Camden Archives and Museum

Camden, SC

Diverse collections highlight Camden's archival material.

The Camden Archives & Museum (shown above) was originally a Carnegie Library for the City of Camden.  In 1972, the public library building became the city’s archival depository.  Their collection includes archival material and objects that relate to Camden, South Carolina and the original Camden District.  They have an excellent genealogy collection, archived city records, and personal papers from members of their community.  The Camden Museum exhibits cover the history of Camden from the pre-colonial period to present.  Their collections are quite diverse, ranging from Native American pottery to DuPont’s ‘Orlon’ products.

Regarding the digitization of their collection, Rickie Good (shown above with Director Katherine H. Richardson), who is the Curator of Collections told American Digital Memories, “We cannot over-emphasize the importance of digitizing our collection.  Digitization allows us to safeguard our collection for the future while providing the widest public access possible – both in-house and on-line.  We have worked with the South Carolina Digital Library, scanned photographs and slides in-house, and previously with OCI and now ADM to scan our local newspapers.  Having these items available in-house and on-line provides our patrons with an easy method to read, copy, or print the information they need.

Prior to using ADM, the Camden Archives and Museum used OCI’s services for about three years.  Both companies have digitized and crafted searchable products in addition to providing a UI search engine for recent issues of their newspaper.  In keeping with archival practice, OCI and ADM provided Camden with 600 dpi TIFF and JPG images of each scan.

The TIFF images allows the museum to maintain a digital archive of the material.

(Camden Research Area shown below.)

Continuing, Ms. Good said, “We are extremely happy with the final product and cost for our digital projects.  The company is easy to work with and very responsive to our needs.”

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