Manuscript Collection


John R. Schorb



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Accession 206

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

2,000 pieces 2.00 linear feet


English; German; Greek;

Historical Note

John R. Schorb (1818-1908) was one of America’s first photographers and operated a studio in York, South Carolina.

For more information, please consult the John R. Schorb Biography above.

Scope and Content Note

The John R. Schorb Papers include 49 prints and over 200 glass plate negatives, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tin types taken by John Schorb and his son George. The images vary in size and subject. Most are portraits, but there are also images of various family members, scenes around York, South Carolina, and self portraits. The images range in date from the late 1850s to the early 1900s. The collection also includes genealogical information relating to Schorb’s life in York, South Carolina; correspondence; papers relating to Schorb’s student days at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York; information concerning his photography teacher, Charles Avery; papers relating to Schorb’s stay in Fairfield County, South Carolina, as a teacher at Mount Zion Academy, Winnsboro, South Carolina, and his participation in plays presented by the Winnsboro Thespian Corps; and a photocopy of an 1849 book, “The History and Practice of the Art of Photography, by Henry H. Snelling with wood cuts by John R. Schorb.


The papers of John R. Schorb were received by the Archives from Mrs. Mary Kell Wade on August 8, 1978.


Photographers, Photography, York County SC, Fairfield County SC, Hamilton College, Mount Zion Academy, George Schorb


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

John R. Schorb Papers - Accession 206

LC Subject Headings

Schorb, John R., 1818-1908--Archives; Schorb, John R., 1818-1908--Family; Photographers--South Carolina--York; Photography--South Carolina--19th century; Photography--South Carolina--20th century