Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring to maps. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a large and varied collection of historical and contemporary maps available for public use. We hope to increase utilization of this tremendous research resource by digitizing original manuscript maps and making them available in our Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). These digitized maps appear in the JPEG2000 format, which means that you may view them in greater detail simply by clicking on a particular area of the image.
Anyone looking for other maps should always start with the online TSLA Catalog and the map index in the Manuscript Section. The catalogue entries will provide certain information about what one may expect to find on a particular map, and both the catalogue and the Manuscripts staff should be consulted to try to determine the right map. Most 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 sources have been copied or removed from their binding and put in the collection; they are integrated in the Map Catalogue. Those seeking more information on TSLA’s Map Collection should consult our Guide to Maps.