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 - www.madisoncountytn.gov

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 across the street from Poplar Heights Baptist Church and just south of the West Tennessee Area Council of the 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 & Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM
     Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 AM - 2:45 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.

Links

     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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  • Information on Tennessee's Replevin law, courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
replevin brochure.pdf replevin brochure.pdf
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 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

  • The Madison County Archives will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

  • On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our staff and researchers from outside our institution. The goal of the "Workshop Series" is to share information about materials and services offered by the Library and Archives, and to provide opportunities for scholars, genealogists, and historical researchers to share their work. Each lecture draws upon the resources of the Library and Archives, and informs our audience about the historic value of our vast collection, and how they may use it in their own research. Visit https://sos.tn.gov/tsla/library-and-archives-workshop-series for more information and for videos of previous workshops.

    UPCOMING WORKSHOP
  • November 24, 2018 - "Family History Day" - Darla Brock, Archivist, TN State Library & Archives

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.

Paper Ephemera & Postcards

Click here to see some of the paper ephemera we have found over the years in the archives, and to see scanned postcards of the West Tennessee area.

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. 

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