South Carolina Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny and Gareth L. Mark for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the South Carolina Family History Research series.
History of South Carolina
South Carolina Vital Records
Census Records for South Carolina
Background Sources for South Carolina
South Carolina Maps
South Carolina Land Records
South Carolina Probate Records
South Carolina Court Records
South Carolina Tax Records
South Carolina Cemetery Records
South Carolina Church Records
South Carolina Military Records
South Carolina Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
South Carolina Archives, Libraries, and Societies
South Carolina Immigration
African Americans of South Carolina
South Carolina County/District Resources
Map of South Carolina


Periodicals

Like most other states, South Carolina historical and genealogical organizations publish excellent periodicals including South Carolina Historical Magazine (Charleston, S.C.: South Carolina Historical Society, 1900-present), Carolina Herald (Greenville, S.C.: Carolina Genealogical Society, 1974-present). See “Index of the Carolina Herald Online” and Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina (Charleston, S.C.: The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, 1888-present). Two important private publications are The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (Columbia, S.C.: Brent Howard Holcomb, 1973-present) and Carolina Genealogist (Danielsville, Ga.: Mary B. Warren, 1969–84). The South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the The Family History Library (FHL) have these and other periodicals pertaining to South Carolina genealogy.

Newspapers

South Carolina’s newspaper history began with the publication of the first issue of the South Carolina Gazette in 1732. The largest collection of South Carolina newspapers is found at the South Caroliniana Library; the Charleston Library Society and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History have slightly smaller collections (see South Carolina Archives, Libraries, and Societies for addresses). See a complete list of newspapers at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History online. See also John H. Moore, South Carolina Newspapers (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1988).

Newspapers are an important source of South Carolina vital records because marriage and death notices appeared in most newspapers. Newspaper extracts have been regularly published in The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research and South Carolina Historical Magazine (see Periodicals above). Dozens of published books of newspaper extracts are available. A bibliography is found in George K. Schweitzer, South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tenn.: the author, 1985): 114-19.

Manuscripts

There are two major manuscript collections of South Carolina genealogical material. Leonardo Andrea compiled a vast collection of research notes tracing families during their residence in South Carolina as well as tracking them back to earlier residences and forward as they migrated south and west. The Leonardo Andrea Collection is available on microfilm at the FHL. Motte Alston Read collected information on colonial South Carolina families from court records, deeds, church records, newspapers, and other sources. The Motte Alston Read Collection is housed at the South Carolina Historical Society and is available on microfilm at the FHL.

The largest collection of South Carolina manuscripts is housed at the South Caroliniana Library of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The Manuscript Division holds over 1.3 million manuscripts, including church records, letters, Bible records, and numerous other public and private records. A short list of finding aids to the manuscript collection appears online at www.sc.edu/library/socar/mnscrpts/findaids.html with instructions to contact the library for information not available online. See Allen H. Stokes, Jr., comp., A Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the South Caroliniana Library (Columbia, S.C.: South Caroliniana Library, 1982).

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