Charleston is among the few remaining American cities that can truly be called unique. Its admirers have called it “The Queen City of the South,” “The Holy City,” and “The City of Memory,” but only a walk through its fabled cobblestone streets and a gaze at its colorful, Caribbean-influenced architecture imparts its sense of living history.
Something of cultural note is always happening in Charleston. Throughout the year, the city is host to more than 50 annual festivals and events. Some of interest to our students include the International Spoleto Festival and Piccolo-Spoleto; the Southeastern Wildlife Art Exposition; the MOJA Arts Festival; the Charleston International Film Festival; and Mozart in the South.
The ocean is only a few minutesí drive from the heart of the city. Graduate College students have the use of the Citadel Beach House, on Isle of Palms, for meetings, events, and recreation. Also to the northeast of downtown is Sullivanís Island, and to the south is Folly Beach, known for its fishing, sailing, and surfing.
A City of Learning and Culture
Students in the program have the opportunity to avail themselves of numerous, unique resources for research and study, both on campus and off.
Major resources for research and study are available in both The Citadel’s Daniel Library and the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. Daniel Library contains more than 200,000 physical volumes and subscribes to more than 1,700 periodical titles, but it also boasts more than 100 full-text electronic databases and indexes, which can be accessed from anywhere. In addition, Daniel Library now subscribes to E-brary, a database of more than 40,000+ e-books and other authoritative materials that any number of students can use at the same time.
Daniel Library is also a member of PASCAL, a rapid book delivery system that links all college and university libraries in South Carolina. PASCAL holdings show up in the regular Daniel Library online catalog and can be requested by any student. Delivery takes only one or two days.
The Avery Research Center for the Study of African American History and Culture, based at the College of Charleston, is a nationally recognized library and museum. In addition to being a scholarly resource, Avery is also a community outreach organization dedicated to African-American issues.
Charleston, steeped in history and lineage, is also home to some of oldest and most venerable cultural institutions in the south. The third-oldest lending library in America, the Library Society, still occupies its stately premises on King Street and specializes in eighteenth-century books, manuscripts, almanacs, maps, and directories.
The South Carolina Historical Society, located in the heart of downtown at the “four corners of law” was designed by the federal architect Robert Mills, originally as the state archives. Today, the “Fireproof Building,” as it is known, is a vast, ever-growing resource for the study of southern history and culture, especially the African-American Gullah community peculiar to the sea islands.
And the Gibbes Art Museum, with a collection of more than 10,000 works of fine art, has some of the most prominent holdings in the southeast. In recent years, it has mounted exhibitions of such figures as Louise Nevelson and Red Grooms, and groundbreaking social and aesthetic shows such as Landscape of Slavery, a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of the aesthetic motives and social uses of plantation art in the shaping of Southern history and culture.
These special institutions are available to our students for purposes of research and study.