History and Genealogy

Library and Archives: Workshop Series

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our staff and researchers from outside our institution. The goal of the "Workshop Series" is to share information about materials and services offered by the Library and Archives, and to provide opportunities for scholars, genealogists, and historical researchers to share their work. Each lecture draws upon the resources of the Library and Archives, and informs our audience about the historic value of our vast collection, and how they may use it in their own research.

Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring to maps. The Library & Archives has the largest and most significant collection of historical maps in the state available for public use. We hope to increase utilization of this tremendous research resource by digitizing original manuscript maps and making them available in our Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). These digitized maps appear in the JPEG2000 format, which means that you may view them in greater detail by using the Zoom tool and Expanded View option to navigate to a particular area of the image. We will continue to add maps to this digital online collection to bring more of them to a wider public.

Tri-Star Chronicles

Throughout its history, the Volunteer State has been home to many people who have had significant impact on the state, the country and even the world. These include former presidents, other political leaders, captains of industry, soldiers, scientists, inventors, entertainers, athletes and many more. Tri-Star Chronicles is a project dedicated to shining a spotlight on some of those people who have changed history, for good or for bad, over the last half century or so. These are their stories – and, as Tennesseans, our stories as well.

Education Outreach

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

Family Bible Records Project

The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections. The Bible records featured here were taken from photocopies in the Library and Archives' vertical files; additional records will be added as they are donated or discovered in manuscripts collections. The bulk of the records in this collection date between the late 18th and early 20th century. Many prominent Tennessee families are represented here; some records even include the names of families’ slaves.

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