Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar

By Kate Greene Smith, Youth Services and Special Projects Coordinator

Families know early literacy is vital to preparing children for success in school and life. But how do you come up with fresh, new ways to engage little ones amidst the daily routine of feeding, clothing, and caring for them? 

The Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar is here to help! DayByDayTN.com is an interactive, fun-filled, online resource for families to use and share with young children. Families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use the Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar at home, in the library, classroom, or on the go. With a perpetual calendar featuring songs, activities, books suggestions, and videos, Day By Day supports early literacy skills and helps young children get ready for school. 




Designed to be used anywhere and anytime, DayByDayTN.com has new ideas each day for ways to sing, talk, read, write, and play with pre-school and early elementary children. 

The Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar began as a project of the South Carolina State Library, was refined by the State Library of Ohio, and edited by students of the UT-Knoxville School of Information Sciences and members of the Tennessee Library Association’s Children and Young Adult Roundtable under the direction of the Tennessee State Library & Archives. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Tennessee State Library & Archives Launches Second Saturday Tours


The Tennessee State Library & Archives is excited to welcome guests to explore our new facility with the launch of Second Saturday Tours beginning Saturday, July 10. The new building is located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N. on the northeast corner of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville.

Second Saturdays at the Library & Archives will feature guided tours of the new building on the second Saturday of each month through October. Tours begin every hour, on the hour, starting at 10 a.m. with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. This event is free to the public. Reservations are not required.

“With the Second Saturday tours, we hope to introduce more Tennesseans to the Library & Archives and show them what an incredible resource it is for our great state,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I encourage anyone interested in Tennessee history and culture to take advantage of this free, family-friendly event.”

Visitors to the Library & Archives can experience Tennessee’s story through interactive exhibits highlighting the state’s most precious historical documents. The exhibit lobby is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. The library, microfilm and manuscripts reading rooms are open for research Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.

"Our staff is excited to show off this beautiful new state-of-the-art facility. It is especially rewarding to demonstrate the new technologies that make it easier for visitors to access and interact with the resources in our extensive collection,” said Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist.

The Library & Archives, a division of the Department of State, collects and preserves books, records and other documents of historical and reference value, focusing on items about Tennessee and Tennesseans.

To preserve Tennessee's history for current and future generations, the Library & Archives houses the archives of state government, documents and recordings from legislative proceedings, records from every Tennessee courthouse, copies of all surviving Tennessee newspapers and records from families, businesses, religious and civic organizations.

The Library & Archives is home to many irreplaceable historical documents, including Tennessee's Constitutions, letters from Tennessee's three presidents, Civil War diaries, records from 55 former Tennessee governors, maps, photographs and original records of the State of Franklin.

For the latest information from the Library and Archives, follow their social media channels: Facebook: Tennessee State Library and Archives and Instagram: @tnlibarchives and the Secretary of State's Twitter account: @SecTreHargett.

For more information about the Library and Archives or Second Saturdays call 615-741-2764, email ask@tsla.libanswers.com or visit sos.tn.gov/tsla/plan-your-visit.


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

Friday, May 28, 2021

Celebrate Statehood on Tennessee's 225th Birthday!



Join the Tennessee State Library and Archives on June 1st to celebrate Tennessee's 225th Birthday! We encourage visitors to stop by our new location at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North to view all three of the state’s original Constitutions, to see interactive exhibits documenting state history, to tour our new state-of-the-art building, and to learn more about how the Library & Archives serves Tennesseans! 

Click the link below for a schedule of activities on this historic day! 



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

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Tennessee’s State Constitutions on Display for Statehood Day



The Tennessee State Library and Archives is celebrating 225 years of statehood on June 1, 2021, with a one-day-only public display of Tennessee’s three original constitutions.

The state's constitutions, first written in 1796 and revised in 1834 and 1870, will all be on display in the lobby of the new Library and Archives building located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N. on the northeast corner of the Bicentennial Mall State Park in Nashville on Tuesday, June 1 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.

In addition to viewing these priceless documents, which the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard will safeguard, guests can explore the interactive exhibits in the Library and Archives lobby and take a tour of the new building. Library and Archives staff will give tours every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Tennessee’s three constitutions are the foundation of our state government,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I encourage my fellow Tennesseans not to miss this opportunity to make history come alive by seeing these irreplaceable documents up close."
The Library and Archives, a division of the Department of State, is responsible for collecting and preserving books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, focusing on items related to Tennessee. Tennessee’s constitutions are the highest valued and most historically significant items in the collection.

“The Library and Archives strives to be a resource for researchers, historians, librarians, archivists, genealogists, lawyers, students and anyone interested in Tennessee history,” said Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist. “Our staff is excited to welcome visitors to our new building and to share our state’s three constitutions and other interactive exhibits."

The Library and Archives is joining Bicentennial Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Museum for a variety of events to celebrate Tennessee’s 225th Statehood Day.

Bicentennial Mall State Park is celebrating Statehood Day and its 25th anniversary on June 1 with a special event at 10 a.m. in the Amphitheater followed by guided tours and educational programs led by park rangers. For more information about the 25th-anniversary celebration, visit tnstateparks.info/BiMall25thAnn.

To celebrate Tennessee’s Statehood, the Tennessee State Museum launched Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection, a self-guided tour and online exhibition showcasing artifacts that tell a story about Tennessee, from its First Peoples to the present day. Learn more at tnmuseum.org/TN225.

