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Register of Deeds / Archives

The Register of Deeds files certain legal documents mainly pertaining to or affecting real estate and provides public access to these records. The register must determine whether each instrument offered for registration is entitled to registration under state laws.

The County Archives protects, preserves, and provides public access to the permanent historical records of Shelby County Government.

Using no property taxes for its operation, Register Tom Leatherwood runs an office that is automated and is completely funded by customer fees. Original records are filed and returned within approximately 36 hours. Before automation, filing took three to six weeks.

The most common records filed by the register include:

    Property Titles
Powers of Attorney
Tax Liens

The most common materials maintained by the archives include:

    Chancery Court Records
    Criminal Court Records
    Maps and Aerials
Circuit Court Records
Death Records
Marriage Licenses
    Buck Boshwit Civil War Stamp Collection
    Dr. Martin Luther King Assassination Investigation
    Health Department Milk Supply Records and Pictures
    West TN Historical Society Papers 1947-2005
    Elmwood Cemetery - Reflections of Memphis
    Memphis Belle
    Memphis Garage Bands
    Overton Park - A Century of Change

Tom Leatherwood
Tom Leatherwood
Shelby County Register


Register of Deeds
1075 Mullins Station Rd.
Suite 165
Memphis, TN 38134

(901) 222-8100

980A Nixon Dr.
Memphis, TN 38134
(901) 222-8175

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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