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.

The Treasure Vault: Library & Archives Digital Magazine

"Treasures from the Vault" is a magazine, intended for use in digital and print formats, which helps readers better understand what goes...

Highlighted Programs

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

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

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...

Library & Archives Videos

A documentary on the building and grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol.

A documentary on the building and functions of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The video, which has a running time of just under 30 minutes, is narrated by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. It covers some of the highlights of Henry...

An in-depth look at the Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners Records (Record Group 3) held at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Finding World War I Ancestors

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: From Little Bighorn to Vietnam

Drawing of a man with the word Tennessee on his shirt presenting a ballot box to a woman
New Online Collection Chronicles Tennessee's Role in Granting Women the Right to Vote
Nearly 100 years ago, Tennessee played a pivotal role in granting women across the country the right to vote. Now the Tennessee State Library & Archives has a new online collection that highlights that watershed moment in the nation's history, titled "Women's Suffrage: Tennessee and the Passage of the 19th Amendment."
Collage showing old pictures and family records including names and places of birth
Library & Archives Adds Digital Collection of Family Histories
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. Barbara Long," traces the lines of 33 families with roots in east Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Alabama. Dr. Long, a professional psychiatrist who is also an avid amateur genealogist, collected the information while researching her own family's history.
Rendering of Kingsport Public Library renovations
Kingsport Public Library to Receive $100,000 Library Construction Grant
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.
Library & Archives Conservation Manager Carol Roberts
Free Workshop on Tennessee's Folk Traditions July 30
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. From hog killings to sorghum making to wash days to building railroads and banjos, the old ways of life in our communities have been passed down from generation to generation. Fortunately, these traditions of the past are not lost - the Tennessee State Library & Archives holds a vast collection of material about them.

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