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Black Catholics reference collection

Identifier: A-00-1038

Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection consisting primarily of copied newspaper clippings, correspondence, publications, and photographs regarding black Catholics of South Carolina.  Topics include the history of black Catholics in South Carolina, historically black parishes and missions, school integration, civil rights, the Hospital Workers’ Strike in Charleston, slavery, and racism.  Also included is material from the archives of the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, also known as the Josephite Fathers and Brothers, a religious community in Baltimore, Maryland, which serves the African American community.  Among this material are photocopies of typewritten transcripts from Peter Benoit’s diary, John R. Slattery correspondence, the St. Joseph Advocate, and a catalog containing a list of material related to the Diocese of Charleston. This collection also includes photocopies of material used in a Diocese of Charleston exhibit, Black, Catholic and Proud.


  • Created: 1834-2003, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2000


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.


0.63 Linear Feet (1 document box; 1 slim box)

Language of Materials



Artificial collection consisting primarily of copied printed material regarding black Catholics of South Carolina.

Source of Acquisition

Collected by Mary Giles.

Processing Information

Processed by Jenifer E. Neal, 2009; and Melissa Bronheim, September 2014.

Inventory of the Black Catholics reference collection
Description rules
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