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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  E-mail a Department form


University of Tennessee at Martin
Paul Meek Library, Special Collections
West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
554 University Street
Martin, TN 38238

Telephone:[2]  Archives/Museum/Genealogy: 731-881-7094, or Reference: 731-881-7065

Hours and holidays:  Hours of Operation

Map:  Campus map

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The West Tennessee Heritage Study Center (WTHSC) focuses on the genealogy, social history, cultures, and family history of Tennessee and its counties. Their collection includes all of Tennessee but is more in-depth for northwest Tennessee. They also collect newspapers, regional county records, and have federal censuses for Tennessee 1780–1930. Their WTHSC Index is an important resource.[3]

The Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties of West Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.

Databases include Heritage Quest, ProQuest, and JSTOR.

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Guides[edit | edit source]

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at theUniversity of Tennessee at Martin Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Atlanta (i.e. Morrow), federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, African Americans, vital records, censuses, county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, manuscripts, military records, Native Americans,  newspapers, obituary lists, maps, state agency records, petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories, prison inmates, and TN county historians.[4]

Similar Collections

  • East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville, 67,000 books, newspapers, 3,000 genealogies, 14,000 TN first families, manuscripts, census, Knoxville city directories 1859-now, maps, photos, deeds, wills, marriages, military records, TN Confederate pensions,, New England Ancestors, HeritageQuest, Sanborn maps.

Neighboring Collections

Repositories in surrounding counties in Tennessee:  Carroll, Gibson, Henry, Obion, and in Kentucky: Fulton KY, Graves KY, and Hickman KY.

Repositories in other surrounding states: Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: History of Memphis, Tennessee

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 E-mail in University of Tennessee at Martin (accessed 6 November 2015).
  2. Phone in University of Tennessee at Martin (accessed 6 November 2015).
  3. West Tennessee Heritage Study Center in University of Tennessee Martin (accessed 5 November 2015).
  4. "Research and Collections" in Tennessee Archives and Libraries in Tennessee Department of State at (accessed 23 May 2010).
  5. Weakley County Clerk and Master in Weakley County, Tennessee (accessed 6 November 2015).
  6. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 105. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 85.
  8. The Tina Brayton Collection in Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County (accessed 3 January 2014).

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