Northwest side of the new Tennessee State Library and Archives across from the intersection of 6th Ave. N. and Jefferson St.
Tennessee State Library & Archives
Travelling through Germantown lately, you may have noticed a new state-of-the-art building next to Bicentennial Mall and the Nashville Sounds stadium. That building is home to the Tennessee State Library & Archives, which houses the largest collection of Tennessee resource materials.
This collection includes the following:
- 170,000 titles with 400,000 volumes
- 37,000 microfilm titles
- 3,700 archival collections, including manuscripts, Tennessee Governors’ papers and state records (over 40,000 linear feet of materials)
- 3,000 maps
- 2,700 audiovisual materials
- 17,200 digital resources
- 14,000 newspapers, journals and magazines
This new facility is magnificent including a lobby with exhibits, a room for preserving old documents, a digital filing of all newspapers throughout the state, a new robotic filing system, a library for accessible books and media to help all Tennesseans free of charge, and a beautiful library full of documents for the perfect spot to research the State of Tennessee or look up family genealogy history.
The materials of the Library & Archives are accessible to the public Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“The Library and Archives strives to be a resource for researchers, historians, librarians, archivists, genealogists, lawyers, students and anyone interested in Tennessee history,” said Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist. “Our staff is excited to welcome visitors to our new building and to share interactive exhibits.”
TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE NEW LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
“Tennessee’s three constitutions are the foundation of our state government,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I encourage my fellow Tennesseans not to miss this opportunity to make history come alive by seeing these irreplaceable documents up close.”
The state’s constitutions, first written in 1796 and revised in 1834 and 1870, will all be on display in the lobby of the new Library and Archives.
In addition to viewing these priceless documents, which the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard will safeguard, guests can explore the interactive exhibits in the Library and Archives lobby and take a tour of the new building to see all that I mentioned above.
List of Activities for Statehood Day
The Tennessee State Library & Archives
- 8:00-4:30 The Tennessee State Library & Archives will place all three of the state’s original Constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day. The Constitutions are only made available for viewing once a year on Statehood Day. Join us and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard on this special day to see these documents!
- 10:00-3:00 View digital interactive exhibits in the Library & Archives lobby documenting more than 225 years of Tennessee history.
- 10:00-3:00 Tours of the Library & Archives, which opened a new state-of-the-art building on April 13th, will be available every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Library and Archives, a division of the Department of State, is responsible for collecting and preserving books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, focusing on items related to Tennessee. Tennessee’s constitutions are the highest valued and most historically significant items in the collection.
The Library and Archives is joining Bicentennial Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Museum for a variety of events to celebrate Tennessee’s 225th Statehood Day. View the list of events at the Tennessee State Museum.
Bicentennial Mall State Park is celebrating Statehood Day and its 25th anniversary on June 1 with a special event at 10 a.m. in the Amphitheater followed by guided tours and educational programs led by park rangers. For more information about the 25th-anniversary celebration, visit tnstateparks.info/BiMall25thAnn.
To celebrate Tennessee’s Statehood, the Tennessee State Museum launched Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection, a self-guided tour and online exhibition showcasing artifacts that tell a story about Tennessee, from its First Peoples to the present day.
The Statehood Day events at the Library and Archives, Bicentennial Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Museum are FREE. Reservations are not required.
For more information about the Library and Archives and programs/services, visit sos.tn.gov.