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Patents for Historical Research

Inventors Databases for Geographical Areas

How to Find Ancestors before 1850

Specialized Databases

Unpublished Materials

In addition to the books, articles, and government documents listed in this guide, the Libraries maintain a set of files of biographical information on historic inventors from South Carolina. We also have a print copy of every patent issued to a South Carolina Inventor, from 1793-1893. Contact Jennifer Groff ( for additional information