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

The Citadel Archivist

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Tessa Updike
Contact:
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409

E-mail: archives@citadel.edu
843-953-6846

Visitor Parking

Occasional visitors are allowed to park on the Avenue of Remembrance located directly in front of the Library. If parking there is full, Public Safety can direct you to another appropriate parking spot.

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Citadel Archives

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.

Lamp Squad, ca. 1900

Digital Resources

Visit our Online Guide to Collections to search a list of archival collections by name and subject.

 

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 Lowcountry Digital Library (both links provided below).

 

     

Researching at the Archives

The Citadel Archives is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm by appointment. Appointments may be made by e-mail (archives@citadel.edu) 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 archives@citadel.edu 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 archives@citadel.edu.

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 in the foyer of the Museum.