The Permanent Collection 
The Davidson County Historical Museum began its permanent collection in the years following its establishment in 1976. The Collection serves as the foundation of our mission, and thanks to the generosity of many Davidson County citizens sharing their historic treasures with us over the years, we are proud to have built a collection capable of supporting our exhibition, educational and research programs.  Approximately 30,000 individual objects, images and archival items relating to the people, places and events of Davidson County, are housed in the Museum.  Each is cataloged, stored and maintained according to best practices within the field of museums and cultural repositories.  Digital catalog records for approximately 50% the Collection have been added to our Collections Database, now available online.

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The Permanent Collection

Peek into our storage rooms with the Online Collections Database. Search for records using key words, or simply browse.

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H. Lee Waters Collection

One County. One Photographer. Half a Century... See more of this one of a kind photography collection at

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Caring for your Family Heirlooms

Need help caring for your home collections? Find conservation resources here.