A Historical Commission was established by the General Assembly in 1891 to obtain transcripts of the colonial records from England. When the commission completed its work it recommended a permanent commission be established. In 1905 the Historical Commission elected its first Secretary. The Commission became the South Carolina Archives Department in 1954.

The duties of the Department of Archives and History are to preserve and administer the noncurrent records of the state and its county divisions, to preserve private records the department is authorized to accept, and to improve standards of preservation and care of public records. It also publishes documents on the history of South Carolina, administers a historical markers program and promotes state history, genealogy, and archaeology.

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  • State Board of Review, National Register of Historic Places 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-20)
    This is a listing of South Carolina members of the State Board of Review of the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Call & response -- Fall 2020 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-02)
    Call & Response is the newsletter of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, whose mission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-17)
    The State Historic Preservation Office at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History publishes a monthly newsletter featuring agency programs and events, and highlights those of state and national preservation ...
  • 2020 supplement to a teacher's guide to African American historic places in South Carolina : integrating the arts into classroom instruction 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation; South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-01)
    This fourth Arts Integration Supplement to A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina outlines twelve lesson plans that infuse the 2017 South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards for ...
  • Useful sources for researching historic properties 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-16)
    This bibliography lists electronic resources from all over the country for researching historic properties. Included are: research guides, libraries and archives, digital collections, genealogy services, newspapers/journals, ...
  • Preservation hotline #13 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how to research ...
  • Preservation hotline #12 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. While impacts to all historic resources, ...
  • Preservation hotline #11 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how state and ...
  • Preservation hotline #9 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how ...
  • Preservation hotline #8 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how to trace the ...
  • Preservation hotline #7 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how to protect and ...
  • Preservation hotline #6 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication answers questions about ...
  • Preservation hotline #5 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how to protect ...
  • Preservation hotline #4 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how to develop a ...
  • Preservation hotline #3 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about federal and state ...
  • Preservation hotline #2 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. Communities across South ...
  • Preservation hotline #1 

    Unknown author (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01)
    This publication comes from the Preservation Hotlines serial, published by the State Historic Preservation office about common issues relating to preservation in South Carolina. This publication is about how to nominate a ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-15)
    The State Historic Preservation Office at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History publishes a monthly newsletter featuring agency programs and events, and highlights those of state and national preservation ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-20)
    The State Historic Preservation Office at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History publishes a monthly newsletter featuring agency programs and events, and highlights those of state and national preservation ...
  • Historic Preservation Awards master list, 1995-2020 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-03)
    The Historic Preservation Awards recognize the exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation, and interpretation of our architectural and cultural heritage. The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, ...

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