Archives & Museum

The Camden Archives and Museum maintains an extensive, diverse collection of artifacts and local historical and genealogical records.

The Archives and Museum is recognized as having one of the best genealogical research facilities in South Carolina.   The archives contains  a diverse collection of books, microfilm, maps, files, periodicals and general reference materials which will aid visitors in their research.  We primarily collect material pertaining to the north-central section of South Carolina formerly recognized as the old Camden District. This area today encompasses several counties including Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Kershaw, Lancaster, York, Chester, Fairfield and northern Richland County.  The South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution Library and the Colonial Dames XVII Century Library are also located at the archives.  

Visitors to the museum can view both permanent and rotating exhibits on Kershaw County and the City of Camden's rich history.  Artifacts on display are as diverse as Native American items, china from Camden's great hotels, and  Ruffian's halter.  Our changing exhibit gallery presents a fresh look at Camden's history.


Hours of Operation

Admission is free.  The archives and the museum are open for visitors during our regular business hours:

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday - Closed

Contact Us

1314 Broad Street
Camden, SC 29020
803-425-6050 (phone)
803-424-4053 (fax) (email)

Our Vision

Illustration of the future of Camden, SC

Our vision plan includes many projects that all lead to the same goal: making Camden a great place to live, work, and play!

New restaurants, shops, and apartments will create a modern urban center in downtown Camden that residents and visitors will enjoy for years to come.

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