State Archivists to Visit Knoxville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia

Monday, April 13, 2015

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Knoxville on April 30 and May 1 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.

Archivists will be at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street in Knoxville, on April 30 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and May 1 from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. During those times, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, which will be featured on The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.

Individuals may call (615) 741-1883 or e-mail to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives’ section of the Office of the Secretary of State web site at

“This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “The Civil War was a major event in our state’s history, so we need to take appropriate steps to make sure these treasures are properly preserved for future generations.”

Attendees at the event will receive digital copies of their materials and tips on how to preserve their Civil War memorabilia.

This event in Knoxville is part of the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: “Reconstruction Tennessee,” which features educational symposiums, book signings, the Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee, musical presentations and living history demonstrations, Confederate and Union. For more information about the statewide commemoration, please visit:

Media coverage of the event is encouraged.