History

Front cover of Marriage Record Book 1 - an index for marriages that took place between 1789 and 1837

'Tis the Season for Family Research

Around this time of year (February through approximately early summer), Metro Archives tends to see an increase in individuals doing genealogical research. For whatever reason, we welcome the frequency of usage of our genealogy records. Also for this reason, here's a list of our most helpful and commonly-used materials, and some other tips when doing family research. 

Raymond Whittaker and wife, Jane Whittaker, pose together. Unknown date.

Write, Wire or Call Me Real Soon

In honor of African American History Month (and also the month of love), I'm honoring a local Nashville citizen and veteran, Raymond Whittaker, from the small collection of his correspondence, ephemera, and photos we have here in Archives. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Weather Bureau, Daily Local Record of Weather Readings for January 24th, 1925

When Deer are in Gray Coat in October, Expect a Severe Winter

Who loves talking about the weather?! Me, that's who! Did you know the early beginnings of the National Weather Service was actually under the U.S. Army in what was called the Signal Service? Actually it's not that surprising, but what might be is that here in Metro Archives, we have several of their original journals from the Nashville station. Read on if you're intrigued...

 

Black and white close-up view of the Du Pont Rayon Plant in Old Hickory, sometime after 1924 when it was built.

The Powder City of the World

Most people recognize Nashville as the "Music City" capital of the world, but can you say that you've ever heard its other nickname - "the Powder City of the World"? If you're familiar with the history of the Old Hickory community and the company of DuPont, you probably have. If not, read on. 

Rashad Rayford

Rashad's Reading List

Rashad "thaPoet" Rayford shares his reading list for those who wish to further explore activism and civil rights in literature.

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