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.

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • 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, ...
  • 2012 historic preservation awards 

    South Carolina Office of the Governor (South Carolina State Library, 2012)
    The 2012 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 preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-05-14)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-04-17)
    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 Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2019-03-15)
    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 ...
  • Survey manual : South Carolina statewide survey of historic properties 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12)
    The South Carolina Statewide Survey of Historic Properties Survey Manual provides guidance for the identification, evaluation, and documentation of above-ground historic and architectural resources. It sets forth current ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2019-02-14)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2019-01-14)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2018-12-20)
    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 ...
  • Fiscal Year 2017-18 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2018)
    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, 2018-11-27)
    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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