The Clarendon County Archives opened in October of 1996.  It was established to collect, preserve and display the unique documents and artifacts which make up the history of the Clarendon County area. Located within the quaint confines of the historic Old Manning Library on N. Brooks Street in Manning, South Carolina, the archives houses books, personal papers, maps and photos, all of which provide insight into the cultural history of a rural southern county in South Carolina.

The Archives and History Center completed renovation and repair work in 2011. Due to better temperature and humidity control you may want to bring a sweater or jacket when you visit. You can reach us by phone or by e-mail for more information.



We are open to the public from 8:30 to 11:30am and 1 to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Saturday's by advance appointment.  Check our calendar for closings.


What does our archive offer?

  • Information on Clarendon County history and historic sites
  • Records on the Revolutionary and Confederate history of the area
  • Tax list from 1898 including all 18 townships of Clarendon County
  • Census records
  • Ancestry.com – Worldwide subscription
  • Records on microfilm
  • Some of the People of Old Sumter District and Some of the People of Old Sumter District in the American Revolution by J. Maynard Davis and M. Jean Brunson.
  • Partisans and Redcoats by Walter Edgar.
  • Many published and unpublished manuscripts of local family genealogy.
  • Out of Bull Savannah; The Family of Joseph and Mary Harrington by W. Harrington.
  • Brown, Cato, and Hatfield Family Trees prepared by Aubrey Hatfield.
  • A Little History of Alcolu by Robert Lewis Alderman.
  • CD-ROM indexed transcript of the 1880 Federal Census for the entire country.
  • CD-ROM Freedman's Bank Records.
  • Probate Records:
    Petition and Orders--1925-1942;
    Journal Probate Court-1946-1956;
    Devise lands-1883-1917.
  • Index for 1869 State Census for Clarendon County, SC.
  • Index for 1860 Slave Schedule.
  • Clarendon County - Images of America.