Rutherford County

Rutherford County

Rutherford County was formed in 1802 from
Davidson, Williamson and White counties

(Private Acts of Tennessee 1803, Chapter 70)

The county seat is Murfreesboro.

There was a tornado at the Rutherford County
courthouse in 1832.


Selected Published County Histories
  • African Americans in Rutherford County [Images of America] (Butler, 2009) *
  • Annals of Rutherford County [vol. 1 1799-1828; vol. 2 1829-1870] (Spence, 1991) [name index in each volume]
  • Arbors to Bricks: A Hundred Years of African American Education in Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1865 to 1965 (Jarmon, 1994) [name index]*
  • Brawley Creek: Sketching a History of the Early and Latter Times (Bush, 1997)
  • Duck River Valley in Tennessee and Its Pioneers (Jacobs, 1968) [name index]
  • Exploring Rutherford County (1979)
  • Families of the 1950s (and Earlier) in Rutherford County, Tennessee: The First District and the Fifth District, Those Who Lived on the Lamar-Jefferson Springs Road; Including Family Anecdotes, Earlier Families of the 1800's, a First District history, and a Fifth District History (the Northeast Section only) (Russell, 2012) [name index]
  • From Mink Slide to Main Street (Arnette, 1991) [name index]
  • Glimpse of News Past: The Courier, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1830-1832 (Lynch, 1999) [name index]
  • Griffith! : A Bicentennial Publication: Rutherford County, Tennessee (Pittard, 1976)*
  • Heart of Tennessee: The Story & Images of Historic Rutherford County (Weeks, 1992)
  • History of Medicine in Rutherford County, Tennessee, Part II: A Collection of Biographies of Physicians who practiced in the Area During the Nineteenth Century (Ransom, 1987) [name index]
  • History of Rutherford County (Middle Tennessee State College, 1939)
  • History of Rutherford County (Sims, 1947)*
  • History of Rutherford County in Pictures (Pittard, 1990)
  • History of Rutherford County's African American Community (Hughes, 1996)
  • History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with a Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson (Goodspeed, 1988)
  • Images of 19th Century Rutherford County, It's Homes and People (Lamb, 2007) [name index]*
  • Lascassas Our Heritage (Rhodes, 1981)
  • Life on Spring Creek (Russell, 2021)
  • Murfreesboro (Shacklett & Lodl, 2012)
  • Murfreesboro in the Civil War (Bradley & Jones, 2012)
  • Pictures and the Stories They Tell An Assorted Blend of Photographs and Stories of Rutherford County, Tennessee (Caperton & Daniel, 2009) [name index]*
  • Remembering Rutherford (Tucker, 2010)*
  • Rutherford ... For Real (Tucker, 2011)
  • Rutherford County (Pittard, 1985) [name index]
  • Rutherford County Illustrated: Leaders in Progress (Lamb, 2009) [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, History & Families (Rutherford County Historical Society, 2002) [surname index]*
  • Rutherford County's Civil War (Lamb, 2011) [name index]*
  • Rutherford Ramblings (Tucker, 2014)
  • Rutherford Reflections (Tucker, 2017)
  • Rutherford Rifles and the Struggle for Southern Independence (Lamb, 2012) [name index]*
  • Smyrna (Sorrell, 2014)

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources: Rutherford County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  

