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.

57451013Washington County Archives building, downtown Jonesborough, view
from the 110 ft. steeple of the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, as
County Archivist Ned Irwin and Archives Associate Donna Briggs wave hello.
Photo taken by Gordon Edwards,
April 18, 2019

New to our site–

 NEW COLLECTION GUIDE! – County Court –Judicial Case Files 1778 – 1825  
This collection contains loose records for court cases handled by the justices of
the peace either collectively gathered in session as the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (County Court) or individually as magistrates. Among the many types of cases handled were debt, bastardies, survey and land disputes, probate issues, theft, assaults, trespass, slander, broken covenants, etc.  Read more about this collection here:  News & Events
*NOTE: This is an ongoing project and there are 25 boxes of records dating
from 1825 – 1950 yet to be processed.

Hidden Voices:   Herman Cone’s Citizenship Papers”
A single-page document found among the Circuit Court case files of 1856 that
tells the story of Herman Cone, an immigrant who lived in Jonesborough on the
site of the present Washington County Archives building.

“Significant Book Collection Donated to County Archives”
Read the complete article on the News and Events page.

 “The Mildred Spaulding Kozsuch Collection Guide” 
The collection consists of 67 color photographic slides taken and compiled by Mildred Kozsuch of various historic houses, structures, and places in Washington County, Tennessee.  This collection can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Mildred Spaulding Kozsuch Slide Collection




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