It’s quiet these days at the College of Charleston with students and faculty finishing the spring 2020 semester online from their homes across the state and around the country. To fill the space and close the distance – and in honor of the 250th anniversary of the College’s founding – we thought we’d look back at some of the people and places that have made CofC the special place it is today.

Until students are back on campus, studying in the Stern Student Center and laughing as they walk through Cougar Mall, we will share images from the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston as well as the Library of Congress. But we’d love to share your history at the College, too. Alumni, ancestors of alumni, faculty and retired faculty are invited to share images from their time or their family members’ time at the College.

It’s simple: Snap an image of the print with your cell phone or digital camera, and send us the image. Submissions can include photos of buildings, students or faculty; drawings; and photos of memorabilia. If you are interested in submitting images, please email Heather Moran at with the subject line, “Photos of the Week: Retro Edition.”

RELATED: Learn more about information to include with your photo submissions.

We look forward to sharing your memories! For now, enjoy this walk down memory lane.

The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC circa 1909 | Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington DC

The above panoramic photo is an image made by the Haines Photo Company of Ohio circa 1909. From 1908 to 1910, the company specialized in photographing panoramic images of popular American destinations. Images from all over the United States can now be found on the Library of Congress’ website.

Group of students from 1926 stand in front of Porter's Lodge

A group of students stands in front of Porter’s Lodge in 1926.

Students studying on interior stairs of the Towell Library.

Students studying on the interior stairs of Towell Library circa the 1950s.

On January 15, 2021 Bernie Powers visited the International African American Museum building during it’s construction.  Photos by Mike Ledford

CofC's Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

CofC’s Phi Beta Sigma fraternity poses for a photo circa 1970-80.


Zeta Tau Alpha sorority members circa 1970-80.

Students in a 1987 language lab.

Students in a 1987 language lab.