The Tennessee Room houses a non-circulating special collection devoted to genealogical and local historical research. In addition to over 5,000 books, there are over 1945 microfilm rolls containing Madison County Records, Tennessee Census schedules (1810-1930), Jackson, TN newspapers (various dates beginning in 1823), Tennessee Death Indexes (1908-1957), Tennessee Death Certificates (1908-1957), and other records . The collection also includes maps, Jackson city directories, funeral records, vertical files, and photographs.
The Tennessee Room also serves to pay tribute to Emma Inman Williams (1906-1992), teacher, writer, editor, historian, and the first Tennessee Room librarian (1972-1986). "Miss Emmy", as she was often called, served as Madison County historian for many years. Her book, Historic Madison was published in three editions (1946, 1972, 1986) and still serves as the primary introduction to Madison County's early history.
The Tennessee Room maintains a close working relationship with the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society and has a complete set of back issues of their publication, Family Findings.
Two full-time staff members provide assistance to patrons using the collection. Visitors are asked to sign the guest register upon entering. Minors are required to be accompanied by a parent.
A photocopy machine and microfilm reader/printers are available.
To contact Staff of the Genealogy Department:
Phone: (731) 425-8600 x.3