Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 27 November 2007

Images in the Charleston Year Books

Between 1880 and 1951 the City of Charleston published an annual compilation of reports from various city departments and municipal officials. These Year Books, as they were called, provide valuable information about the public history of Charleston and facilitate easy access to quantifiable data about the city’s evolution during those years. In addition to the reports, a large number of the annual Year Books contain images, including maps, illustrations, portraits, and photographs. The quality of these images may not always be very good, but in some cases they represent rare or even unique views of events, people, or landmarks long forgotten.

In order to facilitate access to this material, the Special Collections staff has compiled an index to the 300+ images contained in the volumes of the Charleston Year Books, 1880-1951. This index, arranged as a chronological table and saved as a searchable PDF file, is now available as a “pathfinder” at CCPL, or from the Pathfinder page on this blog.

Here’s the link to download the PDF file: Index of the Images in the Charleston Year Book, 1880-1951.



  1. A welcome addition to the information you are gathering here and a great source. Thanks for posting these resources.

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