The Sumner County Archives is now open for in person research, please call ahead to make an appointment. Masks will be required until April 1, 2021.
The Sumner County Archives was established in December, 1986 under Tennessee Code by the Sumner County Commission. Sumner County was formed in1786 and most records survive from that date. The Archives is the official depository and research facility for county records and operates under Tennessee State law and the direction of the Sumner County Public Records Commission. Almost all early county records are housed at the Archives. In addition to county records, the Archives has an excellent library collection that includes local genealogy and history. “A Brief Overview of the Archives Holdings,” as listed below, provides a more detailed accounting of the holdings.
All requests for information are handled by a limited staff. Reply time for a request is usually about two weeks. If you are traveling from out of the area it is advised you call the Archives before starting out to confirm the Archives will be open for your visit.
Public internet access is not available on SCA computers, however SCA is wireless and has electric outlets for personal computers. Scanners, cameras and other forms of imaging equipment belonging to researchers are not allowed in the Archives. All bags, purses and laptop cases are not permitted in the Archives, lockers with locks are available. Cell phone use is not permitted in the research area. Food and drink is not permitted in the research area but is permitted in the conference room.
A conference room is available for patron use for discussion and exchange of research information. Food and drink is permitted in this room.