| South Carolina Historical Society
- 100 Meeting Street
- Charleston, SC 29401-2215
- Telephone: 843-723-3225 Fax: 843-723-8584
Library Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Holidays.
Directions, map, parking, and public transportation:
- Directions: Follow Interstate 26 east to the end and take the Meeting St./Visitor Info exit. Turn right onto Meeting Street and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. The Fireproof Building, home of the SC Historical Society, will be on the left at the corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets.
- Map: Google Map.
- Parking: The Society has no parking. Metered street parking exists, and nearby public parking garages like Charleston County Garage two blocks north at 90 Cumberland Street.
- Public Transportation: CARTA bus routes 20, 30, 202, and 211 stop near Meeting Street and Broad Street. Then walk north one block.
Internet sites and databases:
- South Carolina Historical Society Internet site describing who they are, publications, research, getting involved, events, and their gift shop.
- South Carolina Historical Society Online Catalog can be searched by keyword, multiple key words, or by exact phrase, author, title, subject, or series.
The Society has a non-lending library with 60,000 historical records, manuscripts, books, photos, and family histories. Includes diaries and papers, plantation, business, and church records, maps, plats, genealogies, the Civil War, and local/state/regional histories. 30,000 photos, 50,000 books, pamphlets, and serials. Their vertical files are on subjects like architecture, African-Americans, churches, and localities.
Their manuscript collection does not include original public or civic documents, such as vital records, taxes, military records, or court records, except as printed or microfilm copies.
The Library is open to everyone. Non-members pay $5 (U.S.) per day.
- Vertical File Guide Jan 2010 with topics like African Americans, business, cemeteries, churches, forts, history, Native Americans, and plantations.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the South Carolina Historical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- Historical Charleston Foundation preservation, museums, events, experience history, media, shop.
- South Carolina Department of Archives and History federal and state censuses, county probate and land records, family histories, cemeteries, taxes, newspapers, equity court records, state death certificates.
- Charleston Library Society 110,000 volumes, early manuscripts, newspapers, maps, and city directories.
- Charleston County Public Library SC Room records, Charleston Archives deaths 1819-1926. Databases: newspapers, Ancestry, Genealogy & Biography Master Index, biographies, African Americans.
- Charleston Museum Archives photos, Civil War and other military records, family papers.
- Charleston County Clerk of the Court magistrate, family, circuit, equity court records.
- Charleston County Probate Court with online marriage and will indexes.
- Charleston County Register of Deeds deeds, mortgages, plats, and liens with online indexes.
- Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina Archives, Dalco Historical Soc., Charleston, colonial parish records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Berkeley, Georgetown, Colleton, and Dorchester counties.
- Berkeley County Historical Society plantations, church, cemetery, & family records, articles, queries.
- Georgetown County Museum photos, cemeteries, Native Americans, slavery, plantations, military.
- Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society history, events, photos, contacts.
- South Carolina Genealogical Society, Edgefield, has a modest collection of family histories, genealogies, state and county record abstracts, county histories, local histories, and church histories.
- South Caroliniana Library (Univ. of SC, Columbia) 75,000 books/micrifilms, 1.3 manuscripts including genealogies, and the notable collections of Leonardo Andrea, Bessie Lee Garvin, and Louise K. Crowder.
- South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, Revolutionary and colonial, antebellum, Civil War, post Civil War, African American history.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee.
- National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) (i.e. Morrow), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.
- State Library of N. Car., Raleigh, family history, Bibles, marriage, death, newspaper, deeds, photos.
- North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, census, military, courts, bond, deed, estate, vital records, wills.
- Georgia Archives, Morrow, genealogies, county histories, newspapers, tax digests, private papers, church records, cemeteries, Bible records, a few municipal records, census, maps, land plats, photographs, Georgia Confederate service and pension records, colonial, headright, and bounty land grants, land lottery, and Georgia county records.
- Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, vital records, censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, military records, Native Americans, newspapers, obituary lists, and maps.
- Dallas Public Central Library Texas, 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.