The vast collection of newspaper microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives includes almost every existent newspaper published in Tennessee. The filming project began in 1957 and Library and Archives staff have been preserving Tennessee newspapers ever since.
This list includes information about each known newspaper in the state, arranged by the place of publication. (A list of these communities arranged by county is also available.) The entry includes the title of the paper, the frequency of publication, and the dates of operation of that paper. Title changes and mergers, if known, are also noted.
The holdings information lists the dates for which we have issues of the paper. In many cases a newspaper may have been published for many years but only a few issues have survived to be microfilmed. Dates in brackets indicate that only scattered issues between those dates are available.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives will loan microfilmed Tennessee newspapers to other libraries in Tennessee. The Library and Archives does not loan newspaper microfilm to libraries outside of Tennessee.
The Library and Archives will loan out a newspaper microfilm reel if we hold the negative of the microfilm reel. A table of newspaper titles and dates not available for loan is located on our page of interlibrary loan policies and procedures.
Newspaper microfilm for which the State Library and Archives owns the master negative may be purchased. For more information about microfilm sales, contact our Preservation Services Staff.
Searches by Mail
Our Research Services office can search a specific newspaper issue to locate and copy an article by mail. Instructions and information about a newspaper search about fees can be found on our web site.
If you know of original newspapers not included in this list which are available for filming, please contact our Preservation Services staff. The Tennessee Newspaper Project at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is compiling a database of newspapers available statewide.