History and Genealogy

Online Resources

Library Photograph Collection

This page is an introduction the Index of the Tennessee Legislative Petitions. The index, which covers 1799 through 1865, is grouped into years...

This page is an introduction to the index of Confederate Civil War veterans who applied for residence in the Tennessee Confederate Soldiers'...

This page is an introduction to the Tennessee Confederate pensions held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.


In this installment of the Tennessee State Library and Archives free workshop series, genealogist Ta

Explore record groups as well as printed and digital election-related materials such as newspapers.

Presenter Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager for the Houston County Archives and a profe

April 14, 2018 - Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental i

Library & 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 Exhibits.TSLA@tn.gov.

image of a music sheet from 1875 in the Kenneth Rose collection
Online exhibit showcasing highlights from the Kenneth Rose Music Collection. Kenneth D.
image of Suffragettes marching in 1915
This exhibit will have you wearing roses. By the way, are you yellow or red?
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 nati
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 Tenness
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