Belle W. Baruch film collection
Baruch, Belle Wilcox, 1899-1964. (creator)
The collection consists of 10 reels of silent, black & white and color 16 mm film, constituting home movies, documentaries and oral histories. The home movies were shot primarily at Hobcaw Barony, in Georgetown, S.C. and range from the middle 1920s to the late 1940s. Other scenes include footage of San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California, Mexico, Scotland, France, and aerial shots of the Hoover Dam in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Many of the films are extensively edited and contain numerous intertitles identifying people and places. Subjects include the Baruch family and their friends; descendants of former slaves; hunting and fishing scenes at Hobcaw Barony; and trips to Scotland, California, Mexico, and France. Many of the films are extensively edited/fused, do not necessarity go in order of date filmed, and contain numerous intertitles identifying people and places.
African American--South Carolina--Georgetown County.
Baruch (Belle W.) Coastal Research Institute.
Baruch (Belle W.) Foundation.
Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research.
Outdoor life--South Carolina--Georgetown County.
Georgetown County (S.C.)--Description and travel.
Georgetown County (S.C.)--Social life and customs.
Hobcaw Barony (S.C.)
Hobcaw Plantation Site (Mount Pleasant, S.C.)
Waccamaw River Valley (N.C. and S.C.)
A 16,000 acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped coastal tracts dedicated to research in South Carolina.
In 1905 Bernard M. Baruch (August 19 1870 - June 20 1965) , a Wall Street financier and adviser to Presidents of the United States, purchased the property for use as a winter hunting retreat.
During World War I Baruch served in the Wilson administration as Chairman of the War Industries Board and later as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference. During World War II he served in the Roosevelt administration as a special advisor to the Office of War Mobilization. In 1946 he was appointed by President Truman to the United Nations where he chaired the UN Atomic Energy Commission.
He eventually sold Hobcaw Barony to his daughter Belle W. Baruch. At the time of her death in 1964, she had created a foundation to manage the land as an outdoor laboratory for the colleges and universities in South Carolina.
Belle W. Baruch (August 16 1899 - April 25 1964) was a sailor, equestrian, pilot, and founder of The Belle W. Baruch Foundation in Georgetown, S.C, a reserve and research center for the study of its ecosystems. An accomplished equestrian, she won the French President of the Republic's Cup in 1931 with the only perfect score out of the 119 competitors.