Historical Documents of the Legislative Branch


The South Carolina General Assembly, also known as the Legislative Branch of the state government, created many documents that were intended to serve as a historical record for their actions. Some items were created to document specific actions of each portion of the legislature, such as the Journals of the Senate and the Journals of the House of Representatives. Other items were created to document collaborative efforts such as the Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly. Compilations have also been authorized to summarize or to collect specific items into meaningful books for other purposes, such as the Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly for a given session, or the Statutes at Large for a combination of years.

The reader will find that many of the same types of documents were named differently as time passed. For example, at the beginning of the General Assembly during the American Revolution, the legislature prepared compilations of the "Acts of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina" for groups of years, then for each year until 1866, except for some years these were named "Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina." Beginning in 1868, after the new State Consititution, these were named "Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina," first for each two-year session, then for each individual year. Granted that the names are not extremely different, the subtle changes make it fairly difficult to do specific research without knowing the exact names of each document.

FYI, the documents identified in the last three columns below contain much of the same materials, but not exactly the same. Each had their own purpose and intended audience. Some were not prepared for every year or session. All items identified with a "Year or Name" have been found and are included herein to be viewed or downloaded. Items identified as " - " have not been found by this Author as yet or may not exist for whatever reason. As you will find, no documents have been found online for the years of 1923 through 2010. You will also find that some of the originals that were scanned were in terrible shape, so be aware that there are plenty of issues with some of these documents. If better versions can be found, the poor quality items will be replaced.

This Author has made an extensive search to find all possible versions of these historical documents in electronic format - specifically in Adobe PDF - and to post as many of these eBooks as possible in this one location to help researchers find specifics that have been scattered all across the 'Net. Not all versions have been located, and the Author sincerely wishes that others might dig out the missing items and transmit them to me such that they can be added here. If I come across missing items, they will be added here when possible.

Gen.
Ass'y
No.

Year(s)

