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David Heisser papers

Identifier: A-03-1024

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the research compiled by David Heisser, who was an author, historian, and librarian, during his career from the 1960s until 2010.  It also contains some of Heisser’s personal materials, including records of his education, family, and death. Papers throughout the collection mainly relate to Patrick N. Lynch, third bishop of Charleston, South Carolina. They include photocopies of Lynch’s correspondence, family and genealogical material, and writings and lectures given by Lynch, such as his pamphlet on slavery written in German, French, and Italian. The material regarding Lynch extends from his hometown in Ireland to South Carolina and spans from the 1820s until Lynch’s death in 1882.  It also includes writings about Lynch authored by other historians.  Other topics in which Heisser conducted research include Irish Catholics; black Catholics; Bishop John England; biographies of various bishops and clergy during Lynch’s lifetime; Civil War; writings about councils in which Lynch was a participant; slavery; religion; and science.  Additional materials include articles written by Heisser on seals and emblems and topics related to library and information science.  The collection records are largely textual, comprising correspondence, clippings, publications, and related printed matter.  Other formats include photographs and some negatives.


  • Created: 1827-2010, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/13/2010


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

David Calvin Reynolds Heisser, author, historian, and librarian, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1942 to Manning Reynolds Heisser and English Riley Heisser.  He graduated from Bishop England High School in Charleston, South Carolina.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Charleston, a master of arts and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master of science degree from Columbia University in New York. During his life, Heisser worked as a professor of history, researcher, lecturer, and librarian. He was the reference and documents librarian at The Citadel when he retired in 2007. Heisser authored several articles on the life of Patrick N. Lynch and gave numerous lectures.  He also published in the field of library and information science as well as seals and emblems.  Heisser was working on a full biography of Patrick N. Lynch at the time of his death in 2010.

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14.15 Linear Feet (34 document boxes)

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Personal and professional papers, including publications, manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, dissertations, and photographs, compiled by David Heisser, author and historian.

Source of Acquisition

Received from the estate of David Heisser in July 2010.

Method of Acquisition


Existence and Location of Originals

Originals are located in various repositories.

Separated Materials

Books have been cataloged and added to Diocese of Charleston library.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, May 2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US