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Using the Historical South Carolina Newspapers Database

Access to the SC Newspaper Database

Delve into the rich content of historical South Carolina newspapers dating from the 1800s to the late 1900s through this online database, which is freely available and full-text searchable.


First of four short tutorials in this Guide that break down how to use the database.

About the Digitization

Thanks to National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funding and support from the Library of Congress from 2009-2015,  the University of South Carolina Libraries digitized over 300,000 pages and 100 historical South Carolina newspaper titles, ranging in dates from 1836 to 1922.  Since then, the University of South Carolina has continued to digitize and make available  SC newspapers from all over the state. Almost all of these papers were scanned from the microfilm.  You can find all of the digitized pages on the Historical South Carolina Newspapers Database and a portion of those at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America web site.