Tennessee State Library and Archives

Online Resources

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring...

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Free access to over 400,000 magazines, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more!

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Tennessee Supreme Court Cases represent the period from about 1809 to 1950 and is an especially valuable resource for historical and genealogical...

A partial index to the hundreds of thousands of photographs and images held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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

Highlighted Programs

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our...

TSLA staff

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

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 State Library and Archives to Host Free Workshop on Tennessee Virtual Archive
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Library and Archives later this month will host a workshop on the newly-redesigned Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). The free online repository of Tennessee’s history, containing thousands of digitized historic items from the collections of the Library and Archives was overhauled in 2018 to make it mobile-friendly and more accessible to the public. TeVA contains valuable collections, such as photographs, documents, maps, postcards, audio, and video. Digital Materials Librarian Jennifer Randles will take attendees on a tour of the new website and demonstrate how to make the most of TeVA, including navigating, browsing, searching, viewing and downloading. Participants will learn how to quickly find what they need in TeVA’s collections and view some of the many items available via the website. Prior to joining the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Randles worked at Scripps Networks Interactive and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries. She holds a master’s degree in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop will be held from 9:30 – 11 a.m., Saturday, March 23, in the auditorium of the Library and Archives, located at 403 7th Ave. N. in Nashville. While the workshop is free, reservations are required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, visit https://tevatalk.eventbrite.com.
TN R.E.A.D.S. Database Receives Worldwide Recognition After 3 Million Checkouts in 2018
The Tennessee Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System (TN R.E.A.D.S.) database has been recognized as one of the most used library services in the world. In 2018, TN R.E.A.D.S. circulated 3.7 million digital e-books, audiobooks, and videos to public library patrons throughout Tennessee.
Newest Exhibit Celebrates the 2019 Gubernatorial Inauguration and the 49 Governors throughout Tennessee’s History
The Tennessee State Library and Archives announced its newest exhibit, Governors of Tennessee, in conjunction with the 2019 Gubernatorial Inauguration. Governors of Tennessee, opens to the public Jan. 8 and will run through spring 2019. The exhibit features information and materials from the Library and Archive’s extensive collections. Visitors will experience a visual timeline, with a special focus on each of the 49 governors throughout Tennessee’s history beginning with John Sevier (1796) and ending with Bill Haslam (2019).
Effort to Digitize World War I Artifacts Heads to Union City
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle in 1917, eventually mobilizing more than 4 million soldiers and countless civilians who provided support for the war effort on the home front.

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
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov