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For access to the SCHS collection including manuscripts, books, rare books, maps, and pamphlets:

The SCHS Archives in the Addlestone Library (research):
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Attention researchers: Public services and reading room hours for the South Carolina Historical Society Archives and the College of Charleston’s Special Collections will be SUSPENDED starting WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 through FRIDAY, JULY 31 in order to make modifications to mobile shelving and storage space in vaults.

 -The South Carolina Historical Society Archives is located on the third floor of the Addlestone Library on the campus of the College of Charleston. (205 Calhoun Street). 

For research questions call:
Archivist– Virginia Ellison: (843) 723-3225 ext. 114
Librarian- Molly Inabinett: (843) 723-3225 ext. 112

For information on membership and programs:

The SCHS Headquarters at the Fireproof Building (administrative):
(843) 723-3225
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

-The South Carolina Historical Society’s headquarters is located in the Fireproof Building at the southeast corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets (100 Meeting Street).

*To access items in the SCHS Tower Collection (housed in the Fireproof Building), please contact our processing archivist, Karen Stokes. You will be able to see if an item is part of the Tower Collection under “location” in the online catalog. Please note that we request notification at least two business days in advance of your intended visit.

**In addition to items in the Tower Collection, SCHS also maintains a small library of books relating to South Carolina history and culture on site at the Fireproof Building. These books can also be found in the Archives at the Addlestone Library. Visitors are welcome, but advanced notice of your arrival is also much appreciated.

CLOSURES: SCHS headquarters may be closed or its hours altered in the event of federal holidays, special programs, or weather emergencies.  Although the SCHS headquarters may be closed, the collection may still be available for research in the SCHS Reading Room in the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. Please confirm before planning your visit.

2015 SCHS Headquarters Closings:

Monday, January 19 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 16 President’s Day
April 3-6 Easter
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day
Friday, July 3 Independence Day
Monday, September 7 Labor Day
Monday, October 12 Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11 Veterans Day
November 25-29 Thanksgiving
December 23- January 3 Winter Holidays

ARCHIVES & LIBRARY: Follow Interstate 26 east to the end and take the Meeting St./Visitor Info exit. Turn right onto Meeting Street. Turn right onto Calhoun Street at Marion Square. The Addlestone Library will be on the left at the corner of Coming and Calhoun Streets.

FIREPROOF BUILDING: Follow Interstate 26 east to the end and take the Meeting St./Visitor Info exit. Turn right onto Meeting Street and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. The Fireproof Building, headquarters of the South Carolina Historical Society, will be on the left at the corner of Meeting and Chalmers Streets, one block north of Broad Street. Find us using MapQuest or Google Maps.

The SCHS Archives in the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston are located in close proximity to a variety of parking options. Click here for a diagram of parking facilities nearby.

The SCHS Fireproof Building does not have its own parking facility. Metered street parking is available in the surrounding area, and the city operates several public parking garages in the vicinity. Parking is also available in the Charleston County Garage on the right side of Meeting Street just past Hibernian Hall.

GROUPS: Group visits to the Fireproof Building must be arranged in advance. If you have a large group interested in visiting the archive, we also appreciate some advance notice so that we might make your visit as productive and engaging as possible.

The South Carolina Historical Society Archives in the Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston is fully accessible. Please contact us should you have questions.

The South Carolina Historical Society headquarters welcomes visitors with physical or mobility limitations. However, our main entrance is currently located on the main level of the historic Fireproof Building and the building does not have an elevator. If you have a handicap that prohibits you from climbing our staircases, please contact a member of our staff in advance of your visit to make an appointment.


RESTROOMS: There is a patron restroom on the ground floor of the Fireproof Building. Persons contemplating a visit to the Fireproof building should be aware that the path from the main floor down to the restroom involves the use of a circular stone staircase. If this path presents a barrier to you, please contact us in advance of your visit to make special arrangements.