Roane County Government
The job of the County Historian consists of preserving government records, utilizing records management, and providing public access to those records. The County Historian/Director oversees one (1) full-time Archive Assistant and one (1) part-time Assistant.
The job of the Roane County Archives is to receive, process, preserve government records, utilize records management, and provide public access to those records.
As Roane County’s records begin in 1801, the Archive is responsible for probably one of the largest collections of historical records in the State of Tennessee. Most inactive permanent records are maintained in the Archives while temporary records are stored in other locations. The Archives only has records prior to 1973. For records after that date please check with the office which currently holds those records.
The Roane County Archives are located at 119 Court Street in Kingston in the Historic Roane County Courthouse. The Preservation of Records Department/Roane County Archives became a part of Roane County Government in July 2001. There are two types of records that the Archivist handles: permanent records (inactive records that have to be maintained forever) and temporary records (those which are kept for a limited time period).
The records in the Archives are from all of the court systems (with the exception of Juvenile records) and include case files and docket and minute books. Also maintained in the archives are tax books, marriage licenses, estates, and various other legal documents.