South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program

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Welcome to the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program

The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) at the University of South Carolina Libraries is one of many state programs participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national effort to preserve America's historical newspapers. SCDNP digitizes historic South Carolina newspapers and facilitates their free access in the full-text searchable newspaper database,Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, made possible through grants funded and administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC).

Since 2009, the University of South Carolina Libraries has participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) with grants funded by NEH. As part of this project, USC Libraries has digitized 65 historic SC newspaper titles, dating from 1836-1922, and contributed over 200,000 newspaper pages now available in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. SCDNP is currently underway in its third NEH grant to digitize another 100,000 pages from 1836 to 1922.

Explore our website to learn more about what we do and what newspapers are currently available in Chronicling America.

Table of Digitized Newspapers

Digitized Historic South Carolina Newspapers Now Available in Chronicling America
Selected Newspaper Titles for Digitization, 2013-2015
  • Title
    Publisher Location
    Dates Digitized
  • The Bamberg herald
    Bamberg, S.C.
    1899-1922
  • Palmetto herald
    Port Royal, S.C.
    1860-1869
  • Free South
    Beaufort, S.C.
    1863-1864
  • Beaufort Republican
    Beaufort, S.C.
    1871-1873
  • Port Royal commercial and Beaufort County republican
    Port Royal, S.C.
    1873-1874
  • Port Royal standard and commercial
    Beaufort, S.C.
    1874-1876
  • The tribune
    Beaufort, S.C.
    1874-1876
  • Beaufort tribune and Port Royal commercial
    Beaufort, S.C.
    1877
  • Crescent
    Beaufort, S.C.
    1879
  • Cheraw gazette
    Cheraw, S.C.
    1836-1837
  • Cheraw gazette and Pee Dee farmer
    Cheraw, S.C.
    1837-1839
  • Farmers' gazette, and Cheraw advertiser
    Cheraw, S.C.
    1839-1845
  • Cheraw gazette
    Cheraw, S.C.
    1841-1842; 1851-1859
  • Cheraw chronicle
    Cheraw, S.C.
    1905-1922
  • The Chesterfield advertiser
    Cheraw, S.C.
    1892-1922
  • The Pageland journal
    Pageland, S.C.
    1914-1922
  • The Dillon herald
    Dillon, S.C.
    1909-1911; 1918-1922
  • The southern enterprise
    Greenville, S.C.
    1854-1869
  • The Greenville enterprise
    Greenville, S.C.
    1870-1873
  • The Horry dispatch
    Conwayboro, S.C.
    1861-1862
  • The Camden journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1836-1851
  • Camden commercial courier
    Camden, S.C.
    1837-1383
  • Semiweekly Camden journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1851-1852
  • The Camden journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1852
  • The Camden weekly journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1853-1861
  • The Camden confederate
    Camden, S.C.
    1861-1878
  • The Camden daily journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1864
  • The Camden journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1864
  • Journal and Confederate
    Camden, S.C.
    1865
  • The tri-weekly journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1865
  • The weekly journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1865
  • The Camden weekly journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1865-1866
  • The Camden journal
    Camden, S.C.
    1866-1891
  • The Kershaw gazette
    Camden, S.C.
    1873-1887
  • The Lancaster ledger
    Lancaster, S.C.
    1852-1905
  • Lancaster enterprise
    Lancaster, S.C.
    1897-1904
  • The Lancaster news
    Lancaster, S.C.
    1905-1918
  • The Batesburg advocate
    Batesburg, S.C.
    1901-1912
  • The Lexington dispatch
    Lexington, S.C.
    1873-1916
  • Lexington dispatch-news
    Lexington, S.C.
    1917-1919
  • The dispatch-news
    Lexington, S.C.
    1919-1922
  • The Spartan
    Spartanburg, S.C.
    1843-1852
  • The Carolina Spartan
    Spartanburg, S.C.
    1852-1906
  • The weekly Union times
    Union, S.C.
    1875-1894
  • The Union times
    Union, S.C.
    1894-1918
  • The Union daily times
    Union, S.C.
    1918-1922
  • The county record
    Kingstree, S.C.
    1897-1922
  • Yorkville enquirer
    York, S.C.
    1855-1922
  • Fort Mill times
    Fort Mill, S.C.
    1891-1922
How Titles Are Selected

Since its founding, South Carolina has produced hundreds of newspaper titles in every region of the state - far too many to be included in any one grant cycle of the National Digital Newspaper Program. To select newspapers for inclusion in the 2009, 2011 and 2013 cycles, staff presented their recommendations to the advisory board who voted on which titles would be selected. The final list of titles represent a process that accounted for advisory board recommendations, preservation issues, USC Libraries' permission to digitize materials, and copyright restrictions.

