Temporary Closing

Due to the renovations taking place on the main floor of the main library building,the Tennessee Room will be closed from January 21 through February 2.  If you need to communicate with a Tennessee Room staff member, please call (731-300-3980) or email ( Jack Wood = tnroom.jw@madisoncountytn.gov or Evelyn Keele = tnroom.ek@madisoncountytn.gov).  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Happy Holidays!

The Staff and Volunteers of the Tennessee Room

Wish Everyone the Best

During This Holiday Season.


New Book About Marathon Motor Works

This exciting new addition to the Tennessee Room is the first book of a projected trilogy concerning the automobile manufacturing  company  known as the Marathon Motor Works and its parent company, the Southern Engine and Boiler Works, along with the men who were instrumental in its creation and its demise.  In addition to its narrative, the book features many pages of facsimile catalogs, automobile and steam engine advertisements, manuals and parts lists, and photos. It’s a fascinating story of a business that began in Jackson, TN and thrived, then died in Nashville.

Jackson-Madison County Library Big Maybelle Historical Marker Project

The Jackson-Madison County Library is sponsoring a project, spearheaded by library staff members Mike Baker and Jack Wood, to obtain a Tennessee historical marker commemorating Mabel Louise “Big Maybelle” Smith (1924-1972), noted gospel and blues singer, from Jackson, Tennessee.  Her most notable recordings include “Candy” and the original version of “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On,” later made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis.  Her career led her to sing at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City.  The cost of the marker is $1450.00.  Because there are presently no state funds available, the library must raise this amount.  To donate please see the instructions below.

New Books Recently Added

Two Books by Elizabeth Shown Mills were recently donated in memory of Carmen Bruer, who was a charter member of the Mid-West Genealogical Society.

Tennessee Room Obituary Index

Recently, Tennessee Room staff members Jimmy Wilkins and Evelyn Keele

presented a program to the Chester County Historical Society explaining the

project to index obituaries from the Jackson Sun, beginning with the year 1936.


L-R: Jimmy Wilkins, Tennessee Room Assistant; Evelyn Keele, Tennessee Room Archivist. Chester County Independent, June 14, 2018, p. 12-A.

Chester County Independent, June 14, 2018, p. 12-A

New Books

We recently received two volumes of transcribed

Tipton County, Tennessee Circuit Court minute books,

covering a period from June 1843 through June 1847.

Thank you Sandra Kelly for this donation.

Tipton Co Books001