The Diocese of Charleston archives span from 1727 to the present and include the records and papers of the thirteen bishops of Charleston. Other records pertain to the chancery, parishes, clergy, men and women religious, laity, schools, cemeteries, hospitals, social services, buildings, and properties.


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Records Management Policies


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Public Access Policies

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Research Services


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Collection Development Policy

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Finding Aids

Finding aids assist the researcher in locating archival material relevant to their research. There is no single cumulative finding aid for the Diocese of Charleston archives. Rather, a user may have to reference multiple findings aids in various formats, depending on the time period and topic of their research. Learn more about the finding aids that are available for diocesan archives.

Online Catalog

Visit the Archives

Archives, Diocese of Charleston

114 Broad St., Carriage House
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-410-1720


  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed for religious and legal holidays.
  • Research by appointment only 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Please review research procedures before contacting the Archives

Brian P. Fahey, MLIS

Melissa J. Mabry, MLIS
Associate Archivist

Charles Wujcik 
Archives Assistant