Volunteer Program

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          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 nirwin@washingtoncountytn.org.

      To see photographs of the volunteers and staff at work, click here:  Volunteers and Staff.


Sam - Vol Spotlight



          Sam began volunteering at the archives in September 2020, soon after his graduation from East Tennessee State University with a major in history. He came to us because of a possible interest in becoming an archivist and wanted practical experience before working on a graduate degree in the field. We have been glad to have him.

            He first became interested in archival work after conducting a research project in his senior year at ETSU ‘s Archives of Appalachia. He researched a former bank in Johnson City and found old checks issued when it was active. That bank building now houses Fryberg’s German restaurant. 

            In addition to volunteering at the archives, Sam works at two fast-food restaurants and has worked in the past as a camp counselor at the Holston Presbytery Camp. So, his days are pretty full.

            A native of Kingsport, Sam is a triplet, having a brother and a sister. He graduated from Sullivan South High School prior to attending ETSU. Growing up, he was active in the Boy Scouts, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. He especially liked the outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping. He enjoys reading books of fantasy, science fiction, history, and political science.




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