Welcome to Our Archives!


The Department of Records Management and Archives preserves the oldest public records of Tennessee in the state’s oldest town, Jonesborough.  Located at 103 West Main Street in a yellow-brick former bank built in 1915, the archive houses records to aid in researching family, local, and regional history.


2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, referred to at the time as “the Great War.”  It seems appropriate to share a document written by one of the many sons of the county who went off to war in 1917-1918, especially since this is also the anniversary of his death in that war. His name was Lester Harris. The document is his will.  Click here to read more about him.


New to our site: 

  • State of Franklin Era collection and the Watauga Association – digital copies are now available online.  These documents are some of the oldest in our collection, with the earliest document dated 1771.  To view the images, click on the “Digital Collections” link. 
  • The Sanborn Fire Maps – a guide to the digital copies now available in our archives.  To view the guide, go to the “Collection Guides” page, then to “Maps.”  The collection includes 16 maps of downtown Jonesborough and date from 1888 to 1939.  This digital collection can only be viewed in our Reading Room. 


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