold Archives is mostly known for its collections of books and documents, there are some interesting works of art hanging on the walls as well. The Reading Room features four portraits given to the library by Irene Dillard Elliott of Columbia. They portray members of two early Laurens County families, the Parks and the Dillards. Included are Mary Puckett Dillard, Margaret Hunter Park, James Henry Dillard, and Nancy Hunter Park. Dr. James Henry Dillard and his wife, Margaret Hunter Park Dillard, were the parents of Mary Dillard, who married PC’s founder, William Plumer Jacobs.

Portrait of James Henry Dillard

Portrait of James Henry Dillard

Also on display in the Reading Room are representative prints from PC’s collection of John James Audubon’s Quadrupeds of North America. These original, hand-colored lithographs come from the Imperial Folio of Audubon’s work, and were published in the 1840s.

Audubon Quadrupeds - bridled weasels

Audubon Quadrupeds - bridled weasels

In the Isabel Arnold Room hangs a portrait of Robert Hall Morrison, painted by an unknown artist. Morrison, a Presbyterian minister, was the first and youngest president of Davidson College. Three of his daughters married Confederate generals, including Mary Anna, who was the second wife of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and Isabel, who married Daniel Harvey Hill. The Isabel Arnold Room contains furniture and other memorabilia from these three families.

Portrait of Robert Hall Morrison

Portrait of Robert Hall Morrison