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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Recent Submissions

  • New in Review 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Review and Compliance Division (2006-07)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-07-27)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-06-25)
    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 ...
  • Call & response -- Spring 2021 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2021-06)
    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 ...
  • Sustaining historic places in changing times : historic preservation plan for South Carolina 2020-2026 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-23)
    The state historic preservation plan is used to guide decision-making on a general level, coordinate statewide preservation activities, and communicate statewide preservation policy, goals, and values to the preservation ...
  • Frequently asked questions - income-producing tax credits 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-11)
    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 ...
  • Frequently asked questions - homeowners tax credits 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-11)
    This paper answers questions concerning tax credits for taxpayers who rehabilitate their owner-occupied residence.
  • A plan to ensure the preservation and availability of the Palmetto State’s historical records 2021 - 2026 : the strategic plan of the South Carolina State Historical Advisory Board 

    South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board (South Carolina State Library, 2020-12-11)
    Over the course of 2020, with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the SC SHRAB examined the current status of historical records repositories across South Carolina. This ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-24)
    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, 2021-02-26)
    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 2019-2020 accountability report 

    South Carolina Department of Archives and History (South Carolina State Library, 2020)
    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, 2021-01-25)
    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 ...
  • Call & response -- Winter 2021 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission; South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-25)
    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 ...
  • Call & response -- Summer 2020 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission; South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (English, 2020-08-08)
    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 ...
  • Call & response -- Spring 2020 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission; South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04-30)
    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 ...
  • Historic preservation news and notes 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-12-30)
    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 ...
  • Call & response -- Winter 2019 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission; South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-03)
    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 ...
  • A teacher's guide to African American historic places in South Carolina 2020 

    WeGOJA Foundation (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-29)
    This publication provides information on properties associated with African American history and culture in South Carolina. It will assist educators with incorporating South Carolina’s rich African American heritage into ...
  • State Board of Review, National Register of Historic Places 

    South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-20)
    This is a listing of South Carolina members of the State Board of Review of the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Call & response -- Fall 2020 

    South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-02)
    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 ...

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