Whoever said nothing is “as dead as an old newspaper” never would have made headlines as a futurist, and never could have dreamed of life in the digital age.
But thanks to the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP), a project at the University of South Carolina Libraries, some of South Carolina’s most widely read newspapers have been resurrected, offering a glimpse into life during some of the Palmetto State’s most turbulent times.
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the SCDNP has digitized 19 South Carolina newspapers published between 1860 and 1922 and made them available and searchable on a web site hosted by the Library of Congress.
Titled “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers,” the site features fully accessible issues of The Columbia Phoenix, Charleston Daily News, Keowee Courier, Sumter Watchman and Southron, The Orangeburg Times and Democrat, Marlboro Democrat (Marlboro County), Edgefield Advertiser, Laurens Advertiser, and The Anderson Intelligencer.
Plans call for The Manning Times, The News and Herald (Fairfield County), The Newberry Herald and News, and The Pickens Sentinel to be digitized during the next two years. To learn more about the newspapers included in the project, visit the SCDNP website.
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