Published Local Records
  • 1810 Census [Rutherford County] (Houston, 19??) [name index]
  • 1840 Census of Rutherford County, Tennessee (Rutherford County Historical Society, 1974) [surname index]*
  • 1860 Census, Rutherford County, Tennessee (Phillips, 1970) [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Rutherford County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1998)*
  • Bible and Family Records, Tombstone Inscriptions, Miscellaneous Records (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Cemeteries and Graveyards of Rutherford County, Tennessee (Daniel, 2005) [name index]*
  • Census Records of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1870-1920 [5 vols.] (Walkup, 2000) [surname index in each volume]
  • Civil War in Middle Tennessee (Rutherford County Historical Society, 1998) [alphabetical]
  • Confederate Soldiers of Rutherford County 1861-1865 (Lamb, 2015)  [alphabetical by company in unit;  with name index]
  • County Court Minutes, 1804-1830 [15 vols.] (WPA, 1936-1941) [name index in each volume 1-13, 1804-1827]
  • Death Certificates of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1914-1925 (Mendez, 2003) [alphabetical]
  • Deed Abstracts on Stones River: From Deed Books A, B, C, D, E, F, of Davidson County, Tennessee 1784-1806 (Jones, 2000) [name index]*
  • Fellowship Baptist Church, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Minutes [vol. 1 1827-1900; vol. 2 1901-1977] (Partlow, 1983) [name index in both volumes]
  • First Quarter Century of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and it's [sic] Extended Ministry in Lebanon, Robert O. Neff, Jr. (Neff, 1982)*
  • Hearthstones: The Story of Rutherford County Homes (Hughes, 1993) [name index]*
  • Historical Sketch, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1858-1918 (WPA, 1938)
  • Index to Rutherford County, Tennessee Wills & Administrations, 1804 to 1861 (Sistler, 1990) [alphabetical]*
  • J. Percy Priest Reservoir Project: Cemetery Relocation, Davidson, Wilson and Rutherford Counties, Tennessee (United States. Army. Corps of Engineers, 1966)
  • Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford County, Tennessee: 1804-1813 Earliest Land Grants on Stones, Duck & Elk Rivers [vol. 1 1804-1813; vol. 2 1814-1819; vol. 3 1819-1823] (Marsh, 2001) [name index in each volume]*
  • Marriage Record, 1804-1845 [vol. 1 1804-37; vol. 2 1838-45] (WPA, 1937-1938) [vol.1 groom index and bride index; vol. 2 combined groom & bride index]
  • Marriages of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1804-1872 (Whitley, 1981) [grouped into years, then alphabetical by groom; name index to bride & groom]*
  • Marriages [sic] Licenses of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1873-May 10, 1889 [vol. 1 1873 - May 10, 1889; vol. 2 May 13, 1889 - January 27, 1907] (Mendez, 2002) [both volumes alphabetical by groom, alphabetical by bride]
  • Municipal Officers of Murfreesboro  [mayors, aldermen, treasurers & recorders,  councilmen and commissioners]  (Lamb, 2017)  [name index]
  • Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, TN Polk City Directory: including Rutherford County (R.L. Polk & Co., 1999-2003, 2005-2019)
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ...: Together with ... Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties (Marsh, 1971)
  • North Carolina Revolutionary War Land Grants for Rutherford County, Tennessee (Johns, 200-?) [name index]*
  • Obituaries and Death Notices, People Born Before 1900, Rutherford County, Tennessee (Daniel, 2010) [name index]*
  • Pioneers of Rutherford County, Tennessee: Abstract of County Court Minutes 1804 - 1810 (Wells, 1989) [name index]*
  • Private Acts of Rutherford County, Tennessee (McIntyre, 1995)
  • Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers who Died in Defence of the American Union, Interred in the National Cemeteries at Chattanooga, Stone's River, and Knoxville [vol. 3] (United States. Quartermaster's Dept., 1866) [name index in separate volume]
  • Rutherford County Magistrates (Justices of the Peace), 1804-1978  (Lamb, 2017)  [name index]
  • Rutherford County Officers, 1804-1994 [Court Clerks, Trustees, Sheriffs, Trustees, Tax Collectors and Assessors, Register of Deeds, Surveyors, Coroners  (Lamb, 2017)  [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tenn. Cemeteries [vol. 1 Northwest third of county; vol. 2 Eastern third of county; vol. 3 Southwest third of county] (Rutherford County Historical Society, 1975)*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee 1810 Census... and 1809, 1813 Tax Record Combined [tax lists for 1809-1813 ] (Rutherford County Historical Society, 2006) [census listing alphabetical; each tax year alphabetical]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1850 Census (Porch, 1967) [surname index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Abstracts of Record Books 1-7, 1803-1829 (Daniel, 19??) [surname index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minutes, 1845-1867 (Partlow, 1999) [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, County Court Minutes, 1811-1815 (Wells, 1994) [name index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee Deaths & Estate Settlements [vol. 1 1804-1849*; vol. 2 1850-1861*; vol. 3 1861-1870*;  vol. 4  1870-1880;  vol. 5  1880-1886) (Detwiler, 2008-2014) [name index in each volume]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Deed Abstracts [1804-1810] (Wray, 19??) [name index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Deeds [v.1 1804-1808; vol. 2 1811-1812] (Simmons & Willis, 1996) [surname index in vol. 1; name index in vol. 2]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, General Index to Deeds, Book 1, 1804-1842 (WPA, 1939) [grouped together alphabetically by first letter of surname, grantor then grantee]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, History, Minutes, and Register of the Smyrna Presbyterian Church, 1820-1935 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Rutherford County Tennessee Land Grants (Johns, 200-?) [name index]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1851-1872 (Daughters of the American Revolution, 1975?) [alphabetical by groom with bride index]
  • Rutherford County Tennessee Pioneers Born Before 1800 (Daniel, 2003) [alphabetical]
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Population Schedules of the United States Census, 1820 (Presley, 1970?) [surname index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee, Record Book A, no. 1, 1804-1814 (WPA, 1938)
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee Record Book A, no. 1, 1804-1814 (Lynch, 1980) [name index]*
  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: Tax Lists 1809 - 1813 (2012) [each year grouped by first letter of surname]
  • Salem Methodist Church, Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1812-1975 (Muse, 1976)
  • Some Rutherford County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (Garrett & McClain, 1971) [name index]*
  • Smyrna/La Vergne, Tennessee, City Directory (R.L. Polk & Co., 1994-97)
  • Tax Lists [vol. 1 1809-1813; vol. 2 1849] (WPA, 1938-1939) [both volumes grouped by first letter of surname]
  • Tombstone Inscriptions of Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Porch, 1965) [surname index]
  • Wills and Inventories of Rutherford County, Tennessee [vol. 1 1804-1828; vol. 2 1828-1840] (Marsh, 1998) [name indexes in both volumes]*
  • Wills, Inventories, Settlements, etc., 1804-1832 [vol. 2-3 1804-1816; vol. 4 1816-1820; vol. 5 1820-1823; vol. 6 1824-1827; vol. 7 1827-1830; vol. 8 1830-1832] (WPA, 1936-1938) [name index in each volume]


