The WTHSC is available as a public resource as a unit of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Though it is maintained at a public institution, its acquisitions and equipment are provided and supported primarily by private funds.
Genealogy and the social history, cultures, and family history of Tennessee and its counties is the focus of the WTHSC. The collection includes books (but also serials) on all Tennessee counties with in-depth material on Northwest Tennessee (Weakley, Obion, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Henry, Carroll and Benton counties), and survey collections on North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. The collection includes books of general genealogical significance, including reference works for research in other U.S. states or countries, genealogical helps, and other topics relating to family history. The microfilm collection includes local newspapers, regional county records, and federal censuses for Tennessee 1780–1930. Guides to the film collection are available on the WHTSC site. This reading area is accessible any time the Paul Meek Library is open for business. Users are asked to check in and out with a piece of identification, lock up bags and purses, and use only pencils and computers for notes.
The WTHSC houses an ever-growing book collection, over four thousand volumes, focusing on regional history and culture, genealogy, and related studies. You can see from the collection policy that the largest share focuses on Tennessee history and genealogy. The collection includes religious, military, and natural history as well. Regions that are historically or ethnically important to Tennessee residents are included. North Carolina is well documented at both the state and select local levels. Kentucky is well represented as well, particularly counties west of the Tennessee river.
The collection also includes a wide variety of research and writing guides to genealogy and general family history. Regional native American and foreign genealogy, general collection guides to national research institutions, and family histories are all available.
You can find printed material by title, author, or subject searches using the Paul Meek Library catalogue.
Our collection is always growing and we appreciate learning about new material or finding out something we didn't know about or don't have. The Curator may be contacted at email@example.com.
HeritageQuest is a genealogy and family history resource. It provides access to census data, genealogical publications, and family information from the US and many foreign countries. It is also a source for microfilmed vital statistics and public records from across the country. Access in Tennessee is provided by the Tennessee Electronic Library under an appropriation from the State Legislature. The library does not subscribe to ancestry.com.
The collection includes microfilmed newspapers, census records, public records, and manuscript materials on microfilm. While the collection is growing, not every county in the state will have microfilmed records available. Researchers will want to check the microfilm information sheets and the catalogue before making a visit to the WTHSC to use our collection.
You will need Acrobat/Adobe Reader installed on your computer to look at and print the microfilm information sheets. It may be downloaded at not cost here.
Microfilm Information sheets
These information sheets provide up-to-date listings of our microfilmed public records, newspaper, and manuscript collections. We add to our holdings regularly, so these information sheets change periodically. Remember to use the library catalogue to find printed material like books and periodicals. Microfilm is catalogued there as well, though individual reels might not be noted. The catalogue can be used to check our holdings by GSU film number, as well.
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The WTHSC is accessible to researchers on the same schedule as the Paul Meek Library. Click here for general hours information. Specialized reference help is available from the Special Collections staff, but only during weekday business hours.
Weekdays between 8am and 3pm off-campus visitors' vehicles require a parking permit, available at no cost from the Circulation Desk staff. Parking is available adjacent to the library after 3pm daily and on weekends without a permit.