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Historic Preservation in the Archives and Special Collections: Welcome

Resources in Special Collections and the South Carolina Historical Society Archives relating to historic preservation and the built environment

Historic Charleston


The resources in this guide are available in the Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society Archives. Located on the third floor of the Addlestone Library, research hours are from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Search Strategies

Using the catalog to find Special Collections' architectural resources

It is rare for a single subject or keyword search to successfully pull up every resource available at the College of Charleston Libraries on a given topic. Be prepared to conduct several different searches using the online catalog.

Subject search:
Architecture -- South Carolina -- Charleston
Charleston (S.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- South Carolina -- Charleston
Historic buildings -- South Carolina -- Charleston
Architecture, Domestic -- South Carolina -- Charleston

Keyword search:
Be mindful of being too specific when keyword searching. Sometimes the popular or alternative name for a building is not the authorized name used in the catalog. The popular name may not appear in a catalog record and therefore that record will not show up in a keyword search of the popular name. 

For example:
Popular name: Old City Jail
Authorized name: Charleston District Jail

Popular name: The Pringle House
Authorized name: Miles Brewton House

Popular name: The Circular Church
Authorized name: Independent or Congregational Church of Charleston, South Carolina.

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