Digital Library of Tennessee

The Digital Library of Tennessee provides free access to unique materials from museums, libraries, and archives across the state.

Audience: Public, Genealogy

The Digital Library of Tennessee provides access to rare and unique primary sources housed in libraries, archives, and museums in the state of Tennessee. Explore photographs, letters, diaries, oral histories, maps, original art, music, material culture, and archival material that documents the cultural heritage of the state of Tennessee from the Pre-Columbian era to the present.

The Digital Library of Tennessee highlights include:

  • Winning the Right to Vote

    Explore Tennessee's pivotal role in the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote.

  • Mapping Tennessee History
    Examine historical maps with a wide range of themes: travel, agriculture, business, geology, the Civil War.
  • Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee
    View photos that document school integration, the sanitation workers strike, and key leaders in the movement.
  • Tennessee in the Great War
    Check out the Volunteer State's contributions to the United States' World War I efforts.
  • Vintage Postcards
    Take a stroll down memory lane by scrolling through postcards from repositories around the state.
  • Hank Williams
    Listen to more than 100 performances in the collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

External Resource Guides


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