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South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program

The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) at the University of South Carolina Libraries, a participant in the National Digital Newspaper Program, has digitized more than 100 historical South Carolina newspaper titles and contributed over 300,000 newspaper pages to the program since 2009. These digitized newspapers are now freely available and full text searchable in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Explore our website to learn more about our program and what newspapers are currently available in Chronicling America.

Map of Digitized Newspapers

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2009-2015 Digitized MarkerSelect blue markers to view a list of newspapers digitized in that community.

Program Resources

Chronicling AmericaSearch millions of pages of America's historic newspapers pages in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, including more than 100 South Carolina newspapers dating 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 and selecting South Carolina from the list of States.


Learn the latest details from SCDNP, including progress reports, commentaries on uploaded materials, and other interesting stories related to historic newspapers in South Carolina on the SCDNP blog hosted by the University of South Carolina Libraries Digital Collections department.


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.

About 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 who have participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a national effort to preserve America's historical newspapers, made possible by generous grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and with support of the Library of Congress (LC). As part of this program, USC Libraries has digitized more than 100 historic SC newspaper titles and contributed over 300,000 newspaper pages now freely available and full text searchable in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

To see the complete list of digitized South Carolina newspapers, visit Chronicling America and select the tab for All Digitized Newspapers 1836-1922. Then choose South Carolina from the dropdown list of States and select the Go Button. To view a list of ten rare digitized African American newspapers published in South Carolina between 1865 and 1922, select the tab for All Digitized Newspapers 1836-1922, choose South Carolina from the dropdown list of States, and choose African American from the dropdown list for Ethnicity.

Program Information


Project Staff/Co-Principal Investigators

Kate Boyd
Digital Collections Librarian
Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
(803) 777.2249

Craig Keeney
Catalog Librarian
South Caroliniana Library
(803) 777.3132

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members (2009-2015)

Ms. Debra 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.

Dr. Bobby J. 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.

Mr. Harlan 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.

Dr. John Hammond 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.

Mr. Steve 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.

Dr. Curtis R. Rogers s 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.

Mr. William "Bill" C. 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.

Dr. Constance Schulz is a former 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.

Dr. Allen Stokes is the former 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.

Ms. 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.

Dr. John 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.

Ms. Libby 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.

How Titles were selected by the Advisory Board
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.

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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