The Statehood Day events at the Library and Archives, Bicentennial Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Museum are free. Reservations are not required.

For the latest information from the Library and Archives, follow their social media channels: Facebook: Tennessee State Library and Archives and Instagram: @tnlibarchives and the Secretary of State's Twitter account: @SecTreHargett.

For more information about the Library and Archives and the other divisions of the Department of State, visit sos.tn.gov.

About the Tennessee State Library and Archives
The office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett oversees the operations of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. By law, it is required to preserve Tennessee's legal and civic history by housing the archives of state government and records from families, churches, businesses and organizations. The Library and Archives is home to several notable historical documents, including Tennessee's Constitutions, letters from Tennessee's three presidents, Civil War diaries, records of 55 past Governors of the State and original records and maps of the State of Franklin. The collections include copies of virtually every book published about Tennessee and Tennesseans. The Library and Archives preserve original documents from court cases and legislation, along with audio recordings of legislative proceedings since 1955. Records from every Tennessee courthouse and all surviving Tennessee newspapers can also be viewed in the library's collections.


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

Monday, April 19, 2021

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.

The 165,000 square foot state-of-the-art Library and Archives facility’s design adds to the beauty of the Bicentennial Mall State Park, while the additional space and improved climate controls ensure that Tennessee's history is preserved and accessible for current and future generations.

“This is a beautiful space, a welcoming space. It is a place to spend an afternoon. It is so close to the Tennessee State Museum. You could see both in a day,” said Gordon Stannard, who visited the Library and Archives for the first time during their recent open house.

The Library and Archives, a division of the Department of State, collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, focusing on items related to Tennessee. It is also the state's foremost historical research facility and actively supports library and archival development throughout Tennessee.

“This is one of the best state libraries in the nation. The staff is very knowledgeable and always willing to help. They go the extra mile,” said Jean Roseman, a historian and author of “Shalom Nashville, A Jewish History” and “From Y to J, The Hundred Year History of Nashville’s Jewish Community Center” both of which are a part of the Library and Archives collection.

The Library and Archives' extensive and wide-ranging collections of books and original historical documents include state and county records, censuses and genealogical information, military records, penitentiary records, newspapers, city directories and telephone books, bibliographies, ledgers, manuscripts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, broadsides, prints, postcards, oral histories, films, sheet music and general reference materials.

“In my research, I use the county records, newspapers, census and family records. They have so much material that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s not all online and it never will be,” said Sue Forshee Cooper, a professional genealogist and vice president of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society. “The new reading room is huge and so well organized. And everyone here is so nice and helpful, eager to help. I am thankful for them.”

With space for up to 300, the Library and Archives' new classroom and meeting rooms will allow them to accommodate larger school groups and provide more hands-on training for Tennessee's historians, librarians and archivists. The reading room gives visiting researchers, historians, archivists, genealogists, lawyers and students a bright, comfortable space to utilize the collections.

“The Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society is excited to use the new meeting space. We will probably have most of our meetings here. It is so beautiful, spacious and well planned. The displays in the lobby are so interesting and attractive. There are so many things to see. It is worth the trip even if you’re not doing research,” said Cooper.

The Library and Archives hosted a virtual ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on April 12. Watch the video from the event on the Secretary of State's Facebook page or YouTube channel.

For the latest information from the Library and Archives, follow their social media channels: Facebook: Tennessee State Library and Archives and Instagram: @tnlibarchives and the Secretary of State's Twitter account: @SecTreHargett.

Guests can visit the Library and Archives Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT by appointment. Email ask@tsla.libanswers.com to schedule a research appointment. Visitors are required to wear a mask.

For more information about the Library and Archives and the other divisions of the Department of State, visit, sos.tn.gov.


About the Tennessee State Library and Archives
The office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett oversees the operations of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. By law, it is required to preserve Tennessee's legal and civic history by housing the archives of state government and collections of records from families, churches, businesses and organizations. TSLA is home to several notable historical documents, including Tennessee's Constitutions, letters from Tennessee's three presidents, Civil War diaries, records of 55 past Governors of the State and original records and maps of the State of Franklin. The collections include copies of virtually every book published about Tennessee and Tennesseans. Original documents from court cases and legislation, along with audio recordings of legislative proceedings since 1955 are preserved by TSLA. Copies of the records from every Tennessee courthouse and all surviving Tennessee newspapers can also be viewed in the library's collections.


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

Friday, April 9, 2021

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening!

Join us next Monday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. CDT for a virtual livestream ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the new Tennessee State Library and Archives on http://bit.ly/TNSOSFacebook or http://bit.ly/TNSOSYouTube


The Library and Archives will also host an open house on Tuesday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT in their new building on Bicentennial Mall at the intersection of Rep. John Lewis Way N. and Jefferson St. in Nashville. Library and Archives staff will be available to explain the building’s new features and work done in each area as visitors take self-guided tours.

Although guests do not need a reservation for tours the building, we do ask that researchers email ask@tsla.libanswers.com to schedule your visit. Guests are required to wear a mask. Click HERE to learn more.


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

Thursday, April 8, 2021

State Library and Archives Moving More Than A Half Million Pieces of Tennessee’s History to New Home


In the past two months, the Tennessee State Library and Archives team has moved more than half a million pieces of Tennessee's history to their new home on Bicentennial Mall.

Learn more about the move and their collections here bit.ly/TSLAMove.


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