Inventory of the H. A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers, 1854 - 2009

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Abstract: Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. (1923-2008) was a renowned African American architect and contractor based in Charleston, South Carolina. While he served as president of the H. A. DeCosta Company, the company worked on the construction and renovations of numerous churches, apartment complexes, schools, and residences, including some of the most architecturally significant houses in Charleston. The DeCosta Company also did much of the renovation and preservation work for Historic Charleston Foundation in the Ansonborough neighborhood of Charleston and elsewhere, did similar work for the Preservation Society of Charleston, and carried out much of the renovation and preservation projects on a number of College of Charleston properties, as the campus expanded. DeCosta designed, built, and renovated homes for elite and middle-class white and black Charlestonians, and his work has been featured in many national publications. DeCosta was also invloved in various other businesses including HADCO Realty Company, a real estate and housing rental company; Midway, a grocery store; and a general insurance company.
The collection includes materials related to the professional and personal life of Herbert DeCosta, Jr., his wife Emily, and numerous family members. 1. Business Records series covers multiple corporate entities, chiefly H. A. DeCosta Company General Contractors, the HADCO Realty Company, and the Midway Company, Inc. Within these business records are financial information, operational and administrative documents, work files, and legal suit documentation. The property files of the H. A. DeCosta Company General Contractors contain invoices, estimates, blueprints, drawings, and photographs related to residences, stores, churches, and other properties principally in South Carolina (particularly Charleston). 2. Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. series contains correspondence, photographs, artwork, travel journals, awards and other memorabilia related to Herbert A. DeCosta's education, travels, and personal and professional history. Also includes materials concerning to his civic involvement, which includes numerous community and cultural organizations, fraternal organizations, and professional affiliations. 3. Emily DeCosta series includes materials related to Emily Spencer DeCosta's education, early life, civic involvement and correspondence. Materials also relate to the Spencer family. 4. St. Mark's Episcopal Church series includes committee notes, church bulletins, and other material that reflect Herbert and Emily DeCosta's involvement with St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Charleston. 5. Includes materials related to Herbert A. DeCosta's paternal family history, including correspondence, photographs, publications, and other memorabilia. Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr. and other family members descended from Benjamin and Anna DeCosta are represented. Also includes members of the Sartor family, the Caffey family, the Higgins family, and others. 6. Craft and Kinloch Families series includes material from the relatives of Herbert A. DeCosta's mother, Julia Craft DeCosta. Items include genealogical charts, last will and testaments, photographs, and correspondence from the Craft, Crum, and Kinloch families. Publications focus on the escape of William and Ellen Craft from slavery.
Title: H. A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers, 1854 - 2009
Creator: DeCosta, Herbert A., Jr., 1923-2008.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1084
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 112.16 linear feet
256 archival boxes

Biographical Note

Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. (1923-2008) was a renowned African American architect and contractor based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Herbert Alexander DeCosta, Jr. was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1923 to Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr. (1894-1960) and Julia Craft DeCosta (1898-1990). He graduated from Avery Institute in Charleston in 1940, and received a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Iowa State College in 1944. From 1944-1947, he worked as an architectural engineer for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now NASA) in Langley, Virginia. He married Emily Spenser in 1946, and moved back to Charleston in 1947, when he started working as vice-president of the H.A. DeCosta Company.

The H.A. DeCosta Company General Contractors had been founded in 1919 by Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr. Upon the death of his father in 1960, Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. became president of the company. In 1961, William Clement joined the company as an architect. In 1979, Black Enterprise Magazine included the company in its top 100 Black Businesses in the nation. In 1989, DeCosta retired as president and sold the company to two associates, but continued to act as construction consultant for the company. The DeCosta Company worked on the construction and renovations of numerous residences, apartment complexes, schools, and churches. His work included some of the most architecturally significant houses in Charleston, such as the Miles Brewton House and the Joseph Manigault House. The DeCosta Company also did much of the renovation and preservation work for the Historic Charleston Foundation in the Ansonborough neighborhood of Charleston and elsewhere, did similar work for the Preservation Society of Charleston, and carried out much of the renovation and preservation projects on a number of College of Charleston properties, as the campus expanded. He designed, built and renovated homes for elite and middle class white and black Charlestonians, and his work has been featured in many national publications.

DeCosta's work extended beyond Charlestonian projects, most notably including the restoration of the Herndon Mansion in Atlanta, Georgia. The H.A. DeCosta Company was named one of the top 100 black businesses in the nation by Black Enterprise magazine in 1979. Upon his retirement in 1989, DeCosta continued to be active in the field of preservation as a restoration consultant and project manager.

DeCosta was involved in other business endeavors, including HADCO Realty Company, a real estate firm and housing rental company; Midway Company, Inc., a grocery store; and a general insurance company.

Throughout his life, DeCosta has maintained a high level of civic involvement, serving on the boards of many institutions, including the Historic Charleston Foundation, the Spoleto Festival, the Penn Community Center, the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation, Benedict College, the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture, Voorhees College, and the National Association of Minority Contractors. He served as the first African-American board member of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce and of the SC State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. He has also lectured and taught extensively on the restoration of historic buildings and served on many committees and organizations dedicated to community justice and improvement, such as the Community Relations Committee.

DeCosta received several honors and recognitions, such being selected for South Carolina Hall of Fame by the Committee of 100 Black Men in Columbia, South Carolina in 1991 and profiled in the 1993 South Carolina African American History Calendar. In 1998, he received the South Carolina Governor's Award for Historic Preservation, and in 2002, the Historic Charleston Foundation awarded him the Frances R. Edmunds Award, its highest honor. He has served on the Vestry of St. Marks Episcopal Church and has been a Senior Warden.

Herbert DeCosta and his wife Emily had two daughters.

Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr. died on December 18, 2008.


Collection Overview

The collection includes materials related to the professional and personal life of Herbert DeCosta, Jr., his wife Emily, and numerous family members. It has been arranged into six series: Business Records, Personal Material, Emily DeCosta, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the DeCosta Family, and the Craft and Kinloch Families.

1. Business Records (91.41 linear feet). Records cover multiple corporate entities: H. A. DeCosta Company General Contractors, the HADCO Company, the Midway Company, a DeCosta General Insurance Company, and the H. A. DeCosta Company Construction Consultants. Within these business records are financial information, operational and administrative documents, property files, and legal suit documentation. The work files of H. A. DeCosta Company General Contractors contain invoices, estimates, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other materials related to residences, stores, churches, and other properties principally in South Carolina (particularly Charleston).

2. Herbert A. DeCosta (16.75 linear feet). Contains correspondence, photographs, artwork, travel journals, awards and other memorabilia related to Herbert A. DeCosta's education, travels, and personal and professional history. Also includes materials concerning to his civic involvement, which includes numerous community and cultural organizations, fraternal organizations, and professional affiliations. The materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, and other documents related to the business, religious, political, preservation, civil rights, and community organizations in which DeCosta either held membership or served as a consultant.

3. Emily DeCosta (1.25 linear feet). Includes materials related to Emily Spencer DeCosta's education, early life, civic involvement and correspondence. Materials also relate to the Spencer family, including her parents Dr. James Preston Spencer and Evie Carpenter Spencer.

4. St. Mark's Episcopal Church (1.25 linear feet). Includes committee notes, church bulletins, and other material that reflect Herbert and Emily DeCosta's involvement with St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Charleston. Documents relate to various committees on which they served as well as other church functions.

