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City of Charleston Records, 1790-1970

Through an arrangement with the City of Charleston, much of the extant historic records of the City of Charleston are made available to the public through the Special Collections department of the Charleston County Public Library. This material (approximately 250 linear feet) spans the years 1790 through about 1970, though the bulk of the material represents the years 1870 through 1930.

The following collections have been processed and are available for study:

  • Capitation Tax Books (Free People of Color), ca. 1852-1864
  • City Block Plats, 1882-1883
  • City Engineer’s Plat Book, ca 1671-1950s
  • Clerk of Council Conveyances, 1830-1970
  • Edmund Grice Scrapbooks (Charleston politics, postal history, etc.), 1933-1959
  • Journal of the Commissioners of Streets and Lamps, 1806-1816
  • Journal of the Commissioners for Opening and Widening Streets, Lanes, and Alleys, 1818-1866
  • Journal of the Port Warden, 1878-1881
  • Records of the Azalea Festival Committee, 1934-1952
  • Records of the Board of Trustees of Shirras Dispensary, 1851-1956
  • Records of the Commissioners of the Alms House (Poor House), 1800-1917
  • Records of the Commissioners of the City Hospital, 1879-1907
  • Records of the Commissioners of the Colonial Common and Ashley River Embankment, 1881-1952
  • Records of the Commissioners of the House of Correction, 1868-1885
  • Records of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 1829-1931
  • Records of the Executive Relief Committee for the Earthquake of 1886, 1886-1903
  • Records of the Historical Commission of Charleston, 1933-1956
  • Records of the Port Utilities Commission, 1921-1943

Finding aids for these collections, as well as the titles of additional collections, will be added to this list periodically. For further information, please call (843) 805-6967 or email the Charleston Archive