Margaretta Childs Archives

At the core of Historic Charleston Foundation's archival collection is the “Property Record Collection,” which provides information about the history and architecture of houses, buildings, and plantations in Charleston and the Lowcountry. 

The collection includes:

  • Property files (narrative histories, deeds, newspaper articles, research notes, and more)
  • Photographs and other images
  • Architectural drawings, plats, and maps

Additional collections are:

“Historic Preservation in Charleston” provides documentation of early and current preservation and neighborhood revitalization efforts, including:

  • Newsclipping scrapbooks (1949 through the 1980s)
  • “Preservation Issues” files

“Historic Charleston Foundation Institutional Records” include:

  • Documentation of the founding of Historic Charleston Foundation
  • Minutes of Trustees’ meetings
  • Correspondence of Historic Charleston Foundation Executive Directors (now President & CEO)
  • Annual reports and newsletters
  • Records pertaining to properties currently or previously owned by Historic Charleston Foundation, including extensive information about the Nathaniel Russell House Museum and the Aiken-Rhett House Museum
  • Documentation of the Foundation’s educational and fundraising programs, including brochures, posters, invitations, and catalogs

The Research Library contains books, pamphlets, technical reports, and videos pertaining to architecture, historic preservation, Charleston and South Carolina history, archaeology, building arts, decorative arts, and gardens. Learn more about researching historic properties.

See collection highlights in the Margaretta Childs Archives. Additionally, several collections from the Margaretta Childs Archives have been digitized. To see these collections and more, visit the Lowcountry Digital Library website. 

Contact the Foundation's Archivist/Librarian at (843) 724-8490 to schedule an appointment.

 

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Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. More>

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

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Charleston, SC 29401
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