Highlights: Archives & Library

Highlights of the Margaretta Childs Archives include:

  • Frances R. Edmunds Papers: Files of the Foundation’s first executive director (now President & CEO)
  • Tours of Homes Collection:  Publicity for the first ten years of the Foundation’s Tours of Homes that later evolved into the Festival of Houses and Gardens
  • Documentation of the Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project, the Foundation’s landmark revolving fund project
  • Documentation of the development of the Charleston Hotel and Convention Center (a/k/a Charleston Place) and of the restoration of the Charleston County Courthouse
  • 1886 Earthquake Collection:  Damage assessment, various publications, and photographs
  • Hurricane Hugo Damage Assessment:  Survey sheets and accompanying photographs
  • Reproductions of historic maps, peninsula maps, architectural inventory maps, HCF “Area Study” maps, and the 1902 volume of Sanborn Maps
  • Hundreds of photographs of historic properties
  • Loutrel Briggs drawings of Charleston and area gardens
  • Sabina E. Wells photographs (1898-1899) taken by the notable Charleston artist
  • Illustrated souvenir albums (late-19th and early-20th century)
  • Postcards of buildings, landmarks, streetscapes and scenes (early- to mid-20th century)
  • Franklin Frost Sams photographs (ca. 1898-1912) of buildings, streetscapes, rural churches, monuments, marine scenes
  • Photograph Album (ca. 1940s) of buildings, landmarks, sites, and battleships
  • H. Philip Staats photographs (ca. 1950s) of Charleston buildings
  • SC DOT photographs (1960s) of buildings and other properties destroyed, relocated, or otherwise modified  to accommodate road construction
  • Aerial photographs (various years) of the peninsula

Several collections from the Margaretta Childs Archives have been digitized and are available on the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Research Library

Historic Charleston Foundation’s research library contains almost 3,000 books, pamphlets, technical reports, and videos pertaining to Charleston and South Carolina history, architecture, historic preservation, archaeology, building arts, decorative arts, and gardens.  Here is a small representation:

  • Charleston Historic Preservation Plans (1972, 1974, 2007)
  • The Vernacular Architecture of Charleston and the Lowcountry, 1670-1990: A Field Guide (Carter L. Hudgins, et al.)
  •  Architectural Guide to Charleston, South Carolina, 1700-1900 (Albert Simons  and W.H. Johnson Thomas)
  • Charleston Gardens (Loutrel Briggs)
  • Historic structures reports for the Aiken-Rhett House and Nathaniel Russell House (Willie Graham, Orlando Ridout, Carl Lounsbury, and Susan Buck
  • Historic Charleston mortar, stucco, finishes; and Masonry/wood building studies (George T. Fore)
  • The Foundation's Oral History Series of video interviews of Lawrence Walker, Elizabeth Jenkins Young, Herbert A. DeCosta Jr., J. Palmer Gaillard, Joseph (Peter) McGee, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Emily Ravenel Farrow, and others
  • Tourism Brochures and souvenir books, 1890s-1940s
  • SC Inter-State and West Indian Exposition publications (1901-02)

The Margaretta Childs Archives, located at 40 East Bay Street, is open by appointment.  For more information on researching your historic property or to schedule a visit, contact the Foundation’s Archivist/Librarian at 843-724-8490.

 

 

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Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1623


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