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Source Material of Special Interest to Genealogists and Historians

All materials are located in the South Carolina Room, located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.

  1. Transcripts of Charleston County wills, estate inventories, and miscellaneous records prior to 1869. (100 volumes) Indexed in three volumes.
     
  2. Death Records from the Charleston County Health Department on index cards. These cover the years l819-1926, but are incomplete. (Copies of original ledgers are on microfilm.)
     
  3. City of Charleston Death Certificates, 1866 to 1914 (incomplete). On microfilm.
     
  4. Birth Records from the Charleston County Health Department, available for the years l877-1926 (incomplete). On microfilm.
     
  5. Charleston City Directories. Microfiche: 1782, 1785, 1790, 1794, 1801-1803, 1806,1807, 1809, 1813, 1816, 1819, 1820, 1822, 1824, 1892, 1831, 1835-1838, 1840, 1841, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1856, 1859; Microfilm: l866-l90l (with gaps); Paper copy: l782, l867-1870, l872-l873, l875-l876, l877-l878, l88l - present. The E. L. Polk City Directories for Charleston were not published for the following years: l949, l952, l953, l954, l956, l957, l962, l963, l964, l965, l966, l967.
     
  6. Charleston Telephone Books from l931 to the present. (missing 1932-33, 1938-39, 1942-1945, 1959.)
     
  7. Charleston Yearbooks, l880-l951. (Also available on microfiche and microfilm.)
     
  8. Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Saving and Trust Company 1864-1874. On microfilm (Charleston and Beaufort, SC branches only. Name index available)
     
  9. Charleston Orphan House Records, 1790 - 1964. On microfilm, originals in Special Collection.
     
  10. Local newspapers on microfilm:

The Gazette
Jan 8, 1731-Sept 28, 1782 (known under several names during the period; all include word Gazette)

Charleston Morning Post
Jan 18, 1796-Oct 17, 1787

(Charleston) Times
Oct 6, 1800-July 24, 1816

Charleston Courier
Jan 10, 1803-June 30, 1852

L'Oracle, Francais-American
Jan 1, 1807-Dec 8, 1807

Southern Patriot
Jan 22, 1818-Dec 31, 1846

Charleston Daily Courier
July 1, 1852-April5, 1873

Charleston Mercury
Jan 1, 1822-Nov 16, 1868

Deutsche Zietung
Oct 4, 1853-Dec 29, 1917

Confederate Baptist (Columbia)
Oct 1, 1862 - Jan 25, 1865

Charleston Daily News
Sept 8, 1866-April 5, 1873

Charleston News
Jan 1, 1873-April 5, 1873

News and Courier
April 6, 1873-Sept 30, 1991

World and Sunday Budget
April 9, 1881-Oct 7, 1891

Charleston American
August 26, 1916-Sept 29, 1923

Charleston Evening Post
Oct 10, 1924-Sept 30, 1991

The Star
Dec 1, 1935-Dec 31, 1936

Coastal Times
Jan 29, 1986 - June 24, 1998

Post and Courier
Oct 1, 1991-date

Miscellaneous Early SC
Scattered issues are newspapers.

Newspapers
Primarily from Charleston in the 1800s.

Miscellaneous Negro Newspapers
Includes 9 SC newspapers, scattered issues, no complete runs.