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The earliest newspapers in South Carolina were published in Charleston:

South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1775
South Carolina weekly Gazette, 1758-1764
South Carolina and American General Gazette, 1764-1781
South Carolina gazette and country journal, 1765-1775
Gazette of the State of South Carolina, 1777-1780
Charleston Gazette, 1778-1780
Royal South Carolina Gazette, 1780-1782
Royal Gazette, 1781-1782
Charleston Morning Post, Jan 18, 17?6-Oct 17, 1787
Charleston Times, Oct 6, 1800-July 24, 1816
Charleston Courier, Jan 10, 1803-June 30, 1852
Southern Patriot, Jan 22, 1818-Dec 31, 1846

Original, preserved copies of these early newspapers are held by the Charleston Library Society in Charleston, South Carolina. Other institutions and individuals, such as the South Carolina Historical Society, have smaller physical holdings of the early South Carolina newspapers as well.

These early newspapers have been microfilmed and copies are available at a number of libraries and institutions nationwide. The (commercial) ESCN web site maintains a list of which libraries have copies, and they also provide a surname listing of extracts. The surname list is free but a copy of the article is not.


South Carolina Independent Gazette, 1791-1796
Georgetown Gazette, 1798-1817, weekly
Winyah Intelligencer, 1817-1836, semi-weekly
Winyah Observer, 1841-1852
Pee Dee Times, 1852-?


Georgia gazette, 1763-1770 (Savannah, GA)
Virginia gazette of Williamsburg, 1736-1780


  • South Carolina newspapers
    compiled and edited by John Hammond Moore.
    Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press in cooperation with the Thomas Cooper Library, c1988.
    316 p. : map ; 24 cm.

  • South Carolina newspapers : the South-Carolina gazette, 1760
    edited by Mary Bondurant Warren ; abstracted by Robert S. Lowery and Mary S. Warren.
    Danielsville, GA : Heritage Papers, c1988.
    112 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.


  • South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History (SCDAH)
    Listing of newspapers on microfilm
  • South Carolina State Library (online catalog)
  • South Caroliniana Library, Columbia (online catalog available)
  • University of South Carolina search a number of collections at once
  • Charleston Library Society in Charleston
  • South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston


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