The Charleston Archive and its partner, the Lowcountry Digital Library, are pleased to announce the digital debut of 985 photographs from our collection of the Records of the Historic Preservation Planner, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG), 1970–1981. The bulk of this large collection is composed of research documentation, including photos, pertaining to several hundred historic properties in the tri-county. This material was collected in the 1970s and early 1980s for the purpose of placing the properties on the then recently created National Register of Historic Places. Most of the sites included in this collection were successfully added to the National Register, but some did not pass muster for one reason or another. A full description of the contents of this collection can be found in its finding aid, which is available from our Collections page on this website.
The majority of the photographs in this collection were taken by Elias Ball Bull—the first to hold the title of “Historic Preservation Planner” for the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. In many cases, the photos in this collection are the originals of those filed with the National Register nomination forms. As such, some already appear on the National Register website, and some can be found on the website of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
Archives staff member Celeste Wiley spent months patiently digitizing these photographs. In the course of this work, she not only made high-resolution digital scans of the images, but also created rich metadata files for each image that provide robust contextual data to viewers. Thanks, Celeste!
We invite you to peruse these 985 images by visiting the Lowcountry Digital Library site and clicking on CCPL under the “Institutions” link. Alternatively, you can follow this direct link to the front page of the Preservation Planner’s photographs: http://lowcountrydigital.library.cofc.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/BCD.