How Do I Find Newspapers?

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has one of the largest collection of Tennessee newspapers in the country. A list of newspapers and available dates, arranged by town of publication, can be consulted to determine what papers are available for searching. This list of Tennessee newspapers on microfilm at the Library and Archives is found on our web site.

Because the newspapers are not indexed, you must specify the newspaper to be searched, the name or subject of the article,  and the exact date of the event or the issue to be searched. Please go to Ordering Newspaper Searches for instructions on ordering a search for a newspaper article.

The Library and Archives will loan newspaper microfilm to libraries located in Tennessee. We do not loan newspaper microfilm to libraries outside of the state. Please see the Library and Archives'  Interlibrary Loan Policies and Procedures for information on requesting newspaper microfilm.

The records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives are open to the public. You are welcome to come in 8:00am - 4:30pm (Central Time) Tuesday through Saturday to search the newspapers yourself & make your own copies for research. Please see the Tennessee State Library and Archives Visitors Page for information on directions, parking, and holiday hours.

Please note: Archival materials are available for retrieval between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you know you will need materials between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, please call ahead to the Public Services section at 615-741-2764 or visit the Ask Us a Question! web page. We will do our best to accommodate your request.