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Office of the Catholic Miscellany photograph collection

Identifier: A-01-1022

Scope and Contents

The Catholic Miscellany photograph collection is comprised of images created for use in the Diocese of Charleston newspaper, the Catholic Miscellany. The images were created largely by Miscellany staff, with some contributions by parishioners, and date from the mid-1990s to the early 2010s. The images depict people, places, and events that were featured in Miscellany news stories. The images primarily depict news stories relating to the Catholic community within South Carolina, with some portraying stories regarding the worldwide Catholic community. The collection features many images of Bishops David Thompson and Robert Baker, with some images of Bishop Robert Gugliemone included. The images also depict various priests, religious men and women, deacons, and parishioners throughout the state. Catholic organizations, institutions, churches, and schools are featured as well. Some significant topics and events shown in the images include various religious services, such as Chrism Mass; meetings and events of various Catholic organizations, including Office of Vocations, South Carolina Council of Catholic Women, and other outreach organizations; ordination ceremonies, including priestly and diaconate ordinations, and many images of Bishop Baker’s installation service; Catholic schools and schoolchildren; groundbreaking ceremonies for various Catholic churches and other buildings; blessings and dedications of Catholic buildings; pro-life activities and demonstrations; Knights of Columbus and Knights of Peter Claver members; deacon portrait photographs; Fire Tried Gold documentary film behind-the-scenes photographs; and holiday celebrations and services. The images are primarily 4"x6" and 3"x5" color photographs, with some oversized images and some solely on negatives, CD-Rs, and DVDs.


  • created: 1996-2010
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/12/2012


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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

The Catholic Miscellany, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Charleston, covers news relating to South Carolina’s Catholic community and the universal church.  It was created as the United States Catholic Miscellany, which was founded by the first bishop of Charleston, John England, in 1822.  The United States Catholic Miscellany was the first national weekly Catholic newspaper in the country, and ran until the Charleston fire of 1861 destroyed the publication’s offices.  It was not until the 1950s that the Office of the Catholic Miscellany produced a multi-folio statewide Catholic newspaper, the Catholic Banner.  By 1990, the newspaper was renamed the New Catholic Miscellany by Bishop David Thompson, and the offices were relocated back to Charleston from Columbia.  The “new” was removed during the late 1990s.  The mission of the newspaper is to present Gospel values and the news of the Diocese of Charleston and the worldwide Catholic community.

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13.75 Linear Feet (12 photograph cases; 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



Photographs created by the Office of the Catholic Miscellany for use in the Diocese of Charleston newspaper. Images date from the mid-1990s to the early 2010s and depict people, places, and events that were featured in the Catholic Miscellany news stories.

Source of Acquisition

Received from the Office of the Catholic Miscellany in December 2012.

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Additional materials expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Molly Inabinett, July 2013.

Inventory of the Office of the Catholic Miscellany photograph collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US