Tennessee State Library & 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...

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...

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.

Map expert Murray Hudson's lecture at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) taking participants on a journey that begins along...

Veteran genealogist Jim Long will use case studies to demonstrate how even small bits of information can lead to important discoveries found among...

Free Exhibit Showcasing Historic Photographs Opens at Library & Archives
As the saying goes, a picture can be worth a thousand words. That's especially true in historical research, where old portrait photographs can tell us about the mannerisms, clothing, hairstyles and even cultural norms of people who lived decades ago. That's one of the reasons why the Tennessee State Library & Archives has opened a new exhibit showcasing some of the thousands of photographic portraits it has collected on behalf of the state's residents.
Library & Archives Distributes Federal Grant Funds to Organizations Throughout Tennessee
The Tennessee State Library & Archives is distributing more than $30,000 worth of federal grant funds to 15 organizations across the state to help preserve important historical records. These funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including purchasing storage equipment such as shelving and boxes, hiring temporary staff for specialized records preservation projects, training archives personnel, or creating digital versions of records.
Notable Scholar Lisa M. Budreau Lectures on World War I's Aftermath
Although the United States was a relatively late entry into World War I, the conflict took an enormous toll on American lives. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 100,000 American deaths were attributed to the war, plus twice as many injuries. In a free lecture at the Tennessee State Library & Archives, historian Lisa M. Budreau will discuss the war's impact and how Americans sought to commemorate those who had died.
Special Events Could Affect Traffic April 23, April 30
Tennessee State Library & Archives patrons should be aware of special events that could affect traffic patterns on April 23 and April 30.

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