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Fees for the purchase of Microfilm

The fee for individuals and libraries to purchase rolls of microfilmed records held by the SCDAH is as follows:

Silver film -- $60.00

Diazo film -- $40.00

Micropublications Available

Records in the British Public Record Office Relating to South Carolina, 1663-1782
At the end of the nineteenth century, W. Noel Sainsbury, a retired English civil servant, arranged the records that make up this micropublication from colonial documents held in the British Public Record Office. The records include correspondence with colonial governors, journals of the Board of Trade, petitions, and miscellaneous papers. Indexed by topics and names of persons and places.
12 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/1

United States Census. Original Agriculture, Industry, Social Statistics, and Mortality Schedules for South Carolina, 1850-1880
This micropublication reproduces the original schedules of agriculture, industry, social statistics, and mortality made under the direction of the Department of the Interior for the seventh (1850), eighth (1860), ninth (1870), and tenth (1880) federal censuses. The records give information on specific localities, individual landholdings, slaveholdings, and production. They also provide information they were not specifically designed to elicit - they give detailed and comprehensive information on the landholdings of single classes and groups, the health and occupation of slaves, and the security of black land ownership from 1870 to 1880. 22 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/2

Records of the Public Treasurers of South Carolina, 1725-1776
The ledgers, journals, and general tax receipts that this series reproduces provide important information on the colony's economy during the years covered. The records include receipts from import and export duties; licenses; and taxes and disbursements for various appropriations, including military expenditures and diplomatic costs.
2 rolls with a printed introduction and tables. No. M/3

Records of the South Carolina Treasury, 1775-1780
The records reproduced here reflect the increased responsibilities of the revolutionary treasury as the expenses of the Revolution and the problems of supplying the new government grew. They hold a wealth of information on the financial management of the colony during the Revolutionary period and details of military expenditures.
6 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/4

South Carolina Treasury Ledgers and Journals, 1783-1791
This micropublication contains a comprehensive summary of treasury accounts from March of 1783, when state government was reorganized after three years of British occupation, until February of 1791, when the treasury was taken out of commission. The accounts record a volume and complexity of business that was unusual, and they provide insight into the difficulties faced by the treasurers, who had to struggle with the claims of close to ten thousand people who had supported the Revolution, with the thousands of indented notes of credit the government had issued, and with the sale of forfeited Loyalist estates.
4 rolls with a printed introduction and index. No. M/5

Duties on Trade at Charleston, 1784-1789
The only records of their kind in South Carolina, the seven surviving books that make up this series record every entry of goods into Charleston during the period covered. The records detail the type and quantity of goods imported, show South Carolina's reliance on Great Britain for most of its basic supplies, give information on the number of slaves imported, and are a fine guide to the careers of individual merchants. 1 roll with a printed introduction and tables. No. M/6

South Carolina Treasury Ledgers and Journals, 1791-1865 
This micropublication reproduces treasury ledgers and journals that reflect several reorganizations of the treasury. Some are detailed, others less so. The journal of the lower division from 1791 to 1802 is extraordinarily useful. It lists the indents issued after 1792 for claims growing out of the Revolution, records the settlement of bonds and notes for duties incurred between 1783 and 1789, and accounts for receipts from tardy tax collectors. The remaining books serve as a general guide to the finances of the period.
12 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/7

Accounts Audited Growing Out of the Revolution in South Carolina
After the collapse of state government following the occupation of Charleston by the British in 1780, South Carolina financed its war effort by issuing vouchers - receipts that were often no more than a few hastily scribbled lines - for supplies furnished or military service rendered. The more than ten thousand files that make up this series hold the receipts that individuals presented to the treasury to support their claims, and they often include auditor's papers, interest-bearing certificates called principal indents, and treasury and legislative papers that were related to the claims. Some files provide only brief descriptions of military service; others give considerable detail. The series offers insights into South Carolina's Revolutionary War debt and into the way in which the American Revolution affected the lives of the state's inhabitants. Indexed.
165 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/8

South Carolina Will Transcripts, 1782-1868
This micropublication reproduces Civil Works Administration transcripts of surviving pre-Civil War wills of twenty-one counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Barnwell, Chester, Darlington, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Horry, Kershaw, Laurens, Marion, Marlboro, Newberry, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, and York. Although twice or three times removed from the original wills, the transcripts in this series are important. Used as a consolidated set in conjunction with the Charleston will transcripts, they have long provided the most expeditious route to the contents of antebellum South Carolina wills. And in some cases, they reproduce information no longer extant in damaged originals.
Indexed. 31 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/9

