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.

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

  • October is designated Tennessee Archives Month and is sponsored by the Society of Tennessee Archivists.  The theme this year is "Accidentally on Purpose:  Acquisition, Care & Promotion of Unusual or Specialized Collections."  Thomas L. Aud, Madison County archivist, attended the annual meeting of the Society of Tennessee Archivists October 15-17 at the University of Memphis in Memphis.
  • Assistant archivist Lorri Skelton will attend the Tennessee Archives Institute October 28-30 at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville. This will be her third year to attend, and upon completion she will be awarded an Archives Manager certificate.  Sandra Kelly, archives volunteer for Madison County and Hardeman County, will also attend and receive her Archives Manager certificate.
  • We have recently acquired Chancery Court minute books, 1854 through 1981, and Chancery Court rule docket books, 1852 through 1948; see our Chancery Court master index on the County Records page.
  • Click on our Contact Us link to see examples of paper ephemera we have found while processing county records.

Links

     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 our local newspaper 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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