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The Eleanor I. Jones Archives, commonly known as the Camden Archives, had its beginnings when professional librarian and Camden native, Eleanor (Nell) I. Jones retired from government service with the Library of Congress in 1951 and returned to her hometown. Once home, she set about collecting and indexing all of the Camden newspapers that she could locate, with only a few being missing: the Camden Herald (1877 - 1880), the Camden Gazette (1880 - 1892), and the Preble County News (1902 - until her death). Miss Jones had filed in her home so many items of value---deaths, births, marriages, school affairs, church affairs and town happenings that in 1964, she was given a corner of the Camden Library to house her growing collection and continue her work. By 1973, noting that the newspapers were becoming fragile, Archive volunteers had them microfilmed by the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. Those microfilms remain a valued resource of the Archives. Also by the mid-1970's the Archives had filed formal paperwork resulting in designation by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt, non-profit organization which could accept donations deductable on personal income taxes. Now volunteers continue the archival work started by Miss Jones.
The Archives’ extensive curated collection relates to Camden area citizens, organizations, businesses, and history. It contains numerous publications and as well as hundreds of historic photographs and physical artifacts, many of which are displayed throughout the Camden Town Hall building, as well as displayed or stored within the Archives Room. The Archives also maintains an extensive and ever- growing collection of physical information cards and newspaper clippings, arranged alphabetically by individual’s name, organization, or recurring event topic. This collection numbers in the thousands.
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Camden Archives Room
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