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

Dr. Susan Knowles
Lecture Series: Unfolding History in the Tennessee Supreme Court Case Files
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 for its pinkish-gray coloring and ease of polishing, has been used in many buildings across the country.
The Tennessee Senate chamber in 1920 at the moment the clerk counted the historic vote on women's suffrage.
Free Workshop on New Digital Collection About Women's Voting Rights
Tennessee played a pivotal role in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. During a hot summer in 1920, Tennessee became the final state needed to meet a requirement that three-fourths of states approve the amendment in order for it to become federal law.
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.

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