Libraries & Archives

Local and Regional Collections with Hawkins County Resources

H. B. Stamps Memorial Library
407 West Main Street
Rogersville, TN  37857
Phone: (423) 272-8710
This public library has a fine collection of genealogical research on Hawkins County families and local history.  Much of the material has been collected through the efforts of the Hawkins County Genealogical & Historical Society.
Hawkins County is in the Nolichucky Region of the Tennessee Multi-County Regional Library System.
Hawkins County Archives
951 East McKinney Avenue, Suite A
Rogersville, TN  37857
Phone:  423-921-0904
The Archives holds a substantial amount of the county’s public records.  Additionally, genealogical data, maps, and other research aids are available.  The Archives’ is staffed by volunteers who attempt to provide local and historical information to visitors.
Sullivan County Public Library
Kingsport Branch
Kingsport, TN 37764
The Sullivan County library system has a fine collection of regional history and genealogy materials. Sullivan was the parent of Hawkins County, so it is important to check resources there.
Sullivan County Archives
3425 Hwy. 126, Suite 100
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  (423) 323-4660
Even though Sullivan was one of the state’s first counties and the parent of Hawkins County, a significant number of early records were destroyed in a fire.  Nonetheless, it is important to make a thorough check of resources here.
McClung Historical Collection
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN  37902
Phone: (865) 215-8801
McClung’s holdings contain the premiere regional collection of East Tennessee genealogical and historical source materials.

The Museum of East Tennessee History, the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, and the Calvin McClung Digital Collection are all important additional components of the East Tennessee Historical Center, which houses the McClung Collection.

Knox County Archives
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN  37902
Phone: (865) 215-8800
The most-important item at the Knox County Archives for those researching early Hawkins County local and family histories is the collection of  Superior Court, Hamilton District Records 1793-1809.  Hawkins County was a part of the Hamilton District for superior court proceedings.
Archives of Appalachia
East Tennessee State University
Sherrod Library, Room 422
Johnson City, TN  37614
Phone:  (423) 439-4338
The library has noteworthy regional-interest collections.

The Sherrod Library is also one of the best sources of federal, state, and regional microfilm in East Tennessee.

Special Collections Library
Carson-Newman University
1634 Russell Ave.
Jefferson City, TN  37760
Phone:  (865) 471-3542
The Mildred L. Iddins Special Collections, housed on the third floor of Stephens-Burnett Library, consists of three main components: the Appalachian & Rare Book Collection, Baptist Archives, and College Archives.  Each plays a special role in helping preserve Carson-Newman’s unique heritage.

The library has a surprising collection of regional resources for historical research.  The Baptist Archives contains material from throughout East Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Special Collections Library
University of Tennessee
1015 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN  37916
Phone:  (865) 974-4351
UT has a large number of historic maps and documents, including manuscripts collections such as the Joseph Rogers papers.
Search manuscript holdings’ Finding Aids.
Browse Tennessee Historical & Regional Digital Collections
TN State Library & Archives
403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243-0312
Phone:  (615) 741-2764
TSLA has an outstanding collection of original source documents, manuscripts, and family histories; it also has microfilmed copies of most extant Hawkins County public records, church records, and newspapers.
Tennessee Valley Authority
Map and Photo Records
1101 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801
Phone:  (423) 751-6277 / (800) 627-7882
TVA is an excellent resource for maps and topographic information about East Tennessee.  TVA has historic maps in its collection as well.  For the areas surrounding its dams, TVA has a large number of aerial photographs taken prior to World War II.
Mildred C. Marshall Collection
Walters State Community College Library
500 South Davy Crockett Parkway
Morristown, TN  37813-6899
Walters State Community College Library was endowed with the lifetime collection of the late Miss Marshall, whose genealogical and historical work concentrated in Grainger and surrounding counties.
Family History Library (LDS)
50 North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
The FHL has a huge collection of documents and research materials related to  Hawkins County and the surrounding region.  The resources are too extensive to describe in this limited space.

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