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The Charleston Archive 

The Charleston Archive, located on the second floor of the Main Library, is an archive of historic manuscripts, books and visual materials representing Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. Much of the unique manuscript material housed in The Charleston Archive contains valuable genealogical information and is available on microfilm or photocopies in the South Carolina Room. Access to the original materials is by appointment only. For more information,  call 843-805-6967, e-mail the The Charleston Archive or visit the The Charleston Archive blog site.

City of Charleston Records

Charleston County Public Library Records
This material represents the history of the free library system in Charleston, from its inception in 1930 through the opening of its new main branch in 1998.

Miscellaneous Collections
A number of interesting manuscript collections have been donated to CCPL over the years, including materials from author/artist John Bennett (1865-1956), local historian Eola Willis (1856-1952), a photographic pass book for the South Carolina and West-Indian Exposition (1901-1902), and the weekly record of deaths and interments within the city of Charleston during 1819-1926.