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Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The Avery Research Center was established to collect, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora. The Avery Research Center is located at 125 […]

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Barbados Museum & Historical Society

The Barbados Museum & Historical Society was established in 1933 by an Act of Parliament. The Museum began as a historic society founded by Mr. Eustace Maxwell Shilstone. At that time, the mandate of the historic society was to “to study and put on permanent record the history of the Island, its leading families and […]

Battery Gadsden Cultural Center

The mission of Battery Gadsden Cultural Center is to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Battery Gadsden Cultural Center works to preserve and provide access to the civilian history of Sullivan’s Island; to provide a space for the display of art and artifacts; to provide a space for artists to work […]

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Beaufort County Library

About Us The Beaufort County Library system is the public library system serving Beaufort County, SC. The system consists of five branches (Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Lobeco, and St. Helena Island), two Bookmobiles, and a local history and archives department. The Library offers a wide range of print and digital content and is a […]

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Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives

The Diocese of Charleston Office of Archives and Records Management documents the history of the Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina from before its establishment in 1820 to the present day.  The objective is to preserve the history of Catholicism in South Carolina and promote a wider understanding of the Catholic Church by offering access […]

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Charleston Library Society

From its inception over 265 years ago, the Charleston Library Society has been a cornerstone of intellectual and cultural life in Charleston. Today it is a center for scholarly research, a modern lending library, and an oasis of calm in the middle of Downtown Charleston. In addition to contemporary circulating collections of general interest, the […]

City of Charleston

The City of Charleston Records Management Division retains records of permanent importance to the City, its citizens, and future generations through its records management, digitization, and records storage operations. The division assists citizens and city staff by ensuring that proper procedures are followed for retention, timely retrieval, and secure disposition of records, in compliance with […]

City of Mullins, South Carolina

The early days of the Mullins community began when farming families began to settle here in the 1600s. The only forms of local transportation were the Stage and the Little Pee Dee River until the railroad was completed in October of 1853. The railroad depot, which remains a standing landmark in Mullins, was then built. […]

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Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Archives Center

Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Archives Center digital collections are maintained by the Horry County Archives Center at Kimbel Library. The center maintains the special collections of the library and university as well as historical materials relating to Horry County and surrounding areas. Featured collections include the John R. Beaty Letters, Independent Republic Quarterly (the […]

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College of Charleston

The Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston is home to over 500 separate manuscript collections that vary in size from a single item to collections over 400 linear feet. The largest collections are the College of Charleston Archive, the Spoleto Festival Archive, the Jewish Heritage Collection (including the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection […]

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Colleton County Memorial Library

The Colleton County Memorial Library was established through the consolidation of two libraries: the historic Walterboro Library Society and the Colleton County Library. Colleton County Memorial Library is dedicated to providing free and equal access to expertly chosen resources and reliable information and to fostering lifelong learning and the joys of reading. Our services are […]

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Drayton Hall: A National Historic Trust Site

Drayton Hall is different. It’s the real thing, and we are bound by our mission to preserve the property—that is, to keep it in near-original condition just as the National Trust received it from the Drayton family in 1974. Instead of being restored to the vision of those who lived centuries after it was built, […]

Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society

The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society was founded in 1986. The mission of the Society is to preserve and exhibit the history of Edisto and to educate the public in these endeavors. To fulfill this mission, the Society operates the Edisto Island Museum and serves as an advocate for historic preservation on the island.

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Friends of the Hunley

On the night of February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the world’s first successful combat submarine when she attacked and sank the USS Housatonic off the coast of Charleston. The Hunley signaled to shore she had completed the mission and was on the way home, but instead, mysteriously vanished with her crew of […]

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Gibbes Museum of Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art exists to link the art of our past with the art of our future through innovative exhibitions, acquisitions, interpretation and educational programs that preserve and promote the art of Charleston and the American South.

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Historic Charleston Foundation

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation’s mission is to champion the historic authenticity, cultural character, and livability of the Charleston region through advocacy, stewardship, and community engagement. In support of this mission, HCF’s Archives maintains property records that provide documentation of houses, buildings, and plantations in Charleston and the Lowcountry, including historical research, architectural drawings, […]

Huguenot Society of South Carolina

Founded in 1885, the Huguenot Society of South Carolina exists to sustain and share the experience of the French Protestants who fled violent persecution in France and Europe during the 17th century. Theirs is a story of faith, courage and collective achievement essential to the history of the United States. The Society educates the general […]

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Middleton Place Foundation

Middleton Place has been under ten generations of family stewardship, including two of America’s Founding Fathers: Henry Middleton, a president of the First Continental Congress, and his son Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; as well as to generations of enslaved and free African Americans. Today, the property is under the aegis […]

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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, SC, is home of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, including the USS YORKTOWN, Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. The Naval and Maritime Museum strives to preserve the living history […]

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South Carolina Historical Society

In 1855 a group of South Carolina’s most distinguished citizens came together to found the South Carolina Historical Society, to preserve South Carolina’s rich historical legacy for future generations. Today the SCHS is the state’s oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina history. Our mission is […]

South Carolina Tobacco Museum

The City of Mullins sprang from the growing, harvesting, and selling of tobacco beginning in 1894. Proving that tobacco and farm life was the lifeblood of the community, Mullins grew to become the largest tobacco market in South Carolina at one time. The Museum, which opened in August 1998, focuses on the growth of tobacco […]

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

The German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Charleston, South Carolina, was incorporated on December 3, 1840 by German-speaking citizens who wished to worship in their native language. The congregation quickly outgrew its original building at Hasell and Anson Streets. In 1872, the congregation moved into its current location at 405 King Street. Through usage and custom […]

Summerville Museum and Research Center

The Summerville Museum and Research Center is an educational organization dedicated to preserving the historical significance of Summerville and Dorchester County. The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits artifacts as well as developing educational programs relating to the natural and cultural history of the town of Summerville and Dorchester County.

The Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library

The Charleston Archive, located on the second floor of the Charleston County Main Library, is an archive of historic manuscripts, books and visual materials representing Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding Lowcountry. Much of the unique manuscript material housed in The Charleston Archive contains valuable genealogical information and is available to visitors on microfilm or […]

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The Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum, America’s First Museum, was founded in 1773. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. The Museum’s collections now present the oldest-acquired and the most comprehensive assemblage of South Carolina materials in the nation. Modern collecting emphases include natural science, ornithology, […]

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The Citadel Archives & Museum

The Citadel Archives & Museum and the Daniel Library have over 300 archival collections which pertain to the history of The Citadel or have military significance. The time span of the collections is from 1842 to the present and are comprised of personal papers, letters, diaries, reports, minutes, speeches, and Citadel publications. Visual images include […]

Town of Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is a two and a half-mile long barrier island near the entrance of the Charleston Harbor. It is home to a little over 2,000 residents in half as many households. Residents enjoy the small-town charm and relaxed lifestyle that the Island has retained since first being settled in the 17th Century. We are […]