The online catalog contains the records for a variety of items from the Margaretta Childs Archives including documentation of historic buildings, photographs, books, and much more. The catalog currently represents a portion of the collections and will be updated on a regular basis, so please check the catalog often. Contact the archivist/librarian if you cannot find what you are looking for.
To help maximize the results of your query, here are a few tips for searching the catalog:
Use Subjects and Search Terms for more focused results. Subject headings are derived from Library of Congress authorities. Search Terms include words, terms, and phrases that are specific to Historic Charleston Foundation, including street names. For example:
To find records for buildings that have been demolished, search the Subject “Lost architecture” and/or the Search Term “Demolished buildings, lost buildings”
To find records in which cars are featured, search the Subject “Automobiles” and/or the Search Term “Cars"
Search for a building by both its address and its common name(s) or alternate address(es). Also, use variations in spelling if you know them. For example:
51 Meeting / Nathaniel Russell House
14 Legare / Pineapple Gate House / Simmons-Edwards House
102 Church / 36 Elliott
Theatre / Theater
To search by street address, omit street type, e.g., Street, Avenue, etc.
The abbreviations DYKYC and FOHG found in many Property File records stand for “Do You Know Your Charleston” and “Festival of Houses and Gardens.” (DYKYC was a series of newspaper articles. FOHG is Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual tour of houses.)
Additional instructions may be found by clicking on the Help button on any search screen in the catalog.
The Margaretta Childs Archives at Historic Charleston Foundation seeks to make items in its collections accessible to the public for research and educational purposes. Images and content may be protected by copyright or other restrictions, and may not be reproduced, transmitted, copied, or otherwise used without permission.
Contact the archivist/librarian to request permission to reproduce any of the images or other items in the catalog. Usage and reproduction fees may apply.