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, 2022-11-15)
    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 ...
  • 2018 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 Library, 2019-02-04)
    This Arts Integration Supplement to the Teacher’s Guide to African American Historic Places in South Carolina outlines 22 lesson plans that utilize the 2017 South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards for Visual and ...
  • Historic architectural survey of the City of York, York County, South Carolina : final report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History; York (S.C.); Wagoner, Paige; Lanphear, Kristina; Salo, Edward; Brockington and Associates, Inc. (South Carolina State Library, 2008-11)
    The objective of this survey is to identify all aboveground historic architectural resources in the survey universe that retain sufficient integrity to be included in the Statewide Survey of Historic Places. The project ...
  • City of Greenville, South Carolina architectural inventory 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History; Greenville (S.C.); Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc.; De Miranda, Cynthia; Fearnbach, Heather; Griffith, Clay W.; Martin, Jennifer F.; Woodard, Sarah A. (South Carolina State Library, 2003-05)
    This report contains an overview of the historical development of the city, a discussion of architectural styles represented in Greenville, a list of recommendations for National Register eligibility and local designation, ...
  • FY 2020 federal historic preservation grants 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08)
    Federal Historic Preservation Grants make up part of the annual grant awarded to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History by the National Park Service. These grants assist projects such as historical and ...
  • FY 2019 federal historic preservation grants 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2019-06)
    Federal Historic Preservation Grants make up part of the annual grant awarded to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History by the National Park Service. These grants assist projects such as historical and ...
  • FY 2018 federal historic preservation grants 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2018-06)
    Federal Historic Preservation Grants make up part of the annual grant awarded to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History by the National Park Service. These grants assist projects such as historical and ...
  • The Carolina Lowcountry, April 1775 - June 1776 and the Battle of Fort Moultrie 

    Lipscomb, Terry W.; South Carolina Department of Archives & History, Public Programs Division (South Carolina State Library, 1994)
    This publication is the first in a projected series of reference handbooks that will survey South Carolina in the Revolution. It is written for the general reader and covers the years 1775 and 1776..
  • Call & response -- Spring 2019 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2019-05-06)
    Call & Response is the newsletter of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, whose mission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African ...
  • How did we get to now? : documenting African American schools in South Carolina from the Jim Crow era 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History; South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2016-07)
    The primary focus was to compile an inventory of extant African American schools that existed in the period roughly between 1895 and 1970. In addition to inventorying these schools, this project was to provide relevant ...
  • South Carolina becomes a state : the road from colony to independence, 1765-1776 

    Lipscomb, Terry W.; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 1988-07)
    A chronological presentation of the events in South Carolina from 1765-1776, the years when South Carolina became estranged from Great Britain, became closer to the other colonies, and helped found the United States.
  • Manual for owners of historic buildings 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2010)
    A non-technical guide about caring for, adapting, expanding, and preserving older buildings.
  • South Carolinians in the War for American Independence 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History; Helsley, Alexia Jones (South Carolina State Library, 2000)
    This is a short history of South Carolinians who participated int the Revolutionary War.
  • Historic tax credit programs annual report Fiscal Year 2018-2019 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-08-14)
    This report provides greater detail on the income-producing and residential historic tax credit applications.
  • Historic tax credit programs annual report Fiscal Year 2019-2020 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-15)
    This report provides greater detail on the income-producing and residential historic tax credit applications.
  • Tax credit annual report Fiscal Year 2017-2018 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-07)
    This report provides greater detail on the income-producing and residential historic tax credit applications.
  • 2022 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2022)
    South Carolina laws require that each state agency publish and submit to the Governor and the General Assembly an annual accountability report that contains the agency's or department's mission, objectives to accomplish ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2022-10-18)
    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 ...
  • Directory of South Carolina's local history, historic preservation, and cultural organizations 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2022-09-02)
    This directory lists historical and other organizations by county, giving the name, address, phone number, director and website.
  • News in review  

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2022-08)
    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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