Department of Archives and History Documents

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History publishes a variety of documents on the history of the state and preservation methods and best-practices.


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    Guidance for assessing damage to archaeological sites
    (South Carolina State Library, 2023-09) South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recommends the following when assessing damage to previously recorded archaeological sites to ensure the continuity of available archaeological data for future surveys and excavations. The recordation of site damage information is intended to be utilized by federal, state, or local agencies as well as academic institutions in analyzing the current preservation status of known archaeological sites either in permitting processes for proposed undertakings/projects or research endeavors. This information may be utilized by the SHPO to analyze the effectiveness of any proposed mitigation techniques to preserve the integrity of archaeological sites. An archaeologist who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards must be present during the recordation of any information. The selection of a qualified archaeologist with a specific sub-specialty, if at all possible, should be based upon the type of archaeological deposits known. Site Damage may be defined as any physically direct or indirect impact to an archaeological site that has adversely affected its integrity including: looting pits (through conventional methods or metal detecting), mass grading, residential or industrial/commercial construction, erosion, or natural disasters.
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    A historical and architectural survey of Conway, South Carolina Horry County, South Carolina
    (South Carolina State Library, 2005-07-30) South Carolina Department of Archives and History; New South Associates; Reed, Mary Beth; Langdale, Jennifer B.
    The guidelines for the project required the surveyors to document all the buildings constructed in Conway prior to 1955 with the exception of those properties already listed on the NRHP. Although most of the properties documented were buildings, a few structures were also included. The field survey began with the commercial district of Conway and fanned out to the residential neighborhoods starting with the Conwayborough section. A compiled inventory is included in Appendix A and a list of the 151 buildings surveyed in 1983 is included in Appendix B.
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    Olympia Mill and Village : upper Richland County South Carolina historic and architectural survey
    (South Carolina State Library, 2002-06) South Carolina Department of Archives and History; Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc.; Martin, Jennifer F.; Theos, Nicholas G.; Woodard, Sarah A.; Richland County Conservation Commission
    The survey of the Olympia Mill Village is a component of the Historic Resources Survey of Upper Richland County. The state’s survey program is intended to preserve and document South Carolina’s history by collecting information about the state’s historic architecture. The survey of the Olympia Mill Village will allow the State Historic Preservation Office to evaluate the potential for including the village in the National Register of Historic Places, which is the nation’s list of historic resources worth of preservation. The survey will also raise the village’s historical value among the residents as well as provide a history of the mill and the village and a list or inventory of all the structures and buildings extant in the village.
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    Guidance for assessing visual and indirect effects to historic landscapes
    (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11) South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
    These guidelines are provided by the State Historic Preservation Office to answer questions about assessing visual or indirect effects to landscapes and ways to avoid adverse visual or indirect effects to historic landscapes.
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    Know your state, and make it known - the South Carolina historical marker program
    (South Carolina State Library, 2023-05-03) South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    This document contains information about historical markers, directions to apply, what markers can be about, what historical markers do, and other relevant resources.