Last week we met to decide which early SC newspapers will be digitized in the first round of the SC Digital Newspapers project. This is just the first round and plans are already being made to apply for a second round so whatever papers don't get chosen this time will have another opportunity. They anticipate that 20 newspapers will be digitized in the first round.
At the meeting I learned more about the Chronicling America Project. The Library of Congress would like to digitize every newspaper that is in the public domain and is available on microfilm. While SC is new to the project other states have already digitized their first round selections. We are the only southern state in the project so far but you may want to go and check out the states that are available.
If you are interested in locating online newspapers check this site: http://www.vandeventer.net/main/page_services_newspapers.html. The author has lots of suggestions for locating online newspapers. Warning: It is not an easy process!