South Carolina State Plats, Charleston Series, 1784-1860; Columbia Series, 1796-1868
South Carolina created the state plats as part of its process for granting vacant public lands. This series reproduces scale drawings of tracts, names of surrounding land holders, and natural and man-made geographic features of the S.C. landscape. The series is an essential source for genealogy and local history and has rich potential for social, cultural, and economic history.
30 rolls with a printed introduction; 13-roll COM index. No. M/10

State Free Negro Capitation Tax Books, Charleston, South Carolina, ca. 1811-1860
The twenty-nine books in this publication list names of many free blacks who lived in Charleston between 1811 and 1860. The tax collector of the parishes of St. Philip's and St. Michael's probably created the books to collect the capitation tax between 1756 and 1865. Names, addresses, tax status, and notations like 'dead' and 'overage' appear. The 1822 and 1823 books list occupations.
2 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/11

Memorials of 17th and 18th Century South Carolina Land Titles
The fourteen volumes in this series are nineteenth century copies of memorials (abstracts) of land titles that were recorded between 1731 and 1775 by the office of His Majesty's Auditor General for South Carolina. The memorials were created to help with the collection of the quitrent, an annual payment made by the landholder. Although the series never evolved into a complete record of all holdings subject to quitrent, it is still an extremely important research resource. It provides the only surviving record of some transactions, and it contains proprietary land grants, certificates of admeasurements, wills, leases, releases, and other documents. Computer output microfilm index.
7 rolls with a printed introduction; 5-roll COM index. No. M/12

South Carolina Reports and Resolutions, 1868-1900: With a Finding Aid to Reports and Resolutions, 1784-1900
Roll 1 of this micropublication reproduces a descriptive finding aid to the series and gives a brief history of the state's agencies and officials. The series itself includes reports and resolutions generated by the legislature during regular and special sessions, annual reports of various state agencies and officials, and special reports submitted to legislative committees.
Indexed. 30 rolls with a printed introduction. No. M/13

Journal of the South Carolina Court of General Sessions, 1769-1776
The Court of General Sessions of this period dispensed justice and administered the law in criminal cases to the white population in South Carolina. The journal reproduced here includes proceedings of twenty-three court sessions, and it also documents South Carolina's transition from a statewide court system to a circuit court system. Its pages contain brief descriptions of crimes brought to trial, give the names of the accused and sometimes of an accuser or victim, and illustrate conviction and sentencing patterns. They also give names of presiding judges, defense attorneys, and jurors, and they hold presentments submitted by grand juries. Computer output indexed.
1 roll with a printed introduction; 1-roll COM index. No. M/14

South Carolina Tax Returns, 1783-1800
Most of the records filmed for this publication are the general returns compiled by the tax collectors. They are important because of all the tax records produced before 1808, only the few filmed for this publication and two others are known to have survived. They are also important because they supply information on land owners and the size of holdings that contemporary census records and deed books do not. The returns name tax collectors and taxpayers and show commodities being taxed, rates of taxation, and amounts paid. Other records filmed are closely related to the returns - collectors' certificates, registers of property, and so forth.
2 rolls with a printed introduction, which includes a finding aid to collection districts and three maps of the tax districts. No. M/15

Records of the Confederate Historian
This micropublication holds five volumes of records. Roll 1: the Roll of Honor, memorializing South Carolina's dead soldiers; Roll 2: the Roll of Dead South Carolina troops and the Roll of South Carolina Volunteers in the Confederate States Provisional Army; Roll 3: Vol. 1 - Field and Staff Officers; Roll 4: Vols. 2 & 3 - Infantry; Roll 5: Vol. 4 - Cavalry and Artillery; and Roll 6: Vol. 5 - Miscellaneous and State Troops.
6 rolls with printed introduction. No. M/16

Combined Alphabetical index 
This tremendous resource is a finding aid to thirty early records series held by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The index is arranged alphabetically by persons' names and place names. This makes it easily accessible even to novice researchers. Types of records included on the index are: colonial land records, court records, property sales, fiscal records, and revolutionary war records. 19 rolls