Mary Harris speaking on The Land and People Before Oak Ridge.
Mary S. Harris was appointed County Historian by the Anderson County Board of Commissioners on December 18, 1989.
Prior to that in 1961, she worked in the Clerk and Master’s Office Chancery Court for Anderson County. She was appointed and sworn in as Deputy Clerk and Master by J. E. Lawson on 6 April 1967.
She continued at that job until 1974 when she left to work full time in her husband’s business until she retired in 1988.
Not satisfied with retirement, she returned to volunteer her time working three days a week cleaning and sorting old records in the courthouse vault.
Finally, on April 6, 1993, at the insistence of County Executive Dave Bowling, she agreed to a full-time position as Records Custodian.
For the next few years, she attended the annual Archive Summit Conferences held in Nashville and other parts of the state, conducted by the Tennessee Department of State and The University of Tennessee. For her efforts, she received certificates for: “Processing County Records” – “Archives Management & Design” and “Reference & Public Service of the Tennessee Archives Institute.”
These certificates, which were issued jointly by the Tennessee Department of State and the University of Tennessee, qualified her for a final certificate issued by the Department of State, which recognizes her as a “Certified Archives Manager.”
As of today, she is still at work as Anderson County Historian and Records Custodian.