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 by appointment only. Click here for appointment information.

  • 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 20 (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
    ° Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day)
    ° Friday, July 3 (Independence Day)
    ° Wednesday, November 25 (starting at 2:00 p.m.)—Friday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Holiday)

    ° Tuesday, December 15 —Friday, January 1, 2021 (Winter Holiday)

Archives Address

205 Calhoun St.
Room 340
Charleston, SC 29401

Archives Hours

Monday - Friday
9 AM – 5 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