Local Records on Microfilm 

An inventory of microfilmed Rutherford County records is available on our website. Individual reels of microfilm are also available for purchase.

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1804
  • wills from 1804
  • deed index from 1804
  • chancery court minutes from 1845
  • county court minutes from 1804
  • circuit court minutes from 1849
  • tax books from 1809


The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives:

  • Deed Index -- 1804-1890 (#103, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage records -- 1804-1881 (#243, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Rutherford County (Record Group #107, Roll 71, 1 reel). Roll includes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minutes, Vol. A-K (1804-1817), County Court Minutes, Vols. L-S (1817-1824).*
  • WPA Records, Rutherford County (Record Group #107, Roll 72, 1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minutes, Vols. T-W (1824-1830), Marriage Records, Vol. 1 (1804-1842), Marriage Records, Vol. 2 (1838-1845), General Index to Deed Book I (1804-1842), Tax Lists (1809-1813, 1849) and Wills, Inventories, Settlements, Vols. II-IV (1804-1820).*
  • WPA Records, Rutherford County (Record Group #107, Roll 73, 1 reel). Roll includes Wills, Inventories, Settlements, Vols. V-VIII (1804-1820), Record Book A (1804-1814), History, Minutes & Register of the Smyrna Presbyterian Church (1887-1912), Church Records (undated) and Bible, Family & Tombstone Records, Misc. Records (undated).*


Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspapers were published in Murfreesboro and Smyrna.  Scattered early issues are available from 1820, and a complete run begins in 1931. Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at the Library and Archives is available on our website.


Selected Manuscripts Material
  • Barton-Taylor Family Papers, 1771-1935 (Microfilm Manuscript #451, 1 reel)*
  • Bedford and Rutherford County Scrapbooks, 1900-1968 (Microfilm Manuscript #266, 1 reel)*
  • Betty Family Papers, 1835 - 1935
  • Beulah Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Records. Rutherford County, 1889-1927 (Microfilm Manuscript #768, 1 reel)*
  • Bradley’s Creek Baptist Church Records. Rutherford County, 1819-1904 (Microfilm Manuscript #1469, 1 reel)*
  • Charity Circle Records. Murfreesboro, 1910-1929 and 1941-1979  (Microfilm Manuscript #650, 1 reel)*
  • Dr. Chesley Williams Papers, 1856-1927  (Microfilm Manuscript #1377, 4 reels)*
  • Dr. Harry Mustard Photographic Album. Rutherford County, 1925-1930  (Microfilm Manuscript #1253, 1 reel)*
  • Dyas Collection - John Coffee Papers, 1770-1917  (Microfilm Manuscript #814, 10 reels)*
  • Eagleville Baptist Church (Rutherford County, Tennessee) Records, 1839-2009 (Microfilm Manuscript #1966, 2 reels)*
  • Edmondson Family Papers, 1848-1885
  • First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Records. Murfreesboro, 1899-1975  (Microfilm Manuscript #509, 2 reels)*
  • First Presbyterian Church Records. Murfreesboro, 1812-1967  (Microfilm Manuscript #502, 3 reels)*
  • Florence Baptist Church Records. Rutherford County, 1915-1970  (Microfilm Manuscript #518, 1 reel)*
  • Florence Presbyterian Church Records. Rutherford County, 1913-1928 (Microfilm Manuscript #616, 1 reel)*
  • Francis Jackson Account Book, 1819-1820, 1864 (Microfilm Manuscript #385, 1 reel)*
  • Hilary Ewing Howse Scrapbook, 1909-1963 (Microfilm Manuscript #398, 1 reel)*
  • J. D. Hall Account Book, ca. 1881-1899 (Microfilm Manuscript #618, 1 reel)*
  • James Knox Polk Papers, 1780-1972 (Microfilm Manuscript #805, 3 reels)*
  • John Sumner Russwurm Papers, 1786-1914 (Microfilm Manuscript #1197, 2 reels)*
  • LaVergne Presbyterian Church Records. Rutherford County, 1887-1972 (Microfilm Manuscript #415, 1 reel)*
  • Locks Methodist Episcopal Church, South Records. Rutherford County, 1850-1983 (Microfilm Manuscript #759, 1 reel)*
  • MacLaughlin Family Papers, 1779-1883 (Microfilm Manuscript #1269, 1 reel)*
  • Margaret Travis Gray Genealogical Materials: Travis Ancestors of Emmett Alexander Travis, 1790-(1860-1988)-1996 (Microfilm Manuscript #1778)*
  • Margaret Travis Gray Genealogical Materials: Travis and Related Families, 1790-2001 (Microfilmed Manuscript #1779)*
  • National Bank of Smyrna Records. Rutherford County, 1911-1913 (Microfilm Manuscript #619, 1 reel)*
  • Overall Forks Baptist Church (Rutherford County, Tenn.) Records, 1814-1874 (Microfilm Manuscript #1304, 1 reel)*
  • Patterson Baptist Church Records. Rutherford County, 1902-1983 (Microfilm Manuscript #772, 1 reel)*
  • Ransom Family Papers, 1833-1957 (Microfilm Manuscript #1255, 8 reels)*
  • Rehobeth Methodist Church Records. Rutherford County, 1843-1976 (Microfilm Manuscript #767, 1 reel)*
  • Robert B. Freeman Diaries, 1876-1877, 1885-1886 (Microfilm Manuscript #457, 1 reel)*
  • Rock Springs Church of Christ Records, 1832-1899 (Microfilm Manuscript #1982, 1 reel)*
  • Rock Spring Church of Christ Records. Rutherford County, 1835-1860 (Microfilm Manuscript #170, 1 reel)*
  • Smyrna Methodist Episcopal Church South Records. Rutherford County, 1823-1914  (Microfilm Manuscript #1323, 1 reel)*
  • Travis Windrow Papers, 1808-1899 (Microfilm Manuscript #1424, 3 reels)*
  • Travis Windrow & Azariah R. Dyer Store Ledger, Windrow's Campground, 1866-1888  (Microfilm Manuscript #1783, 1 reel)*
  • Walter Hoover Collection, 1786-1926  (Microfilm Manuscript #61, 1 reel)*
  • William G. Clark Family Letters, 1861-1864 (Microfilm Manuscript #1922, 1 reel) *
  • Windrow General Store Account Books. Rutherford County, 1848-1855 (Microfilm Manuscript #633, 1 reel)*

