The Resource Domestic cisterns in Charleston, South Carolina : public health and private water in an antebellum city, by Brittany T. McKee

Domestic cisterns in Charleston, South Carolina : public health and private water in an antebellum city, by Brittany T. McKee

Label
Domestic cisterns in Charleston, South Carolina : public health and private water in an antebellum city
Title
Domestic cisterns in Charleston, South Carolina
Title remainder
public health and private water in an antebellum city
Statement of responsibility
by Brittany T. McKee
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This study is the first comprehensive analysis of domestic cisterns in the antebellum United States. Cisterns, traditionally defined as catchment or storage facilities for rainwater collected by means of a drainage system, became a common domestic utility in Charleston, South Carolina during the nineteenth century. The earliest cisterns on the peninsula were constructed in the city's more affluent properties. By 1870 they were a household feature in all areas of the city. Two primary factors motivated Charlestonians to install domestic water collection systems. First, the city urbanized with little to no sanitation policy. As a result the city experienced frequent outbreaks of water borne illnesses. Secondly, shallow wells that formerly provided adequate water supplies were contaminated and numerous campaigns to reach pure water by drilling of artesian wells failed. In response to this rising fear of disease, residents incorporated cisterns that provided a convenient and well-monitored source of potable water. Cistern technology evolved throughout the nineteenth century in response to developments in the field of bacteriology and sanitation reforms of the Progressive Era. The drive to provide potable water coupled with the standardization and development of new construction materials vastly altered cistern design and application. Surviving cisterns, trades catalogues, and city records identify physical variations and commonalities in cistern design and placement. The creation of the City of Charleston Water Works Company in 1879 obviated the need for private sources of clean water and by the early twentieth century city officials discouraged cistern use."--Page ii
Cataloging source
SXC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McKee, Brittany T
Dissertation note
Thesis (M.S.H.P.)--Clemson University and College of Charleston, 2014.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
  • facsimiles
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cisterns
  • Water-supply
  • Water
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Charleston (S.C.)
  • Sanitation
Label
Domestic cisterns in Charleston, South Carolina : public health and private water in an antebellum city, by Brittany T. McKee
Link
http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2988&context=all_theses
Instantiates
Publication
Note
UMI number: 1557997
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Urban growth and the search for safe water, 1680-1905 -- Public health and disease in nineteenth-century Charleston -- Cistern locations and construction -- The Progressive Era and the impact of sanitary engineers on cistern construction -- Appendices
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 136 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), facsimiles, maps (some color), plans (some color)
Label
Domestic cisterns in Charleston, South Carolina : public health and private water in an antebellum city, by Brittany T. McKee
Link
http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2988&context=all_theses
Publication
Note
UMI number: 1557997
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Urban growth and the search for safe water, 1680-1905 -- Public health and disease in nineteenth-century Charleston -- Cistern locations and construction -- The Progressive Era and the impact of sanitary engineers on cistern construction -- Appendices
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
viii, 136 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), facsimiles, maps (some color), plans (some color)

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