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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    City-wide architectural survey & historic preservation plan, Columbia, South Carolina
    (South Carolina State Library, 1993) South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office; John M. Bryan & Associates
    ln 1974, recognizing the need for a more effective preservation program, the City replaced the old Commission with a new Columbia Landmarks Commission. Now, it is time to review the strengths and weaknesses of the Landmarks Commission, to look at historic preservation in Columbia in the light of prnctices across the nation and to consider the wisdom of planning for the future.
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    South Carolina Historic Tax Credit Programs annual report Fiscal Year 2021-2022
    (South Carolina State Library, 2023-01-10) South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
    Historic preservation projects assisted by state and federal tax incentives provide a significant economic benefit to South Carolina and to the historic character of communities. The financial assistance offered by the tax credit programs is a key tool to assisting historic building rehabilitations in South Carolina. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for reviewing tax credit applications for income-producing projects seeking the 20% Federal Historic Tax Credit and/or the 10% (optional 25%) State Historic Tax Credit, and applica-tions for residential projects seeking the 25% State Historic Owner-Occupied Tax Credit (Homeowner). Each tax credit program includes a 3-part application process.
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    Plaques & certificates for the National Register of Historic Places
    (South Carolina State Library, 2011-09-01) South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
    The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of properties and sites with significance in American history and culture. Properties listed in the National Register earn the honor of displaying South Carolina’s National Register bronze plaque and parchment certificate. This brochure explains the process of obtaining a plaque or certificate for your property.
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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.