Tennessee State Library & Archives

Online Resources

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring...

Tennessee Electronic Library

A collection of 40+ databases that provide access to over 400,000 magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books,...

The files located in the Tennessee Supreme Court Cases represent an especially valuable resource for historical and genealogical research at the...

The TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive) is a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. New materials are added every day, featuring prints...

A partial index to the hundreds of thousands of photographs and images held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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"Treasures from the Vault" is published quarterly to help readers understand what goes on behind the scenes at the Tennessee State...

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Throughout its history, the Volunteer State has been home to many people who have had significant impact on the state, the country and even the...

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (2011-2015), the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is sending teams of archivists...

We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in the classroom! The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is a great resource...

Library & Archives Videos

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...

People don't usually associate libraries with murder and mayhem. However, when Brian Allison was researching his book, "Murder and...

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Women's Suffrage Movement

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Preserving Tennessee Folkways

2007 plans for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building on Bicentennial Mall
Secretary Hargett: Library and Archives Can’t Afford More Funding Delays
As the legislative session winds down, I am cautiously optimistic that the General Assembly will include funding for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building in the next state budget. I am optimistic because I have heard from many House and Senate members who support funding for the new building. But I am also cautious because I believe there are some lingering misconceptions about this project.
WWI Veteran Lt. Harry Clemons of the 115th Field Artillery Regiment (Courtesy: Tennessee State Library and Archives)
Effort to Digitize World War I Artifacts Heads to Williamson County
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle on April 6, 1917, eventually mobilizing 130,000 soldiers from Tennessee. Countless other Tennesseans helped relief organizations like the Red Cross, organized scrap metal drives, manufactured war materials and provided other support for the war effort on the homefront.
Artist rendering of The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson
Library & Archives Hosts Free Workshop on Andrew Jackson
Born 250 years ago this month, Andrew Jackson remains one of Tennessee's most iconic and controversial political figures. The former United States president is celebrated for his popularity with common folk and his military skills, but reviled for his headstrong temperament and his troubling relations with Native Americans.
Remembering Sen. Doug Henry - Tennessee Statesman
Sen. Douglas Henry was one of the most distinguished as well as the longest serving member of Tennessee General Assembly. There was simply no one else like him.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and promotes library and archival development throughout the state.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov