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Revision as of 12:53, 16 May 2011

South Carolina Historical Society

Contact Information

E-mail:  info@southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org


100 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401-2215
Telephone:  843-723-3225    Fax:  843-723-8584

Library Hours:[1]  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:[1]

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:

Collection Description

The Society has a non-lending library with 60,000 historical records, manuscripts, books, photos, and family histories.[2] 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.

Alternate Repositories

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.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Visit Us" South Carolina Historical Society at http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/?name=Site&catID=17571&parentID=17490 (accessed 12 May 2011).
  2. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 603. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). WorldCat entry.