5. DeCosta Family (0.75 linear feet). Includes materials related to Herbert A. DeCosta's paternal family history, including correspondence, photographs, publications, and other memorabilia. Family members include Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta, the descendents of Benjamin Robert DeCosta, Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr., Elizabeth DeCosta Sartor and the Sartor family, Daisy DeCosta Caffey and the Caffey family, Miriam DeCosta Seabrook, Eugenia DeCosta Higgens and the Higgins family, and Frank A. DeCosta and his family.

6. Craft and Kinloch Families (0.75 linear feet). Includes material from the relatives of Herbert A. DeCosta's mother, Julia Craft DeCosta. Items include genealogical charts, last will and testaments, photographs, correspondence, and publications. Publications focus on the escape of William and Ellen Craft from slavery.

Collection Arrangement

1. Business Records, 1926-2008

1.1. H. A. DeCosta Company General Contractors, 1926-2008

1.2. HADCO Realty Company, 1930-1983

1.3. DeCosta General Insurance Company, circa 1940-1983

1.4. Midway Company, 1966-2003

1.5. H. A. DeCosta Company Construction Consultants, 1981-2008

1.6. Other Business Endeavors, 1969-1990

2. Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr., 1935-2009

3. Emily DeCosta, 1934-2009

4. St. Mark's Episcopal Church

5. DeCosta Family, 1854-2008

6. Craft and Kinloch Families, 1767-2007



Subject Headings

  • African Americans -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- 20th century.
  • African American architects -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • African American business enterprises -- South Carolina -- Charleston
  • African American businesspeople -- South Carolina -- Charleston
  • Architects -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Architectural drawings.
  • Architecture -- Conservation and restoration -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Blueprints.
  • Businessmen -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- 20th century.
  • Caffey family.
  • Civic leaders -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Contractors -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Craft, Ellen.
  • Craft family.
  • Craft, William.
  • Crump family.
  • DeCosta family.
  • DeCosta, Herbert A., Jr., 1923-2008.
  • DeCosta, Herbert A., Sr., 1894-1960.
  • DeCosta, Emily, 1923-.
  • H. A. DeCosta Company.
  • HADCO Realty Company.
  • Higgins family.
  • Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Historic preservation -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Kinlaw family.
  • Midway Company, Inc.
  • Nonprofit organizations -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Sauter family.
  • Spencer family.
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church (Charleston, S.C.) -- History.


Separated Material

1084-MUS/1

1084-OBX/1-6

Related Material

Craft and Crum Family Papers

DeCosta Family Papers (AMN 1101)

Frank Augustus DeCosta Papers

Frank A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers

Miriam DeCosta Seabrook and Herbert U. Seabrook Papers (AMN 1094)

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Business Records, 1926-2008.

(91.41 linear feet)

1.1. H. A. DeCosta Company General Contractors, 1926-2008.

1.1.1. Financial Records, 1926-2008
Ledgers, Journals, Daybooks and Other Accounting Material, 1926-2001
Box 1-6
Ledgers, 1926-1981
Includes entries regarding work completed, including cost and payments, organized by proprietor and property address.
Box 7
Daybooks, 1938-1970
Box 7
Financial Statements, 1960-1977
Box 7
Customer Account Journal, 1961-1968
Includes account charges and payments, listed alphabetically by customer.
Box 8
Business Activities Journal, 1965-1969
Includes assets, liabilities, net worth, and income.
Box 8
Account Receivable, 1968-1969 and 1988-1991
   Oversize Box 1084-OBX/3
Contracting Income Journal, 1969-1985
   Oversize Box 1084-OBX/2
Accounts Payable, 1969-1970
Payroll and Employee Materials, 1926-1985
Box 9-10
Payroll Ledgers, 1926-1967
Includes records of wages earned by employees.
Box 11
Victory Tax Withholdings, 1943-1944
Box 11
United Fund Deductions, 1947-1978
Box 11
Work Ledgers, 1950-1963
Record of employee hours worked indexed by property address.
Box 11
Employee Time Keeping Calendar, 1965
Box 12
Payment Record Sheet, 1984-1985
Includes a record of employee hours worked, indexed by property address.
Box 12
Employee Bonuses: Winn Dixie Certificates, 1984
Box 13
Tax Material, 1936-1998
Includes social security and tax returns, 1936-1938 and 1942-1967; materials related to the South Carolina Tax Commission, 1948-1954; corporate tax returns, 1998; and other tax information, 1963-1997.
Box 14-23
Business Diaries, Appointment Books, and Calendars, 1956-2008
Box 24
Invoices, 1970-1995
Includes invoices for work on properties, 1970-1987, and other invoices.
Box 24
Finacial Statements and Bank Correspondence, 1973-2004
Box 25
Profit-Sharing Plan, 1965-1980
Box 26
Other Materials, 1991-2001

1.1.2. Legal Suits, 1958-2007.

Box 27
Solomon versus L. A. Chitwood and H. A. DeCosta, 1971
Box 27
Emanuel-Morris Brown Ebenezer (EME) Apartments versus H. A. DeCosta Company, 1974
Box 27
St. Stephens United Methodist (UME) Apartments versus H. A. DeCosta Company, 1974-1976
Box 27
Go Plumbing Company, Inc. versus H. A. DeCosta Company, 1985
Box 27
Letters and Summons, 1958-2007
Box 27
Depositions of H. A. DeCosta: Carolina Executive Services, Inc., 1993
Box 27
Other Depositions: Carolina Executive Services, Inc., 1993
Box 27
Miscellaneous Legal Documents, 1964-1993

1.1.3. Operational and Administrative Materials, 1921-2007.

Box 28
Advertising Logo
Box 28
Advertising Gifts, 1975
Box 28
Agendas: Supervisor and Foreman Meetings, 1977
Box 28
H. A. DeCosta Company Awards: 1977-1998
Box 28
Bids: 1920-1927
Includes estimates, material price lists, work specifications, and correspondence. See also Subseries 1.1.4. Property Files and 1.1.5. Blueprints for property-specific work files, estimates, and correspondence, filed by street address or city.
Box 28
Bids: Unsuccessful, 1986-1978
Box 28
Christmas Cards/Order Lists, 1977-1984
Box 28
Company Information, 1947-2007
Includes history, brochure, and meeting minutes.
Box 28
Contact Information
Includes business cards and rolodex files.
Box 29
Contracts Under Construction, 1975-1985
Box 29
Correspondence: Fielding, Bernard, 1971-1976
Box 29
Correspondence: Middleton, Albert, 1940-1954
Box 29
Correspondence: Neal-Blun Company, 1966-1970
Box 29
Correspondence: Other, 1921-1999
Box 29
Employee Information: Applications and Resumes, 1974-1990
Box 29
Employee Information: Miscellaneous, 1947-1987
Box 29
Equal Employment Opportunity Affirmative Action Program, 1968-1972
Box 29
FEMA, 2007
Box 29
Goals and Responsibilities
Box 29
Insurance: Great American Insurance Company, 1971-1976
Box 29
Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, 1976-1978
Box 29
Insurance: The Burlington Insurance Company, 1998-1999
Box 29
Insurance: First Financial Insurance Company, 2000-2001
Box 29
Insurance: Worker's Liability
Box 29
Hurricane and Storm Damage: Hurricane Repairs, 1940
Box 30
Hurricane and Storm Damage: Hurricane Repairs, 1950s
Box 30
Hurricane and Storm Damage: Hurricane Hugo Repairs, 1989-1990
Box 30
Hurricane and Storm Damage: Storm Damage, 1949-1957
Box 30
Hurricane and Storm Damage: Storm Damage - List of Properties to Check, undated
Box 30
License Applications, 1985-1988
Box 30
Licenses, 1971-1988
Box 30
Material Costs and Quotes, 1943-1987
Box 30
Miscellaneous, 1951-2007
Box 30
Pay Board, 1972
Box 30
Pension Plan, 1978-1982
Box 31
Portfolio: DeCosta and Company, 1948-1984 and undated
Box 31
Procedures and Guidelines, 1956-2007
Box 32
South Carolina Employment Security Commission, 1969-1972
Box 32
Travel Expenses
Box 32
Workman's Compensation, 1975-1989
Box 32
Work Sheets, undated
Includes handwritten notes, drawings, and monetary figures.

