Press Releases

TSLA to Hold Presentation on Digitizing, Archiving Historic TN Maps

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; January 14, 2015:

“I need to look at a map to understand it.”

How many times have you said that? Tennessee’s largest collection of historical maps is ready to be explored at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA).  Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring to maps.

In an effort to increase use of this tremendous research resource, TSLA is digitizing original maps and making them available in the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). An initial collection of more than 100 maps has just been released, and TSLA will continue adding its maps to this digital online collection to bring more of them to a wider public.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, the State Library and Archives and the Nashville Public Library will host a presentation on the collection, “Historic Maps of Tennessee and Beyond: Digital Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.” Dr. Wayne Moore, assistant state archivist, will lead the discussion.

The presentation is free and open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street in downtown Nashville.

Press Releases

TSLA Opens New Exhibit on TN’s Role in Civil War in 1864

Press release from the Tennessee Secretary of State; September 22, 2014:

1864 would prove to be the decisive year of the Civil War. Despite Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga the previous year, northern citizens were growing war-weary. The mounting lists of dead and wounded made many wonder if the South should finally be allowed its independence.

Geographically situated between the midwestern states and the deep South, Tennessee was to be the major battleground in the western theater. The Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers, combined with numerous rail lines which crossed the state, made Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville of strategic importance to both Union and Confederate forces.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, recently opened at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It explores the role Tennessee played as a transportation and supply hub, the experiences and contributions of African-Americans, and key battles at Johnsonville, Memphis, Fort Pillow, Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville.

The exhibit also highlights historical records that are valuable genealogy resources such as army muster rolls, Civil War service records, the Southern Claims Commission records, colored pension applications, the Union provost marshal records, cemetery records and TSLA’s manuscript collections.

Visitors to the Tennessee State Library and Archives are invited to come explore the role Tennessee played in the Civil War in 1864. The exhibit will remain open until mid-December.

The State Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville. The exhibit, free and open to all visitors, is located in the building’s lobby directly behind the main entrance.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with the exception of state holidays. Parking is available in front, behind and beside the building.