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In 1837, the College became the nation's first municipal college when the City of Charleston assumed responsibility for its support.


The city provided funds, for example, in 1850 to enlarge the main academic building, to construct Porters Lodge and to fence in the Cistern yard, the block that is still the core of the campus.


Despite dwindling student numbers and a long-running siege of the city by Federal troops, there was no suspension of classes until December 19, 1864, two months before the city was evacuated.


For the College, the first black students enrolled in 1967.


The College of Charleston archives consist of two separate series: 1) historic records, 1785 - 1970; and 2) modern records, 1970 - present.


In 1992, the University of Charleston, S.C., often referred to as The Graduate School, was founded as the home for graduate programs for the College.


In 2013, the College joined the Colonial Athletic Association, expanding its footprint within the Eastern Seaboard.


The 2014 Addlestone Improvement Project anticipated the arrival of the SCHS, providing premier space for the Historical Society’s archival treasures.


A special exhibition celebrating the historic partnership between the College of Charleston Libraries and the South Carolina Historical Society will be open to the public beginning Monday, March 2, 2015.

Starting in 2015, the College of Charleston will house the South Carolina Historical Society’s remarkable collections of books, manuscripts and archives.

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