Resource Guide

This page contains information and services for local public libraries throughout the state.
The American Civil War that shattered families and tore the nation asunder has continued to capture the imagination of generations and to fascinate researchers. Tracing Civil War ancestors has been of particular interest to Tennesseans; therefore, it is hard to envision a time when this type of research wasn’t possible. This resource guide lists books, microfilm, and manuscript resources and represents some of the vast collection of materials that the Tennessee State Library and Archives has amassed which makes tracking Civil War soldiers and citizens possible.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives houses a rich and varied collection of original, commercially published, and microfilmed legal and legislative documents. This material can be of use to legal historians and scholars, as well as to those individuals seeking information about current Tennessee legislation and laws. Listed on this web site are some of the most frequently requested items.
Presenter Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager for the Houston County Archives and a professional genealogist who works with clients researching their Tennessee ancestors. Barker discusses the importance of visiting an archive when seeking out records that are not online.
Genealogy is the record of a family’s history. In many cases, our ancestors left a “paper trail” for us to follow. Genealogy is a very personal way to study history which can lead to many exciting discoveries. This guide tells you how to begin, how to make use of records, information about birth and death records, county records, state records, military records, city directories and phone books, and newspapers.
The following Resource Guide has list of book, microfilm, and manuscript resources represents some of the vast collection of materials that the Tennessee State Library and Archives has amassed which makes tracking World War I soldiers and citizens possible.
World War II was the greatest armed conflict in history, and Tennessee played a significant role in the Allied victory. Over 300,000 men from all parts of the state served in America’s armed forces and six were decorated with the nation’s highest award for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. The materials cited in this guide are only a sampling. Please consult with reference staff for additional materials.
A set of frequently asked questions about the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
The purpose of the following resource guides is to help identify and clarify some of the vast resources available at Tennessee State Library and Archives. These guides are not comprehensive listings for all archival collections, but rather a sampling of what is available to interested researchers.
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