Specific guidelines focused the advisory board and the available newspapers to them. NEH and LC created guidelines for content selection external link. For example, the 2009 grant cycle allowed participants to digitize materials from 1860 through 1922; the 2011 cycle extended the time period to 1836 through 1922. NEH and LC also encourages programs to identify newspapers that represent geographic, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Staff also encouraged the advisory board to select titles from which the South Caroliniana Library owned the original microfilm. To assist in the selection process, each advisory board received a full list of available newspapers at the South Caroliniana Library. From that list, members suggested possible titles for digitization, compiled by the project staff members.

Map of Digitized Newspapers


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Map Key

2099-2011 Digitized MarkerDigitized and Available in Chronicling America 2013-2015 Coming Soon MarkerComing Soon in 2013-2015

 

Chronicling AmericaSearch America's historic newspapers pages in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, including those from South Carolina from 1836-1922. You can also browse the most up to date list of South Carolina Newspapers in Chronicling America by selecting the All Digitized Newspapers tab on the Chronicling America homepage.

Program Resources


Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling AmericaSearch America's historic newspapers pages, including those from South Carolina, from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

 

South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program Blog

SCDNP Blog

Learn the latest details from SCDNP, including progress reports, commentaries on uploaded materials, and other interesting stories related to historic newspapers in South Carolina. Frequent posts highlight unique events in South Carolina history. Users can also comment on their interests. The SCDNP Blog is hosted by the University of South Carolina Libraries Digital Collections department.

South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program Subject Guide

SCDNP Topic GuidesDelve into the rich content of historical South Carolina newspapers in this SCDNP LibGuide. Here you will find topics guides with interesting historical news articles, images, and headlines that we have already found for you, as well as Important Dates, Suggested Search Terms and Strategies. Also, view a cool timeline featuring our favorite examples of historical S.C. newspaper articles and find helpful tips on searching Chronicling America.

Program Information


Contacts

Project Staff

Virginia Pierce
Project Manager, SCDNP
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
(803) 777.0735
piercev@mailbox.sc.edu

Laura Blair
Metadata and Outreach Specialist, SCDNP
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
(803) 777.0735
blairla@mailbox.sc.edu

Co-Principal InvestigatorsImage of Kate Boyd and Craig Keeney, Co-Principal Investigators of the National Digital Newspaper Project in South Carolina

Kate Boyd
Digital Collections Librarian
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
(803) 777.2249
boydkf@mailbox.sc.edu

Craig Keeney
Catalog Librarian
South Caroliniana Library
(803) 777.3132
ckeeney@mailbox.sc.edu

Advisory Board

Current Advisory Board Members

Debra Bloom

Bloom is the Walker Local History Room manager at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, South Carolina. She is the author of the Dead Librarian Blog external link and co-creator of the South Carolina Online Obituary Portal. In 2008 she served as the president of the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA). Currently, Bloom serves on the Advocates Board for the Historic Coumbia Foundation. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina.

Bobby J. Donaldson

Donaldson is an associate professor of History and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is currently completing a book tentatively titled New Negroes in the New South: Race, Power, and Ideology in Georgia, 1890-1925. He is also preparing a biography of William Jefferson White, a Baptist minister, political activist and journalist, who founded Morehouse College in 1867. Donaldson serves on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University and held a 2005-2006 fellowship at the W.E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in History from Emory University.

Harlan Greene

Greene is senior manuscript and reference archivist for Special Collections at College of Charleston Libraries, and formerly was director of archival and reference services at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston. He founded and directed special collections at the Charleston County Public Library, was archivist and assistant director for the South Carolina Historical Society, and has extensive experience with archival and print collections in the Charleston area. He is the author of several scholarly and popular books, including Slave Badges and the Slave-Hire System in Charleston, South Carolina 1783-1865 and Why We Never Danced the Charleston. He has served as chair of Palmetto Archives, Libraries and Museums Council on Preservation (PALMCOP) and as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of Charleston and has done graduate work at the University of South Carolina and Stanford University.

Steve Richardson

Richardson is presently Coordinator of Research Assistance in the James B. Duke Library at Furman University, Greenville, SC. He holds a BA degree from Furman University and an MLS degree from the University of South Carolina. Richardson is in the process of finishing a book on the history of Simpsonville, SC, for which he has relied heavily on historical newspapers, both in microfilm and digital formats.

