State Library and Archives Online Exhibits

The Tennessee State Library and Archives’ exhibit program has been going strong for over a decade. Thanks to the vast collections within the Library & Archives, we have the privilege to showcase material from a wide array of topics regarding Tennessee history. Visitors can view current exhibits in person during our regular operating hours or explore many exhibits online from the comfort of their own homes. Our digital exhibits include subjects such as the Scopes Trial, Tennessee in the Civil War, and Women’s Suffrage.

We are currently working to re-start our traveling exhibits program and are open to suggestions on what you would like to see. For more information regarding online and in-person exhibits please contact our Exhibits Coordinator at

image of a music sheet from 1875 in the Kenneth Rose collection
Online exhibit showcasing highlights from the Kenneth Rose Music Collection. Kenneth D. Rose was a faculty member at Ward-Belmont College in Nashville from 1918 to 1952. He began collecting in 1935, and assembled a vast and diverse selection of sheet music.
image of Suffragettes marching in 1915
This exhibit will have you wearing roses. By the way, are you yellow or red? The Tennessee State Library and Archives is excited to present “Remember the Ladies!”: Women Struggle for an Equal Voice.
image of John Scopes welcoming Clarence Darrow upon his arrival in Dayton, Tennessee, 1925
Online exhibit examining the history behind the famous Scopes Trial, a court case that received national attention as attorney Clarence Darrow battled William Jennings Bryan on behalf of a Rhea County teacher’s decision to teach evolution.
image of undated portrait of President Abraham Lincoln
Online exhibit featuring portraits of President Abraham Lincoln.
A British frigate pursuing an American schooner
Online exhibit chronicling the political and military actions of Tennesseans in the War of 1812.
Sunflowers in a Quilted Vase (Oil Pastel), Elementary School Student, Tennessee School for the Blind
Online exhibit showcasing artwork created by students in Monica Leister’s art classes at the Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB). Included in the exhibit are ceramics, photography, collages, and paintings, created by students with low-vision and students who are legally blind.
image of a painting depicting the assault on Fort Sanders
Online exhibit chronicling the events of the Civil War in Tennessee during 1863.
picture of Nashville during the flood of 1937
Online exhibit exploring some of the state's most trying times, from the New Madrid Earthquake in 1811 to the recent flooding of May 2010.
Online exhibit providing information on how to get started on genealogy and how to preserve items from your family's past for future generations.
picture of a woman pulling against an obstinate mule
Online exhibit highlighting the important role of mules in the farming, military, and cultural life of Tennessee and the South.
Engraving of William Walker in The War in Nicaragua
Online exhibit highlighting the life of William Walker (1824–1860). Walker, a physician, lawyer, newspaper editor, and President of Nicaragua, was born in Nashville and died before a firing squad in Honduras.
picture of workers at a hosiery mill in Nashville
Online exhibit highlighting the life, culture, and achievements of Jews in Tennessee.
Online exhibit profiling University of Tennessee football legend, John T. Majors. The exhibit features photographs, videos, clippings, and documents from the John T. Majors Papers, held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Online exhibit featuring native Tennessean and major league pitching star John Andrew Beazley, Jr. The exhibit offers baseball researchers and fans alike a rare opportunity to follow the brief career of a major league player, local business owner, and civic leader.
Online exhibit covering the history of cooking, including how the latest technology has transformed the face of modern day cooking. The exhibit delves into Native American cooking, Pioneer/Civil War cooking, Victorian cooking and cooking in the Modern Age.
Online exhibit highlighting some of the most unusual and fantastic stories of Tennessee's history and culture. From amazing supernatural events to the exploits of renowned figures, the heritage of Tennessee is found as much in its legends as in its history.
Online exhibit featuring images and postcards from the James L. Bailey Papers and the Department of Conservation Photograph Collection.
Online exhibit featuring the histories of several utopian communities in Tennessee, including Nashoba, Ruskin, Rugby, and The Farm. The exhibit examines how and when several utopian communities in Tennessee began, developed, and modified their goals and structures.
Online exhibit chronicling the history surrounding the Prohibition era in Tennessee.
Online exhibit narrating the experiences of Tennessee’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to the men and women serving in the military today. Featured items include the World War I photographs of Luke Lea, a former U.S.
Online exhibit documenting African American legislators in 19th century Tennessee. The exhibit features biographies, timelines, tools for educators and students, photographs, and an index of bills filed by African American legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly.
picture of Beersheba Springs Hotel in 1913
Online exhibit showcasing the glory days of Tennessee’s resort culture.