1.1.4. Property Files, circa 1920s-1990s.

1.1.4.1. Greater Charleston Area Properties, by Street Address

Includes work files containing invoices, estimates, blueprints, drawings, photographs, and other materials related to residences, stores, churches, and other properties in Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, West Ashley, and Yonges Island.
For the most part, work files are organized alphabetically by street and then numerically.
NOTE: For properties situated on the corner of two streets, please check the boxes containing both street names for the desired address.
Box 33
4th Street
Box 33
5th Avenue
Box 33
Accabee Road
Box 33
Addison Court
Box 33
Adgers Wharf
Box 33
Aiken Street
Box 33-35
Alexander Street
Box 35
Alway Street
Box 35
America Street
Box 35
Amherst Street
Box 35-38
Anson Street
Box 38
Apartment Boulevard
Box 38
Arcadian Park
Box 38
Archdale Street
Box 38
Ashdale Street
Box 38
Ashe Street
Box 38-39
Ashley Avenue
Box 39
Ashley River Road
Box 39
Ashton Street
Box 39
Atlantic Avenue
Box 39
Atlantic Street
Box 39
Aviation Avenue
Box 40
Azalea Drive
Box 40
Barre Street
Box 40
Bayonne Street
Box 40
Beaufain Street
Box 40-41
Bedons Alley
Box 41-42
Bee Street
Box 42
Belvedere Lane
Box 42
Bennett Street
Box 42
Benson Street
Box 42
Blake Street
Box 42
Bogard Street
Box 42
Bohicket Road
Box 43
Bonds Avenue
Box 43
Boyce's Wharf
Box 43-44
Broad Street
Box 44
Broughton Street
Box 44-45
Bull Street
Box 45
Burning Tree Lane
Box 45
Burns Lane
Box 45-46
Calhoun Street
Box 46
Camp Road
Box 46-48
Cannon Street
Box 48
Carolina Avenue
Box 48
Central Park Road
Box 48
Chadwick Drive
Box 48
Chalmers Street
Box 48
Chapel Street
Box 48
Charles Street
Box 48
Charleston Boulevard
Box 48-49
Charlotte Street
Box 49
Chicora Park
Box 49-51
Church Street
Box 51a
Clifford Street
Box 51a
Colonial Street
Box 51a
College Street
Box 51a
Colleton Street
Box 51a
Colonial Street
Box 51a
Colony Drive
Box 51a
Columbus Street
Box 51a-52
Coming Street
Box 52
Concorde Street
Box 53
Confederate Circle
Box 53
Confederate Drive
Box 53
Congress Street
Box 53
Cooper Street
Box 53
Council Street
Box 53-54
Country Club Drive
Box 54
Country Club Lane
Box 54
Cumberland Street
Box 54
Cypress Street
Box 54
Dalton Street
Box 55
Darlington Avenue
Box 55
Devereux Avenue
Box 55
Diana Avenue
Box 55
Disher Avenue
Box 55
Dorchester Road
Box 55
Doughty Street
Box 55
Drake Street
Box 56
Duncan Street
Box 56
Dunneman Avenue
Box 56
Durant Avenue
Box 56
East Battery Street
Box 57-59
East Bay Street
Box 60
Ehrhardt Street
Box 60
Elizabeth Street
Box 61
Elliot Street
Box 61
Elmwood Avenue
Box 61
Enston Street
Box 61
Exchange Street
Box 61
F Street
Box 61
Fairmont Avenue
Box 61
Fairway Drive
Box 61
Felix Street
Box 61
Fenwick Drive
Box 61
First Street
Box 61
Fishburne Street
Box 61
Fludd Street
Box 61
Folly Road
Box 62
Formosa Drive
Box 62
Fort Johnson Road
Box 62
Franklin Street
Box 62
Gadsden Street
Box 62
Gamecock Avenue
Box 62
Garden Street
Box 62
Gateway Walk
Box 62-63
George Street
Box 63
Gibbes Street
Box 63
Gillon Street
Box 63
Glebe Street
Box 64
Glenwood Avenue
Box 64
Godfrey Park Place
Box 64
Gordon Street
Box 64
Green Street
Box 64
Greenhill Street
Box 64
Grimball Road
Box 64
Grove Street
Box 64
Halsey Street
Box 64
Handrell Street
Box 65
Hanover Street
Box 65
Hasell Street
Box 65
Hayne Street
Box 65
Helm Avenue
Box 65
Henrietta Street
Box 66
Heritage Park Road
Box 66
Highway 7
Box 66-68
Highway 17
Box 68
Highway 41
Box 68
Highway 162
Box 68
Horlbeck Street
Box 68
Houghton Road
Box 68
Hudson Street
Box 68
Huger Street
Box 68-69
I'on Avenue
Box 69
Jasper Street
Box 70
Jehosee Road
Box 70
John Street
Box 70-71
Judith Street
Box 71
Kennedy Street
Box 71
Killians Street
Box 71-80
King Street
Box 81
Kracke Street
Box 81
Ladson Street
Box 81
Lamboll Street
Box 81
Larnes Street
Box 81-82
Laurens Street
Box 82
Lee Street
Box 82
Leeds Avenue
Box 82-84
Legare Street
Box 85
Leland Street
Box 85
Lenevar Drive
Box 85
Lenwood Boulevard
Box 85
Liberty Street
Box 85
Lightwood Alley
Box 85
Lilly Street
Box 85
Limehouse Street
Box 86
Line Street
Box 86
Lockwood Drive
Box 86-89
Logan Street
Box 89
Longitude Lane
Box 90
Lowndes Street
Box 90
Magazine Street
Box 90
Maple Street
Box 90
Marion Street
Box 90
Maiden Lane
Box 90
Market Street
Box 90-91
Mary Street
Box 91
Maverick Street
Box 91-92
Maybank Highway
Box 92
McSweeney Court
Box 92
Mechanic Street
Box 92
Medway Road
Box 92-100
Meeting Street
Box 100
Mid-Atlantic Wharf
Box 101
Middle Street
Box 101
Mill Street
Box 101
Molasses Lane
Box 101
Monrovia Street
Box 101
Montague Avenue
Box 102
Montague Avenue
Box 102
Moore Drive
Box 103-105
Morris Street
Box 105-107
Morrison Drive
Box 107
Morton Avenue
Box 107-108
Moultrie Street
Box 108
Mt. Pleasant Street
Box 108-111
Murray Boulevard
Box 112
Nassau Street
Box 112
New Street
Box 112-113
Norman Street
Box 113
North Boulevard
Box 113
North Shore Drive
Box 113
Nunan Street
Box 113
Oliver Court
Box 113-114
Orange Street
Box 114
Orr's Court
Box 114
Palm Boulevard
Box 115
Palmetto Road
Box 115
Palmetto Street
Box 115
Park Avenue
Box 115
Parkwood Avenue
Box 115-116
Parsonage Road
Box 116-117
Peachtree Street
Box 117
Pearson Street
Box 117
Percy Street
Box 117
Pettigrew Street
Box 117
Pinckney Street
Box 117-118
Pitt Street
Box 118-119
Pittsburg Avenue
Box 119
Playground Road
Box 119
Poinsette Street
Box 119
Porcher's Bluff
Box 120
Porter's Court
Box 120
President Street
Box 120-121
Prices Alley
Box 121
Prioleau Street
Box 121-122
Queen Street
Box 122
Race Street
Box 122-123
Radcliffe Street
Box 123
Ralston Creek Street
Box 123
Reid Street
Box 123
Remont Street
Box 123
Reynolds Avenue
Box 123
Rifle Range Road
Box 123
River Road
Box 123
Rivers Avenue
Box 124
Romney Street
Box 124
Ropemaker's Lane
Box 124
Rose Lane
Box 124
Rouke Street
Box 124
Route 1
Box 124
Royal Avenue
Box 125
Royal Street
Box 125
Russell Drive
Box 125-129
Rutledge Avenue
Box 129
Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Box 129
Sans Souci Street
Box 129-130
Savage Street
Box 131
Sayle Road
Box 131
Seabrook Island Road
Box 131
Secessionville Road
Box 131
Shadow Drive
Box 131
Shaftesbury Lane
Box 131
Sheldon Road
Box 131
Simmons Street
Box 132
Sires Street
Box 132-134
Smith Street
Box 134-135
Society Street
Box 135
South Street
Box 135-138
South Battery Street
Box 138-139
South Bay Street
Box 139
Southerland Avenue
Box 139
South Santee Road
Box 139-141
Spring Street
Box 141
St. Andrews Boulevard
Box 141-142
State Street
Box 142
Station 9 Street
Box 142
Station 14 Street
Box 142
Station 15 Street
Box 142
Station 23 Street
Box 142
Station 26 Street
Box 142
Stephanie Circle
Box 142
St. Clair Drive
Box 142
St. Margaret Street
Box 143
St. Michael's Alley
Box 143
St. Michael's Place
Box 144-145
St. Philip Street
Box 145
St. Teresa Drive
Box 145
Success Street
Box 145-146
Sumter Street
Box 146
Sycamore Street
Box 146
Symmes Drive
Box 146
Tarleton Drive
Box 146
Taylor Street
Box 146-147
Thomas Street
Box 148
Thompson Avenue
Box 148
Tracey Street
Box 148-152
Tradd Street
Box 152
Trumbo Street
Box 152
Unity Alley
Box 152-153
Vanderhorst Street
Box 153
Venning Street
Box 153
Vendue Range Street
Box 153
Vernon Street
Box 153
Wall Street
Box 153
Wappoo Hall Road
Box 153-155
Warren Street
Box 155
Washington Street
Box 155-156
Water Street
Box 156
Wateree Drive
Box 156
Weems Court
Box 156-159
Wentworth Street
Box 159
Wescott Court
Box 159-160
Whipple Road
Box 160
Willow Lake Road
Box 160
Wilson Street
Box 160
Wolfe Street
Box 161
Woodward Road
Box 161
Zigzag Alley

