News and Updates

Dr. Susan Knowles
Tennessee is famous for many things, but some people may not realize the state once was a hotbed for the marble industry. Tennessee marble, known for its pinkish-gray coloring and ease of polishing, has been used in many buildings across the country.
Sign that says  "I'm registered to vote. Are you?" National Voter Registration Month
Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to use #GoVoteTN on social media as a way to encourage others to register to vote.
Children writing as their teacher watches over them
Tennessee's first ever statewide Student Mock Election is off to an amazing start. As of today, more than 170 schools across the state are registered to participate, meaning an estimated 76,000 students will do something most kids can't: vote for president of the United States.
Graphic that says The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, The University of Tennessee Knoxville Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
The Volunteer State’s economy is climbing into unchartered territory, reaching heights well above the peak experienced before the Great Recession, according to a report released Thursday by the Secretary of State’s office.
Sign that says Business Entity Filings, Corporations, Limited Liability Corporations, Limited Liability Partnerships
The Division of Business Services has a new online feature that allows business entities formed outside the state of Tennessee to complete an application for certificate of authority, upload a current certificate of existence from their home state and pay filing fees online using a credit or debit c
The words "Student Mock Election" in red repeated three times
This fall students across Tennessee will be able to do something most kids can't: vote for president of the United States.
The Tennessee Senate chamber in 1920 at the moment the clerk counted the historic vote on women's suffrage.
Tennessee played a pivotal role in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
Two women walking into a polling location with a sign on the door that says "Vote Here Photo ID Required"
The Division of Elections would like to remind Tennesseans how to make voting in the August 4 state primary and county general election go as smoothly as possible. 281,269 voters cast early or absentee ballots ahead of Election Day.
Drawing of a man with the word Tennessee on his shirt presenting a ballot box to a woman
Nearly 100 years ago, Tennessee played a pivotal role in granting women across the country the right to vote.
Sign that says Early Voting
Tennesseans are showing up to vote early in the August 4 state primary and county general election. So far a total of 124,433 voters have voted early or cast absentee ballots.
Collage showing old pictures and family records including names and places of birth
The Tennessee State Library & Archives has added an online collection of material that tracks dozens of family histories across several states. The material, titled "The Genealogical Research Files of Dr.
Sign with an arrow that says "Vote Here"
Early voting for the August 4 state primary and county general election is now underway. Voting will continue Mondays through Saturdays and end Saturday, July 30.
Rendering of Kingsport Public Library renovations
The Tennessee State Library & Archives would like to announce the Kingsport Public Library is being awarded a $100,000 library construction grant to renovate its children's area.
Logo showing a guitar with tri-stars that says NASS Nashville 2016 Summer Conference
Secretaries of State and state government representatives from 40 states and the U.S. Territorial Island of Guam are convening this week at the Renaissance Nashville for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2016 Summer Conference, which runs from July 14 to July 17.
Library & Archives Conservation Manager Carol Roberts
Tennessee is a state rich with folk traditions. By studying oral history interviews and song recordings, we can learn a lot about how people lived during simpler times.
Pencil and paper showing handwritten fantasy football sports stats
The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming has a new name. Effective July 1, it’s now the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming.
Students Deanna Upchurch, Hannah Robbins and Eli Harrison accept awards at National History Day 2016.
Six Tennessee students finished among the top ten in their categories at National History Day this month.
Alisha J. Hines, a researcher from Duke University, is working on a project at the Library & Archives as part of the Wills Research Fellowship program.
A researcher from Duke University will be visiting the Tennessee State Library & Archives this week to study the migrations of African-American women along the Mississippi River corridor following the Civil War.
As Memorial Day approaches, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is commemorating the 100-year anniversary of World War I by launching a new digital collection on TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive).
An economic report released by the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday shows Tennessee’s economy continues to grow in 2016 with no signs of stopping any time soon.
As the saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. That's especially true in historical research, where old portrait photographs can tell us about the mannerisms, clothing, hairstyles and even cultural norms of people who lived decades ago.
The Tennessee State Library & Archives is distributing more than $30,000 worth of federal grant funds to 15 organizations across the state to help preserve important historical records.
Although the United States was a relatively late entry into World War I, the conflict took an enormous toll on American lives. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 100,000 American deaths were attributed to the war, plus twice as many injuries.
Tennessee voter registration forms
Tennesseans are two steps closer to being able to register to vote online. This morning the House passed HB1742. This comes on the heels of the Senate unanimously passing SB1626 on Monday.