Start your research on South Carolina history.

Our collections are located in the South Carolina Historical Society Reading Room on the third floor of the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. They contain manuscripts, letters, journals, maps, drawings, photographs, and artifacts.


The reading room is staffed by librarians who can assist with your research needs in person.

The South Carolina Historical Society Reading Room, located in the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Reading Room is closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

  • Visitors must present government issued identification to obtain a visitor pass for entry to the Addlestone Library.
  • The Addlestone Library is surrounded by metered street parking and is located within blocks of public garages.
  • The reading room will be closed the following days:
    ° Monday, January 16 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
    ° Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)
    ° Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)
    ° Wednesday, November 22 (closing at 12pm) —Friday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
    ° Wednesday, December 20 (closing at 12pm) —Tuesday, January 2, 2024 (Winter Holiday)

*The Addlestone Library will be undergoing construction on the first floor.  While the SCHS Archives reading room on the third floor of the library will not be affected, there may be some construction noise at various times through the summer.  To combat this, researchers are welcome to bring their own noise canceling headphones or request earplugs at the reference desk.

Archives Address

205 Calhoun St.
Room 340
Charleston, SC 29401

Archives Hours

Monday - Friday
9: 00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Planning your visit to the Archives?

  • Please review our Reading Room policies prior to arrival.
  • If you’d like to schedule an educational tour that meets academic standards for your class, please email our Education Coordinator.
  • For information on archival donations, please click here.
  • Have additional questions? Email us at