Archive Collections

The Benedict College Archives Center preserves historical materials, which documents the origins, development and achievements of the College, its alumni, students, faculty, staff and some community citizens. In an effort to strengthen our collection, the Archives Center is seeking resources to help enrich the collection. We welcome donations. The primary purpose of the collection is to preserve the history of the college and to render services to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Operational hours for research and study are on the following days: Wednesday -Thursday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Special arrangement may be made for use on non-operational days.

The historical collection of the College is comprised of materials that are deposited and donated by departments and offices of the college, administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends. The collection includes, but not limited to the following types of materials: annual reports, departmental/committee reports, correspondences presidential records, trustee reports, photographs, yearbooks, handbooks, alumni bulletins, catalogs, college programs, some distinguished community citizens, scrapbooks, calendars, speeches, newsletters, directories, pamphlets, flyers, memorabilia, artifacts, tapes of programs, videos, recordings, reports, campus buildings, historical information on the founders of Benedict College, sketches of the former presidents and much more.

The Mather School Collection is also included in the historical collection. These files consist of correspondences, news clippings, minutes of meetings, photographs, yearbooks, bulletins, school programs, transcripts, physical records, admission applications, historical information on the school and biographical sketches of former principals and teachers of the school. Mather School was one of the first schools for African American students in South Carolina. It was founded in 1868, and became defunct in 1968. Because both schools were started in part by the American Baptists Mission, Mather's complete school collection was donated to Benedict College and is now housed as a part of the Benedict College Archives Historical Collection.

Individuals having any of the above materials are requested to consider donating them to the Archives Center. Let us examine your materials to determine if they have any historic value. Contact information are the following: Benedict College Archives Center, 1600 Harden Street Columbia, SC 29204; Telephone: (803) 705-4584 or e-mail. Mary L. McAfee, Coordinator will be happy to discuss your concerns.

Photographic Resources

The Photographic Collection ranges from1939-2002. Each president's administration list an array of photographs categorized under varied activities occurring in each administration, i.e., Presidential Events, the First Family, Faculties, Graduation , Inauguration ,Trustees, Church Relations, Visiting Friends of the College, Alumni, Community /Business Friends, Convocations, Library Learning Resources, Student Organizations, ROTC Activities, Athletics/Sports Activities, Campus Life, Campus Buildings, Music, Personal Collections, Programs and Other Events.

Popular Resources

The following resources are heavily used:

  • Benedict College Newsletters 1965-2002
  • Calendar of Programs 1895-2002
  • College Catalogues 1892-2002 (some years are missing)
  • Mather School Collection
  • Yearbooks 1950-2002 ( some years are missing)

The Archives Center is located on the Lower Level of the Benjamin F. Payton Learning Resource Center.

For request for archival resources, please fill out and submit form