Camden Archives & Museum

Camden Archives & Museum

Turning Points: The Battles of Camden is open in the Whiteley Room

About the Museum 

The Camden Archives & Museum preserves and exhibits the history of Camden, SC and Kershaw County. Join us to discover more about the lives of the people who made Camden home.

Due to its extensive and diverse collection of artifacts, local historical and genealogical records, the Archives is recognized as one of the finest genealogical research facilities in South Carolina.  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.

Monday through Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Sundays and on major holidays.


1314 Broad Street, Camden


(803) 425-6050
(803) 425-6174
(803) 424-4053 (fax)



Katherine Richardson, Director
803-425-6050, Ext. 1170

Sarah Murray, Archivist
803-425-6050, Ext. 1175

Allison Coliskey, Curator of Collections


Research Assistants
Todd W. Adams, AACC Education Outreach Coordinator
Lon D. Outen

Visit us on Facebook @CamdenArchivesMuseum and on Youtube

Ross E. Beard Gun Collection

Home of the Ross E. Beard Gun Collection - "one of the best gun collections in the South."

Friends of the Archives & Museum

The Friends of the Camden Archives & Museum was organized in 1998 to encourage and manage monetary donations for the betterment of the Archives & Museum.

Since 1999, the Friends group has raised in excess of $750,000. A major portion of the funds was used to construct a two-story addition to the facility, which provided additional space for an expanded museum, a meeting room and a storage area. These funds also made possible renovations of the original Carnegie Library wing.

The interior of the Carnegie Wing of the Archives and Museum

Interior of the Research area.

We encourage you to take advantage of our facility and all it has to offer. We would further encourage your support by becoming a member of the Friends of the Camden Archives & Museum. You may complete the following application and mail it along with your check to: Friends of the Camden Archives & Museum, 1314 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020-3535.


Printable application form.