Monday, October 15, 2018

Tennessee True Crime exhibit open to the public

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is proud to announce the installation of its latest exhibit, Tennessee True Crime. Open to the public now through December 2018. This exhibit features materials from the Library and Archives’ extensive collections and focuses on real crimes and criminals in Tennessee’s history. In this exhibit, we explore the seedier stories housed within our collections. From the well-known stories of Jesse James to the more local tales of Bertie Wrather and Brushy Mountain, this exhibit is filled with tales of criminals and their victims.

Tennessee True Crime exhibit panel


The Library and Archives is proud to exhibit not only its visual walled displays but also a curated selection of original archival material. Five exhibition cases will be filled with material from different manuscript and government records collections. One such display is curated from the Tennessee Supreme Court Records with unique objects used as evidentiary exhibits.


Brushy Mountain Penitentiary, circa 1920s
Library Photograph Collection
Tennessee State Library and Archives



FBI wanted poster for escaped prisoner of war Wolfgang Hermann Hellfritsch, 1943
Colonel Harry E. Dudley Papers
Tennessee State Library and Archives

Tennessee True Crime will be open to public Tuesday-Saturday, during regular business hours. 8am-4:30pm. Visitors can view the exhibit in the front lobby of the Library and Archives building, located at 403 7th Avenue N.


The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tennessee State Library Gives Free Access to 190 Years of The Tennessean

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).

Tennessee State Library Gives Free Access to 190 Years of The Tennessean


Previously, Tennesseans were only able to access full-text articles from The Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean, Tennessee residents will be able to search and view news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries and cartoons from 1812 to 2002. The Tennessean began in publication 1907 but this service includes earlier titles such as the Nashville Whig and the Daily American. These papers reported not only Nashville-area news, but carried stories from around the state and the nation.

TEL has been providing access to electronic resources to libraries, schools and Tennesseans since 1999 in order to enhance the quality of their everyday lives, the depth of their educational experience, and the economic prosperity of their communities. TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.

“By providing access to The Tennessean though TEL, we will greatly enhance access to first-hand accounts of Tennessee history as it unfolded,” Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Libraries and newspapers keep the pulse and record of the state; both are essential to quality information and research in our communities.”

“Online access to Nashville newspapers from 1812 to the present will be a great asset for students and everyone who enjoys history,” notes State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill. “Until now, newspapers have been virtually unsearchable unless one knew the date of an event. And access was limited to those that were able to come to the State Library through onsite microfilm readers and library computers. Now everyone can search these files from any computer in the state”

Visit www.tntel.info to access The Tennessean today. For more information, call (615) 532-4627or e-mail tel.tsla@tn.gov.


About Tennessee Electronic Library (https://www.tntel.info)

The Tennessee Electronic Library is made possible through funding provided by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.

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The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett