1981 Hollywood Drive, Suite 300, Jackson, Tennessee  38305
Phone  -  (731) 660-6221 extension 3810
Fax  -  (731) 664-8319
Hours  -  Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Madison County, Tennessee official website  -  http://co.madison.tn.us

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. 

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.

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 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 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 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 assistant archivist Lorri Skelton for more information on becoming a volunteer.


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

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  •  Letters of commendation

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  • Articles about us in The Jackson Sun
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  • Information on Tennessee's Replevin law (how to handle original legal records) is below, courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
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About Us

Archivist - Thomas L. Aud
     Monday & Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Assistant Archivist - Lorri Skelton
     email:  lskelton@co.madison.tn.us
     Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Assistant - Paulette Fairchild
     Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Latest News & Events

Disaster Preparedness Workshop Will Teach How to Protect Historical Documents

By Olivia Skelton on March 13, 2015

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Madison County Archives will host a Disaster Preparedness Workshop on Wednesday, May 6.

Located at 1981 Hollywood Drive, Suite 300, the Madison County Archives is a county government office that seeks to tell the history of Madison County and its residents through the preservation of county records and documents. Because these records are often paper-based, special care must be taken by records keepers to maintain their conditions.

The Archives Development Department, an agency of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, conducts Disaster Preparedness Workshops in select archives across Tennessee. Archives Development Program coordinator Myers Brown will speak at the workshop in Jackson.

The workshop will entail how archivists and museum curators can protect significant documents from weather-related disasters, such as fires and floods, as well as structural damage.

The event is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the Madison County Archives at 731-660-6221, extension 3810. 

  • The Madison County Archives has been awarded a State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grant in the amount of $1,250; funding for this grant comes from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and is administered through the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB).  This grant will be used to process and organize Madison County Circuit Court criminal and civil case files dated from circa 1870 to 1960, specifically for the purchase of archival storage boxes and archival folders.  After the successful completion of this project, all of the case files to date from Circuit Court will be processed, organized and preserved in the proper formats and conditions for future access by researchers.

  • The Madison County Archives has also been awarded a $2,000 grant for a HEPA vacuum, storage racks, and a work table for the implementation of a records reception area, where transferred county records will be inspected for issues of infestation and/or mold and be cleaned before incorporating them within the general collections.  This grant is part of the Direct Grants to Local Government Archives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives' Archives Development Program.

Paper Ephemera

Click the thumbnail pictures below to see examples of paper ephemera we have found in our records.

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