News and Updates

Students working on a project
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 civics essay contest, an annual initiative created to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. Students were asked to write about citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level.
Exterior of the future Tennessee State Library and Archives at night
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill and other state leaders officially broke ground on the new home of the Tennessee State Library and Archives Monday.
2017 Tennessee Archives Institute Graduates
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is proud to recognize 11 new graduates of the Tennessee Archives Institute. The archives development program annually hosts this two-and-a-half day series of workshops on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation.
image for The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators Report
Six years of year-over-year growth coupled with historically low unemployment rates indicate Tennessee’s economy won’t slow down anytime soon, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's office.
Silhouette of solider in front of the American flag
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery, III and law enforcement partners in 24 states announced a settlement with VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s termination.
Library and Archives patron using microfilm reader/scanner
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us reconnect with family members and share stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives, families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived generations ago.
Architect John Trail (right) tours Sec. Hargett and members of the Rutherford Co. delegation around the Technology Engagement Center construction site
The Linebaugh Public Library System is receiving a $100,000 Library Construction Grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to create a new Technology Engagement Center, the first of its kind in the state of Tennessee.
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.
Person uses keyboard with braille display
The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (TLBPH), a division of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has a new online ordering system offering unprecedented access to patrons. The system is available 24/7 and can be easily accessed on a computer or mobile device.
Library Director Linda Icenhour tells Sec. Hargett and Rep. Hill what the expansion will mean for patrons.
The Johnson County Public Library is receiving a $100,000 Library Construction Grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to expand its current facility.
Students working on a project
The Tennessee Secretary of State's office is kicking off its second annual student essay contest to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The essays will focus on citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level.
Folklife performance featuring Thomas Maupin
In partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free event about “folklife” Oct. 14. Folklife is a multifaceted tradition which values oral stories, songs, art and many other cultural aspects.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proud to officially launch the state’s new online voter registration system. The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved.
Satellite image of hurricane from space
The images are heartbreaking. For the last week, we’ve all seen stories coming out of Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast showing the catastrophic mess Hurricane Harvey is leaving behind. As I write this, rescues are still underway.
Land platting map
Locating the land of an ancestor can uncover a wealth of knowledge. On Sept. 23, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop about land platting.
Graphic that says: The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; The University of Tennessee Knoxville Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
The number of new entity filings coupled with a historically low unemployment rate indicates Tennessee has a healthy economy, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's office.
David Franklin Brock pictured in the Kumhwa region of Korea in 1953
Photographs are a critical part of learning and understanding history. On July 22, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled “From Farm Boy to Tomahawk Warrior: David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection."
(L to R) A.J. Camacho of Clayton-Bradley Academy; Tate Greene and teacher Liz Shugart of Clayton-Bradley Academy
Five Tennessee students received medals last week during the 2017 National History Day Contest. In all, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, where students prepare documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites with historical themes.
Graphic that says: The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; The University of Tennessee Knoxville Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
Tennessee’s economy continues to grow with a robust start to 2017, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's office. There were 10,372 new entity filings in the first quarter of 2017, which represents an 8.7 percent increase over the same time last year.
L to R: Secretary Hargett, Davidson County Administrator of Elections Jeff Roberts, Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Elizabeth Black, Moore County Administrator of Elections Jim Sanders and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate three administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Tennessee State Library and Archives Building
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is awarding more than $337,000 in library technology training grants to 45 public libraries across the state.
When Tennessee became a state June 1, 1796, only about 77,000 people lived here. Tennessee was the country's 16th state and the first to be created from territory that had been under federal jurisdiction.
Family register made by Elizabeth Jane Hunter of Knox Co. in 1836
Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the state's early days are stitched together in embroidered cloth patches known as samplers.
Engraving of Major General Andrew Jackson by James Barton Longacre
He was the first Tennessean to serve as president of the United States – and his legacy remains hotly debated to this day. Andrew Jackson was a larger-than-life figure in American politics, a war hero who rode a wave of populism into the White House.

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