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David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection - A World Away

Tennessee farm boy David Franklin Brock left behind his Van Buren County home and his sweetheart in 1952 and found himself a world away. Brock served as a combat engineer with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. An oral history and 120 images comprise this collection.

David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection - A World Away

Over Here, Over There - Tennesseans in World War I

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives is sending of professional archivists and conservators to communities across Tennessee. We will digitally copy and help preserve World War I era manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs, allowing owners to keep their original items. …

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Over Here, Over There - Tennesseans in World War I

Women's Suffrage in Tennessee

This collection focuses on pro- and anti-suffrage activity in Tennessee in 1920, primarily drawing from the papers of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, anti-suffragist Josephine A. Pearson, and Governor Albert H. Roberts. Other significant items included in the collection are three audio clips from an interview in 1983 with Abby Crawford …

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Women's Suffrage in Tennessee

Tennessee World War I Gold Star Records, 1918-1924

These records represent a diverse group of Tennesseans—drafted, enlisted, and commissioned—who died in service of their country. Soldiers' files offer insight into the lives of turn-of-the-century Tennesseans, unique genealogical source material, and deeply moving accounts of loss on European battlefields. Now, explore their …

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Tennessee World War I Gold Star Records, 1918-1924

Calvert Brothers Studio Glass Plate Negatives

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 Glass Plate Negatives

Library Photograph Collection

The Library Photograph Collection is a migration project from our Online Photo Database to allow researchers more extensive description and the ability to download directly from our website. The Library Photo Collection contains images from the Archives Photograph Collection as well as portrait painting photographs, Colonial Dames of …

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Library Photograph Collection

Oliver Caswell King and Katherine Rutledge King Papers Collection, 1856 -1893

The correspondence of Oliver Caswell King and Katherine (Kate) Rebecca Rutledge King is extraordinary in content and breadth. More than 150 love letters chronicle the courtship and marriage of this Sullivan County, Tennessee, couple. He affectionately called her Toad and she greeted him as Oll. Their letters are peppered with humor, …

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Oliver Caswell King and Katherine Rutledge King Papers Collection, 1856 -1893

Southern School News

Southern School News was published by the Southern Education Reporting Service (SERS) a fact-finding agency established by southern newspaper editors and educators with the aim of providing unbiased information to school administrators, public officials and interested lay citizens on developments in education arising from the U.S. …

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Southern School News

Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

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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Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

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

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. 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 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: The Library & Archives 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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