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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, 2018-02-16)
    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, 2018-01-23)
    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, 2017-11-28)
    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 ...
  • 2017 South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History; South Carolina Office of the Governor; Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    The 2017 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, ...
  • HISTORIC TAX CREDIT PROGRAMS ANNUAL REPORT FY 2016-2017 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2017)
    The following report provides greater detail on the income-producing and residential historic tax credit applications from FY 2016-2017. Fiscal year 2016-2017 has seen an increase in both income-producing (36%) and ...
  • Confederate Military Records 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2011)
    Tracing your ancestor's service in the Confederate army during the Civil War can be a very rewarding part of genealogical research. The records listed here, consisting of National Archives' microfilm and original documents ...
  • 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 ...

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