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Father William C. Burn subject files

Identifier: A-01-1018

Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative records, correspondence, photographs, news articles, financial records, newsletters, and other papers pertaining to the operation and administration of the Diocese of Charleston, its bishops, priests, and other religious and lay personal. The material was compiled by Father William C. Burn, archivist of the Diocese of Charleston from 1974-1979.


  • Created: 1820-2010, undated
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1980


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

William Clair Burn was born in 1922 to Lockwood J. Burn and Louise C. Burn in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Charleston High School and College of Charleston, and was a member of the United States Navy during World War II. Burn attended Saint Philip Neri Seminary in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained in 1956 by John J. Russell for the Diocese of Charleston. His pastoral assignments included the roles of assistant and administrator for various parishes throughout South Carolina, chaplain for the Charleston Home for Children, and chaplain for the Carter-May Home. In 1974 he was appointment diocesan archivist, a position he held until 1979. Burn retired in 1993 and died in Charleston in 2009. During his tenure as archivist, Burn compiled diocesan administrative records from various sources, such as the bishop's office, parish and pastoral councils, newspaper clippings, and diocesan departments. These records document the religious and social position, activities, and responsibilities of the bishops of Charleston and the Diocese of Charleston. Included are records for business and operations of the diocese, charities and social work, education, health care and hospitals, ministry, organizations, race relations, and other miscellaneous topics.

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65.50 Linear Feet (157 document boxes; 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Administrative records, correspondence, photographs, articles, financial records, newsletters, and other papers pertaining to the operation and administration of the Diocese of Charleston.

Arrangement Note

Original order.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Father William Burn.

Related Materials

Office of the Bishop records.

Processing Information

Processed by Charles R. Wujcik, October 2011. Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, August 2012.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US