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19th Century Agricultural Resources

The selection of materials in this collection portrays the lives of Tennessee’s average farmers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  These images illustrate the development of agricultural practices and methods over a period of more than a century, from Tennessee immigration in the 1830s to the Depression era of the …

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19th Century Agricultural Resources

19th Century Native American Prints

This three-volume set of Native-American portraits, entitled the History of The Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs, was assembled by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall between 1836 and 1844. The images document a number of tribes on the cusp of their decline and forcible …

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19th Century Native American Prints

Alvin C. York

Alvin Cullum York (1887-1964) was one of the most decorated soldiers of the First World War.  A recipient of the Medal of Honor and the French Legion of Honour, York is considered one of the greatest of Tennessee’s native sons.

This collection includes selected items from the holdings of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) …

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Alvin C. York

Andrew Jackson Collection

This collection highlights the significant people, places, and events that shaped Jackson into an American legend. It includes items related to his celebrated military exploits against the British and Creeks during the War of 1812. Several documents showcase his role in the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast. Others reveal …

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Andrew Jackson Collection

Andrew Johnson Collection

In celebration of the bicentennial of Andrew Johnson’s birth and to commemorate his legacy, the images exhibited in this collection attempt to examine Johnson’s controversial political career and, at the same time, provide a glimpse at his personal life and humble beginnings.  A significant portion of the material represented in …

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Andrew Johnson Collection

Arts, Crafts & Folklife Photos

The photographs in this collection, depicting individuals and cultural traditions throughout the Appalachian region of the state, are a selection taken from the Arts, Crafts, and Folklife series of Record Group 82: Tennessee Department of Conservation Photograph Collection, 1937-1976.

Arts, Crafts & Folklife Photos

Beautiful Jim Key Collection

Dr. William Key was a self-trained, African-American veterinarian and former slave who showcased the extraordinary talents of Beautiful Jim Key, an Arabian Hambletonian horse. This exhibit includes 25 images chosen to give users an overview of Jim Key and his importance in early twentieth-century animal advocacy.
Beautiful Jim Key Collection

Bernhardt Wall Etchings

TSLA has chosen to display portions of Bernhardt Wall’s Following Andrew Jackson, a limited edition pictorial biography containing etchings of scenes from Jackson’s life. Given the historical focus of many of Wall’s subjects and scenery, in addition to his meticulous artistic process, Wall’s work is considered by many to be a …

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Bernhardt Wall Etchings

Broadsides in American Culture

Intended for wide distribution, broadsides were traditionally used as a tool to disseminate information.  Printed on large sheets of paper and sometimes rich in illustration, broadsides were posted on buildings or handed out to the general population.  These ephemera were often produced in mass quantities to advertise, promote or …

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Broadsides in American Culture

Calvert Brothers Studio Collection

The Library & Archives has a collection of approximately 10,000 glass plate negatives (more than 3,000 of which have been scanned) from one of Nashville's prominent photography studios, the Calvert Brothers Studio. It features many notable Nashvillians and Tennesseans. This digital collection is ongoing as the collection is …

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Calvert Brothers Studio Collection

Christopher D. Ammons

The Christopher D. Ammons collection documents his military service during two tours in Vietnam (1967-1970).  The collection includes wartime photographs of Vietnam, letters from the front, military documents typical of the period, and souvenirs collected by Ammons from his time “in country.” The material will be of significance to …

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Christopher D. Ammons

Civil War Military Records

The images found in this section have been gathered from various manuscript collections and offer a glimpse at the wide variety of material available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives that may be of interest to those researching Civil War history and genealogy.  These images illustrate the extensive recordkeeping system at …

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Civil War Military Records

Civil War Soldier Photographs

When the Civil War erupted, the new medium of photography had only been in existence for a little over twenty years. The daguerreotype had emerged as the most common early photographic type, but each image was unique (a positive image rather than a negative) and proved to be a challenge to reproduce. Most of the Civil War photographers …

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Civil War Soldier Photographs

Civil War Visual Culture

The “Civil War Visual Culture” unit of the Tennessee Virtual Archive showcases a wide variety of Civil War-related materials: sheet music covers, professionally designed lithographs, flags, hand-drawn letters, military drawings, and other images.  These items represent some of the ways in which a tragic era in America’s history …

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Civil War Visual Culture

Civilian Conservation Corps

This unit of the Tennessee Virtual Archive features images of the work and history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Tennessee.  Created in 1933 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to preserve and nurture America’s natural resources, the CCC brought forests back from the brink of destruction, established recreational …

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Civilian Conservation Corps

About the collections



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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, video, audio and other original materials of enduring value from manuscript and photograph collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Please note that only a small subset of collections have been digitized.

This site includes historical materials that reflect the beliefs and perspectives of their times, some of which may be offensive to users. The Tennessee State Library and Archives does not endorse the views expressed in these materials.

Please consult the online finding aids, when available, for more information about manuscripts collections. Also, feel free to contact our Reference Department if you wish to view other related items. For information on ordering images and other content found in TeVA collections, click here.

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