1.1.4.2. South Carolina Properties, by City

Box 162-163
Anderson, S.C.
Box 164
Andrews, S.C.
Box 164
Ashleyville, S.C.
Box 164
Beaufort, S.C.
Box 164-166
Camden, S.C. -- Waterell Villas
Box 167-169
Charleston, S.C. -- Filed by Place Name
Box 170
Charleston, S.C. -- Unknown Address, Filed by Owner
Box 170
Charleston, S.C. -- Unknown Address, Unknown Owner
Box 171
Charleston, S.C. -- Various: Photographs, Negatives, and Slides
Box 172
Columbia, S.C. -- Benedict College
Box 173-177
Columbia, S.C. -- Lakeside Apartments
Box 178-180
Columbia, S.C. -- Other
Box 180
Conway, S.C.
Box 180
Coosawatchie, S.C.
Box 180-181
Daniel Island, S.C.
Box 181
Denmark, S.C.
Box 181-183
Edisto Island, S.C.
Box 183
Eutaw Springs, S.C.
Box 183
Florence, S.C.
Box 184
Frogmore, S.C. -- Penn Center
Box 184
Folly Beach, S.C.
Box 184
Folly Island, S.C.
Box 184
Georgetown, S.C.
Box 185
Goose Creek, S.C.
Box 185
Graniteville, S.C.
Box 185
Hollywood, S.C.
Box 185
Hopkins, S.C.
Box 185
Isle of Palms, S.C.
Box 185
Jacksonboro, S.C.
Box 185
James Island, S.C.
Box 185
Johns Island, S.C.
Box 186
Kingstree S.C. -- Interfaith Apartments
Box 186
Ladson, S.C.
Box 186-187
Laurens, S.C.
Box 187
Lincolnville, S.C.
Box 187
Little Mountain, S.C.
Box 187
Maryville, S.C.
Box 187
McClellanville, S.C.
Box 187
Moncks Corner, S.C.
Box 187
Mt. Holly, S.C. -- Medway Plantation
Box 187-188
Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Box 189-190
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. -- Riverwood Apartments
Box 191
Mulberry, S.C.
Box 191
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Box 191
Newberry, S.C.
Box 191
North Augusta, S.C.
Box 191
North Charleston, S.C.
Box 192-193
Orangebury, S.C. -- Claflin College
Box 193-195
Orangebury, S.C. -- Other
Box 195
Pawley's Island, S.C.
Box 195
Pineville, S.C.
Box 195
St. Stephens, S.C.
Box 195-196
Sullivan's Island, S.C.
Box 196
Summerton, S.C.
Box 197
Sumter, S.C.
Box 197
Wadmalaw, S.C.
Box 197-198
Walterboro, S.C.
Box 198
Wando, S.C.
Box 198
West Ashley, S.C.
Box 198
Westchester, S.C.
Box 198
Windermere, S.C.
Box 198
Winnsboro, S.C.
Box 198
Younges Island, S.C.

1.1.4.3. Properties Outside of South Carolina, By State

Box 199
Georgia: Atlanta -- Herndon Mansion
Box 199
Georgia: Atlanta -- Other
Box 199
Georgia: Decatur
Box 199
North Carolina: Kings Mountain
Box 199
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
Box 199
Virginia: Langley
Box 199
Virginia: Norfolk
Box 199
Washington, D.C.: Georgetown

1.1.5. Blueprints

1.1.5.1. Greater Charleston Area Properties

Box 200-201
Streets Beginning with "A"
Box 202-205
Streets Beginning with "B"
Box 206-209
Streets Beginning with "C"
Box 210
Streets Beginning with "D"
Box 211-213
Streets Beginning with "E"
Box 214
Streets Beginning with "F"
Box 215-216
Streets Beginning with "G"
Box 217-219
Streets Beginning with "H"
Box 220
Streets Beginning with "I"
Box 220
Streets Beginning with "J"
Box 221-222
Streets Beginning with "K"
Box 223
Streets Beginning with "L"
Box 224-230
Streets Beginning with "M"
Box 231
Streets Beginning with "N"
Box 232
Streets Beginning with "O"
Box 233-234
Streets Beginning with "P"
Box 232
Streets Beginning with "Q"
Box 235-236
Streets Beginning with "R"
Box 237-240
Streets Beginning with "S"
Box 241-242
Streets Beginning with "T"
Box 243
Streets Beginning with "U"
Box 243
Streets Beginning with "V"
Box 244-245
Streets Beginning with "W"
Box 243
Streets Beginning with "Z"
Box 246-253
Unknown Street Addresses, likely Charleston, S.C.

