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TSLA Historical Map Collection

The entries in this collection represent the core of our map materials in our holdings, as well as the best single source for locating the right map. Many of these maps are originals. Some have been photocopied or encapsulated, but others remain untreated and in fragile shape. Many individual maps taken from atlases and other published …

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TSLA Historical Map Collection

Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project Collection

The Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project produced more than 500 hours of audio tape, 9600 slides, and 2200 black and white negatives, including duplicates of scores of historic photographs which had been cached for years by their owners. Several years ago, TSLA initiated a project to digitize selections of the audio recordings and …

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Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project Collection

Puryear Family Photograph Albums, 1890-1945

This collection documents the careers in the United States Army Air Service during and after World War I of two brothers from Gallatin, Tennessee. George Wright Puryear was a fighter pilot with the 95th Aero Squadron, was taken prisoner by the Germans, and subsequently became the first American officer to escape from a German prisoner of …

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Puryear Family Photograph Albums, 1890-1945

Revolutionary War

This collection highlights a time when the area that is now the state of Tennessee was land claimed by North Carolina. White settlers and their African-American slaves moved into Upper East Tennessee in the 1770s and established their own government, the Watauga Association. By so doing, these settlers clearly defied British authority …

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Revolutionary War

Tennessee's Founding and Landmark Documents

From King George’s Proclamation of 1763 to the earliest purchase of land from Native Americans to the first Constitutions of the State of Tennessee, these are among the most important records from our past. Significant milestones in the formation and early history of the state are presented here for the first time in digital form taken …

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Tennessee's Founding and Landmark Documents

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Welcome to the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA), a program of the State Library and Archives (TSLA) 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 only selections from manuscript and photograph collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Please consult the online finding aids, when available, for more information about manuscripts collections. Also, feel free to contact our Reference Department by phone (615-741-2764) or email (reference.tsla@tn.gov) if you wish to view other related items. For information on ordering images and other content found in TeVA collections, click here.

Note: TSLA does allow for the downloading and printing of low resolution copies of the images found in TeVA for educational purposes only. Click here for more information.

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