Document Type

Journals of
the Senate

Journals of the
House of
Representatives

Acts &
Resolutions

Reports &
Resolutions

 The Statutes
At Large or Codes of Law

1st

1776

Journal of the General Assembly-March
Journal of the General Assembly-September

-

-

Volume IV
Laws Enacted
1752 to 1786

2nd

1776-1778

-

-

-

3rd

1779-1780

-

-

-

-

4th

1782

-

1782

-

-

5th

1783-1784

-

-

-

-

6th

1785-1786

-

-

-

-

 Volume V
Laws Enacted
1786 to 1814

7th

1787-1788

-

-

-

-

8th

1789-1790

-

-

-

-

9th

1791

-

-

Acts of the General Assembly 1791-1794

-

10th

1792-1794

-

-

-

11th

1794-1795

-

-

Acts of the General Assembly 1795-1804

-

12th

1796-1797

-

-

-

13th

1798-1799

-

-

-

14th

1800-1801

-

-

-

15th

1802-1803

-

-

-

16th

1804-1805

-

-

-

17th

1806-1807

-

-

1806
1807

1806
1807

18th

1808-1809

-

-

1808

1808

19th

1810-1811

-

-

-

-

20th

1812-1813

-

-

-

-

21st

1814-1815

-

-

1814
1815

1814
1815

 Volume VI
Laws Enacted
1814 to 1838

22nd

1816-1817

-

-

1816
1817

1816
1817

23rd

1818-1819

-

-

1818
1819

-

24th

1820-1821

-

-

1820

-

25th

1822-1823

-

-

1823

1823

26th

1824-1825

-

-

1824
1825

1824
1825

27th

1826-1828

-

-

1826
1828

1826
1828

28th

1828-1829

-

-

1829

1829

29th

1830-1831

-

-

1830

1830

30th

1832-1833

Legislative Proceedings - 1833

1833

1833

31st

1834-1835

Legislative Proceedings - 1834

1834
1835

1834
1835

32nd

1836-1838

-
Legislative Proceedings - 1838 Extra Session

1836
1838-Extra

1836
1838-Extra

33rd

1838-1839

Journal of Senate and House - 1839

1839

1839

Volume XI
Laws Enacted
1839 to 1849

34th

1840-1841

Journal of Senate and House - 1841

1841

1841

35th

1842-1843

1842
1843

1842
1843

1843

-

36th

1844-1845

1844
1845

1844
1845

1844
1845

-
1845

37th

1846-1847

1846
1847

1846
1847

1847

1846
1847

38th

1848-1849

1848
1849

1848 and Extra
1849

1848
1849

1848
1849

39th

1850-1851

1850
1851

1850
1851

1850
1851

1850
1851

Volume XII
Laws Enacted
1850 to 1861

40th

1852-1853

1852
1853

1852
1852-Extra
1853

1852
1853

1852
1853

41st

1854-1855

1854
1855

1854
1855

1854
1855

1854
1855

42nd

1856-1857

1856
1857

1856
1857

-

1856

43rd

1858-1859

1858
1859

1858
1859

-

-

44th

1860-1861

1860
1861

1860-1861
1861

1860-1861
1861

1861

Volume XIII
Laws Enacted
1861 to 1866

45th

1862-1863

1862
1863

1862-1863
1863

1862-1863
1863

-

46th

1864

-

-

1864

1864-1865

47th

1865-1866

1865
1865-Extra
1866
1866-Extra

1865
1865-Extra
1866

1864-1865
1866

1865
1866
1866-Extra

48th

1868-1870

1868-1869
1868-Special
1869-1870

1868-1869
1868-Special

1868-1869
1869-1870

1868-1869
1868-Special

-

49th

1870-1872

1870-1871
1871-1872

1870-1871
1871-1872

1870-1871
1871-1872

1870-1871
1871-1872

-

50th

1872-1874

1873-1874

1872-1873
1873-Extra
1873-1874

1873-1874

1872-1873
1873-1874

-

51st

1874-1876

-

1875-1876

1874-1875
1875-1876

1874-1875
-

-

52nd

1876-1878

1876-1877
1878

1876-1877
1878

1877-1878
1877-Extra
1878

1876-1877
-
1878

-

53rd

1878-1880

1879
1880

1879
1880-Extra

1879
1880

1879
1880-Exra

-

54th

1880-1882

1881
1882-Extra

1881
1882-Extra

1881-1882
1882

1881-1882
-

-

55th

1882-1883

-

1883

1883

1883-Vol. I
1883-Vol. II

-

56th

1884-1885

1884
1885

1884
1885

1884
1885

1884-Vol. II
1885-Vol. I

-

57th

1886-1887

-
1887

1886
-

1886
1887

1886-Vol. I
1886-Vol. II
1887-Vol. I

-

58th

1888-1889

-
-

1888
1889

1888
1889

1888-Vol. I
1888-Vol.II
1889-Vol. I
1889-Vol.II

-

59th

1890-1891

1890
1891

1890
1891

1890
1891

1890-Vol. I
1890-Vol. II

-

60th

1892-1893

1892
1893

1892
1893

1892
1893

1892-Vol. I
1892-Vol. II

-

61st

1894-1896

1894
1896

1894
1896

1894
1896

1894-Vol. I
1896-Vol. I
1896-Vol. II

-

62nd

1897-1898

-
1898

1897
1898

1897
1898

-
1898-Vol. I

-

63rd

1899-1900

1899
1900

1899
1900

1899
1900

1899-Vol. I
1899-Vol. II
1900-Vol. I
1900-Vol. II

-

64th

1901-1902

1901
1902

1901
1902

1901
1902

1901-Vol. I
1901-Vol.II, Pt.1
1901-Vol.II, Pt.2
1902-Vol. I, Pt.1

Code of Laws:
1902-Volume I
1902-Volume II

65th

1903-1904

1903
1904

1903
1904

1903
1904

1903-Vol. I
1903-Vol. II
1904-Vol. I
1904-Vol. II

-

66th

1905-1906

1905
1906

1905
1906

1905
1906

1905-Vol. I
1905-Vol. II
1906-Vol. I
1906-Vol. II
1906-Vol. III

-

67th

1907-1908

1907
1908

1907
1908

1907
1908

1907-Vol. I
1907-Vol. II
1907-Vol. III
1908-Vol. I
1908-Vol. II
1908-Vol. III

-

68th

1909-1910

1909
1910

1909
1910

1909
1910

1909-Vol. I
1909-Vol. II
1909-Vol. III
1910-Vol. I
1910-Vol. II
1910-Vol. III

-

69th

1911-1912

1911
1912

1911
1912

1911
1912

1911-Vol. I
1911-Vol. III
1911-Vol. IV
1911-Vol. V
1912-Vol. I
1912-Vol. II
1912-Vol. III