1.1.5.2. South Carolina Properties

Box 254
Frogmore, S.C. -- Penn Center
Box 254
Unknown Street Addresses, South Carolina

1.1.5.1. Georgia Properties

Box 255
Atlanta, Ga. -- Herndon Mansion

1.2. HADCO Realty Company, 1930-1983.

Box 256
Real Estate Account Book, 1942-1955, 1957
Box 256
Assets, Balances, Payments, and Taxes, 1962-1983
Box 256
Correspondence, 1954-1986
Box 256
Miscellaneous Material, 1966-1986
Box 256
Property Information. 1966-2007
Box 256
Cannon Street, #68A-72B, 1983-2007
Box 256
Coming Street, #219, 2007
Box 256
Congress Street, #129, 1960-1962 and 2007
Box 256
Devereaux Avenue, #78
Box 256
Gamecock Avenue, #29, 1991
Box 256
Hanover Street, #45-51, 1971-1972
Box 256
King Street, #689, 1970-1985
Box 256
Montague Avenue, #1712, 1966-1982
Box 257
Norman Street, #15, 1966-1982
Box 257
Sanders Avenue, #108, 1970-1971
Box 257
First Calvary Baptist Church, 1972-1978
Box 257
Beaufort, South Carolina, 1972
Box 257
Camden, South Carolina, 1972
Box 257
Ravenel, South Carolina,
Box 257
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, 1970-1983
Box 257
Miscellaneous Property Files, undated
Box 257
Fire and Flood Insurance Policies, 1977-1988
Box 257
Insurance Claims, 1976-1983
Box 258
Real Estate Contracts, 1989-1992
Box 258
Real Estate Commission and Licenses, 1992-2004
Box 258
West Side Rental Rehab, undated

1.3. DeCosta General Insurance Company, circa 1940-1983.

Box 258
Insurance Company Ledgers, 1958-1983
Monthly recordings of collections received by DeCosta General Insurance Company for insurance premiums as well as payments made out to various comapnies.
Box 258-259
Tax and Insurance Account Day Books, 1943-1948
Box 259
Tax and Insurance Account Deposit Slips and Bank Statements, 1944-1946
Box 259
Correspondence, 1946-1972
Box 259
General Insurance and Real Estate Loans Blank Receipt Book, circa 1940

1.4. Midway Company, 1966-2003.

   Oversize Box 1084-OBX/2
Midway Company Daybook, 1966-1967
Box 259
Invoices: 1982-1985
Box 259
Great American Insurance Companies, 1988-1993
Box 259
Investment Reports, 1991-1994
Box 259
Legal Suits: Lead Paint Poisoning, 1999-2003

1.5. H. A. DeCosta Company Construction Consultants, 1981-2008.

Box 260
Correspondence, 1981-1993
Box 260
Invoices, 1989-2008
Box 260
Income/Receivables, 1992-1996
Box 260
Invoices and Work Sheet: Ion Development, 1998
Box 260
Invoices: Historic Traditions Billing, 1998-2003
Box 260
McLeod House, Walterboro: 1999

1.6. Other Business Endeavors, 1969-1990.

Box 260
St. Stephen's United Methodist Apartments, 1959-1995
Box 260
Seaport Development Company, 1969-1972
Box 260
Charleston Trade Bindery, Inc. 1983-1986
Includes business plan, projected income statements and correspondence regarding investment in company.
Box 260
Business Proposals, 1988-1990

2. Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr., 1935-2009.

(16.25 linear feet)
Contains correspondence, photographs, artwork, travel journals, awards and other memorabilia related to Herbert A. DeCosta's education, travels, and personal and professional history. Also includes materials concerning to his civic involvement, which includes numerous community and cultural organizations, fraternal organizations, and professional affiliations. The materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, and other documents related to the business, religious, political, preservation, civil rights, and community organizations in which DeCosta either held membership or served as a consultant.

2.1. Personal, 1935-2008.

   Oversize Box 1084-OBX/6
Articles, 1938-2003
Civil Rights, 1956-1963
South Carolina Architecture and Historic Preservation, circa 1960-2003
H.A. DeCosta and H.A. DeCosta Construction Company, 1970-2000
Miscellaneous, 1938-1994
Box 260-262
Artwork and Creative Works by H. A. DeCosta, Jr., 1935-2006
Includes sketches, drawings, and a school desk (1084-MUS/1) constructed by DeCosta while enrolled at Avery Normal Institute, among other items.
   Oversize Box 1084-OBX/4
Artwork by Others, 1952-2001
Includes prints and drawings depicting King Street, W. Greshem Meggett School, and A View of Charles Town as well as others.
Box 262-263
Awards, Certificates, and Tributes, 1961-2009
Box 263
Correspondence, 1950-2009
Box 263
Education, 1935-1979
Box 263
Avery Institute, 1935-2004
Box 263
Iowa State University, 1943-1979
Box 263
Instructional Workbooks, 1945-1951
Box 263
Trident Technical College, 1980
Box 263
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1988
Box 263
Invitations, 1954-2006
Includes invitations from the Avery Institute and the USS George Washington Carver.
Box 263
Financial, 1956-2005
Includes receipts and investment correspondence.
Box 264
Memorabilia, 1962-1984
Box 263
Scrapbook, 1962-1977
Box 264
Head Shots 1970's-1980's
Box 264
Miscellaneous, undated
Box 264
Memorial, 2008
Box 254
Oral History Transcript, 1995
Box 264
Personal Profile and Resumes, 1988-2008
Includes company history.
Box 264
Scholorship Fund: DeCosta Scholorship Endowment, 2000
Box 264
Speeches, 1968-1997
Box 264
Miscellaneous Material, 1973-2005
Includes wedding and funeral programs, and registration cards.

2.2. Civic Involvement, 1941-2007.

2.2.1. Community and Cultural Organizations

Box 265
Action Foundation, 1968
Includes certified copies of resolutions for various organizations in Charleston regarding low income housing.
Box 265
Art Forms and Theatre Concepts, 2003
Box 265
The Athenian's Club, 1974-1989
Men's Club
Box 265
Boy Scouts of America: Coastal Carolina Council, 1965-1975
Includes materials related to the Boy Scouts of America's Coastal Carolina Council executive committee, inner-city program, and membership efforts.
Box 265
Charleston Area Minority Economic Council, 1973
Box 265
Charleston Art Association, undated
Box 265
Charleston Industrial Education Center, 1968-1970
Box 265
The Charleston Museum, 1986
Box 265
Charleston Neighborhood Housing Services of South Carolina, Inc., 1979-1984
Box 265
Charleston Opera Company, 1982-1984
Box 265
Charleston Pride Inc., 1971-1980
Box 265
Committee to Save the City: Three Sister Awards, 2004
Box 266
Congressional Black Caucus, 1971
Box 266
Junior League of Charleston, 1968
Box 266
The Kiwanis Club, 1971-2002
Box 266
The League of Charleston Theatres, 2005
Box 266
Manpower Advisory Committee, 1970-1971
Box 266
Midlands Community Action Agency, Inc., 1972
Box 266
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1964-1971
Box 266
National Center for Nonprofit Boards, 1999
Box 266
Owl's Whist Club, 1965-2008
Box 266-270
Penn Community Services, 1964-2005
Box 270
South African Development Corporation (SADC), 1994-1995
Box 270-271
Spoleto Festival USA, 1977-2006
Box 271
Trident Community Foundation, 1995
Box 271
United Black Fund, 1999
Box 271
United Fund, 1963-1991
Box 271
United Negro College Fund, 1982
Box 271
USO Council of Charleston, Inc., 1985-1986
Box 271
United Way, 1980
Box 271
Unity and Friendship Society, 1941-1963
Includes Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr.'s involvement.
Box 271
Urban League, 1948-2003
Box 271
YMCA - Armed Services Branch, 1971-1975
Box 271
YMCA - Cannon Street Branch, 1974-2006
Box 272
YWCA - Coming Street Branch, 1967-1969
Box 272
YWCA of Greater Charleston, 1980-1987

