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Welcome to SCERA

On this site you will find Electronic Records transferred to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History by state and local government agencies for permanent retention. You will also find digitized copies of physical records held at the archives and made accessible online for your convenience. Feel free to explore this site. You may use keyword/full-text search to find specific items or you can browse these holdings. We suggest that if you do use a keyword search, you also browse nearby records to see related materials.

For a description of how the records held by the Archives are structured, please visit the Archives Summary Guide¬†on the Department of Archives and History’s main website.

Links to archival versions of various state government websites can be accessed online by following this link to the SCDAH’s State Government Archived websites hosted by the Internet Archives.

Digitized versions of some of the most frequently used colonial and antebellum records in the Archive’s holdings are available via the Online Records Index.

Records Currently in SCERA

Click one of the links below to see a current list of records that are available to the public through SCERA. Each page contains links to the relevant records. These lists are updated regularly as new materials are added.

Viewing This Site

This site is best viewed with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer and have it set to compatibility mode, SCERA pages will not load correctly. If the pages do not appear to load properly, you may either try using one of the above browsers or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer. If active, the compatibility mode icon (a piece of paper with a squiggle through it) on the far right side of the web address bar will be highlighted in blue. To turn it off, click on the icon. It should now be gray and compatibility mode is now turned off. If you are accessing SCERA with a tablet or on mobile, the site is best viewed in landscape.

Contact Us

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29203

Phone: 803-896-6196

SCDAH Homepage

If you have a specific question you would like the Archives to research, click on “Historical Request Form” below to submit your query.

Historical Research Request Form

E-Mail Contacts Regarding SCERA

Electronic Records and Digitization Supervisor: Bryan Collars,
Electronic Records Archivist: Grant Robertson,

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