South Carolina Archives
National Register Nomination File, ca. 1968-2008
CALL NUMBER: S 108177
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorized the Secretary of the Interior to "expand and maintain a National Register of Historic Places composed of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture." The National Register recognizes places that are important to our local, state, and national heritage and are worthy of preservation. It helps federal, state, and local governments identify those places that should be considered in planning and those whose preservation should be encouraged through economic incentives and technical assistance. In addition, the National Register files themselves are a valuable archive of information about our nation's historic places, but perhaps the most important result of National Register listing is the recognition that it brings. This recognition often increases awareness of the value of historic properties and spurs preservation efforts. National Register listing is primarily an honor. Properties in South Carolina approved for listing are eligible to display South Carolina's National Register plaques.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of the State Historic Preservation Office's official copies of the more than 1,400 National Register Nomination Files. Items generally included in the series are copies of the original nomination form, research material, correspondence, and photographs. The nomination form covers topics such as historical background information on the national register property, criteria of listing, statements of significance, physical description, location, ownership records at the time of nomination, lists of photographs, and for historic districts includes lists of contributing and non-contributing structures. Research material includes newspapers articles, research notes used to assist staff in eligibility decisions and additional historical background notes on the property.
INDEX/FINDING AID: A list of sites is maintained by the State Historic Preservation Office and can be accessed on the department's website. The entire list of sites is also indexed on the department's On-Line Records Index. Index terms include but are not limited to such topical terms as architectural style (i.e., Neo-Classical, Bungalow), construction material (i.e., brick, metal), nominating criteria (i.e., Architecture), and significant individuals, owners and architects, associated with the property.
ADDITIONAL FORM: The repository has provided digital copies of the nomination form and selected photographs of South Carolina's National Register properties on its website. Access is via the department's On-Line Records Index and through county listings available on the Historic Preservation section of the website.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the State Historic Preservation Office of the Dept. of Archives and History.