Welcome to the Metro Archives

The mission of the Metro Archives is to collect and preserve the permanent value of the historical records of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.


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About the Metro Archives

As a division of the Nashville Public Library, we collect and preserve the historically valuable records relating to the local government bodies of the City of Nashville, Davidson County, and Metropolitan Government. In addition, we also house other records of enduring historic value that document and reflect the history of Nashville and Davidson County. We have over 5 million records in our collection, including maps and plats, deeds and wills, marriage licenses and bonds, court minute books, newspapers, manuscripts, recordings, photographs, and artifacts that date from 1780 to the present.

This website is sponsored by the Friends of the Metro Archives, a branch chapter of the Friends of the Nashville Public Library.


Our Manuscript Collections

Find out what manuscripts we have and browse our finding aids

Our Photo COllections

Learn about and browse our photographs of Nashville, its people, its businesses, and its buildings.

Court Records

Browse our historic records from the different courts in Nashville and Davidson County.


Search our database of wills dating from 1783-1924, and take a look at wills from notable Nashvillians

Vital Records

Take a look through our birth, death, and marriage records.

Nashville History

Articles and records relating to different aspects of Nashville's history.


News and Outreach

Catch up on our social media, newsletters, and blog.