Camden Archives & Museum
Open to Visitors
The Archives & Museum is open to visitors. The following procedures will be followed:
- Visitors and staff shall wear masks
- Visitors and staff shall maintain social distance
- Building occupancy shall be limited to no more than 25 visitors at a time
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) 424-4053 (fax)
Katherine Richardson, Director
803-425-6050, Ext. 1170
Sarah Murray, Cataloguing and Reference Archivist
803-425-6050, Ext. 1175
Tod W. Adams
Lon D. Outen
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.
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.