Department of Archives and Tourism
In 1995, the Sullivan County Public Records Commission was revitalized and began working with the Tennessee State Library and Archives to lay plans for development of an archives and history center in Blountville, the county seat of historic Sullivan. Nine years in the making, the Sullivan County Department of Archives and History was formally established in May 2004. In October 2008, the department absorbed the Sullivan County Department of Tourism, and the newly merged department is now known as the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.
Archives and History branch
The Archives and History Department is somewhat multi-faceted, and is basically comprised of (1) Sullivan County governmental records; (2) a research center; and (3) a manuscripts department. Simply stated, the purpose of the Archives is to preserve Sullivan County governmental records, while at the same time serving as a regional research center which houses artifacts, books, manuscripts and other items of historic interest.
The Archives is set up to comply with Tennessee
Code Annotated. Tennessee has an open public records
law, which applies to county and municipal records as
well as to state records. The law requires state and
local governments to make public records open and accessible
for public inspection. Tennessee Code
also requires that each county have a county public records
commission "in order to provide for the orderly
disposition of public records created by agencies of
Volunteers are still working
to preserve the records, and much progress is being
made toward this massive undertaking.
A premier tourist destination, Sullivan County is renowned for the quality and diversity
of its attractions. One of the most beautiful areas in Northeast Tennessee, Sullivan County is fortunate to be one of the most widely visited areas in the state. The county offers a wide array of tourist attractions ranging from the famed Bristol Motor Speedway to various historic sites and repositories. The Archives and History Department itself has become a major tourist attraction for the county, drawing thousands of visitors each year to its research center. Click here to learn more about tourism in Sullivan County.
Our Mission Statement
The fundamental mission of the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism is:
receive and accession transfers of permanently-valuable
local government records in accordance with various provisions of the
Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) that require permanent
retention of essential records and other records of
archival value for public reference; to preserve, arrange, and
describe the records, and to make them available to
the public according to sound archives management principles
and practices; to collect and accept donations of other historically-valuable
documents according to an approved collecting policy,
and to accession them, to preserve, arrange, and describe
them, and to make them available to the public according
to sound archives management principles and practices;
and to report periodically to the Sullivan County Public Records
Commission and to the Tennessee State Library and Archives
on the state of the archives and its management.
(2) To enrich the quality of life and improve the economy of Sullivan County by generating travel and by enhancing the image of the county, with these initiatives being accomplished by showcasing our heritage, highlighting our family-oriented attractions, building cooperation with surrounding communities, and by spreading our welcoming spirit, thus enhancing the social and economic growth of the area.
Department of Archives and Tourism Staff Directory
Shelia Hunt, Executive Director
Phone: (423) 323-4660
Ms. Hunt joined the Department of Archives and Tourism in May 2004. With more than 35 years experience in strategic planning, media relations, and public policy, she is responsible for the overall operations of the Department of Archives and Tourism. She provides the strategic direction and planning for the Archives program and preservation policies, and for major elements of the Archives and Tourism office's integrated marketing programs, including Advertising, Media Relations, Research and Special Promotions. Ms. Hunt is a Certified Archives Manager and has served as a professional genealogist and lecturer across the U.S. for over 30 years.
Molley Reece, Administrative Assistant
Molley Reece joined the Department of Archives and Tourism in 2014. With more than 14 years experience in office administration, Ms. Reece serves as Assistant to the Director, providing administrative support, assisting with tourism operations, and managing the volunteer program.
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