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Accession 31

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1500 pieces, 43 bound volumes , 9.0 linear feet



Historical Note

The Episcopal Church Home was established in 1850 in Charleston, S.C. for orphan girls and was chartered by the S.C. General Assembly in 1852.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is a valuable source on the Church’s historical effort to extend its services for the social improvement of South Carolina (in this case the Episcopal Diocese’s program for destitute children.) While there is information on the Episcopal Home for Children from its beginning in 1850 to 1967, the actual records do not start until 1866. A centennial history of the Episcopal Home will serve as an aid and general guideline to the researcher. (See box 1, folder 1). The collection consists of minutes, reports of the annual meeting, general correspondence, superintendent’s records, health records, attendance registers, financial records, newsletters (both bound and unbound), and photographs. See the Caroliniana File for the Church Home newsletters.


The records of the Episcopal Church Home for Children were received from H. Sanford Howie, Executive Director of the Church Home, by the Archives on August 6, 1975.


Orphans, Orphanages, Child Welfare, Genealogy, Episcopal Church, Charleston S.C., York S.C.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Episcopal Church Home For Children Records - Accession 31

LC Subject Headings

Episcopal Church Home for Children (S.C.)--Archives; Episcopal Church--South Carolina--Charities--History; Orphans--South Carolina--Charleston; Orphans--South Carolina--York; Orphanages--South Carolina--Charleston; Orphanages--South Carolina--York; Group homes for children--South Carolina--York