Charleston County, South Carolina Newspapers

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Eighteenth-century South Carolina newspapers contain a wealth of information about Charleston residents. The Early South Carolina Newspapers Database (ESCN Database) has created an every-name index to the three largest newspapers for the years 1732 to 1780. Using their free online Surname Database , researchers may order a list of specific newspaper references from the organization for a very reasonable rate.
Another online newspaper index is:


The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Charleston County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

University of South Carolina Library Catalog



  • Hagy, James W. and Bertrand Van Ruymbeke. "The French Refugee Newspapers of Charleston," [1790s-1810s] The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 1996), pp. 139-148. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • King, William L. The Newspaper Press of Charleston, S.C.: A Chronological and Biographical History, Embracing a Period of One Hundred and Forty Years. Charleston, S.C.: E. Perry, 1872. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and Google Books.

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