2.2.2. Educational Institutions

Box 272
American College of the Building Arts, 2004-2009
Box 272-273
Benedict College, 1969-1988
Box 273
Charles Towne Montessori School, 1983
Box 273
Claflin University, 1974
Box 273
Clemson, circa 1987
Box 273
College of Charleston, 1967-1994
Box 273
Denmark Technical College, 1967-1985
Box 273
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: Course Project, Daufuskie Island Indigenous Architecture, 1994
Box 273
Medical University of South Carolina, 1983
Box 274
Miscellaneous Colleges/Universities
Box 274
School of Building Arts (SOBA), 1999-2003
Box 274
South Carolina State College, 1962-1966
Box 274
Trident Technical College, 1983-1986
Box 274
Tuskegee Institute, 1977-1980
Box 274
University of South Carolina, 1994-1995
Box 274
Vorhees College, 1964-1970
Box 274
Winthrop College, 1983-1984
Box 274
Wofford College, 1969

2.2.3. Fraternities and Fraternal Orders

Box 274
Alpha Phi Alpha, 1949-2004
Box 274
Prince Hall Freemasonry, 1964
Box 275
Sigma Pi Phi, 1977-2003
Gamma Lambda Boule/Boule Foundation
Box 275
National Guardsman, Inc., 1966-2007
Box 275
Various Fraternal Medallions and Stick Pin, 1949-1970

2.2.4. Governmental Groups

Box 275-276
Charleston Area Community Relations Committee (CCRC), 1963-1970
Includes documents regarding the committee's objectives to address race relations in the Charleston area. Also includes steering committee and communications committee documents.
Box 276
Charleston County Office of Economic Opportunity, 1967-1970
Box 276
City of Charleston: Budget Review Committee, 1976
Box 276
City of Charleston: Department of Housing and Community Development, 2005
Box 276
City of Charleston: Department of Planning and Urban Development, 1984-1986
Box 276
City of Charleston: East Side Design Guidelines Committee, 1986
Box 276
City of Charleston: Get the Lead out Committee, 1996
Box 276
City of Charleston: Housing Programs, 1985
Box 276
City of Charleston: Mayor's Advisory Committee, undated
Box 276
City of Charleston: Mayor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, 1973
Box 276
City of Charleston: Neighborhood Analysis, 1975
Box 276
City of Charleston: Old and Historic District Ordinance Committee, 1985
Box 277
City of Charleston: Planning and Zoning Commission, 1966-1969
Box 277
City of Charleston: Urban Design Center, 2001
Box 277
Consolidated Government Citizens Committee/Charter Committee, 1967-1971
Includes minutes, amendments, studies, charter information, and articles regarding the consolidation of the City of Charleston.
Box 277
Governor's Task Force on Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism, 2000
Box 277
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial District Study Committee, 2001
Box 278
Minority Development and Management Association/ Minority Controlled Bank, 1974-1975
Box 278
New York Board of Education: Workshop, 1983
Box 278
Small Business Administration: State Advisory Council, 1969
Box 278
Small Business Administration, 1973-1985
Box 278
South Carolina Board of Education, 1968
Box 
South Carolina Council on Economic Education, 1969-1970
Box 278-279
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1982-2006
Box 279
South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation: Minority Business Enterprise, 1982
Box 279
South Carolina Economic Opportunity Board, 1967-1968
Box 279
South Carolina Housing Program Design, 1969-1970
Box 279
South Carolina Office of Small and Minority Businesses, 1979-1985
Box 279
South Carolina: Save Charleston Foundation, undated
Box 279
South Carolina State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (TEC), 1972-1985
Box 279
South Carolina Urban Renewal, undated

2.2.5. Historical and Preservation Societies

Box 280
African American Family History Association, 1979
Box 280
African American Museum Association, 1982
Box 280
Abbeville Historical Society, South Carolina, 1991
Box 280
American Association for State and Local History, 1977
Box 280-282
Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture (AIAAHC), 1984-1989
Box 282
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Box 282
Brown Fellowship Society: Cemetery, 1985-1987
Box 282
Carolina Caribbean Association, 1995
Box 282
East Side Heritage and Awareness Program, 1985
Box 282
Florence Heritage Foundation, 1984
Box 282
French-American Conference on Historic Preservation, 1991
Box 282-283
Friends of the Charleston County Courthouse, 1989-1994
Box 283-286
Historic Charleston Foundation, 1967-2006
Box 286-287
Historic Preservation and the Minority Community, 1979-1982
Box 287
History Makers, 2007-2008
Box 287
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1977-1993
Box 287
Middleton Place Foundation, 2007
Box 287
The Palmetto Conservation Foundation, 1994
Box 287
Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, 1995-2000
Box 287
Preservation Society of Charleston, 1961-1993
Box 288
South Carolina Historical Society, 1986-1992
Box 288
South Carolina History Center, 1996-1997
Box 288
South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC), 1993-2007
Box 288
South Carolina African American History Calendar: Online Lauch, 1993-2008
Box 288
South Carolina Archives and History Foundation, 1985-2006
Box 288
Urban Reinvestment Task Force: Neighborhood Housing Services, 1977
Box 288
Vernacular Architecture Forum, 1994

2.2.6. Professional Affiliations

Box 289
Board of Architectural Review (BAR), 1980-1987
Box 289
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, 1974
Box 289
Carolina Builders and Brokers Association, 1964-1984
Box 289
Charleston Minority Business Development Center, 1984
Box 289
Charleston Business and Professional Association, 1971-1985
Box 289
Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce, 1968-1991
Box 289
Consortium for Credentialed Training: Craftsmanship Training Program, 1992
Box 289
Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston, 1976
Box 289-290
Minority Contractors Assistance Projects, Inc., 1976
Box 290
National Afro American Builders Corporation, 1969
Box 290
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 1973-1977
Box 290-291
National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), 1969-2004
Box 291
National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc., 1953
Box 291
National Home Fashion League, 1981
Box 291
National Housing Producers Association, 1969
Box 291
National Technical Association, Inc., 1969
Box 291
Private Industry Council Members: Job Training Plan, 1982
Box 291
South Carolina Association of Minority Contractors, 1975
Box 291
South Carolina Association of Realtors, 1978-1979
Box 291
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 1982

2.2.7. Political Figures and Political Groups

Box 292
Charleston County Democratic Party, 1969-1970
Box 292
Democratic Party of South Carolina, 1967
Box 292
Hollings, Ernest: Correspondence, 1971
Box 292
Lader, Philip (Political Candidate), 1985
Box 292
Political Action Committee, 1966
Box 292
Political: Miscellaneous Material, 1971-1986

2.2.8. Religious Organizations

Box 292
Brownsville Community Church of God: Septima P. Clark Fund, 1986
Box 292
Camp St. Christopher, 1970-1973
Box 292
Church of Christ, 1984
Box 292
Diocese of South Carolina, 1963-1981
Box 292
Faith Memorial Temple, Orangeburg, South Carolina
Box 292
Greater St. Luke A.M.E. Church, 1998
Box 292
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1984
Box 292
Memorial Baptist Church, 1976
Box 292
Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 1975
Box 292
Saint John's Episcopal Mission Center, 1976-1985
Box 292
St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church: Philip Simmons Garden, 1991-1992
Box 292
Miscellaneous Church Programs

2.2.9. Other Affiliations

Box 293
The Long Room Corporation, 1986
Box 293
Low Country National Bank (Proposed), 1976-1977
Box 293
Miscellaneous Affiliations, 1975-1996
Includes flyers, invitations, and brochures.

