1981 Hollywood Drive, Suite 300, Jackson, Tennessee  38305
Direct Phone - (731) 300-3987
Phone - (731) 660-6221 ext. 3810 / Fax  -  (731) 664-8319
Hours  -  Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Madison County website - www.madisoncountytn.gov

The Madison County Archives was first established in 1999 in downtown Jackson and then relocated to the old Union University campus east of downtown before moving to its present location in 2009.  

We are located in the north end of the Madison County Complex building across Hollywood Drive from Poplar Heights Baptist Church and just south of the West Tennessee Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

About Us

Archivist - Thomas L. Aud
     Monday & Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Assistant Archivist - Lorri Skelton
     Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Assistant - Paulette Fairchild
     Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM
     Wednesday - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Our Work

     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.

Our Records

     Our records in our physical facility are original paper and bound volume records. They are on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and some are digitized on the Family Search website. We do not have the majority of our records digitized to be accessed from this website. Our staff welcomes research inquiries by phone, email, mail, or in person; we will scan and send records to patrons or make photocopies on an "as requested" basis.

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. 

 Our Volunteers

     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 (community service hours may be recorded for the volunteer's benefit) and archivist Tom Aud for information on serving as an intern.

Latest News & Events

  • State Library & Archives Launches New Digital Project on Revolutionary War - The Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched Patriot Paths, a new project that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that these soldiers took before and after their service. The project, which is still in progress, was unveiled by State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill at the National Genealogical Society’s recent annual convention.

    Thousands of veterans flooded into Tennessee at the conclusion of the war, and about 2,000 pension files exist for those who came here. Since most of the soldiers were not eligible for a pension until they were in their eighties, the number who received a pension was relatively small compared to the number who served.  

    Staff and interns at the Library & Archives pored over those pension files to find the dates and places where the soldiers were born, married, enlisted and died. Soldiers who had been born throughout the colonies and even Europe ultimately made their way to Tennessee. After the war, many crossed the mountains from Virginia and North Carolina, but some came from as far away as New York and Massachusetts.  

    That information was added to a database and then coordinated with GIS mapping software. The result is Patriot Paths, where historians and genealogists can search for veterans and study the patterns of migration.  

    “Patriot Paths uses modern mapping tools to tell the stories of those who fought to secure independence at the time of our nation’s founding,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I’m proud of the continued efforts of the Library & Archives to find innovative ways to make records like these more accessible.”  

    For example, Patriot Paths allows researchers to see that three pensioners who ended up in Sumner County – William Proctor, Albert Hendricks and Thomas Milbourn – all lived in Rockbridge County, Virginia, during the Revolutionary War. Moreover, all were originally from Maryland.  

    Sherrill asked, “What does this connection between these soldiers mean? Are they related? I don’t know, but if one of them was my ancestor, I’d start learning about the other two to see what else they have in common.” Genealogists commonly use wills, deeds and other records at the Library & Archives to find more information about their ancestors.  

    Historians can also use Patriot Paths to learn more about this period in American history. “We learned that an unusually high number of Tennessee pensioners came from Orange County, North Carolina,” said Sherrill. “We don’t yet know why, but Patriot Paths provides the data to help us ask new questions about who came to Tennessee and what motivated them to launch into the wilderness.”  

    The public is invited to visit the site and conduct searches, but Sherrill asks that they remember it is a work in progress. Data has been entered on only 1,200 of the pensioners so far.  

    Patriot Paths can be accessed on the Library & Archives website at sos.tn.gov/tsla or by clicking here.


     Please click the links below to learn more about us and our mission.

Mission Statement and Collecting Policy.pdf Mission Statement and Collecting Policy.pdf
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April 2016 Brochure.pdf April 2016 Brochure.pdf
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replevin brochure.pdf replevin brochure.pdf
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  • Information on Tennessee's Replevin law, courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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