About 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, photographs, archaeological and technical reports, and more.  The Archives collection also includes documentation of preservation and neighborhood revitalization efforts in Charleston, early HCF institutional records, and extensive information related to its two museum houses, the Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House. A small research library contains books, pamphlets, technical reports, and videos pertaining to architecture, historic preservation, Charleston and South Carolina history, archaeology, building arts, decorative arts, and gardens/landscape architecture.