By Jason Gavin, Special Collections Librarian
The Special Collections Department has a new swanky database format with a wealth of genealogy and Williamson County historical information, available here. Below are some highlights of what you can find:
- Local History News Database: Contains a selection of over 7,000 local news stories, and growing.
- Obituaries: Contains over 50,000 Williamson County Obituaries and growing.
- Index to the Edith Whitley Collection: Whitley was a professional genealogist who compiled a wealth of unique family research material in her 50 plus year career in Nashville. This material has not yet been digitized or microfilmed, and is thus unique to the Special Collections department.
- Databases on Williamson County Births, Cookbooks, Families, Magazines, Maps, Marriages, and Veterans
We are especially strong in local African American history and Genealogy thanks to two outstanding collections; the Thelma Battle Collection and the Richard C. Fulcher Collection. In the Thelma Battle collection, there is a wealth of information on bank records, bills of sale, cemetery records, census records, churches, local community history, craftsmen, deaths, deeds, funeral program index, labor contracts, marriages, politicians, social organizations, slave genealogies, schools, and more – including an index to some of the popular exhibits of her large collection of local African American related photographs. The Richard Fulcher database contains a partial index of that collection, covering County records and court excerpts related to Williamson County African American Families.
Each one of these collections is individually searchable, or you can browse, by clicking on the Collection Links page. What makes this new format really exciting however, are some of the new features available through the Search tab. Using the KEYWORD search tab, we now have the ability to search multiple databases simultaneously. In the dropdown menu, simply hold the “Ctrl” key and click all of the databases you are interested in searching. In addition, the FIELD search tab allows you to be far more specific in searching individual databases than was previously possible.
As always, the Special Collections staff is available to answer any questions you might have in navigating the new format or giving you more information about the specific collections. Reach us at 615-595-1246 or email SPCOLL@williamson-tn.org.
By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
Did you know that if we don’t have a book in our collection we can get what you want other ways? Let us tell you about Interlibrary Loan.
We offer Interlibrary Loan to all of our patrons. You can request up to 12 books per year per card. It generally takes a couple of weeks, but sometimes it could be longer. We search in our Tennessee Library database, which searches all the public libraries in Tennessee, and two universities. If the book is not listed there we can search throughout the United States (this is where it may take a little longer to get the book.) Due dates are set by the lending library and there is usually sufficient time to read the book. Sometimes we are able to ask for a book to be renewed. Keep in mind that there is a $.50 fine per day the book is overdue, so it is always best to request a renewal before the due date.
Two important pieces of information: when we notify you a book is here (either by email or phone), you have 5 days to pick up the book. If you don’t make it within those 5 days, the book will be returned and your library card/account will be charged$1.00 for a non-pick up fee.
We also understand if you want a book and all we have are e-audio or e-books. Consider Interlibrary Loan as an alternative.