Would you like to know more about the history of a historic property in Charleston? Before you embark on a primary research project, check to see if historical research already exists for your property. Historic Charleston Foundation’s Archives, the South Carolina Historical Society and the South Carolina Room at the Charleston County Library are all good places to begin your research. If the information you are able to find at these institutions is insufficient, then you will wish to conduct your primary research at the office of the Charleston County Register of Mesne Conveyance, located on the 2nd floor of the O.T. Wallace Building at 101 Meeting Street. Once you have finished researching a property’s deeds, ward books and plats, revisit local libraries and archives to look for historic photographs and blueprints. You may also find great information from city directories, census information, newspapers and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.
Access to the materials in Historic Charleston Foundation Archives and Library is provided under conditions that ensure their preservation, maintain their physical integrity, prevent their loss, and comply with requirements that respect confidentiality, privacy, copyright, and any other specific legal conditions. Contact Sarah Ferguson, Archivist and Librarian by email at [email protected] or (843) 724-8490 for appointments and requests.