- About the Archives
About the Archives
Established in 1991 by the Board of County Commissioners, the Archives serves the citizens of Jefferson County by providing access to historical records created by our county government and preserving them for future generations. We also have Special Collections which are historical records not created by the county but have been donated to the Archives over the years, such as manuscripts and photographs.
Jefferson County Archives is part of the Records Management and Archives program that falls within the Business Innovation & Technology division of the county.
In order to provide the best possible service to our patrons, the Reading Room is open by appointment only, subject to archivist availability. Please search or browse our online catalog or digital collections sites then contact us if you need assistance conducting your search or would like to view a particular record.
Reference requests or questions can be submitted at any time by telephone or by email.
Photocopies and scanning of records is generally allowed for a small fee. Digital cameras, laptop computers, and flatbed or portable scanners are allowed in the reading room.
For better service, please see the following before submitting a request.
The Archives does not hold all historical records within Jefferson County. Just because it's old doesn't mean we have it! Additional historical documents may be accessed by contacting the department or elected office responsible for the creation of that record. The following links may be helpful:
- Arrest records: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Records Unit
- Birth & Death records: Jefferson County Public Health Vital Records
- Building permits and plans: Jefferson County Building Safety Division
- Court records: Clerk of Court Records Research Department
- Divorce records: Clerk of Court Records Research Department
- Marriage records after 1905: Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder’s Office