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Parish Files

Identifier: A-01-2009.002

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of original and photocopied materials regarding various diocesan parishes and missions from 1791 to present (bulk, 1950-1989), including administrative records, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and photographs regarding the day to day operations of parishes, missions, and their ministry to Catholics in South Carolina.  Materials were transferred from various chancery offices and individual parishes/missions, and gifted from various individuals and organizations.  The administrative materials contain unpublished histories from both parish affiliated and unaffiliated persons, parish organization meeting minutes, some financial records, property surveys, parish announcements, and notes compiled by Father William C. Burn during his appointment as Diocesan Archivist, 1974-1979.  The correspondence includes letters to and from priests, bishops, parishioners, and unaffiliated persons.  Various publications include church bulletins, mission work, parish directories, pamphlets, newsletters, etc. Newspaper clippings include articles regarding parish churches and missions from the Catholic Miscellany and various public newspapers around South Carolina and the United States.  Photographs include various properties and activities at parish churches, missions, and schools.  Miscellaneous materials include ledgers; a 1985 “Four Horseman” comic; mission reports; videocassette and audiocassette recordings of meetings and church services; inventory catalogs; cemetery inscriptions, oral histories; and an anniversary plaque.  There are five oversize boxes including administrative materials, insurance appraisals, and one oversize letter and photograph.  Oversize ledgers include financial records, school board minutes, and various organization registers from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.


  • Created: 1791-Present
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1989


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.


60.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Administrative records, correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and photographs regarding the day to day operations of parishes, missions, and their ministry to Catholics in South Carolina.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged alphabetically by series, and chronologically at the folder and item level when applicable.

Physical Access Requirements

Some materials are marked "confidential" at the folder level and are not to be released to the public until the specified date marked on the folder.

Source of Acquisition

Diocese of Charleston.

Method of Acquisition

Transfers, gifts, Office of Archives created.

Separated Materials

Audiocasettes: Johns Island, Holy Spirit; Compact discs: Lexington, Corpus Christi; DVDs: Manning, Our Lady of Hope; Videocasettes: Abbeville, Sacred Heart; Charleston, Sacred Heart;

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer E. Neal.

Inventory of the Parish Files
Jennifer E. Neal
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US