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Camden Archives & Museum


The Camden Archives and Museum is funded by the City of Camden and is a department of the City.  It is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making accessible items of importance to the history of the area.  The artifacts in the museum represent a diverse collection of items relating to cultural heritage.  The Camden Archives and Museum is recognized throughout South Carolina as having an excellent library for genealogical research.  The South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution and the South Carolina Society Colonial Dame XVII Century Libraries are housed in the building.  Staff is available to assist visitors.


The Archives and Museum is housed in the Carnegie Library built in 1915.  The building is a fine example of Greek revival architecture.


View exhibits of local and regional history including Camden's restored original town clock, circa 1825.  Equipped with a large and diverse collection of genealogical and historical research materials, the Archives provide a vital link to the heritage and history of Camden and Kershaw County.  Group presentations available with advance arrangements.  Staff available for research assistance.  Open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  They are closed on Sundays and major holidays.  They are located at 1314 Broad Street/US Highway 521, Camden and can be reached at (803) 425-6050.


Registrar of Deeds

Location: 1314 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020

Phone: (803) 425-6050

Newspapers: The Camden Chronicle 1891-1981
The Camden Independent 1978-1981
The Chronicle Independent 1981-Present

Census Records: SC Census 1790-1930 on microfilm; indices to 1870

Death Certificates: SC 1915-1952, index on fiche and film, certificates on microfilm

Church Records: Grace Episcopal, Lyttleton Street United Methodist, First Baptist, Antioch Baptist, others

Publications: Family histories, general histories, biographies, good collection of local yearbooks, many out-of-print books related to history, old city directories, and phone books, publications from southeastern states, cemetery surveys

Maps: Mills Atlas, other assorted maps

Vertical Files: Newspaper clippings file, bulk from 1879 to present, surname files, files on historic homes and buildings

Periodicals: SC Magazine of Ancestral Research, SC Historical Society's Carologue, Journal of SC Baptist Historical Society

SCDAR Library: Housed in building, contains historical information collected by theSC Daughters of the American Revolution (SCDAR), some genealogical, some historical, much material other than information from the Revolutionary War period SCDAR Colonial Dames

VXII Century Library: Housed in building, not as extensive as SCDAR, but a lot of helpful research material

Photographs: Older photos and more current photos


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Street: 607 South Broad Street, Camden, South Carolina 29020 | ph: 803-432-2525
Mail: P.O. Box 605, Camden, South Carolina 29021 | fax: 803-432-4181 | RSS: Upcoming Events
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