If you are interested in copies from a manuscript collection, please e-mail the Tennessee State Library and Archives first, so that staff can determine the number of pages and confirm the final cost for copying. If you know the name of the collection, the box and folder number, and/or the exact item(s), please include this information in your e-mail. Our manuscripts research fee is $10.00; residents of Tennessee (with a current Tennessee postal address) pay a $5 fee. The fee includes up to twenty photocopies, and postage, with additional copies 50¢ per page.
The manuscript collection finding aids & guide, the governor's papers finding aids, the guide to manuscript materials on microfilm and the state record group collection finding aids are available on our web site. E-mail the Library and Archives for assistance with locating an item in our manuscripts collection. The Library and Archives 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.
Please note: Archival materials are available for retrieval between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you know you will need materials between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, please call ahead to the Public Services section at 615-741-2764 or e-mail the Library and Archives. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Many manuscript collections are available on microfilm and can be borrowed on interlibrary loan .