How to Participate

Historic Newspapers of South Carolina seeks to be a comprehensive collection for the state of South Carolina. To do so, we depend on partnerships with those who possess relevant content. If you or your organization are interested in having a title added to this archive, please review the information provided here and contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Adding Titles

If there is a title you are interested in adding, the first step is to determine whether or not it has already been digitized and made available. Select Browse by Title at the top of this page to see a list of titles currently available in this archive.

Copyright

Copyright ownership and permission are key issues in determining whether or not something can be digitized and made available online for free. Although your organization may possess print and/or microfilm reels of a newspaper title or titles, the ownership of the copyright to the newspaper content is retained by the publisher until it enters the public domain.

The following describes general guidelines governing newspaper content copyright:

  • Issues published before 1923: Public Domain.
  • Issues published between 1923 and 1977 without a formal copyright notice: Public Domain.
  • Issues published between 1923 and 1963 with notice, but no copyright renewal: Public Domain.

Historic Newspapers of South Carolina cannot digitize and provide online availability to in-copyright newspaper titles without the express permission of the copyright holder.

Funding

While we are committed to making Historic Newspapers of South Carolina a highly valuable resource, digitizing and making this content freely available is not an inexpensive pursuit. We are happy to discuss your desired project and work with you to develop a budget and timeline for success. If you have questions regarding pursuit of grant sponsorship from local foundations or national entities, we are happy to explore the possibilities with you.

If you are interested in directly providing financial support for the digitization and inclusion of newspaper content in this archive, we will be privileged to discuss possible contributions from organizations and individuals.

Learning more about newspaper digitization

For additional information about newspaper digitization and the National Digitial Newspaper Program standards explore the following sites: