Research Our Collections

Access
All are welcome to use the Diocese of Charleston archives in accordance with the public access policy. Researchers are encouraged to discuss their research topics or objectives with the archives staff prior to scheduling their appointments.

Research Procedures
When and where: Research is by appointment only, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., in the Office of Archives and Records Management at 114 Broad Street, Carriage House, Charleston, SC 29401. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Registration: Upon arrival, researchers must complete an "Application for Research" that includes a statement about their research topic(s) and the intended use of the research (e.g., a paper, report, personal interest). Picture identification is required.

Duplication: Archives maintains a microfilm reader-printer and a photocopier/scanner. Nominal charges for copies may apply. The publication or reproduction of any portion of the Diocese of Charleston archives, including but not limited to text, images, or objects, requires the written permission of the diocese. Please submit to Brian Fahey a signed copy of the standard rights and reproduction agreement [pdf] and a written request identifying which items you wish to publish or reproduce and in what publication or production they will appear. If approved, the Office of Archives and Records Management will issue a letter of permission.

Parking: Registered researchers receive a daily permit for parking at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Fees: Archives charges no fees for access to its collections. However, please consider making a donation payable to the Diocese of Charleston for the continued preservation and access of the collections.

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