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.
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.
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 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 & Events
- Our records that were scanned and digitized by Janet Frey with Family Search in 2014 are available for viewing at the following link. These are actual scans of original documents: Madison County Archives records on Family Search
Workshop to Provide Tips on Writing a Family History - The Thanksgiving holidays are a time when many people focus on spending time with family. Beyond bonding around the dinner table, there's another way to strengthen those ties - by writing a family history book. At the next in the Tennessee State Library and Archives' series of free workshops, historian Deborah Wilbrink will give participants a primer on how to get started with that. She'll describe how to assemble family tree information, family tales and photographs into bound volumes that can be shared for generations. Wilbrink is encouraging each attendee to bring a photograph or family heirloom as a starting point. The workshop, titled "Time to Tell: Write Your Family History," will be held Nov. 26 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Library and Archives Auditorium. After the workshop, staff will be on hand to help participants trace their families through research. The Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the Tennessee State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. Free parking is available around the building. Although the workshop is free and open to the public, reservations are required because of the auditorium's limited seating capacity. To make a reservation, please go to: https://familyhistorydaytsla.eventbrite.com - Blake Fontenay, Tri-Star Chronicles Coordinator
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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