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, 2021-08-31)
    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 ...
  • Historic Preservation Awards master list, 1995-2021 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-07-23)
    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, ...
  • State Board of Review, National Register of Historic Places 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-07-08)
    This is a listing of South Carolina members of the State Board of Review of the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Civilian Conservation Corps in South Carolina, 1933-1942 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Public Programs Division (South Carolina State Library, 1997-01-21)
    This is a packet designed to help high school history teachers present information about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Carolina.
  • Archaeological investigations at the Yourhaney Plantation (38GE18) Yauhannah Bluff, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, Georgetown County, South Carolina 

    Adams, Natalie P.; New South Associates; Langdale, Jennifer; Raymer, Leslie; Sheffield, Mason; McKinley, Kate; Cohen, Arthur (South Carolina State Library, 2006-05-01)
    This report presents the results of an archaeological data recovery on a portion of 38GE18, the Yauhannah Bluff site in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The data recovery efforts at the Yauhannah Bluff tract were directed ...
  • African American historic places in South Carolina 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2015-09)
    This his publication provides information on properties in South Carolina that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or have been recognized with South Carolina Historical Markers as of May 2015 and have ...
  • Dorchester County, South Carolina historic resources survey : final survey report 

    Preservation Consultants, Inc., (South Carolina State Library, 1997-02)
    The Dorchester County Historic Resources Survey is part of the survey program of the State Historic Preservation Office. The primary objectives of the survey are to identify historic resources, record their locations, ...
  • Greenville County, South Carolina historic resources survey : Greenville County, South Carolina : final report 

    Brockington and Associates, Inc.; South Carolina Department of Archives and History; Greenville County Recreation District (S.C.); Stallings, Patricia; Owens, Sheldon; Pruitt, Ashley; Sexton, Cameron (South Carolina State Library, 2013-10)
    In 2013, Brockington and Associates conducted a historical resources survey of unincorporated Greenville County for the Greenville County Recreation District and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH). ...
  • Historic resources survey of Camden, South Carolina : September 1995 through September 1996 

    Historic Property Associates, Inc.; South Carolina Department of Archives and History; City of Camden Landmarks Commission (South Carolina State Library, 1996)
    The primary goals of the survey were 1) to locate, document, and record approximately 750 of the most significant above-ground historical resources within the Camden city limits; 2) to provide information, in the form ...
  • Granby Mill Village historical survey : survey report 

    Historic Preservation Consulting, Inc.; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 1990-08)
    This survey is part of the ongoing statewide inventory of South Carolina's historic places. The statewide survey program is the cornerstone of the State Historic Preservation Program. The survey program involves the ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2020-10)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2019-08)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2019-01)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2018-11)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2017-11)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2017-09)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2016-09)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2015-01)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2013-09)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...
  • News in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2013-08)
    The Review and Compliance Division of the State Historic Preservation Office periodically publishes News in Review with information that helps federal and state agencies and applicants identify historic properties listed ...

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