Tennessee State Library and Archives

Online Resources

The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections. The Bible records...

Map of Davidson County Tennessee from 1907

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...

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.

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...

TSLA 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...

Internet Usage Survey Now Available
Surveying people online about their access to Internet service presents something of a Catch-22. Tennesseans are being encouraged to participate in a survey conducted by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) about Internet access, particularly access to the high-speed version of the service. The problem is, the survey is online. But if you don't have service, you can still visit your public library to complete the survey.
Training Program Highly Popular With Public Library Board Trustees
About one-third of the state's public library board members have already signed up for a certification program created by the Tennessee State Library and Archives within the first six months of the program's existence.
State Archivists to Visit Rhea County in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Dayton on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for the online exhibit “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee,” which commemorates the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.
From Little Bighorn to Vietnam: Workshop Lecturer Documents the Seventh Cavalry's History
J.L. "Bud" Alley was a participant in one of the bloodiest battles during the Vietnam War, which was fought in the Ia Drang Valley in November of 1965. For years afterward, Alley struggled to make sense of how the events of that day fit into historical context. His soul-searching and research led him to write The Ghosts of the Green Grass, a narrative nonfiction story of his experiences and those of others who served in the Second Battalion Seventh U.S. Cavalry.

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