Charleston City Directories

City Directories can be useful for patrons doing genealogical, statistical, or property research, and the South Carolina Room has a collection dating from 1782 to 1999.  Please note that some years are missing, and certain years include more information than others, but each Directory has an alphabetical list of city residents. Beginning in 1890 the Directories also include indexing by street address, and volumes from 1905 to 1961 also include a list of the race of residents.  Some of the Directories  are on microfilm or microfiche, and the 20th century volumes are hard bound.  Please feel free to use the finding aid to see what years we have available.  The S.C. Room also has an index for patrons to use while viewing the Directories that lists what information is listed in each volume (example: 1790- names, societies, tax list, city government.)

Charleston City Directories in the SC Room