The archives may be filled with records, but it is an empty place without people. There are few people more important to the department than volunteers. The archives cannot function at its best without them. If you have an interest in volunteering, an interest in meeting and helping others, an interest in helping preserve old documents, please consider working with us in the archives. We think you will enjoy the experience.
There are opportunities to work in the Reading Room where you can help researchers. Here you will have the chance to meet people from all over the country. If you prefer working behind the scenes, there are many things you can do. Experience some time travel in working with documents from another century.
Tennesseans are not called citizens of the “Volunteer State” for nothing. So we hope you will consider volunteering in the archives. If you are interested, please contact Ned Irwin by phone at (423)753-0393 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see photographs of the volunteers and staff at work, click here: Volunteers and Staff.
Carolyn began volunteering with the archives in September 2019. But her experience in record repository work began long before. For 19 years prior to retiring and moving to Jonesborough, Carolyn worked at the Family History Library of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she worked in a variety of positions helping make accessible to researchers the largest genealogical collection in the world.
Born and raised in the Bay Area of northern California, Carolyn earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Jose State University and later attended nursing school at Fort Smith, Arkansas. After several years in the nursing field, she changed careers and began her work at the Mormon library.
At the archives, she has helped process Johnson City Law Court case files and is currently developing an index to Deed Book A, Washington County’s first book of land records that was returned from Nashville June 1st, 2021. She notes that her archive volunteering “has allowed me to learn some very interesting facts and events of my early Washington County ancestors. I never thought I had any interesting family stories to relate about my family but after finding numerous court cases that they were involved in during the 1840s, all I can say is you would have to read it to believe it.” Carolyn loves being a part of preserving the historic documents housed at the archives.
“The archives is definitely a valuable asset of Washington County history,” she said. We would say that Carolyn Andrews is a valuable asset for the Washington County Archives.