Williamson County Archives & Museum


Attention: Archives Reading Room available by appointment. Museum reopens June 1.


Williamson County Archives is now accepting appointments for patrons to conduct research on-site in our Reading Room M-S during regular business hours. Please give us a call at 615-790-5462 to schedule your visit. Reading Room access will be by appointment only until further notice. Archives Department staff will continue to respond to research requests via phone, mail, and email. Our contact info is listed on the right side of this page. Please reach out to us with any questions.

On Monday, June 1, the County Museum reopened to public entry. We are asking all guests to enter the museum through the lobby (double doors off the parking lot), and exit through the front door facing West Main Street.

In accordance with the guidelines set in Governor Lee's TN Pledge:

Visitors to the Williamson County Archives and Museum will be asked to not enter the facility if they have a temperature over 100.4, or if they answer "yes" to any of the five questions listed below. Entrance will be based on limited occupant capacities, include a no-touch temperature scan, and social distancing practices will be required.

Before visiting, please ask yourself the following five questions (and seek medical treatment or Covid-19 testing if you answer "yes" to any of them):

1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19?
2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
4. Have you had new onset loss of the sense of taste or smell?
5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

Additionally, visitors are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings, especially when interacting with Archives Department staff or other visitors. Thank you for working with us as we do our best to protect the health of our citizens and staff. We hope to see you soon!




Welcome
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Here at Williamson County Archives our mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to county records with enduring administrative and historical value. Our records date back to the founding of Williamson County, Tennessee, in 1799, and include multiple record groups. We also collect other documents of historical value and make them available to the public. Sign up for our mailing list.                          
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Holdings 

As stated above, the Archives holds Williamson County records that date from the creation of the county in 1799. These records are available in a variety of formats, from the original paper documents and record books to microfilm and scanned images. Available materials include: wills, court records, maps, newspapers, and more. 

To get a more detailed idea of what records are available, or to look for specific county records, please click Search Collections on the left side of this page. From that page, follow the Williamson County Archives Online link to search indexed county records. Please note, for copies of newer records, you may need to contact the appropriate county office (ex: contact the County Clerk’s office for recent marriage certificates, etc.) For guides to our manuscript collections and newspapers on microfilm check out our Research Guides page.                                                                                                    


History



Williamson County Archives was established in 1993 by the Williamson County Commission. In 2006, the Archives moved from the basement of the Five Points Post Office to the old library building across the street. The new Archives and County Museum welcomed visitors in May 2006. Upon the retirement of the first county archivist, the building was named the Louise G. Lynch Archives and Museum.