Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War

A Tennessee State Library & Archives project to digitize, preserve and present the World War I memorabilia of Tennessee families.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives will send a team of professional archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. You may schedule an appointment, and we will digitally copy and help you preserve your World War I era manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs. You keep the originals.

Digital copies of these items will become part of a virtual exhibit commemorating the centenary of the war and its impact on Tennessee.

Items eligible for digitization include:

  • All items pertaining to the War: military, civilian, foreign or domestic.
  • Letters, photographs, diaries, weapons (firearms, knives, etc.), military records and discharges, maps and sketches, and uniforms.
  • All items must be original (no photocopies or reproductions) and owned by the person bringing them for digitization.


Participants will receive:

  • Basic conservation tips for their items
  • Digital copies of the images
  • The opportunity to have their WWI memorabilia preserved, digitized, and shared online for future generations.
For more information call (615) 741-1883 email: WorldWarI.tsla@tn.gov