3. Emily DeCosta, 1934-2009.

(1.25 linear feet)

Emily Howard Spencer was born in 1923 in Washington, D.C. to James Spencer (1888-1960) and Evie Carpenter Spencer (1886-1984). In 1942, Emily received her bachelors degree from Virginia State College; in 1943, she earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan.

In 1946, Emily married Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr., and began working for his construction company as the bookkeeper, office manager, and corporate secretary from 1947 until her retirement in 1985. Emily and Herbert have two children Gail Spencer DeCosta, (born 1948) and Margaret Craft DeCosta (born 1952).

This series includes materials related to Emily DeCosta's education, early life, civic involvement, and correspondence. Materials also relate to the Spencer family, including her parents Dr. James Preston Spencer and Evie Carpenter Spencer.

3.1. Civic Involvement, 1951-2009

Community and Cultural Organizations
Box 294
Brown Fellowship Society, 1982-2008
Box 294
The Charleston Museum, 1991
Box 294
Charleston Symphony Orchestra, 1987
Box 294
The Community Foundation, 1999
Box 294
Girl Scouts, 1986
Box 294-295
The Links, Incorporated, 1951-2008
Box 295
Spoleto Festival, 1984-2006
Box 295
Trident United Way, 1988
Box 295
United Negro College Fund, 1973
Box 295
York Place, Episcopal Church Home for Children, 1995-2001
Box 295
YWCA of Greater Charleston, 1979-2007
Governmental Groups
Box 295
City of Charleston: Office of Economic Opportunity, 1965
Box 295
City of Charleston: Visual Arts Task Force, 1988
Historical and Preservation Societies
Box 295
Historic Charleston Foundation, 1990-2006
Box 295
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1990
Political Groups
Box 295
Democratic Women of Charleston County, 1981
Sororities
Box 295
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, 1968-2008
Other Affiliations
Box 295
Ess Tees Bridge Club, 1934-2009

3.2. Education and Personal, 1935-2006

Box 295
Commonwealth of Virginia, 1935-1938
Box 295
Virginia State College, 1942-1992
Box 296
War Ration Book, 1942-1943
Box 296
Marriage Certificate, 1946
Box 296
Correspondence, 1983-2006
Box 296
Moja Arts Festival Award, 2005
Box 296
Miscellaneous Material

3.3. Spencer Family, 1939-2008

Box 296
Dr. James Preston Spencer, 1939-1960
Box 296
Evie Carpenter Spencer, 1975-2005
Box 296
Other Family Members, 1944-2008

4. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1941-2009.

(1.25 linear feet)
These materials reflect the participation of the H. A. DeCosta, Jr., and Emily DeCosta in St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
Committees
Box 297
Altar Guild, 1998-2004
Box 297
Building and Grounds Committee, 1965-2004
Box 297
Finance Committee, 1975-2002
Includes budgets, 1975-2001; financial reports, 1975-2001; treasurer reports, 1989-1997; fundraising committee materials, 1987-1996; and other financial materials.
Box 297
Search Committee, 1991-1994
Box 297
Miscellaneous Committees, 1989-2004
Box 298
Congregation Annual Meetings and Reports, 1984-2009
Box 298
Episcopal Church Women (ECW), 1967-2006
Box 298
Historical Information, undated
Box 298
The Men's Club of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1963
Box 298
Parishioner Correspondence, 1990-1993
Box 298
Programs and Flyers, 1941-2006
Box 299
The Vestry, 1975-2004
Includes meeting minutes and agendas.
Box 299
Miscellaneous Material, 1942-2004
Includes pamphlets from The Diocese of South Carolina, 1963-1999

5. DeCosta Family, 1854-2008.

(0.75 linear feet)
Includes materials related to Herbert A. DeCosta's paternal family history, including correspondence, photographs, publications, and other memorabilia. Family members include Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta, the descendents of Benjamin Robert DeCosta, Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr., Elizabeth DeCosta Sartor and the Sartor family, Daisy DeCosta Caffey and the Caffey family, Miriam DeCosta Seabrook, Eugenia DeCosta Higgens and the Higgins family, and Frank A. DeCosta and his family.

5.1. DeCosta Family History, 1995-2008.

Box 300
Family History Publications, 1995-2004
Exclamation Point! Access to these materials are restricted to family members and heirs.
Includes The Martha and Benjamin DeCosta Family History, 1995-2003 and Inner Circle: Images of the Black and Creole Bourgeoisie, 1854-1954.
Box 230
DeCosta Family Reunion, 2003-2007

5.2. Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta, circa 1880-1900.

Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta (1867-1911), son of Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta (1834-1870) and Martha Eugenia Adams (1834-1915), married Anna Harrenburg (1869-1928). Together they had 11 children. Many of the children became educators, while others worked as carpenters and contractors.

Box 300
Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta: Photographs, circa 1880-1900

5.3. Elizabeth DeCosta Sartor and Sartor Family, 1943-1950.

Elizabeth DeCosta (1887-1952) was the first child born to Benjamin Rhodes DeCosta and Anna Harrenburg. She graduated from Avery Institute in 1905 and worked as an educator at the Charleston Industrial School. She married Wilbur Minot in 1913 and had two children, both of whom died in infancy. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth married Augustus Sartor (1867-1942).

Box 300
Elizabeth DeCosta Sartor: Last Will and Testament, 1943
Box 300
Charles Samuel Sartor: Photograph, circa 1950
Box 300
Sartor Family Lineage, undated

5.4. Benjamin Robert DeCosta's Descendants, 1977-2006.

Benjamin Robert DeCosta (1890-1950) was the second child born to Benjamin and Anna DeCosta. He married Gertrude Cook (1894-1951) and moved his family to New York City in 1923 were he worked as a contractor and real estate agent.

His son, Benjamin Robert DeCosta, Jr. (1913-1999) married Olive Bather (1914-1999).

His daughter, Anna Elizabeth DeCosta (born 1915) married George W. Hunter (1911-1993).

Georgianna Hunter Price (1934-2006) and George W. Hunter III are descendents of Benjamin Robert DeCosta, Sr.

