Welcome to YCHistory.org


The York County Library of York County, South Carolina, has many valuable resources for local historians and genealogists, including newspaper articles and typed manuscripts. To make them easily accessible to the researcher and to preserve them for future generations, we have digitized many of these items and provided access to them through this website. A Library Services and Technology Act grant through the South Carolina State Library helped to fund this project.

York County Library Digital Collections

The York County Library Digital Collection was created so the databases of YCHistory.org could be accessed and maintained through a single site. This website provides access to the following resources:

  • Newspaper Article, Manuscript, and Church History Database
    A database of digitized newspaper articles (many with photographs), manuscripts of family histories, church histories, and centennial celebration pageants.

  • The News and Obituary Index
    A newspaper database that indexes selected articles from the York County newspaper collection on microfilm that is held in the Local History Collection of the York County Library. 

Fort Mill Slide Show

The Fort Mill Slide Show was originally a 35mm slide show accompanied by narration on a cassette audio tape. The slides, taken by James L. Patterson, were of old photographs of Fort Mill in J.B. Mills personal collection. John B. Mills did the narration on the tape. Harold M. McCallum narrates the last four slides.

These slides were scanned at 3200 dpi as TIF files and retouched using Photoshop to remove some blemishes and to improve contrast, then converted to JPEGs for use in this video. The video was edited by Tony R. McMehan for the York County Library on January 14, 2009.

Technical Notes

The materials were scanned using an Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Scanner. Images were edited in Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. The text document scans were saved as JPEG files with a width of 8 inches, 300 DPI resolution, grayscale color, and maximum quality.     

The digitization process was guided by the Western States Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices Version 1.2 and the Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices Version 1.0.


In scanning and editing the text, no changes were made to the text itself. Only adjustments to the contrast and rotation were made to correct errors in photocopying, binding, or scanning the documents. Evidence of library markings and bindings were cropped out when possible. The intent was to provide as clean a copy as possible for ease of reading.


Copyright Sources


McClatchy Co.
2100 Q St.
Sacramento, CA 95816-6816
(916) 321-1846

The McClatchy Company is the parent company for the following newspapers:

The Charlotte Observer

600 South Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC 28202-1842

(704) 358-5000


The Enquirer-Herald

(formerly The Yorkville Enquirer

and The Clover Herald)

128 North Congress St.

York, SC 29745

(803) 684-9903


The Herald

132 West Main St.

Rock Hill, SC 29730-4430

(803) 329-4000


The State

1401 Shop Rd.

Columbia, SC 29201-4843

(803) 771-7653


Other Publications

Aiken Standard and Review

326 Rutland Dr. N.W.

Aiken, SC 29801

(803) 648-2311


Anderson Independent-Mail

(formerly Anderson Daily Mail)

1000 Williamston Rd.

Anderson, SC 29621

(864) 224-4321


The Charlotte News

(now The Charlotte Observer; see above)

The Chester News and Reporter

(formerly The Chester News)

104 York St.

Chester, SC 29706

(803) 385-3177


Gaffney Ledger

P.O. Box 670

Gaffney, SC 29342

(864) 489-1131


The Gaston Gazette

(formerly Gastonia Daily Gazette)

1893 Remount Rd.

Gastonia, NC 28054

(800) 273-3315


Irish Digest

(location unknown)

The Journal

(published from 1901–1904, when it became The Record)

The Lancaster News

701 N. White St.

Lancaster, SC 29720

(803) 283-1133


Monroe (N.C.) Enquirer-Journal

1508 Skyway Dr.

Monroe, NC 28110

(704) 289-1541


National Observer


Rock Hill Post

(published from 1949–1951)

The Record

(published from 1904–1930)

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal

100 E. Main St.

Spartanburg, SC 29306

(864) 582-4511


The Times

(published from 1970–1985)

Union Daily Times

100 Union Blvd.

Union, SC 29379

(864) 427-1234


Winthrop University

Dacus Library

Louise Pettus Archives

824 Oakland Ave.

Rock Hill, SC 29731


World Tennis
(ceased publication in 1991)