Early Tennessee Legislative Records

depiction of chandelier after first illumination in 1855 by the Nashville True Whig newspaper

Record Group 60, Tennessee State Legislative Records, is one of the most important and valuable collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. This record group is a chronicle of the activities of the Tennessee State Legislature and consists of records dating back to when Tennessee was “The Territory South of the River Ohio” through the most recent General Assembly. These Legislative Records touch almost every major event in the state’s history including establishing qualifications for the state’s highest offices, raising troops for war, and changing the state’s constitution. The very foundations of the state’s political history can be found here.