Box 300
Benjamin Robert DeCosta and Olive Bather DeCosta: Funeral Program, 1999
Box 300
Dr. George W. Hunter: Program, 1977
Box 300
Dr. George William Hunter: Funeral Program, 1993
Box 300
George W. Hunter III: Wedding Invitation, 1995
Box 300
Georgianna Hunter Price: Obituary and Funeral Program, 2006

5.5. Daisy DeCosta Caffey and Caffey Family, 1975-1997.

Daisy Alethia DeCosta (1892-1977) was the third child born to Benjamin and Anna DeCosta. She married Lightburne Bennett Caffey (1883-1959) and had one son, Lightburne Bennett Caffey, Jr. (1924-1997). Daisy was a graduate of Avery Institute and a Charleston Public School teacher until they moved to New York. L. Bennet Caffey, Jr. was taken from New York to live in Charleston with his uncle, Frank DeCosta, in 1938. He married Pauline Reese Marsh (born 1928), in which two daughters were born. Christine Alethia Caffey (born 1951) married Luther K. Williams in 1975.

Box 300
Christine Alethia Caffey: Marriage Announcement, 1975
Box 300
Daisy DeCosta Caffey: Funeral Program, 1977
Box 300
Dr. Lightburne Bennett Caffey, Jr.: Funeral Program, 1997
Box 300
Dr. Lightburne Bennett Caffey, Jr.: Eulogy by H. A. DeCosta, Jr., 1997

5.6. Herbert Alexander DeCosta, Sr., and Bernice DeCosta-Davis, 1854-1960 and undated.

Herbert Alexander DeCosta (1894-1960), the fourth child of Benjamin and Anna DeCosta, married Julia Ellen Craft (1898-1990) in 1921. They had two children Herbert Alexander DeCosta, Jr. (1923-2008) and Bernice Craft DeCosta (born 1924). Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr., was the founder of H. A. DeCosta Construction Company and president until his death.

Box 300
Herbert Alexander DeCosta, Sr: 87 Spring Street Real Estate and Title Information, 1854-1938
Box 300
Hebert Alexander DeCosta, Sr.: Condolence Cards, 1960
Box 300
Hebert Alexander DeCosta, Sr.: Death Announcements, 1960
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Bernice DeCosta-Davis: Article, undated

5.7. Miriam DeCosta Seabrook, 1981-1993.

Miriam DeCosta Seabrook (1896-1992) was the fifth child born to Benjamin and Anna DeCosta. She graduated from Avery Institute and was an educator in Charleston, South Carolina at Burke High School.

Box 300
Miriam DeCosta Seabrook: Letter to Family Members, 1981
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Miriam DeCosta Seabrook: Funeral Program, 1992
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Miriam DeCosta Seabrook: Link Tribute, 1993

5.8. Eugenia DeCosta Higgins and Descendants, 1964-1993.

Eugenia Nowell DeCosta Higgins (1898-1993), sixth child of Benjamin and Anna DeCosta, was an Avery Institute graduate and Charleston County school teacher. She married Reverend Samuel Richard Higgins and had one son, Dr. Robert Samuel DeCosta Higgins. Robert married Patricia Jennings had a son, Dr. Robert Samuel DeCosta Higgins, Jr.

Box 301
Dr. Robert Samuel DeCosta Higgins, Sr.: Newspaper Article Announcing Death, 1964
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Dr. Robert Samuel DeCosta Higgins, Jr.: Wedding Program, 1990
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Eugenia DeCosta Higgins: Funeral Program, 1993
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Eugenia DeCosta Higgins: Obituary, 1993
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Condolence Cards, 1964, 1993

5.9. Frank A. DeCosta, Beautine Hubert DeCosta, and Miriam DeCosta-Willis, 1962-2006.

Frank Augustus DeCosta (1910-1972) was the last child born to Benjamin and Anna DeCosta. He married Beautine Hubert in 1934. He was a 1927 Avery graduate and was principle of the Avery Normal Institute from 1936-1941. Their daughter, Dr. Miriam Delores DeCosta-Willis (born 1934) was a professor in African American literature until her retirement in 1999. She is the author of several books.

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Beautine Hubert: Correspondence, 1962-1997
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Miriam DeCosta Willis: Correspondence and Articles, 1982-2006
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Frank A. DeCosta: Avery Messenger Article, 2003

5.10. Other DeCosta Family Members, 1980-2009.

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Other DeCosta Family Members: Funeral Programs and Newspaper Articles

6. Craft and Kinloch Families, 1767-2007.

(.75 linear feet)
Includes material from the relatives of Herbert A. DeCosta's mother, Julia Craft DeCosta. Items include genealogical charts, last will and testaments, photographs, correspondence, and publications.

Ellen Smith Craft (1826-1897) and William Craft (1823-1900) escaped from slavery in Georgia, and eventually made their way to England. In 1860, William Craft published the story of their escape in "Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery."

Their daughter, Ellen A. Craft Crum (born 1861), married William "Demos" Crum (1859-1912) in 1883. In 1902, Crum was appointed Collectors of Customs in Charleston, South Carolina, which was opposed by the Senate until his confirmation in 1905. He resigned in 1909.

Ellen Smith Craft and William Craft also had a son, Charles Estlin Phillips Craft (1852-1938). Charles, a railway postal clerk, married Emeline Aubin Kinloch (1854-1944), a seamstress from Charleston.

This semestress, Emeline Kinloch Craft, was the daughter of Benjamin Kinloch (1819-1884), a millwright, and Emeline Aubin Kinloch (1824-1884), from Charleston, South Carolina. Benjamin Kinloch's father was Richmond Kincoch (1794-1851) and his grandfather was Francis Kinloch.

The daughter of Charles Craft and Emeline Kinloch Craft, Julia Craft DeCosta (1898-1990), was a 1915 Avery Institute graduate and educator at Burke High School. She married Herbert A. DeCosta, Sr., and served as bookkeeper, secretary, and finally treasurer for the H. A. DeCosta Construction Company for 56 years.

Box 301
Kinloch Family History Chart, undated
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Francis Kinloch: Last Will and Testament, 1767
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Richmond Kinloch: Last Will and Testament, 1852
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Richmond Kinloch: Diary Page, undated
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Craft and Kinloch Research Material: Compiled by Steven L. Jones, 1977
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Craft Family Lineage, undated
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Craft Family Correspondence, 1944-2003
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Craft and Crum Family: Postcards, 1911-1918
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Craft Family Recognition Events, 1978-2000
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Craft Family Reunions, 1992-2004
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William and Ellen Craft: Publications and Articles, 1975-2005
Includes publications regarding the escape of William and Ellen Craft from Georgia including a biographical sketch of Ellen Craft by Miriam DeCosta Willis, undated.
Box 302
William and Ellen Craft: Photographs of African Meeting House, circa 1970s
Includes Boston House lived in by William and Ellen Craft.
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Ellen A. Craft Crum: Diplomas, 1878-1881
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Dr. William D. Crum, 1912-2000
   Museum Item 2010.014.001
Dr. William D. Crum: Cane
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Emeline A. Craft Crum: Last Will and Testament, circa 1930
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Julia Ellen Craft DeCosta, 1966-1990
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Virginia Craft Rose and Ellen Craft Dammond, 1975-2007
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Other Craft Family Members, 1971-1988
Includes members of the Craft and Healy Families.
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Beatrice Jackson Brown: Woodville Plantation, 1997-2005
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City of Charleston: List of Taxpayers, 1859
Box 302
African American Family History Association, Inc., Newsletter, 1978
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Miscellaneous Material


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], H. A. DeCosta, Jr. Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Herbert A. DeCosta, Jr., March 1993, and Emily S. DeCosta, September 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim with Rachel Allen, Mia Fischer, Harlan Greene, Jessica Lancia, and Amanda Ross, May 2010

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim and Amanda Ross, May 2010

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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