Search for Manuscripts Material in our Catalog 


Census Records
  • Census on microfilm for Rutherford County:  1810-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Rutherford County census records in book form:  1810, 1820*, 1840*, 1850*, 1860*, 1870, 1880*, 1900, 1910, 1920


Additional Research Aids for Rutherford County

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from the Library and Archives.


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Rutherford County Formation Act


"An Act to erect the counties of Davidson and Williamson into three separate and distinct counties."

SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, That the counties of Davidson and Williamson be divided by a line as follows:  Beginning on the Williamson line, on the extreme height of the ridge dividing the waters of Mill Creek from those of Stone's River; thence with that ridge a southwardly direction to the eastern boundary line of said Williamson County; thence with said line south to the south boundary of this state; thence with the boundary of the state, east to the corner of Wilson County; thence with the Wilson County line north to the corner of said county; thence with the line of said county north sixty one and a half degrees west to the southwest corner of said Wilson County; thence a direct course to the mouth of Sugg's Creek; thence a direct line to the beginning.  And the county so laid off on the east and southeast on the waters of Stone's River, agreeably to the above described lines, be known and distinguished by the name of Rutherford.

SECTION 2. BE IT ENACTED, For the due administration of justice, that the court of said county of Rutherford shall be held by the justices of said county on the first Mondays in March, June, September and December; and the justices of said county are hereby authorized and empowered to hold the first court for the same, at the house of Thomas Rucker; and all subsequent courts for said county on the days above mentioned, for holding courts therein, at any place to which the said justices shall from court to court adjourn, until a court house shall be built for said county of Rutherford; and then all causes, matters and things depending in said court, and all manner of process returnable to the same, shall be adjourned to such court house; and all courts held in and for said county, shall be held by commission to said justices in the same manner and under the same rules and restrictions, and shall have and exercise the same power and jurisdiction as are or shall be prescribed for the courts of the several counties in this state.

SECTION 3. BE IT ENACTED, That the said county of Rutherford be and is hereby declared a part of the district of Mero, in the same manner and for all purposes, civil and military, as it did previous to a division: PROVIDED, that nothing herein contained shall be so construed as to prevent the sheriff or collector of the taxes of Davidson or Williamson counties from collecting the same within the limits of the said county of Rutherford, which are at this time due, in the same manner as if this act had not been passed.



Passed on October 25, 1803

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Rutherford County Bibliography

PLEASE NOTE that the Tennessee State Library and Archives does not hold copies of all of the items listed in this bibliography. Please check the Tennessee State Library and Archives Online Catalog or visit the Ask Us a Question! webpage to contact the Library and Archives and verify we have an item in our collection. We will respond to e-mail requests promptly; response time may vary, depending on the amount of research required to answer your question and the unique nature of your request. If you need immediate assistance you may call the reference desk at (615) 741-2764 or visit us in person.

