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The Citadel Archives

The Citadel Archives is the repository for historic material pertaining to The Citadel as an institution.

Citadel Archives

On March 15, Governor Henry McMaster announced the close of all state colleges. To contact The Citadel Archives, please email Please do not call, as our staff are working from home. We will do our best to answer your questions and assist your research via email. Thank you for your understanding, and your patience.


Faculty members are encouraged to contact Tessa Updike at for assistance incorporating our special collections into online classes, and to request recorded research instruction.


The Citadel Archives, located in the Daniel Library, houses collections relating to the history of The Citadel. Dating back to The Citadel’s founding in 1842, holdings include institutional records and publications, letters, diaries, speeches, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and much more. We offer reference assistance and instruction, and welcome collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and the community. Visitors are welcome to browse our website and digital collections, and are encouraged to contact us.


Citadel Archivist Tessa Updike presents at A Night in the Archives, a Friends of the Daniel Library event

(Watch a video of an Archives event here)

Digital Resources

Visit our Online Guide to Collections to search a list of archival collections by name and subject. *The Citadel Archives has recently become a member of ArchivesSpace, an information management system which will allow us to build a catalog that is easier to search and will make our special collections more widely discoverable. It will take time to build this catalog, but we look forward to unveiling it in the future!


Our Digital Collections Website provides access to select institutional records and publications, letters, photographs, museum objects, and more. This site continues to expand as we digitize and transcribe more materials from The Citadel Archives & Museum, so please check back frequently for new additions.


Oral histories from The Citadel Oral History Program can be searched from both our Digital Collections Website, and through the South Carolina Digital Library (both links provided below).





Faculty members are encouraged to contact the Archives to discuss ways we can incorporate primary sources and digital humanities into your classes. The Archivist offers an Introduction to Primary Sources class session, which allows students to view and handle photographs, letters, diaries, and artifacts from our collections to gain a better understanding and greater appreciation for the study of history.

We are also happy to collaborate on specific courses and assignments to incorporate physical and digital archival collections into your courses. Past collaborations include an overview of the history of photography; a cadet rebellion research and case study; Civil War and World War II research focusing on Citadel alumni; and an examination of material culture through historical artifacts.


Faculty members are also encouraged to recommend students for internships in The Citadel Archives & Museum. Student interns have the opportunity to learn more about the collection, preservation, and description of archival collections, and are given projects that allow them to participate in preservation and digital humanities projects.

Questions? Email to schedule an appointment.

Research Appointments

The Citadel Archives is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm by appointment. Appointments may be made by e-mail ( or by phone (843-953-6846). Please be aware that our hours fill up quickly, and we may not be able to assist walk-ins.

Limited reference assistance is available for those who cannot visit our Archives in person. The length of time required for the fulfillment of a research request will vary depending on the nature of the request. Fees for reproductions may apply. If necessary, the Archivist will provide a list of local independent researchers for hire.

To search our collections, please use our Online Guide, which provides an A-Z list of collection names and titles. 

Museum Club & Internships

Citadel students interested in history are encouraged to join our Museum Club! We meet at least once a month during the school year, and leadership opportunities are available for upperclassmen/women.

Museum Club members have opportunities to participate in special events, create historical exhibits, assist with research projects, and help to create new digital collections for our website. In the past, the Museum Club has gone on field trips to local museums, and has invited local archivists and museum curators to speak with members about careers in history. To join the Museum Club, email and ask to be added to our email list.

Museum Club cadets assist with special events featuring our historical collections

For those Citadel students interested in learning more about the management of archives and museums, we have internship opportunities available with The Citadel’s Archivist for academic credit. For more information, email

Citadel Museum

The Citadel Museum represents the history of The Military College of South Carolina from its founding in 1842 to the present. Arranged chronologically, the permanent exhibits feature the military, academic, athletic and social aspects of cadet life.

The past is brought to life with photographs from the Archives highlighting the exhibits. Memorabilia from special events, biographical sketches of the presidents of the college, as well as cadet uniforms and arms are displayed. Through a self guided tour, the visitor experiences the essence of each era in The Citadel's history.

A handsome display of Citadel rings from 1895 to the present is a focal point of the Museum.