The Camden Archives and Museum collections contain records relating to the history of Camden District and modern-day Kershaw County.
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 Archives contains a number of genealogy records on local families as well as information about Camden and the surrounding area. The South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution Library and the Colonial Dames XVII Century Library are also located at the archives.
The Mayfield Children’s Home, later known as the Kershaw County Children’s Home, operated in Camden from the 1930s to the 1980s. Many adoptions occurred at the Home and the known surviving records from the 1930s through the 1950s are housed at the Camden Archives and Museum. These records are restricted to family members and are not available to the general public.
As a city department, the Archives is home to the City of Camden’s historical records.
Services and Fees
Visitors are welcome to use the resources of the archives at no charge. Photocopies are $0.25 per sheet. The majority of our archival collection is not online at this time.
Church Records: The Archives has microfilmed records of the following Kershaw County Churches. Our collection also contains published histories of many churches and of cemetery surveys. Some individual Family Bible Records may be located in our Surname Files.
- Antioch Baptist Church, 1824-1885, Kershaw County
- Baptist Missions Among the Southern Indians Before 1855, Herring, Robert Lee, Jr.
- Blaney Baptist Church, Elgin
- Historical Commission of Southern Baptist 1905-1975
- First Baptist Church, Camden, 1810-1838
- Minutes and Register of black members 1869-1902
- Minutes and Register 1837-1936
- Miscellaneous Church Papers
- Flat Rock Baptist Church, 1809 and 1814-1852, Kershaw County
- Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Records, Rolls, Minutes, Deacon’s Minutes, 1837-1969, Kershaw County
- Swift Creek Baptist Church, Minutes Book from 1827-1868, Boykin
- United Methodist Church Records, 1890-1993 – Lyttleton Street, Camden
- Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church Records, June 1871-1893
- Presbyterian Church (USA) – Montreat, N.C.
- Protestant Episcopal Church, Grace Episcopal, 1870-1898, Camden
- Protestant Episcopal Church Parish Register 1830-1948
- Vestry Minutes 1830-1898
- Vestry Minutes 1892-1941
- Vestry Minutes 1942-1959
Commitment Records: The Camden Archives has records from the Kershaw County Probate Court from 1881-1930 for people committed to the South Carolina State Hospital from Kershaw County. These records are the original commitment applications filed in the Probate Court.