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 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 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 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.


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

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  • Letter from 1930 stating importance of keeping county records
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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, 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
     Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Assistant - Paulette Fairchild
     Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Latest News & Events

  • The Tennessee State Library & Archives has added an online collection of material that tracks dozens of family histories across several states. The material, titled "The Genealogical Research Files of Dr. Barbara Long," traces the lines of 33 families with roots in east Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Alabama. Dr. Long, a professional psychiatrist who is also an avid amateur genealogist, collected the information while researching her own family's history. The collection is the first significant digital-only collection to be housed within the Tennessee Virtual Archives (TeVA). Included are more than 130 files of research notes, correspondence, interviews with family members, reports of professional genealogists and copies of original deeds, wills, land grants, census records, Bible records, and other documentation. Among the Tennesseans represented in the collection are the Breazeale, Grayson, Hixson, Hughes, Hyden, King, Kennedy, Meek, Pickett, Real, Woods and Wrinkle families. Information on many other families associated with those families is included. To view the collection online, go to: http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15138coll3
  • The Tennessee State Library & Archives has a new online collection titled "Women's Suffrage: Tennessee and the Passage of the 19th Amendment." in 1920, after a debate that had raged for years, 35 of 48 states then in the Union had ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which would give women the right to vote. One more state's approval was needed in order to meet the requirement that three-fourths of the states supported the measure. Eight states had rejected the amendment and five had not yet voted on it. Tennessee was seen as the best chance of getting the amendment approved before the 1920 presidential election. At a special session called in August of that year, the amendment was quickly approved by the state Senate but then faced stiffer opposition in the House of Representatives. Harry T. Burn, a young House member who initially opposed the amendment, changed his vote - reportedly after being lobbied by his mother - and broke a tie that ensured the passage of a law guaranteeing half the country's population a fundamental right. This online collection about the suffrage movement includes papers from prominent pro-suffrage lobbyists and anti-suffrage lobbyists, photographs, and audio clips. In all the online collection already has more than 100 items and more will be added as the 100th anniversary of the suffrage vote approaches. To view this online collection, go to: http://bit.ly/TNwomensuffrage

Special Collections

  • The Madison County Archives has many local history and genealogy books available for patrons to use while they are researching at the Archives, including Jackson & Madison County - Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, a recently published (2015) pictorial history by Harbert Alexander, Thomas L. Aud, Mitch Carter, Mary Reed, and Ginger Williams, and sponsored by The Friends of the Library of Jackson & Madison County. Other publications include:

The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, Volume LXVIII, 2014

Tales of Madison by Harbert Alexander, 2002

Historic Madison by Emma Inman Williams, 1946 & 1972

Images of America - Madison County by Linda J. Higgins and Scott Parish, 2009

Jackson & Madison County - A Pictorial History by Emma Inman WilliamsMarion B. Smothers, and Mitch Carter, 1988

Memories of Memphis - A History in Postcards by Ginny Parfitt and Mary L. Martin, 2005

Records of Hollywood Cemetery published by The Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society and Jackson-Madison County Homecoming '86 Steering Committee, 1988

Cemetery Records of Madison County, Tennessee - The Southern Half of County, Volume I and The Northern Half of County, Volume II published by The Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society, 1995 & 1998

  • These postcards featuring Jackson and Madison County sites were brought to us by Juanita Shaw of Jackson to scan and share on our website. Other postcards of various west Tennessee locations are posted on our Facebook page.
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