This digital collection brings together a wide range of handwritten materials from different collections housed at the Library & Archives. Letters, diaries, journals, day books, and similar materials provide firsthand insight into the lives of Tennesseans throughout the state's history. These primary sources document the thoughts and opinions of the writers and their place in their communities. The range of topics include: a record of the weather for future planting cycles, letters home to family from a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War, and national movements like women's suffrage.

Items will be added to this collection as they are digitized.