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Rutherford County in General
  • Baskin, Robert W. History of Blackman community. Murfreesboro, the author, 1986. 132 pp.
  • Baumstark, Michael P. Recreational demand study for Rutherford County. MTSU thesis, 1971. pp.
  • Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Rutherford County, Preliminary #6). Nashville, TSLA, 1968. 63 pp.
  • Borden, Elizabeth. "Blacksmith lore: Joe Hansberry, master blacksmith. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 50 (1985), pp. 10-21.
  • Davis, Charlene J. The geology of the LaVergne quadrangle, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1959. 32 pp.
  • Dowden, M.L. Seasonal costs of producing & marketing cream in Rutherford County, TN, 1947-48. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1949. 35 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #250)
  • Dowden, M.L. Seasonal costs of producing & marketing fluid milk in Rutherford County, TN, 1947-48. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1949. 35 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #242).
  • Downen, M.L. Seasonal costs of producing & marketing milk for manufacturing purposes in Rutherford County, TN, 1947-48. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Station, 1949. 38 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #246)
  • Flood insurance study: Rutherford County, TN, unincorporated areas. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1983. 40 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: Rutherford County, TN, unincorporated areas (rev. Oct. 17, 1989). Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1989. 42 pp.
  • Frow Chips. Vol. 1, Sept. 1971-. (monthly) Rutherford County Hist. Soc.
  • Galloway, Jesse J. Geology & natural resources of Rutherford County, TN. Nashville, TN Div. Geol., 1919. 81 pp. (its Bulletin #22)
  • George Peabody College for Teachers. Division of Surveys & Field Services. Public schools of Rutherford County, TN; a survey report. Nashville, 1958. 223 pp.
  • Glass, P.T. "Sketch of Henry Rutherford. " AHM 5 (1900), pp. 225-229.
  • Goodspeed's history of TN (Rutherford County, pp. 810-940, 1019-1076). Goodspeed, 1886.
  • Goodwin, Sarah J., et al., comps. Westbrooks, Williams & related Smothermans of Rutherford County TN, with histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church.  Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Hist. Soc., 1984. 306 pp.
  • Greene, Samuel. Availability of education to Negroes in Rutherford County, TN. Fisk U. thesis, 1940. pp.
  • Hankins, Caneta S. Hearthstones: the story of Rutherford County homes. Murfreesboro, Oaklands Association, Inc. in cooperation with the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU, 1993. 107 pp.
  • A history of Rutherford County schools to 1972. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Retired Teachers Assn., 1986. 2 vols.
  • Hoffschwelle, Mary S. "Organizing rural communities for change: the Commonwealth Fund Child Health Demonstration in Rutherford County, 1923-1927. " THQ (Fall, 1994), pp. 154-164.
  • Houston, Gary B. A survey of the legal needs of the poor in Rutherford & Cannon counties, TN.  N.p., 1967. 29 pp.
  • Hughes, Mary B. Hearthstones: the story of Rutherford County homes. Murfreesboro, Mid-south, 1942. 68 pp. (reprinted, 1960, 69 pp.; fifteen additional homes are added in the second edition)
  • Hughes, Travis H. The geology of the Gladeville quadrangle, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1960. 35 pp.
  • Intercultural contact: the Japanese in Rutherford County, TN [videocassette]. Knoxville, UT, 1986. (1 videocassette, 29 min.)
  • Ivey, John B. Geology of Cedars of Lebanon State Park & vicinity, Wilson & Rutherford counties, TN. Vanderbilt U. thesis, 1950. 52 pp.
  • Jacobs, Lucile F. Duck River Valley in TN & its pioneers. N.p., 1968. 124 pp.
  • Jarman, Brenda S. "Ailin' animals: folk treatments collected in Rutherford County, TN. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 44 (1978), pp. 55-65.
  • Jarmon, Laura C. Arbors to bricks: a hundred years of African-American education in Rutherford County, TN, 1865 to 1965. Murfreesboro, MTSU Div. Cont. Studies & Pub. Ser., 1994. 144 pp.
  • Kirkeminde, Patricia B. "The confessions of Willis Mayberry. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 30 (1964), pp. 7-21.
  • Laniers, Doris, ed. "Mary Noailles Murfree: an interview. " THQ 31 (1972), pp. 276-278.
  • Lokey, James L. History of dairying in Rutherford County, TN. George Peabody College thesis, 1937. pp.
  • Lowe, Maggie J. "The murder of Manroe Bynum. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 20 (1954), pp. 9-13.
  • Lowe, Maggie J. "An old ballad composer of the nineties. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 19 (1953), pp. 83-94.
