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.
Terry first came to the archives as a researcher looking for an old court case from the 1950s related to Oak Grove School. He liked things so well, he decided to stay. Terry’s been volunteering since January 2020.
He puts in a long day every Thursday and is a very hardworking and dedicated volunteer. Presently, he is helping process old court case files of the Johnson City Law Court.
A Washington County native, Terry was the youngest of four children and grew up in the Oak Grove community. A 1962 graduate of Boones Creek High School, Terry worked for 35 years in the organic chemicals department at Tennessee Eastman Company in Kingsport.
He and his wife Judie have been married for 58 years and have two children and three grandchildren. Terry enjoys researching his family history. He has been a ham radio operator for 45 years—call sign WD4RFK. He is also an active member of the Unaka Rod and Gun Club.
Terry says that one of the things he likes most about processing the old county records is that as he gets older, it keeps his mind active. Regarding his archives work, Terry says this: “When I started volunteering at the archives I had no idea how many names I would recognize. Each person in each case has a story, and they deserve to be remembered.” This sums up exactly the purpose of an archive!