Archives & Museum

The Archives and Museum  and the African American Cultural Center of Camden highlight the rich history of Camden and Kershaw county.  The Archives has one of the best genealogical research facilities in South Carolina.   It 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.

The Cultural Center hosts changing exhibits that highlight the history and culture of Camden's African American community.  Past exhibits have focused on Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the history of Campbell Street, the African American experience in World War I, and A Legacy of Skilled Labor and Entrepreneurship in Camden.


Archives and Museum
1314 Broad Street
Admission is free.
  • Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday - Closed


African American Cultural Center of Camden
517 York Street
Admission is free.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 1pm - 4:30pm
  • Saturday - 10am - 4pm
  • And by appointment-please call 803-425-6050