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19th Century Agricultural Resources

The selection of materials in this collection portrays the lives of Tennessee’s average farmers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  These images illustrate the development of agricultural practices and methods over a period of more than a century, from Tennessee immigration in the 1830s to the Depression era of the …

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19th Century Agricultural Resources

19th Century Native American Prints

This three-volume set of Native-American portraits, entitled the History of The Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs, was assembled by Thomas L. McKenney and James Hall between 1836 and 1844. The images document a number of tribes on the cusp of their decline and forcible …

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19th Century Native American Prints

Alvin C. York

Alvin Cullum York (1887-1964) was one of the most decorated soldiers of the First World War.  A recipient of the Medal of Honor and the French Legion of Honour, York is considered one of the greatest of Tennessee’s native sons.

This collection includes selected items from the holdings of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) …

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Alvin C. York

Andrew Jackson Collection

This collection highlights the significant people, places, and events that shaped Jackson into an American legend. It includes items related to his celebrated military exploits against the British and Creeks during the War of 1812. Several documents showcase his role in the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast. Others reveal …

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Andrew Jackson Collection

Andrew Johnson Collection

In celebration of the bicentennial of Andrew Johnson’s birth and to commemorate his legacy, the images exhibited in this collection attempt to examine Johnson’s controversial political career and, at the same time, provide a glimpse at his personal life and humble beginnings.  A significant portion of the material represented in …

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Andrew Johnson Collection

Arts, Crafts & Folklife Photos

The photographs in this collection, depicting individuals and cultural traditions throughout the Appalachian region of the state, are a selection taken from the Arts, Crafts, and Folklife series of Record Group 82: Tennessee Department of Conservation Photograph Collection, 1937-1976.

Arts, Crafts & Folklife Photos

Beautiful Jim Key Collection

Dr. William Key was a self-trained, African-American veterinarian and former slave who showcased the extraordinary talents of Beautiful Jim Key, an Arabian Hambletonian horse. This exhibit includes 25 images chosen to give users an overview of Jim Key and his importance in early twentieth-century animal advocacy.
Beautiful Jim Key Collection

Bernhardt Wall Etchings

TSLA has chosen to display portions of Bernhardt Wall’s Following Andrew Jackson, a limited edition pictorial biography containing etchings of scenes from Jackson’s life. Given the historical focus of many of Wall’s subjects and scenery, in addition to his meticulous artistic process, Wall’s work is considered by many to be a …

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Bernhardt Wall Etchings

Broadsides in American Culture

Intended for wide distribution, broadsides were traditionally used as a tool to disseminate information.  Printed on large sheets of paper and sometimes rich in illustration, broadsides were posted on buildings or handed out to the general population.  These ephemera were often produced in mass quantities to advertise, promote or …

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Broadsides in American Culture

Calvert Brothers Studio Collection

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 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 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.

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