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Office of Multimedia records

Identifier: A-01-1059

Scope and Contents

The Office of Multimedia records is largely comprised of images created for use in the Diocese of Charleston newspaper, The Catholic Miscellany, as well as email memorandums.  The images were mostly created by Miscellany staff, with some contributions by parishioners and diocesan employees. The images depict people, places, and events that were featured in Miscellany news stories.  Included are images of Bishops David Thompson and Robert Baker, various priests, religious men and women, deacons, and parishioners throughout the state.  Catholic organizations, institutions, churches, and schools are featured as well.  Some topics include various religious services; events of various Catholic organizations; groundbreaking ceremonies; blessings and dedications; pro-life activities and demonstrations; and holiday celebrations and services. The email memorandums, referred to as email blasts, fax-email memorandum, and correspondence, were created by various departments and personnel of the diocese such as the bishop, vicar general, vicar of divine worship and sacraments, Office of Priest Personnel, and the Office of Multimedia.  The communications convey diocesan wide information to priests, parish life facilitators, administrators, diocesan employees, schools, principals, and deacons.  Topics include deaths, appointments, personnel changes, diocesan human resource policies as well as sacramental policies, Presbyteral Council executive summaries, ordinations, and various press releases regarding local and national news. Also included are publications created by the Office of Multimedia for other diocesan purposes, such as an annual parish reports for the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the 1995 Synod book.


  • created: 1992-2017, undated
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1999-2015
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/13/0015


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

The Office of Multimedia, once known as the Office of the Miscellany, Office of Communications and Information, and Office of Publications and Information, is a multi-media department that promotes improved communications in the Diocese of Charleston. The specific duties of this office include publishing the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Miscellany, assisting the stewardship office in promoting the Bishop's Annual Appeal, assisting in the design of newsletters for departments, coordinating the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC), compilation and distribution of the Caritas newsletter to parishes, email network to distribute diocesan information to parishes, graphic design, maintenance and development of the diocesan website, publishing the diocesan calendar, and video production to promote diocesan ministries. In addition, the office focuses on communication methods. It promotes communications regarding diocesan and social concerns within local and state government. It also includes media relations. The director of media relations works as a liaison between the secular media and the Diocese of Charleston, is the delegated spokesperson for the Catholic Church in South Carolina, and provides media relations advice to Church officials about sensitive and controversial issues; such as abuse scandals, lawsuits and legal issues, and controversial press at the parish and diocesan level.

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4.38 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 1 slim box, 4 photograph boxes)

Language of Materials



Photographs, email memorandums, press releases, and publications created by the Office of Multimedia.

Arrangement Note

1. Photographs, 1999-2002, undated 2. Publications, 1992-1995 3. Communication and information, 1999-2017

Technical Access Requirements

5.25" floppy disk drive required.

Source of Acquisition

Office of Multimedia

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Annual accruals expected.


Related Materials

Mss 1022: Office of the Catholic Miscellany photograph collection, 1996-2010

Separated Materials

A/V Shelf - 5.25" Floppy disks

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Mabry, November 2017.

Inventory of the Office of Multimedia records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US