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...

Patriot Paths Map

Patriot Paths is a work in progress that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that soldiers took before and after their service...

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 all public libraries and services in Tennessee by county, region, or city.

The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) is a digital repository of the Tennessee State Library & Archives providing open access to thousands of...

Highlighted Programs

Tennessee’s State Capitol is the subject of a new book published by the Office of Secretary of State Tre Hargett and created by the Tennessee...

Our visitors guide provides information for your visit to the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The subjects covered include hours, holidays,...

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...

Tennessee History Day logo that says "It's not just a day... It's an experience!"
Tennessee History Scholars Advance to National Competition
Sixty-two students who placed first or second in their categories at this year’s virtual Tennessee History Day contest will represent Tennessee at National History Day this summer.
Tennessee State Library and Archives Now Open in New Location
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is now open to the public in their new building at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N. in Nashville.
Press Release
Workshop Series: "Glorious Victory: Election Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives"
In this next installment of the Tennessee State Library and Archives free workshop series, veteran genealogist Jim Long will explore those Record Groups, as well as printed and digital election-related materials held at the Library and Archives, and will show how newspapers can also be a rich source of information about elections.
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Tennessee Students Excel at National History Day
Seven Tennessee students took top honors at the 2020 National History Day competition, winning three medals and two special awards. In total, 69 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, which allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes.

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