Code of Laws:
1912-Volume I
1912-Volume II

70th

1913-1914

1913
1914-Extra

-
1914-Extra

1913
1914

1913-Vol. I
1913-Vol. II
1913-Vol. III
1913-Vol. IV
1914-Vol. I
1914-Vol. II
1914-Vol. III
1914-Vol. IV

-

71st

1915-1916

1915
1916

1915

1915

1915-Vol. I
1915-Vol. II
1915-Vol. III
1915-Vol. IV
1916-Vol. I
1916-Vol. II
1916-Vol. III
1916-Vol. IV

-

72nd

1917-1918

1917
1918

1917
1918

1917
1918

-
-
1918-Vol. I
1918-Vol. II

-

73rd

1919-1920

1919
1920

1919
1920

1919
1920

1919-Vol. I
-
1920-Vol. I
1920-Vol. II

-

74th

1921-1922

1921
1922

1921
1922

1921
1922

1921-Vol. I
1921-Vol. II
-
1922-Vol. II

Code of Laws:
1922-Volume I
1922-Volume II
1922-Volume III
1922-Index

75th

1923-1924

-

-

-

-

-

76th

1925-1926

-

-

-

-

-

77th

1927-1928

-

-

-

-

-

78th

1929-1930

-

-

-

-

-

79th

1931-1932

-

-

-

-

Code of Laws:
1932-Suppl. '34
1932-Suppl. '36

80th

1933-1934

-

-

-

-

-

81st

1935-1936

-

-

-

-

-

82nd

1937-1938

-

-

-

-

-

83rd

1939-1940

-

-

-

-

-

84th

1941-1942

-

-

-

-

Code of Laws:
1942-Volume 1
1942-Volume 2
1942-Volume 3
1942-Volume 4
1942-Volume 5
1942-Suppl. '46

85th

1943-1944

-

-

-

-

-

86th

1945-1946

-

-

-

-

-

87th

1947-1948

-

-

-

-

-

88th

1949-1950

-

-

-

-

-

89th

1951-1952

-

-

-

-

Code of Laws:
1952-Volume 1
1952-Volume 2
1952-Volume 3
1952-Volume 4
1952-Volume 5
1952-Volume 6
1952-Volume 7
1952-Volume 8
1952-Suppl. 1
1952-Suppl. 2
1952-Suppl. 3
1952-Suppl. 4
1952-Suppl. 5
1952-Suppl. 7
1952-Suppl. 8

90th

1953-1954

-

-

-

-

-

91st

1955-1956

-

-

-

-

-

92nd

1957-1958

-

-

-

-

-

93rd

1959-1960

-

-

-

-

-

94th

1961-1962

-

-

-

-

-

95th

1963-1964

-

-

-

-

-

96th

1965-1966

-

-

-

-

-

97th

1967-1968

-

-

-

-

-

98th

1969-1970

-

-

-

-

-

99th

1971-1972

-

-

-

-

-

100th

1972-1974

-

-

-

-

-

101st

1975-1976

-

-

-

-

-

102nd

1977-1978

-

-

-

-

-

103rd

1979-1980

-

-

-

-

-

104th

1981-1982

-

-

-

-

-

105th

1983-1984

-

-

-

-

-

106th

1985-1986

-

-

-

-

-

107th

1987-1988

-

-

-

-

-

108th

1989-1990

-

-

-

-

-

109th

1991-1992

-

-

-

-

-

110th

1993-1994

-

-

-

-

-

111th

1995-1996

-

-

-

-

-

112th

1997-1998

-

-

-

-

-

113th

1999-2000

-

-

-

-

-

114th

2001-2002

-

-

-

-

-

115th

2003-2004

-

-

-

-

-

116th

2005-2006

-

-

-

-

-

117th

2007-2008

-

-

-

-

-

118th

2009-2010

-

-

-

-

-

119th

2011-2012

-

-

2011-Volume I
2011-VolumeII
2012-Volume I
2012-Volume II 

-

-

120th

2013-2014

-

-

2013-Volume I
2013-Volume II
2014-Volume I
2014-Volume II

-

-

121st

2015-2016

-

-

2015-Volume I
2016-Volume I
2016-Volume II

-

-

122nd

2017-2018

-

-

-

-

-

123rd

2019-2020

-

-

-

-

-

124th

2021-2022

-

-

-

-

-

125th

2023-2024

-

-

-

-

-


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