York County is unique in the South Carolina upstate because of its active encouragement of heritage preservation and its support for historical research. One of the entities making up the Culture & Heritage Museums, the Historical Center of York County was opened in 1989 to serve as the County's archival repository, and to collect, preserve, interpret, and maintain information of historical importance.
We strive to encourage scholarly study of primary documents and to educate the community about the value of its historical heritage. The sources for collections of personal, organizational, and family papers vary. Most often, individuals keep family papers, photographs, and memorabilia. Because of their historical interest and value, letters, diaries, scrapbooks or other material documenting the lives and activities of families and organizations in the Carolina Piedmont make valuable additions to our collections.