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 in 2009. We are located in the former Old Hickory Academy building next to the Jackson Center for Independent Living, across the street from Poplar Heights Baptist Church, and just south of the West Tennessee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Madison County Archives is a department of the government of Madison County, Tennessee and is under the direct control of 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.
Please click the links below to learn more about us and our mission.
Mission Statement and Collecting Policy.pdf
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April 2016 Brochure.pdf
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- Information on Tennessee's Replevin law, courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
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We have dedicated volunteers who assist us with the processing and organizing of records, some of whom are members of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society. We have also hosted interns from Union University to assist us and earn class credit.
We welcome more volunteers and interns who are interested in preserving Madison County history; please contact assistant archivist Lorri Skelton for more information on becoming a volunteer and archivist Tom Aud for information on serving as an intern.
Latest News & Event
- When Winfield Dunn took office as governor in 1971, the Tennessee State Library & Archives was almost 20 years old. Now the building is 65 years old - and Gov. Dunn believes it is time for a replacement to be constructed. The existing building has reached its storage capacity and has a number of other issues that make both preservation of records and public access to those records very difficult. The Tennessee General Assembly may soon decide whether or not to include funding for a new building in next year's budget. Please watch and share this public service announcement:
- The Madison County Public Records Commission will meet on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Madison County Courthouse, 100 East Main Street, Jackson, Tennessee, in the Basement Conference Room.
- The Madison County Archives has been chosen to receive a $5,200 Direct Grant to Local Government Archives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This grant will be used to buy 200-300 replacement archival boxes for Circuit Court records and three additional shelving units for those records; and 85-100 archival boxes of varying sizes to preserve recently acquired Probate Court bound volumes, Chancery Court case files, and County Clerk bound volumes and loose records to come soon.
Rules of Use
Records are maintained 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 or latex gloves when handling the most fragile documents. Photocopies can be made by staff at $.25 per page, or scanned documents may be saved to a flash drive or emailed free of charge. Patrons may also take photographs of documents or use hand scanners (if records are not too fragile) free of charge. Our staff also welcomes research inquiries by email, mail, 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.