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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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  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2017-10-24)
    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, 2017-09-25)
    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, 2017-08-23)
    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, 2017-07-21)
    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, 2017-06-23)
    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, 2017-05-18)
    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 ...
  • Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    The South Carolina Department of Archives and History reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, organization chart, statistics, strategic planning, HR ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2017-04-10)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2017-03-15)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2017-02-28)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2017-01-31)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-12-20)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-09-23)
    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 groups.
  • Fiscal Year 2015-16 Accountability Report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    The South Carolina Department of Archives and History reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, organization chart, statistics, strategic planning, HR ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-08-19)
    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 groups.
  • Supplement to A Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina : integrating art into classroom instruction 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation; South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-05)
    Within this booklet, teachers will find instructional resources covering a wide array of genres, including, dance, choral music, general music, instrumental music, media arts, theatre, and the visual arts. These lesson ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-07-20)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-06-16)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-05-02)
    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 groups.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2016-03-23)
    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 groups.

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