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Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Archives

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Metropolitan Government Archives

The Metropolitan Government Archives, a division of the Nashville Public Library, collects and preserves the historically valuable records of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, as well as other records of historical or documentary significance reflecting the history of our city. The Archives has ongoing programs to maintain and develop its collections, and welcomes researchers to come explore its treasures. The Archives has over 5 million records dating from the 1780s to the present.


We are officially up and running in our new location at the Main Library downtown! We have a beautiful new space where our records will be better preserved than ever. Please come by to say hello and check out our new home!

Please note that our hours have changed since we have moved to the Main Library:

Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Archives in the News!

The Tennessean wrote a story about our move. In case you missed it, you can view it here: Hidden Gems Unearthed in Metro Archives Collection

First Tuesday at the Archives!

Our "First Tuesday at the Metro Archives" is always the first Tuesday of the month, 2:30-3:30 p.m. the Archives is located at 615 Church St., Nashville, TN, 37219. Please contact the Archives at 862-5880 or Email for more information. This event is free and open to the public.

September 2nd – George Spain, "Com Sit With Me." Mr Spain is a local author who writes about local history in the Middle Tennessee area.

October 7th – Debbie Watts will present a play bsed on the life of Captain Thomas Rhyman. The play will be held in the auditorium. Time is to be determined.

November 4th – "First Rate and Fashionable: Handcrafted Tennessee Furniture from 1800 to the Present." Mike Bell, Curator of Furniture at the Tennessee State Museum, will give a PowerPoint talk showcasing the state museum's outstanding furniture collection.

December 2nd – "Hood's Tennessee Campaign." Dr. James Knight will present his book on the subject.


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First Ward Democratic Club preparing to deliver Christmas meals, December, 1940.

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