South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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South Carolina Department of Archives and History 


Contact Information

E-mail:  Ask a Librarian[1]


Local History and Genealogy Reading Room
101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ G4
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660

Telephone:[1]  Reading Room: 202-707-5537
Fax:[1]  202-707-1957

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30am - 9:30pm[2]

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Closed Sundays and federal holidays

Public transportation, maps, and directions:

  • Subway. Exit Metrorail Orange or Blue Line Capitol South subway statiion, on 1st Street go north one block to Independence Ave., then east almost to 2nd Street. Use the Jefferson Building southeast back entrance.
  • Buses. Metrobuses 32, 34, 36, 39, 922, 929, 995, A11, C40, and CIRC stop near Independence Ave and 1st Street.
  • map of the location in the city
  • map of the Thomas Jefferson Building; the Local History & Genealogy Reading Room is in the southeast corner.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Library of Congress

Internet sites and databases:

  • On-line Records Index
    • Records of Confederate Veterans 1909-1973
    • Criminal Court Records
    • Index to Multiple Record Series ca. 1675-1929
    • Legislative Papers 1782-1866
    • National Register of Historic Places
    • Plats for State Land Grants 1784-1868
    • School Insurance Photographs 1935-1952
    • Will Transcripts 1782-1855
  • Digital Collections
    • Confederate Pension Applications, 1919-1938
    • Insurance file photographs of public schools, 1935-1952
    • Grand Jury Presentments to the General Assembly, 1783-1877
    • Colonial Plats
    • National Register of Historic Places
    • Will Transcripts, 1782-1855
    • Militia Enrollments of 1869

Collection Description



  • (?) Reader I.D. Card.


Alternate Repositories

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Contact Information" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at (accessed 12 May 2010).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Local History and Genealogy Reading Room" in The Library of Congress [Internet site] at (accessed 12 May 2010).