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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
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409


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 over 300 collections which pertain to the history of The Citadel. Dating back to The Citadel’s founding in 1842, holdings include personal papers, letters, diaries, speeches, and Citadel reports and publications. Visual images include photographs, postcards, and films.

Collections include the papers of former Citadel presidents, including the professional and military papers of Mark W. Clark; the Civil War letters and diaries of 1857 graduate Ellison Capers; nineteenth and twentieth century cadet letters and diaries, and much more.


Lamp Squad, ca. 1900

Digital Resources

We are working to expand our digital collections. Please visit the following links to access our online guide to collections, and our current digital content:




                           Online Guide to Collections                  Catalogs & Guidons on Internet Archive              Lowcountry Digital Library                      The Citadel Oral History Program

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 ( 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. 

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.