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, 2020-07)
    This is a listing of South Carolina members of the State Board of Review of the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-18)
    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, 2020-07-15)
    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, 2020-04-10)
    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 ...
  • Definition and treatment of GAPCs and significant sites 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    Geographic Areas of Particular Concern (GAPCs) receive special management consideration. As stated in the Policies and Procedures of the South Carolina Coastal Management Program, "when a site overlaps with, is adjacent ...
  • Review & compliance - frequently asked questions 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    This paper answers questions concerning laws applicable to historic properties.
  • Traditional cultural properties in South Carolina : identification and evaluation for section 106 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) are a subset of historic properties associated with the cultural practices, traditions, beliefs, lifeways, arts, crafts, and social institutions of any living community. Most TCPs are ...
  • Tax incentives : tips for developers of textile mill projects 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    Historic textile mills in South Carolina may be eligible for multiple tax incentives so it is important that any developer coordinate the required reviews. The federal and state income tax credits for the rehabilitation ...
  • Tax incentives : tips on how to apply for mixed use projects 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    When the rehabilitation of a historic property includes an income-producing use as well as an owner-occupied residence, the project is considered to be "mixed use." Special provisions are required for mixed use projects ...
  • Preservation hotline #10 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-28)
    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 answers ...
  • Preservation hotline #9 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-28)
    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 ...
  • Preservation hotline #2 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-28)
    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 ...
  • Frequently asked questions - income-producing tax credits 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    This paper answers questions concerning tax credits for historic buildings that produce revenue. In order to use the tax credits the building must be listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places or after ...
  • Guidance for archaeological site monitoring 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02-11)
    Monitoring is the observation of construction excavation activities by an archaeologist in order to identify, recover, protect and/ or document archaeological information or materials. An archaeologist who meets the Secretary ...
  • Complying with architectural covenants 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-28)
    A covenant is a formal agreement between the State Historic Preservation Office and the owner of a historic property in which the owner agrees to ensure the maintenance and preservation of the architectural and historical ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-17)
    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 ...
  • 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 ...

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