South Carolina Historical Society Fireproff Building in Charleston SC.

FourteenSouth Carolina Historical Society - Fireproof Building

100 Meeting Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 723-3225


Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00a - 5:00p


The South Carolina Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1855 to preserve South Carolina's rich historical legacy. It is the state's oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina's history.



The South Carolina Historical Society collections contain records from the pre-colonial period to the present; a wide variety of personal documents; diaries; records of scholarly research; and plantation, business, and church records. Also in the collection are maps and plats; architectural drawings; genealogical charts; over 30,000 photographs and prints; and 50,000 books, pamphlets, and serials. The SCHS also owns one of the nation's largest collections of Confederate imprints.