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...

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Women's Suffrage Movement

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Preserving Tennessee Folkways

Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: From Little Bighorn to Vietnam

Library and Archives patrons using microfilm machines
Library and Archives Provides Copies of Vital Records to Gatlinburg Wildfire Victims
When Sarah Jo Myrick and her husband Robert evacuated their Gatlinburg home ahead of the fast-approaching wildfire in late November, they were rightly more concerned about their safety than their possessions.
Cover of Murder & Mayhem in Nashville by Brian Allison
Author to Discuss "Murder and Mayhem in Nashville" During Free Lecture
People don't usually associate libraries with murder and mayhem. However, when Brian Allison was researching his book, "Murder and Mayhem in Nashville," he frequently relied on material from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to help him flesh out the sometimes gory details about the city's history.
Tennessee Archives Institute participants practice cleaning historical documents.
Library and Archives Recognizes Recent Tennessee Archives Institute Graduates
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is proud to recognize eight recent graduates of the Tennessee Archives Institute. The Library and Archives annually hosts the institute, a two-and-a-half day series of workshops on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation. In order to graduate from the program with a certificate of archival management, archivists must complete three years of training. The institute provides participants with opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with other archivists and records keepers from across the state.
An early Tennessee land record
Early Tennessee Land Records Available at the Library and Archives
In Tennessee's pioneer days, settlers often had access to one form of currency: land. With the scarcity of cash money, land was the most important form of wealth, commerce and entrepreneurial activity in early Tennessee, as well as the chief magnet that drew people to this area.

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