We are Expanding our Collection of South Carolina Newspapers

Malvern, PA (June 3, 2009) — Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the addition of four titles to its Charleston South Carolina Gazette database. The collection has been renamed South Carolina Newspapers in order to better reflect these new titles.

South Carolina Newspapers 1732-1780

This collection contains a wealth of information on Colonial and Early American History and Genealogy, and provides wide-ranging and often divergent views 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.
South 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, it contains a wealth of information on Colonial/Early American History and Genealogy, and provides an accurate glimpse of life during this important time period.

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.

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 South Carolina & American General Gazette, 1777-1780.
Begun in 1766 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 Charlestown Gazette, 1778-1780.
Printed weekly between 1778 and 1780 by Mary Crouch and Co., it was founded in specific opposition to the Stamp Act, but also excelled at local news coverage while providing extensive listings of both marriages and deaths. Mary Crouch later moved to Salem, Massachusetts, where she continued publication for several years.

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