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Monsignor James A. Carter records

Identifier: A-01-2006.003

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Diocesan Records held by Msgr. Carter during his various involvement with the Curia, Finance Council, Office of Vicar for Clergy, and Office of Vicar General.  Materials are divided into two series:  administrative papers and subject files.  The administrative papers were transferred to the archives from the Office of Vicar for Clergy in May 2005.  Administrative papers include correspondence, reports, diocesan policies and handbooks, and meeting minutes regarding the Institute for Leadership, Financial Audits, Finance Council/Investment Committee, Diaconate, Pastoral Administration Task Force, Division of Diocese, and Deanery Records.  The subject files were recovered in the second floor attic of the downtown Chancery building (119 Broad Street) and transferred to the archives in February 2010.  Materials include various correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and brochures regarding diocesan and non-diocesan issues.  This part of the collection was weeded and rehoused, maintaining original arrangement and folder labeling.  All added notes are enclosed in editorial brackets.


  • Created: 1971-2002, undated
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1990-1999
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/13/2005


Conditions Governing Access

Access is restricted; consult repository for details.

Conditions Governing Use

The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in Charleston, S.C., on 1 March 1939 to James A. Carter, Sr., and Kathryne Magruder, Carter attended parochial school at Cathedral and St. Patrick parishes and Bishop England High School in Charleston.  He attended seminary at Mount St. Mary (Emmitsburg, Md.), St. Mary (Ky.), and St. Mary (Baltimore).  In Charleston, Bishop Ernest Unterkoefler ordained Carter to the priesthood for the Diocese of Charleston on 7 May 1966. Assignments included the following:  Associate, St. Mary of the Annunciation (Charleston, 29 May 1966-Oct. 1968; Associate, St. John (North Charleston), 17 Oct. 1968-1969; Moderator, Charleston Deanery Council of Catholic Women, Nov. 1968-1970; Rector, Cardinal Newman High School (Columbia), June 1969-July 1970; Chaplain, Ursuline Convent (Columbia), June 1969-July 1970; Associate, St. Peter (Columbia), Sept. 1970-1973; pastor, Holy Spirit (Johns Island) and Our Lady of Good Counsel (Folly Beach), 15 June 1973-Nov. 1974; Pastor, St. Paul (Spartanburg), 20 Nov. 1974-June 1980; Pastor, St. Mary Help of Christians (Aiken), 3 June 1980-14 June 1989; Pastor, Christ Our King (Mt. Pleasant), 1989-present. At various times, Carter served as Vicar General, Vicar for Clergy, and Chair of the diocesan Building and Renovation Commission, facilitator of Presbyteral Council, member of Diocesan Finance Council, and member of Priest Personnel Board.

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2.50 Linear Feet (2 record cartons)

Language of Materials



Administrative records and subject files of James A. Carter.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged by series and alphabetically by subject at the folder level.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Bonnie Sigers, Office of Vicar General, in May 2005.

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Brian P. Fahey.

Inventory of the Monsignor James A. Carter records
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US