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Southern Identity: Primary Sources: Newspapers

Newspapers: Microfilm

Microfilm and scanner/readers are located on the west side of Cooper Library's 4th (main) floor. Help with using microfilm is available at the Library Services Desk.

Anderson Intelligencer Aug. 14, 1860 - Aug. 1906; Jan. 1914 - Jun 1916 

Anderson Independent-Mail Apr. 1929 - present

(Anderson) People's Advocate 1892, 1893, Jan. - Oct. 4, 1897

Camden Chronicle Nov 6, 1891 - Mar 24, 1960

Charleston News & Courier Jan. 1873 - Sep. 30, 1991 

Charleston Post & Courier Oct. 1991-- present 

Chester Reporter Mar. 7, 1874 - Jun. 27, 1906 

(Clemson) Messenger Apr. 1954 - Sep. 1999 

(Clemson) Daily Messenger Sep 1999 - present 

(Clemson University) Tiger 1907 - present 

(Columbia) State Feb. 1891 - present

(Columbia) Palmetto Leader 1925 - 1957  

Georgetown Times Jun. 17, 1868 - Dec. 31, 1904

Greenville News 1900 - present

Orangeburg Times-Democrat Aug. 15, 1879 - Dec. 1974

Pickens Sentinel Sep. 7, 1876 - Sep. 28, 1933

Rock Hill Evening Herald Jan. 1880 - Dec. 1974

(Walhalla) Keowee Courier 1849 - 1976

Newspaper Archives Online

Defining a Primary Source

"A primary source is a document, image or artifact ... created contemporaneously with the event under discussion." (Williams, Historian's Toolbox, 2nd ed., p. 56)

Primary sources are evidence from participants in or eyewitnesses to an event.

Examples:

  • Diaries, letters, speeches, memoirs/autobiographies, oral interviews, newspaper & magazine articles...
  • Images: photographs, sound & video recordings, maps...
  • Artifacts: coins, receipts, schedules, tombstones, furniture, jewelry, DNA evidence...
  • Public records: birth, death, probate, census records; court cases, official government documents...
  • Creative works:  paintings, movies, statues...

Formats:

  • Original manuscripts or records
  • Authoritative transcriptions in printed volumes or digital form
  • Reproductions--digital, microfilm, facsimile...