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...

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.

Tennessee Supreme Court Cases represent the period from about 1809 to 1950 and is an especially valuable resource for historical and genealogical...

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...

Celebrate Statehood Day Saturday, June 1
Celebrate Statehood Day Saturday, June 1
Tennessee turns 223 Saturday, June 1. To celebrate Tennessee’s Statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is partnering with the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to host a variety of events Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. CDT. Attendees can see the constitutions, tour the state Capitol and Bicentennial Mall Park grounds, participate in a scavenger hunt, meet characters from the past, play historic games, listen to live music and enjoy birthday cake. Join them for a day of fun to celebrate Tennessee becoming a state!
Picture of State Library entrance with Statehood banner
State Library and Archives Celebrates Statehood Day with Original Constitutions and Special Lecture
Tennessee celebrates its 223 birthday Saturday, June 1! The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day. The constitutions are typically protected in a vault, but all three versions will be in the Library and Archives’ lobby for viewing May 30 to June 1 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT. As part of the celebration, the Library and Archives will also host a free lecture on Tennessee’s constitutional history. On June 1 the Honorable Judge Andy D. Bennett of the Tennessee Court of Appeals will present the history of each of Tennessee’s constitutions. Patrons can expect to learn details about the historical documents and what they meant for Tennesseans during that time in history.
Library and Archives Hosts Free Workshop on Civil War Research
The Civil War has touched the life of almost every U.S. citizen but connecting families with complete records can present challenges. On Saturday, May 4, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled, “Cross Connections to the Civil War.” Presenter J. Mark Lowe will demonstrate how to search and use the wide variety of records available through the Tennessee State Library and Archives – including records from the Grand Army of the Republic, United Confederate Veterans, United States Colored Troops, Confederate and Union Army pensions, Southern Claims Commission, courts-martial, newspaper accounts, unit histories, letters to governors and presidents, diaries and more. Participants can expect to leave with knowledge and tools to draw a more complete picture of their Civil War ancestor and family history.
Tennessee Students Compete for Honors at State History Day Contest
After months of intensive research and successes at local and regional-level competitions, more than 300 students from across Tennessee will compete at the annual Tennessee History Day (THD) competition on April 13 in downtown Nashville.

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