South Carolina Room

Serving all of Berkeley County!

Serving all of Berkeley County!

Local History – The South Carolina Room

This reference room is located inside the main location of the Library System in Moncks Corner. The materials located here are collected based on their subject matter, primarily Berkeley County and South Carolina. From local tales and biographies, to family-published cemetery records, to lists of soldiers from South Carolina in the American Revolution; the collection is both specific and broad; fiction and reference.

No items in the room may be checked out as many items in this room are one-of-a-kind. Often there are additional copies in the library system which can be checked out.

The South Carolina Room is accessible during the Main Library’s hours of operation.

  • Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please call 843.719.4236 or 843.719.4223 for details and to make an appointment. 

The Microfilm Collection consists of:

  • Local Papers

    The Berkeley Democrat and The Berkeley Independent, local newspapers (see catalog for specific years and/or volumes).

  • Orderly Books

    Orderly books of the American Revolution, South Carolina militia and South Carolina 2nd Regiment of the Continental Army, 1778 – 1782. The regulations for Marion’s Brigade, punishments, and training for men illustrate the life of a warrior. Read more…

  • Soundex

    Soundex, a method of indexing names in 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname. UsingSoundex

  • United States Census: 1860-1880

    United States Census: agriculture, industry, social statistics and mortality schedules for schedules for South Carolina, 1860, 1870, and 1880. MortalitySchedules

  • United States Census, South Carolina (1700-1900)

    United States Census, South Carolina [1790-1900]; The library also has two online databases: Ancestry® Library Edition (Access from library public computers only) and ProQuest HeritageQuest® (Access in libraryfrom home, work, etc.)

  • William Friddell and Lois Thornley opened The Berkeley Drive-In Theatre in 1950. Its parking ramp capacity was 200 cars. Poles by each parking space held two small, wired, portable aluminum speakers (one for the driver of the car, and one for the passenger of the car next to it). The speakers were made to hang from the front passenger partially rolled-down window glass. Later, the car’s radio delivered the sound for the movie. The collection of movie programs from 1967-68 were souvenirs Ruth Floyd saved from her dates with Billy Ott, her future husband.
  • The Jimmy Cornelius Stone (1938–2010) Collection of photographs and ephemera are the result of decades of avid local history and photo collecting. This collection includes photographs taken by Mr. Stone as well. His hobby has provided us snapshots of Berkeley County, primarily Moncks Corner, then and now.
  • Yeamans Hall

Collections in progress:

  • Daniel E. Smith Collection
  • Jacob C. Rourk, Jr. Collection
  • Atkins Landing Collection
Local History Documents From the South Carolina State Library
  • Online Database:
  • Looking for resources on South Carolina? Access StudySC, South Carolina State Library’s online resource providing information on South Carolina people, culture, history, geography, and more. Use the interactive county map to learn about the history, people, cities, and towns of each county. Be sure to check the StudySC website frequently for new information on South Carolina’s history and culture.

Podcast: The Green Book of South Carolina

The Green Book of South Carolina is the first mobile travel guide to African American cultural sites across South Carolina. Created by the S.C. African American Heritage Commission, it provides residents and visitors from around the world a user-friendly guide to discovering and celebrating enriching cultural experiences across the state of South Carolina. Dawn is the Director of Corporate Communications for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism where she is responsible for communicating their business information to the media, industries, elected officials, and other public constituencies. She is also an ex-officio board member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and has worked to launch and promote the Green Book of South Carolina. Listen online at PodbeanStitcher, or TuneIn Radio today!


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