Historical Center

This is NOT a complete list of the archival holdings. It is only a highlight. Please check the website for future additions.

RG-1 York County Court Records, 1786- ca.1962 (bulk through 1930)

* A finding aid is currently underway for RG-1.

Ordinary Court:

Records include early Estate Records.

Probate Court:

records include Inventories, Appraisements and Sales, Wills, Letters of Guardianship, Petitions, Returns, Administrative Bonds, Fee Ledgers, Ledger of Executions, Dockets, Letters of Dismissary, Real Estate Records, Letters of Testimony, Account Books, Cash Books, Minute Books, and Estate Records.

Court of Common Pleas:

records include Judgement Rolls, Direct/Indirect Indexes to Judgements, Decrees in Summary Process, Abstracts of Judgements, Pleadings and Judgements, Confessions of Judgements, Rules Books, Calendars and Court Journals.

Court of Equity:

records include Petitions, Bills of Complaint, Mortgages, Orders, Decrees, Money Bonds, Reports, Guardianship and Trustee Accounts, Dockets, Sales and Calendars.

General Sessions:

records include Case Papers, Sessions Journals, Dockets and Indexes to Session Rolls.

Clerk of Court:

records include Confederate Veterans' Enrollment Books, Voter Registration Books, and miscellaneous Registers (fortified weapons, dentist/dental hygienists, alien registration, motor vehicles, etc.)

Other Government Records

County Commissioner Minutes, 1878-1949.


RG-2 Contributions from the Public

Collection of mixed provenance, composed of single item/folder collections. See finding aid.

RG-3 Nisbet Family Papers, 1899 -1969

Family papers compiled by Newton Alexander Nisbet. Papers include correspondence, genealogy charts, photographs, newspaper clippings and "Nisbet Narrations" (1961).

RG-4 TJ Caldwell Papers, 1978-1987

Bulk of material is related to Caldwell's genealogical research. Papers include correspondence, genealogical files (Davison, Swan, Femster, McGill, and Lathan families), copies of court records, cemetery indexes from North and South Carolina, photographs, newspaper articles, plats/maps and printed material. Caldwell worked closely with genealogist Joe E. Hart, Jr.

RG-5 Junior Welfare League Records, 1937-1986

League records compiled by League's first president, Harriet Moore Marshall. The Junior Welfare League, Inc. of Rock Hill, SC, was established in 1938. The records are significant because they trace the social trends of the period which were reflected in the women's charitable and social work. Also significant is the work the League undertook in the establishment of the Children's Nature Museum. Papers include Yearbooks, Constitution and By-Laws, Miscellaneous Papers, and Photographs.

RG-6 Hart Family Papers, ca. 1770-1990

Contains genealogical information on over 75,000 families from the York County area. The Collection includes correspondence (bulk from genealogist Joe E. Hart Jr.), extensive information on the Hart, Hackett and Moore family, information on York County history, maps of the region, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks and a series on Wallace Brothers and Bennett Brothers Circus. The bulk of the collection is still being processed and a finding aid is being created. Currently the genealogical records compiled by Joe E. Hart are open to the public to use for research. However, the papers contained in the notebooks cannot be photocopied.

RG-7 Hill Store Records, ca. 1890 - 1970

Records show numerous businesses held by William L Hill, Sr. of Sharon, SC. The bulk of the material deals with Hill's General Store and Planters Bank. The Collection also includes material from Hill Motor Sales, State Cotton Warehouses owned by Hill, and the Hill Cotton Gin. The massive collection providing in-depth information on the cotton economy, mercantile business and the crop-lien system is still being processed. Researchers can access this collection by appointment only.

RG-8 McLean Family Papers, 1862-1975

Papers highlight the McLean family history, with emphasis on the relatives of Rosa McLean (1871-1951) and confederate veteran William Randolf Erwin (ca. 1839-1864), killed at Battle of Dandridge. Papers include correspondence, bills and receipts, miscellaneous papers, photographs and newspaper clippings.

RG-9 Ferguson Family Papers, 1891-1992

Papers cover the Ferguson family history with special emphasis on William E. Ferguson (1862-1931) and his son, Harry Ferguson (1912-1997). W.E. Ferguson owned a grocery store in York, SC. The approximately 40 ledgers from the store make up the majority of this collection. The correspondence include information from the Barnette Bros. and Wallace Bros. Circuses, which wintered in York form 1929-1944.

RG-10 American Legion Auxiliary (Clover, SC) Records, 1933-1981

Records include information on Clover Post 38 of the American Legion Auxiliary. The records highlight 17 World War I service records. Series include correspondence, financial records, applications, rolls, World War I records, miscellaneous papers and photographs.

RG-11 York County Teacher Certification Cards, 1930-1940

Index cards on York County School District teachers. African-American and White, male and female, teachers are listed. Each card contains name, race, home address, school address, previous colleges attended, years attended, majors, and experience.

RG-12 Davis Family Papers, ca. 1800-1970

Family papers beginning with William Cummings Davis (1760-1831), son of David Davies who came to Mecklenburg County in 1778 from Marion County. The Davis family owned property in York, Gaston, Lincolnton and Mecklenburg Counties. References to Kings Mountain, Henry's Knob, Nation's Ford, Tyron Court House and Landsford Canal can be found in the papers. The papers include court records, insurance records, correspondence, bills and receipts, bank records, stocks, genealogy, miscellaneous records, photographs, maps, and newspapers.

RG-13 Thomas Family Papers

RG-14 Lesslie Family Papers (1894-1951)

Papers provide information on the Lesslie family, with emphasis on D. P. Lesslie (1859-1940). The bulk of the information concerns the grocery store that D. P. Lesslie owned in Lesslie, SC. This collection also consists of Catawba mortgages owed to D.P. Lesslie.

RG-15 Carroll Postcards

RG-16 Frances Lewis Collection, 1845-1985

Papers include information on the Latta Family history. This collection is currently being processed.

RG-17 Photographs

Growing collection of photographs housed at the Historical Center. Catalog of all photographs is currently underway. Contact archives for index or further information.

RG-18 Maps

Local, regional and state maps (mostly copies). Contact Archives for further information.

RG-19 Chester, Lancaster and York Co. Korean War Veterans

Miscellaneous records on Korean War veterans and the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemorative Community Project.

RG-20 The Patriot Collection, 1999

Collection documents the preparation and filming of the Sony Pictures Entertainment movie, The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, at Historic Brattonsville. Consisting of documents, blueprints, color drawings and photographs. See finding aid for details.

RG-26, 27, 28, 29 York County Culture & Heritage Commission Records

Corporate records documenting the Children's Nature Museum, Museum of York County, York County Historical Commission, and McCelvey Center, Inc. Collection is not processed.

Other collections currently being processed:

Brownie Studio Photograph Collection, 1934-1977

Comprised of approximately 100,000 negatives and photographs taken by the Brownie Studio of Rock Hill. The majority of the collection consists of identified portrait style images. Other photographs include scenes of downtown Rock Hill during the 1940s.

RG-22 Bobby Moss Collection

Contains copies of records from international, national and regional sources on Loyalist and Patriot soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, with emphasis on South Carolina. The collection of approximately 300,000 papers are being indexed and processed. This index is not complete, but is available to researchers.