About Us

The Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Department of State, is the official repository for the permanent records of the State of Tennessee and is the premier research facility in the state with extensive holdings in Tennessee, Southern, and regional history. Collections include county records (on microfilm); letters, diaries, private and family papers; a substantial genealogy collection; photographs, maps, sheet music, and other original materials, as well as general reference materials.

The Library & Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, with a focus on items related to Tennessee. It actively promotes library and archival development throughout the state, and serves as the home of the state's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Our Mission

The Tennessee State Library and Archives serves Tennessee government and all its citizens by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and making accessible public and historical records and other resources; by providing funding and statewide consultation services in support of public libraries and local archives; and by offering alternative formats for reading for those Tennesseans unable to use standard print media.

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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