Arts, History, and Culture

The Carter Archives

The City of Seneca’s Carter Archives value and support a community where all stories are collected, preserved, and told, and we are working to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and cultures.

The Carter Archives’ mission is to preserve and interpret the histories and culture of African Americans in Oconee County and the history of Seneca, South Carolina for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences by identifying, collecting, preserving, and sharing distinctive archival materials and artifacts of enduring historical value that document life in the city of Seneca and Oconee County in South Carolina.

The Story:
The Carter Archives began in 2015 with less than 100 total pieces and now holds the largest single collection of archival documents and artifacts depicting the rich history of the city of Seneca and Oconee County's African American communities. Located on North Townville Street in Seneca, the building is undergoing extensive renovations and is planned to be opened to the public by 2025. Through generous gifts and donations, the Carter Archives collections have grown to more than 25,000 pieces in less than five years.

Working with our many community partners and generous supporters, the Carter Archives will be an unsurpassed public educational resource for researchers, scholars, educators, students, and community members who want to learn more about our local history and the people of our local past.


Executive Director:
Shelby Henderson
Director of Museums, Design, and Technology:
Nicklaus McKinney


phone Lunney Museum:
phone Bertha Lee Strickland
Cultural Museum:

mailing-address Mailing:
P.O. Box 4773
Seneca, SC 29679

Contact Info

221 E North 1st St. Seneca, SC 29678

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