Tennessee State Library and Archives

Online Resources

Genealogy Index Search

Search military records, vital records and other Tennessee resources indexed by our staff over many years.

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring...

Patriot Paths Map

Patriot Paths is a work in progress that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that soldiers took before and after their service...

TEL Tennessee Electronic Library

Free access to over 400,000 magazines, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more!

Search this online directory of public libraries and services in Tennessee by county, region, or city.

The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) is a digital repository of the Tennessee State Library & Archives providing open access to thousands of...

Highlighted Programs

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our...

TSLA staff

We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in the classroom! The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a great resource for...

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives will send a team of professional...

Library & Archives Videos

A documentary on the building and grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol.

August 20, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Women's Suffrage Movement

April 14, 2018 - Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental illness is often difficult. Using examples from...

September 26, 2015 - Veteran genealogist Jim Long will use case studies to demonstrate how even small bits of information can lead to important...

May 6, 2017 - Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the...

Digital Materials Librarian Jennifer Randles will take attendees on a tour of the newly-redesigned Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). The free...

Secretary of State Tre Hargett with the 2019 Tennessee Archives Institute Participants
Archivists Recognized as 2019 Tennessee Archives Institute Graduates
The Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Secretary of State Tre Hargett proudly recognize the eight archivists who earned their Archives Management Certification at the 2019 Tennessee Archives Institute.
Tennessee State Capitol
State Library and Archives to Host Free Workshop on History of State Capitol
On Saturday, July 13, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled “Grounded in Tradition: The Tennessee State Capitol” by Assistant State Archivist Dr. Wayne Moore.
Patriot Paths Map
State Library & Archives Launches New Digital Project on Revolutionary War
As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched Patriot Paths, a new project that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that these soldiers took before and after their service.
TN Students at National History Day
Tennessee Students Shine at National History Day
Thirteen Tennessee students took top honors at the 2019 National History Day competition, winning two medals and a special award. In total, 56 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, which allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes.

About TSLA

The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and promotes library and archival development throughout the state.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov