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Fisk University Scrapbook

William Henry Fort, Jr.’s Fisk University scrapbook provides a glimpse into life at a renowned historically black university in the early 20th century. The scrapbook documents campus life from 1926-1930, including event programs, correspondence, and numerous photographs of students, buildings, and significant figures at Fisk.

Fisk University Scrapbook

Grassmere Collection, 1786-1985

The Grassmere Collection, 1786–1985, is centered around five generations of the same family that lived at Grassmere Farm, Nashville, Tennessee: Michael C. Dunn (1770-1853), Lee Shute (1797-1879), William Dickson Shute (1834-1916) and the Croft sisters, Margaret (1889-1974) and Elise (1894-1985). 

Grassmere Collection, 1786-1985

Comb Graves of Tennessee

A selection of over 350 photographs from the Richard C. Finch Folk Graves Digital Photograph Collection. Dr. Finch has visited hundreds of cemeteries in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Texas photographing covered graves. These graves have some sort of roof or covering protecting the length of the …

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Comb Graves of Tennessee

James K. Polk Collection

James Knox Polk (1795-1849) served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835-1839), Governor of Tennessee (1839-1841), and the 11th President of the United States (1845-1849). A Democrat and protégé of Andrew Jackson, he won the 1844 presidential election despite being a “dark horse.” As president, he reduced tariffs, …

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James K. Polk Collection

Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Photographs

The Tennessee Arts Commission established its Folk Arts Program in 1984. From the beginning, program director Dr. Robert Cogswell photographed artists, sites, and events related to program activities. These items are a small sampling of approximately 22,000 images that document folkways and unique Tennessee styles, characters, and art.

Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Photographs

Record of Ex-Soldiers in World War I, Tennessee Counties, 1917-1919

After the close of World War I, Americans refocused their patriotic efforts from selling Liberty Bonds, donating blood, and working at munitions plants to memorializing the United States’ role in the conflict. Graeme McGregor Smith, mother of two World War I veterans, was one of these inspired Americans who went to extraordinary …

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Record of Ex-Soldiers in World War I, Tennessee Counties, 1917-1919

Stereograph Collection

The Stereograph Collection housed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives consists of 128 stereographs ranging in date from 1866 to 1917. Around 70 of these images feature scenes from Tennessee, including Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga and The Hermitage in Nashville. The remainder of the stereographs are images taken from in …

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Stereograph Collection

Old Hickory DuPont Gunpowder Plant Photographs

This small collection of large-format photographs highlights various aspects of the World War One-era Old Hickory Gunpowder plant. DuPont built and operated the plant, under contract for the United States government, to manufacture smokeless gunpowder for the Allied war effort.

 

The Old Hickory Gunpowder plant was located at a bend in …

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Old Hickory DuPont Gunpowder Plant Photographs

Robert H. Cartmell Diaries

Robert H. Cartmell (1828-1915), a Madison County, Tennessee farmer, documented the nature of his farm operation beginning in 1853. There are thirty-three volumes of diaries that contain full commentaries related to the running of his farm, the weather, and the fluctuations of the cotton market. They contain thoughtful comments on …

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Robert H. Cartmell Diaries

Muster Rolls of the 2nd West Tennessee Infantry Regiment (African Descent)

Tennessee’s Civil War muster rolls were official lists of the officers and men enlisted in or otherwise accounted for in a particular unit or company.  They provide the name and age of each man, his enlisting officer, the date and place of mustering, and the title of the regiment and company.  Some muster rolls include descriptive …

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Muster Rolls of the 2nd West Tennessee Infantry Regiment (African Descent)

About the collections



Welcome to the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA), a program of the State Library and Archives to create a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. Our mission is to bring electronic versions of the state’s rich collections to a wider audience. TeVA provides a searchable array of historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials of enduring value.

Items within TeVA are digitized items from manuscript and photograph collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Please note that only a small subset of the Library & Archives' collections have been digitized.

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