About the CLS Digital Library

A generous grant from the Bernard and Judy Cornwell Foundation enabled the Library Society to develop digitization as an additional layer of sharing its own Special Collections. Rare books and manuscripts require specialized scanners for safe digitization, and the library now owns the equipment necessary for preserving its vast collections in perpetuity. In conjunction, the Library Society continues its partnership with Lowcountry Digital Library where the broader Charleston community can access the Charleston City Directories as well as other manuscripts and archival documents tied to the history of the Lowcountry.

Recently Added Items

Letter to the Earl of Sutherland from the Council of Trade, February 15, 1709


Letter from Whitehall and the Council of Trade to the Earl of Sutherland, signed by Earl of Stamford (Thomas Grey), Meadows, J. Pulteney, and Cha.…

Letter from the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, December 11, 1708


Letter from the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, recommending Edward Tynte for the position of governor, signed by Craven, Beaufort, M. Ashley, J.…

A speech made upon the Condemnation of (1) Robert Tucker ... [et al] for Piracy, Wednesday, November ye 5th 1718


A legal opinion written by Nicholas Trott at the condemnation of 29 men on 2 counts of Piracy. The opinion indicates that these are men who could have…