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...

Highlighted Programs

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

Obion River Regional Library Legislative Day in Martin Feb. 13, 2017
Obion River Regional Library Hosts Legislative Day
Representatives from seven West Tennessee counties gathered in Martin Feb. 13 to discuss a range of issues affecting the state’s public libraries. The event was organized by the Obion River Regional Library, which is part of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
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Hundreds of Students Compete to Qualify for Tennessee History Day
Beginning this week, hundreds of middle and high school students from across the state will compete for the right to participate in Tennessee History Day. History Day is a competition in which students submit projects, either individually or in groups, on historical topics of their choice, related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.”
WWI Veteran Lt. Harry Clemons of the 115th Field Artillery Regiment (Courtesy: Tennessee State Library & Archives)
Effort to Digitize World War I Artifacts Heads to Blount 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 in 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.
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Library and Archives to Sponsor National History Bee Regional Finals
The Tennessee State Library and Archives has entered into a partnership to sponsor a regional final for National History Bee, an academic quiz competition that attracts tens of thousands of participating students each year.

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