  • Luebke, B.H. Farm real estate situation in five areas of TN, 1941-1944. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1945. 52 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #185)
  • Middle TN State College. History of Rutherford County. Murfreesboro, MTSC, 1939. 52 pp.
  • Miller, Clarice. Central Christian Church early history. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Hist. Soc., 1986. 111 pp. (Rutherford County Hist. Soc. Pub. #27)
  • Miller, Julia C. The status of women in industry in Rutherford County. MTSU thesis, 1969. pp.
  • Mooers, Charles A. The soils of Rutherford County. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1924. 27 pp. (its Bulletin # 130)
  • Muse, Lucia S. Salem Methodist Church, Rutherford County, TN, 1812-1975. Nashville, TN Society, NSDAR, 1976. 51 pp.
  • Mustard, Harry S. Cross sections of rural health progress: report of the Commonwealth Fund Child Health Demonstration in Rutherford County, TN, 1924-1928. NY, Commonwealth Fund, 1930. 23 pp.
  • Nashville MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 55 pp.
  • Ordanbadian, Reza. Rutherford County: a study in onomastics. Auburn U. dissertation, 1968. 250 pp. (place names)
  • Pittard, Homer P. Legends & stories of Civil War Rutherford County. George Peabody College thesis, 1940. 132 pp.
  • Pittard, Mabel, comp. A history of Rutherford County in pictures. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Hist. Soc., 1990. 128 pp.
  • Pittard, Mabel. Rutherford County. Memphis, MSU Press, 1985. 137 pp.
  • Puckett, Liz. "Stories from the tack room. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 46 (1980), pp. 45-83.
  • Ransom, Robert G. The history of medicine in Rutherford County, TN. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Historical Society, 1985. 5 vols. (Vol. 1: Introduction & overview of the history of medicine in the county; Vol. 2: Biographies of nineteenth century physicians; Vol. : 3 Biographies of twentieth century physicians; Vol. 4: History of Rutherford Hospital (now the Middle TN Medical Center);Vol. 5: History of Rutherford County Health Dept.)
  • Ross, Robert M. Grade A milk producers in Rutherford County, TN. Problem A: Characteristics of Rutherford County Grade A milk producers & their farms; problem B: Management practices of Rutherford County Grade A milk producers; problem C: Factors influencing dairy management practice adoption by Rutherford County Grade A milk producers. (three related problems in lieu of thesis. UT, 1966. 155 pp.)
  • Rutherford County Historical Publication. Vol. 1, 1973-. (quarterly) Rutherford County Hist. Soc.
  • Rutherford County home demonstration: plan of work, 1940. Murfreesboro, Home Demonstration Clubs, 1940. 39 pp.
  • Salmon, Lourene. "The tale of the mysterious barrel & other 'haint' tales collected in Big Springs."  TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 37 (1971), pp. 59-72.
  • Sims, Carlton C., ed. A history of Rutherford County. Murfreesboro, n.p., 1947. 236 pp. (reprinted, 1981)
  • Soil survey, Rutherford County, TN. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1977. 95 pp.
  • Southern Assoc. of Colleges & Schools. Visiting Comm. Evaluative study made in Rutherford County Central High School, Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro, 1951. 106 pp.
  • Spence, John C. The annals of Rutherford County. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Hist. Soc. (vol. 1, 1799-1828 (1991), 265 pp.; vol. 2, 1829-1870 (1991), 306 pp.)
  • Spence, John C. A diary of the Civil War. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Hist. Soc., 1993. 164 pp.
  • Stanfield, Elizabeth P. "Selected social correspondence of Miss Eleanor Hardin Jackson of Rutherford County, 1861-1865. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 41 (1975), pp. 9-18.
  • TN Dept. Transportation [county maps ] issued periodically.
  • US Geol. Survey [topographic maps ] issued periodically. Quadrangles: Lavergne, Gladeville, Vine, Smyrna, Walterhill, Lascassas, College Grove, Rockvale, Murfreesboro, Dalton, Readyville, Chapel Hill, Rover, Fosterville, Webbs Jungle, Beech Grove, Deason.
  • US Soil Conservation Service. Soils interpretations, Rutherford County, TN. Nashville, Mid-Cumberland Council of Governments, 1977. 37 pp.
  • Walker, Watson F. Ten years of rural health work, Rutherford County, TN, 1924-1933. NY, Commonwealth Fund, 1935. 82 pp.
  • Walker, Watson F. & Caroline R. Randolph. Influences of a public health program: fifteen years in Rutherford County, TN, 1924-1938. NY, Commonwealth Fund, 1940. 106 pp.
  • Weeks, Terry. Heart of TN: the story & images of historic Rutherford County. Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 1992. 205 pp.
  • West, Carroll V. "The money our fathers were accustomed to": banks & political culture in Rutherford County, TN, 1800-1850." Wm. & Mary College dissertation, 1982. 245 pp.