Curtis R. Rogers

Rogers is the Director of Communications for the South Carolina State Library and Coordinates the South Carolina Center for the Book. He has also worked at the Charleston County Public Library and has taught courses at the USC School of Library and Information Science. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Master of Library and Information Science, and Doctor of Education degree all from the University of South Carolina. In 2008, he was President of the SC Library association. Rogers conducts an annual national library survey on libraries use of social media for public relations and has presented this survey’s results at the 2009 German Library Association Conference in Erfurt and at the State and University Library of Hamburg.

William "Bill" C. Rogers

Rogers is the executive director of the South Carolina Press Association external link, the trade group for the state's 117 newspapers. He has been in that position for more than 23 years, and his duties include lobbying on behalf of newspaper and freedom of information matters. As director, he and his staff also produce industry newsletters, websites and directories, conduct meetings and workshops, and oversee the association's advertising sales programs. Rogers was awarded a 1997 “Sunshine Award” by the national Society of Professional Journalists for his efforts supporting open government. Prior to joining SCPA, he was an assistant professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina for five years. He has also taught at the University of Alabama School of Communication in Tuscaloosa, and at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., where he earned his master's degree in journalism. His undergraduate work was done at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Rogers worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 10 years on daily and weekly newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina, including The Roanoke World-News, the Asheville Citizen-Times and the Waynesville Mountaineer.

Constance Schulz

Prior to her retirement, Schulz was a professor of History and co-director of the Public History program at the University of South Carolina. Her publications as a public historian include The History of South Carolina Slide Collection, A South Carolina Album, 1936-1948: Documentary Photography in the Palmetto State from the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil of New Jersey, and Witness to the Fifties: The Pittsburgh Photographic Library, 1950-1953. Her publications as a historian of the early national period of United States history include “Children in America in the Eighteenth Century,” in Joseph Hawes and Ray Hiner, eds., American Childhood and “Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriot Pinckney Horry: A South Carolina Revolutionary-Era Mother and Daughter,” in Marjorie Spruill, Valinda Littlefield, and Joan Marie Johnson, eds., South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times. She also organized the public history field school offered every two years in Northern England. Currently, Schulz is Editor of the Digital Edition of the Papers of Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Harriott Pinckney Horry, 1739-1830 external link, an NEH "Scholarly Editions" funded project. She has a PhD from the University of Cincinnati.

Allen Stokes

Stokes is director of the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He coordinated the activities of the South Carolina Newspaper Project, the NEH-funded initiative that enabled the cataloging and filming of historic South Carolina newspapers in the 1990s. His Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the South Caroliniana Library, published in 1982, remains a significant portal of entry into the library’s collection of manuscript materials. He holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Amanda Stone

Amanda Stone is the Innovation & Digital Librarian at the South Carolina State Library. She manages the SCSL Digital Collections, which include a repository of scanned and born-digital state documents and archives of local history collaborations from several public libraries. She also maintains StudySC, a K-12 portal for students and educators to find high-quality information about South Carolina. She received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2004.

John White

White is an archivist and historian at the Special Collections of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library and the Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston. He has presented papers at the annual meetings of the South Carolina Historical Association, Southern Association of Women Historians, and the Southern Historical Association and at the Citadel’s conference on the civil rights movement in South Carolina in 2003. His publications include “The White Citizens’ Councils of Orangeburg County,” in Winfred B. Moore and Orville Vernon Burton, eds., Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement of South Carolina during the Twentieth Century. White's book, Forging a New Consensus: White Resistance and Desegregation in South Carolina, 1944-1964 is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press. He has a PhD from the University of Florida.

Previous Advisory Board Members

John Hammond Moore

Moore is a retired journalist and teacher who continues to write and research on South Carolina history and culture. Over the last three decades, he has authored more than a dozen books, including South Carolina Newspapers, which served as one of the most influentual sources used by project staff to compile a master list of newspaper holdings for the SCDNP project. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia.

Libby Young

Young is a reference and government documents librarian at Furman University. She is past president of the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA). As a reference librarian at the Providence Public Library, she indexed the Providence Journal newspaper for biographical, genealogical, and historical information. She has a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Grant Administration

As part of the NDNP grant, project staff are required to submit quarterly reports to account for progress. These reports, as well as other key documentation from SCDNP, are available in PDF format for download. The original 2009 grant application and subsequent supplemental applications for 2011 and 2013 are also included. Please note that project staff will make the reports available to the public as they are created and delivered to meet program deadlines.

Grant Applications

Quarterly Reports

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