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Use Subjects and Search Terms for more focused results. Subjects are derived from the controlled vocabulary of the Library of Congress, whereas Search Terms are words, terms, and phrases that reflect more common usage and/or are specific to Historic Charleston Foundation (e.g., street names).

Search for a building by its address, common name, and alternate address. To search by street address, omit the street type (e.g., Street, Avenue, etc.).

The abbreviations DYKYC and FOHG found in many Property File records stand for “Do You Know Your Charleston” and “Festival of Houses and Gardens.” (DYKYC was a series of newspaper articles. FOHG is Historic Charleston Foundation’s annual tour of houses.)

If multiple images appear in a catalog record, hover over a thumbnail image to see its caption.

General Tips for Searching

KEYWORD SEARCH allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields within the catalog records. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Missroon House will return records associated with the words Missroon OR House). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, use AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, put the phrase within quotation marks (e.g. “Nathaniel Russell House”). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical). Searches are not case sensitive.

ADVANCED SEARCH can help you be more specific with your search by allowing you to search for a word or phrase within a particular and/or multiple search categories to further narrow down your search results. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search. Searches are not case sensitive.

INDIVIDUAL CATALOG SEARCHES (ARCHIVES / PHOTOS / LIBRARIES) can also help narrow down your search, allowing you to search only within the selected catalog. For example, if you only want to search for photographs or other images, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.

SEARCH BY TERM offers a quick way to search through the catalog records without having to know the exact terminology. Each category in Search by Term can be expanded to display an alphabetical listing of associated items. Just click on the term for the results.

RANDOM IMAGES is a great way to just browse collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the catalog. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image. For more information about the image, click on View Catalog Record below it.