South Carolina Newspapers

This collection contains a wealth of information on colonial and early American History and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America, with additional coverage of events in Europe, during the early days of this country.

The South Carolina Gazette – 1732–1775

The South Carolina GazetteSouth Carolina’s first successful newspaper was begun in 1732 by Thomas Whitemarsh in Charles Town, and released its final issue in December, 1775. A “middle of the road” paper, the Gazette printed news of Europe, what the royalty had worn at the last formal event, news of the colony, notices of births, deaths, marriages and estate auctions, and advertisements, including those for runaway slaves. It contains a wealth of information on colonial/early American history and genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life in South Carolina and America prior to the advent of the American Revolution.

The South Carolina & American General Gazette – 1764–1775

Begun in 1764 by Robert Wells, it had many subscribers in other colonies by the mid-1770s, and was the only paper in the state to publish the full text of the Declaration of Independence. Ironically Wells, a loyalist, eventually was forced to leave the state.

The South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal – 1765–1775

This publication was heavily pro-American and nearly always included scandalous stories of European royalty. While it tended to be “stuffy,” it was the only paper to discuss citizens who would not be considered among the elite in society.

The Gazette of the State of South-Carolina – 1777–1780

One of several newspapers published in Charles Town, this paper was concerned primarily with regional happenings. It was established in 1777 by Peter Timothy, and was published by him and Nicholas Boden. Publication was suspended temporarily January 15–June 17, 1778, because the printing office was destroyed by fire.

Collection Notes

  • Part 1: 1732–1741
  • Part 2: 1742–1751
  • Part 3: 1752–1761
  • Part 4: 1762–1771
  • Part 5: 1772–1775, 1777–1780
  • Part 6: 1765–1775 (South Carolina Gazette & Country Journal)
  • Part 7: 1764–1775 (South Carolina & American General Gazette)

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