Tenn. oldest town archiving historical documents

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's oldest town has begun the monumental job of archiving its history.

Officials in Washington County hired Ned Irwin, who has been the archivist at East Tennessee State University since 1994, to put important historical records in order.

Irwin told the Johnson City Press that he, one employee and several volunteers are going through records that fill four tractor-trailers sitting near the old county jail in Jonesborough. The records include court cases, deeds and records from the sheriff's department, some that are more than 200 years old.

The records will be housed at the county's old jail, which is being converted to hold the items.

Irwin said the job of preserving such important documents is "humbling."

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