1981 Hollywood Drive, Suite 300, Jackson, TN 38305 / (731) 660-6221 ext. 3810
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Madison County Archives was first established in 1999 in downtown Jackson, then relocated to the old Union University campus east of downtown before moving to its present location. It is next to the Jackson Center for Independent Living and across from Poplar Heights Baptist Church.
The Madison County Archives is a department of the government of Madison County, Tennessee and is under the direct control of the County Mayor Jimmy Harris. We develop and manage the county archives program, organize and preserve county historical records, and assist citizens and researchers in the use of the many fragile and important documents and bound volumes. We work closely with elected officials and department heads to preserve the permanent records of their respective offices and advise the county mayor and the Madison County Public Records Commission on our performance. Following the guidelines of the University of Tennessee County Technical Advisory Service, the permanent and historically significant records created by Madison County government offices and departments are transferred to the Madison County Archives based on a retention schedule.
Rules of Use
Records are maintained within the archives on special shelving and racks and in lockable cabinets. Researchers sign in our register book in our reception area and make their requests known to the staff, who retrieve and oversee the use of the requested documents. Patrons may be asked to wear provided white cotton gloves when handling fragile documents. Photocopies can be made by staff at $.25 per page, or scanned documents may be saved to a flash drive free of charge. Patrons may also take photographs of documents free of charge. Our staff also welcomes research inquiries by email or phone.
Some records are confidential and are still under the control of the issuing county official or department until such time as they may be open for public scrutiny. Permission from authorizing officials must be obtained before access to these records will be granted.
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We currently have four dedicated volunteers who assist us with the processing and organizing of records: Starla Dougan, Helen Johnson, and Elizabeth Shaw, all of Jackson; and Sandra Kelly of Henderson. We welcome more volunteers who are interested in preserving Madison County history; please contact archives assistant Lorri Skelton for more information on becoming a volunteer.