Our Collections

We collect, preserve, and make accessible 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 collections, 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.


Collections from individuals, government bodies, and businesses.

PhotographsPhotographs, slides, and negatives that document Nashville's history.

Court RecordsA catalog of available minute books and loose records, as well as some trasncriptions of earlier records.

Wills Search our index of wills dating from 1783-2924, and take a look at wills from notable Nashvillians.

Vital Records

Search our birth, death, and marriage indexes

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