Marriages Recorded in Nashville, 1864-1905
The Marriage file indexes marriages recorded in Nashville from 1864-1905. The file can be searched by bride or groom name and will retrieve a record listing the names, the date, and a reference to the marriage book and page number where it is recorded. The letter "A" following a name indicates that the individual was African-American.
Marriage books are kept at the Metro Archives and so are the actual marriage license bonds. You can obtain a certified marriage record copy at the Archives for $4.00. The Archives' collection of marriage records dates from 1789-1981.
Search for Bride | Groom
Obituaries in the Tennessean, 1964-present
Obituaries appearing in the Tennessean Newspaper are indexed back to 1964. The index will provide the first date the obituary appeared in the paper, as well as the page number. Once you have the date and page number, you can look up the obituary in the Tennessean.
The only full-text obituaries available online are for 1999 to the present.
Nashville Photographs at the Metro Archives, 1940-1976 and Nashville Banner Clippings
This database provides information about two resources--the Metropolitan Photographer Collection held by the Metro Nashville Archives, and the Nashville Banner Clippings Files, held by the Special Collections Division at the Main library.
The Photograph File indexes 9,118 photo negatives in the Metropolitan Photographer Collection from 1950-1987. These negatives are stored at the Metro Archives and depict Nashville buildings, streets, people and events. The index will describe the photo and give the date, if known, and the dimensions of the photograph. Copies can be made of these negatives, please discuss your needs with the staff at the Metro Archives.
The Nashville Banner Clippings consists of biographical and subject clipping files, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1950s to the early 1990s. Biographical files on several thousand persons constitute almost half of the collection, with the rest in subject files sorted primarily into three main series: Nashville, Davidson County, and Tennessee. Search the database by keyword to determine if there is a clipping file on that topic. Results that are part of this collection will be labeled "Banner Archives" and will include a record number. This record number helps staff retrieve the files. These files may be accessed in the Nashville Room.
Search by Photo Description | Photo Subject | Keywords