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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  • The business of rural heritage, culture and art : an introductory resource guide for entrepreneurs 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation; South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-19)
    This guide provides a wealth of information pointing toward assistance that is available to help entrepreneurs achieve success. The resources listed here are a starting point for startup businesses and for existing businesses ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    Unknown author (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-18)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-21)
    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, 2019-12-16)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-11-14)
    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 ...
  • The business of rural heritage, culture & art : an introductory resource guide for entrepreneurs 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation; South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    This guide provides a wealth of information pointing toward assistance that is available to help entrepreneurs achieve success. The resources listed here are a starting point for startup businesses and for existing businesses ...
  • South Carolina historical markers : a guidebook 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2019-12)
    The South Carolina Historical Marker Program was officially established in 1936. The listing includes all markers that SCDAH has approved since the program’s establishment in 1936, as well as markers previously erected ...
  • Maintaining S.C. historical markers : cleaning, repairing, and repainting South Carolina historical markers 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2019-12)
    While the South Carolina Department of Archives and History oversees the South Carolina Historical Marker Program, individual markers are proposed, funded, and erected by outside organizations that serve as a marker’s ...
  • 2019 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, 2019)
    This third 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 ...
  • Fiscal Year 2018-19 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    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 ...
  • Stepping stone to the Supreme Court : Clarendon County 

    Hornsby, Benjamin F. (South Carolina State Library, 1992)
    The first title in the series Topics in African American History by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History provides the history, a timeline, and petition text for the Briggs v. Elliott court case.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-10-17)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-23)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-08-21)
    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, 2019-07-19)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-06-19)
    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 ...
  • The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation 2016 preservation award winners 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2016)
    The 2016 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, ...
  • 2015 historic preservation awards 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2015)
    The 2015 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, ...
  • 2014 historic preservation awards 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2014)
    The 2014 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, ...
  • 2013 historic preservation awards 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor; Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2013)
    The 2013 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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