Tennessee State Library and Archives

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Tennessee State Library and Archives
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] reference.tsla@tn.gov


403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243-1102

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Hours:[2] Monday - Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm CST
Manuscripts Reading Area: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm CST


Directions, map,  parking,[2] and public transportation:

  • Location. The Library is immediately west of the State Capitol Building. Roads to the north and west are one way.
  • Map
  • Parking. A few designated visitor spots are at the front and side of the building. Do NOT park in numbered spots until after 4:30 pm or on Saturdays. Additional parking is within walking distance in public lots downtown.
  • Public transportation.  For Nashville bus system trip planning, click here.

Internet sites and databases:

  • TSLA Internet site digital collections, catalog, visitor's guide, collections, exhibits, services, resources.
  • TSLA catalog online search titles, authors, subjects, or notes.
  • Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) index to 40+ databases of 400,000 magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, federal censuses, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, and many primary sources.
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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

African American records, bibliographies, birth and death records, federal censuses, early county records, tax lists, local histories, school censuses, county archives directory, governors' papers, manuscripts, military records, Native American Cherokee records, newspapers, obituary indexes in public libraries list, place names and maps, state agency records, acts and petitions, Tennessee postcards, city directories and telephone books, penitentiary inmates, and Tennessee county historians.[3]

Digital. In addition to the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), online sources include the Tennessee Virtual Archives (TeVA), 19th century newspapers, Civil War era database, Civil War sourcebook, TSLA photograph database, Tennessee's landmark documents (state papers), Nashville city directories, and over a dozen "online exhibits".[4]

Services.  TSLA also has a copying service, advice on preserving family records, repository news and updates, public library services and a directory, education outreach, and a library for the blind and physically handicapped.[5]

Tips[edit | edit source]

No cameras or scanners are allowed in the Archives and Manuscripts Room, but may be permitted in other areas.[2]

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a record at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Contact Us" in Tennessee Department of State at http://tn.gov/sos/contact.htm (accessed 24 May 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Vistor's Guide" in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Department of State at http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/VisitorsGuide.htm (accessed 24 May 2012).
  3. "Research and Collections" in Tennessee Archives and Libraries in Tennessee Department of State at http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/Collections.htm (accessed 24 May 2012).
  4. "Digital Collections" in Tennessee Archives and Libraries in Tennessee Department of State at http://state.tn.us/tsla/resources/index.htm (accessed 24 May 2012).
  5. "Home" in Tennessee Archives and Libraries in Tennessee Department of State at http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/index.htm (accessed 24 May 2012).

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