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  • Dyer, Minnie F. The history of Eagleville. Eagleville, n.p., 1972. 158 pp.

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  • Rutherford County Bicentennial Comm. Griffith: a bicentennial publication. N.p., the commission, 1976. 60 pp.

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  • Flood insurance study: city of LaVergne, TN, Cheatham County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1983. 19 pp.

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Middle Tennessee State University
  • MTSU. Bulletin. Vol. 1-12, June 1911-1923; New Ser., Vol. 1-2, Aug. 1923- Apr. 1925; [3rd ser.] Vol. 1-, June 1925-. Frequency varies. (volumes for 1911-25 issued by the university under its earlier name: Middle TN State Normal School; 1925-30, Middle TN State Teachers College; 1930- 43, State Teachers College; 1943-65, Middle TN State College; 1965- , Middle TN State University)
  • MTSU magazine. Vol. 1, no. 1, Mar. 1993-. (monthly). MTSU.
  • Nunley, Joe E. The Raider forties. NY, Vantage Press, 1977. 115 pp.
  • Pittard, Homer. The first fifty years. Photography by Dr. Bealer Smotherman. Murfreesboro, Middle TN State College, 1961. 273 pp.
  • Pittard, Homer P. Middle TN State College: its historical aspects & its relation to significant teacher education movement. George Peabody College dissertation, 1957. 471 pp.
  • Woodmore, Thomas B. Up the winding stairs. Murfreesboro, the author, 1984. 168 pp.

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  • Flood insurance study: city of Murfreesboro, TN, Rutherford County. ( rev. June 2, 1994). Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1994. 1 v.
  • Henderson, C.C. The story of Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro, News-Banner, 1929. 145 pp.
  • Howse, Elisabeth O. Flowers for Grace. N.p., Mrs. Granville S. Ridley, Jr., 1972. 152 pp.
  • Llewellyn, Ralph M. "Others have labored" : a sesquicentennial address on the early history of the First Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro, TN, Sunday, Apr. 29, 1962. Murfreesboro, n.p., 1962. 25 pp.
  • Murfreesboro Regional Plan. Comm. School survey & plans for city of Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro, n.p., 1948. 31 pp.
  • Mutual Realty & Loan Company. Handbook of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County, TN. Murfreesboro,Home Journal Print., 1923. 128 pp.
  • Pittard, Homer. Pillar & ground. Photography by Archie King, et al. Murfreesboro, First Baptist Church, 1968. 166 pp.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers. Flood plain information study, Murfreesboro, TN, West Fork Stones River, Lytle & Sinking Creeks. Main report. Prepared for the city of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County Plan. Comm. by the US Army Engineer District, Nashville, Corps of Engineers. N.d., 1965. 32 pp.
  • Weatherford, Sally E. "Profile of a Murfreesboro quilt maker & her craft. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 44 (1978), pp. 108-114.
  • White, Robert H. "TN's four capitols. " ETHSP 6 (1934), pp. 29-43. (reprinted in TN old & new , vol. 1, pp. 319-332.)

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  • Herndon, Joseph L. & Mary L. Oehrlein. Historic structures report, Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, TN, for the Oaklands Assoc., Inc. Washington, D.C., Building Conservation Technology, 1978. 57 pp.
  • McBride, Robert M. "Oaklands: a venerable host, a renewed welcome. " THQ 22 (1963), pp. 303-322.
  • McConnell, Virginia, et al. Oaklands, a look at its past. N.p., 1987. 33 pp. (in partial fulfillment for the requirements for Historic Preservation 433, TSU)

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Sam Davis Home
  • Baird, Mary R., comp. Home of Sam Davis, Smyrna, TN: a state shrine of a southern scout, under management of the Sam Davis Memorial Association, Smyrna, TN. Smyrna, the compiler, n.d. 48 pp.
  • Meredith, Owen N. "The Sam Davis home. " THQ 24 (1965), pp. 303-320.

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  • Baird, Mary, comp. A history of the First Baptist Church of Smyrna. N.p., 1954. 22 pp.
  • Coleman, Nell E., comp. A history of the Smyrna Methodist Church, 1872- 1955. N.p., 1955. 88 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: town of Smyrna, TN, Rutherford County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1982. 17 pp.
  • Floods in Stewart Creek & Harts Branch, Smyrna, TN. Nashville, US Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, 1976. 32 pp.
  • Hoover, Walter K. A history of the town of Smyrna, TN. Nashville, McQuiddy, 1968. 559 pp.

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Nissan Corporation
  • Egerton, Jolin. Nissan in TN. Smyrna, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp., USA, 1983. 127 pp.
  • Hammer, Joshua. "Stretching their productivity as well as their limbs, auto- workers in TN go Japanese. (Nissan truck assembly plant in Smyrna.) " People Weekly 66 (Oct. 24, 1983), pp. 38-41.
  • Springs, Ricardo. Pilot case study: the decision by Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. USA to build a light truck assembly plant in Smyrna, TN. Washington, D.C., US Dept. Transp., 1981. 78 pp.
  • Tokyo in TN. [videocassette]. NY, Carousel Films, 1983. 1 videocassette, 16 min. (a segment from the television program 60 Minutes)
  • Woods, Mike. "A look at Smyrna: the Nissan impact. " Pub. Man. 66 (June 1984), pp. 3-5.

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Battle of Stones River/Stones River National Battlefield
  • The Battle of Stones River. N.p., Eastern Acorn Press, 1987. 55 pp. (articles originally appearing in Civil War Times Illustrated)
  • The Battle of Stones River. Jamestown, VA, Eastern Acorn Press, 1991. 55 pp.
  • Bearss, Edwin C. "Cavalry operations in the Battle of Stones River. " THQ 19 (1960), pp. 23-53, 110-144.
  • Bickham, William D. Rosecrans' campaign with the fourteenth army corps, or the Army of the Cumberlands: a narrative of personal observations with official reports of the Battle of Stone River. Cincinnati, OH, Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1863. 467 pp.
  • Byrne, Stephen C. An archeological survey of the visitor center addition & parking lot expansion, Stones River National Battlefield, Rutherford County, TN. Tallahassee, FL, National Park Service, Southeast Archaeological Battlefield, 1990. 12 pp.
  • Comstock, Rock L. Museum prospectus for Stones River National Military Park. N.p., 1959. 119 pp.
  • Cozzens, Peter. No better place to die: the battle of Stones River. Chicago, U. IL Press, 1990. 281 pp.
  • Fitch, John. Annals of the Army of the Cumberland: comprising biographies, descriptions of departments, accounts of expeditions, skirmishes, & battles; also its police record of spies, smugglers, & prominent rebel emissaries. Together with anecdotes, incidents, poetry, reminiscences, etc. & official reports of the battle of Stone River. By an officer. Illustrated with steel portraits, word engravings, & maps. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1863. 671 pp. (various editions)
  • Hascall, Milo S. Personal recollections & experiences: concerning the Battle of Stone River. Goshen, IL, Times Pub. Co., 1889. 22 pp. (a paper read by request before the Illinois Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the US, at Chicago, IL., Feb. 14, 1889)
  • Horn, Stanley F. The Battle of Stones River. N.p., Eastern Acorn Press, 1983. 15 pp. (first published in Civil War Times Illustrated)
  • Logsdon, David R. Eyewitnesses at the Battle of Stones River. Nashville, the author, 1989. 82 pp.
  • McDonough, James L. "The last days at Stones River: experiences of a Yank & a Reb. " THQ 40 (1981), pp. 3-12.
  • McDonough, James L. Stones River: bloody winter in TN. Knoxville, UT Press, 1980. 271 pp.
  • Murfree, Mary N. [pseud. Charles E. Craddock]. Where the battle was fought. Boston, Osgood, 1884. 423 pp. (fiction)
  • Phisterer, Frederick. The regular brigade of the Fourteenth army corps, the Army of the Cumberland, in the battle of Stone River, or Murfreesboro, TN, from Dec. 31st, 1862, to Jan. 30, 1863, both dates inclusive. N.p., 1883. 30 pp.
  • Rosecrans, William S. Report on the Battle of Murfreesboro, TN. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1863. 571 pp.
  • Stevenson, Alexander F. The Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro, TN, Dec. 30, 1862-Jan. 3, 1863... Boston, MA, J.R. Osgood, 1884. 197 pp.
  • Taylor, Martha S. Shiloh, again!: the story of Stones River & the Battle of Murfreesboro, TN.  Huntsville, AL, the author, 1989. 50 pp.
  • Thruston, Gates P. Personal recollections of the battle in the rear at Stone's River, TN. Nashville, Brandon, 1906. 21 pp.
  • US National Park Service. Denver Services Center. Draft general management plan & draft development concept plan for Stones River National Battlefield & Cemetery, Murfreesboro, TN.  Denver, CO, National Park Service, US Dept. of the Interior, 1979. 145 pp.
  • Vance, Wilson. Stone's River, the turning-point of the Civil War. NY, Neale Pub. Co., 1914. 72 pp.
  • Willett, Ann W. A history of Stones River National Military Park. MTSC thesis, 1958. 155 pp.
  • Womack, Bob. "Stone's River National Military Park. " THQ 21 (1962), pp. 303-317.

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  • Nance, R. Fred & John W. Nance, comps. The history of Versailles, tenth district, & its people.  Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Hist. Soc., 1983. 303 pp.
  • Arnette, Charles B. From Mink Slide to Main Street. Murfreesboro, the author, 1991. 244 pp.
  • Arnette, Charles B. The history of the East Main Church of Christ. Murfreesboro, the author, 1988. 436 pp.
  • Bell, Ed. The lonely people & their strange ways. Selections compiled & edited by Robert Lasseter. Murfreesboro, n.p., 1951. 166 pp.
  • Donaldson, John G. Murfreesboro annexation study. Knoxville, MTAS, 1958. 42 pp.
  • Edwards, Charles D. & Linzy D. Albert. Master plan for recreation, Murfreesboro, TN. Nashville, n.p., 1952. 56 pp.
  • Flood insurance study: city of Murfreesboro, TN, Rutherford County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1983. 18 pp.

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