History of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office

The Shelby County Archives maintains much of the historical information regarding law enforcement in Shelby Shelby County Jail 1876County from the early 1800's to the present.

Our Old Courthouse building and Shelby County Archives building, are listed as historic places. The Shelby County Archives building formerly housed the County Jail before the Criminal Justice Center Complex was built.

The Memphis Public Library also has a wealth of news clippings, old photos and other memorabilia about the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

On this page is a photo of an early engraving of the Shelby County Jail from 1876. You may find out more items of historical significance by visiting one of the links below.

Take a look into the past with historical Sheriff's Office publications. Available to download and view from the links listed here.
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