The Archives

The Museum's Archives houses records related to the history of the old Sumter District (present day Sumter, Lee, and Clarendon counties) and, after 1868, Sumter County. Our records include over 30,000 photographic images, postcards, personal letters, scrapbooks, business records, plats, and maps. We are also home to W. A. "Mayor Bubba" McElveen's Archive and the papers of historian Myrtis Ginn Osteen. Housed in the Heritage Education Center at the museum, the Archive is accessible by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact the museum at 803-775-0908. For genealogical research, please contact the Sumter County Genealogical Society at 803-774-3901 or visit their website.

Current archive sections of this website are under construction
along with many others to come.


Sumter County Museum
122 North Washington Street
P.O. Box 1456
Sumter, SC 29151-1456
Phone 803-775-0908
Hours: Thurs-Sat 10:00-5:00 Closed Holidays
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