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Preserving the Past, Informing the Future

Upcoming Events

 Saturday, November 25, 2017, 9:30am - 10:30am
TSLA Auditorium
"Genealogy A to Z"
Presented by the Gordon T. Belt, Director of Public Services, TSLA

Gordon Belt, director of the Library and Archives' public services section, will present a genealogy workshop for beginners entitled "Genealogy A to Z," which will provide tips and guidance for anyone interested in starting their family history research.

The workshop will also include advice on researching Library and Archives' collections, which can offer a wealth of information for those researching their ancestry.  After the workshop, Library and Archives staff members will be on hand to help visitors with their research.

Those wishing to attend this FREE lecture must register online to make a reservation, as the number of seats is limited.  Parking is available in the front, on the side, and in back of the Library and Archives building.  Patrons can register by visiting https://genealogy101.eventbrite.com.


TSLA Building - 62nd Birthday Celebration
 The TSLA Friends provided refreshments for a celebration of the 62nd 'birthday' of TSLA's building on June 17, 2015:

TSLAFriends Executive Board
 Front row:  Katheryne A. Cowan, Secretary; Virginia Gooch Watson, President; Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
 Back row: J. Mark Lowe, Vice President & President Elect; Celia S. Walker, Middle TN Representative; Jami Awalt, TSLA Liaison


 Lobby of TSLA showing the original card catalog, with Jami Awalt, Genny Short, Gordon Belt & Chuck Sherrill enjoying the TSLA building’s 62nd birthday.

  Refreshments on one of the original tables used in the Reading Room and throughout the building; Katheryne Cowan cutting the cake, with staff and patrons waiting for a piece


TSLA Staff Appreciation Event
The TSLAFriends recognized the TSLA staff Wednesday, April 15, 2015 during National
 Library Week, for their on-going service to patrons all during the year.   We
 provided the doughnuts, coffee and door prizes which included DNA kits, books, DVDs, and $10 lunch cards.

(left photo):  Larry Butler (Micrographics Manager) and Gordon Belt (Director of Public Services)
 (right photo):  Christine Madu (Library Assistant)

(left photo):  TSLAFriends President Virginia Gooch Watson and Secretary Katheryne Cowan
 (right photo):  Lisa Lombard (Barcoding Assistant), Jessica Short (Digital Materials Librarian), Joon Powell (Digital Archivist), Erin Loree (TEL Coordinator), and Kate Williams (Exhibits Coordinator)

TSLAFriends President Virginia Gooch Watson, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, TSLAFriends Secretary Katheryne Cowan and State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill.

Past Events

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00am - noon
 "Folklife Traditions"
Presented by the Tennessee Arts Commission

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:30am - 11:00am
"Land Platting:  State Grants and Local Deeds"
Presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9:30am - 11:00am
   "From Farm Boy to Tomahawk Warrior:
David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection"
Presented by Darla Brock

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30am - 11:00am
  "Tennessee Sampler Survey"
Presented by Janet S. Hasson

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:30am - 11:00am
 "Andrew Jackson and his Legacy"
Presented by Dr. Wayne Moore and Zachary Keith

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:30am - 11:00am
  "Murder and Mayhem in Nashville"
Presented by Brian Allison

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:30am - 11:00am
 "Unfolding Tennessee History in the Tennessee Supreme Court Case Files"
 Presented by Dr. Susan Knowles, Digital Humanities Fellow at Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Historic Preservation

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:30am - 11:00am
  "Women’s Suffrage: Tennessee and the Passage of the 19th Amendment"
Presented by Genny Carter, TSLA Librarian

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:30 - 11:00am
  "Preserving Tennessee Folkways:  Highlights of the Folklife Collections of the Tennessee State Library and Archives"
Presented by Carol Roberts, Conservation manager at TSLA

 Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10:30am - noon
 Notable Scholar Lisa M. Budreau Lectures on World War I Aftermath
"Coffins and Gold Stars: The Story of American Remembrance in the Aftermath of the Great War"

Friday, April 15, 2016, 11:30am - 4:00pm
 Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00am - 11:30am
Over Here, Over There:  Tennesseeans in the First World War

 A Tennessee State Library & Archives project to digitize, preserve and present the World War I memorabilia of Tennessee families.

 Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:30am - 11:00am, TSLA Auditorium
Tennessee in the Great War:  Finding your World War I Ancestor at the
 Tennessee State Library and Archives
 Presented by Gordon T. Belt

 Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9:30am - 11:00am, TSLA Auditorium
The Ghosts of the Green Grass:  A Vietnam war Journey
 presented by J. L. "Bud" Alley

 Saturday, August 1, 2015, 9:30am - 11:00am, TSLA Auditorium
 TSLA Workshop Series:  Finding Your Ancestors Through 19th Century Photography
 Presented by Lynda Massey

 Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:30am - 11:00am, TSLA Auditorium
 Surveying Tennessee's Digital Resources:  The Tennessee Virtual Archive and Civil War Geography of Tennessee


Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:30am - 11:00am
Discovering the History of Nashville
 Presented by David Ewing

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Exploring African-American Genealogy

 Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:30am - 11:00am
World War I and Alvin York: Tennessee’s Service in “The Great War”
Dr. Michael Birdwell, Professor of History at Tennessee Tech University

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"Historic Maps of Tennessee and Beyond: Digital Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives"
 Assistant State Archivist, Dr. Wayne Moore
Saturday, November 29, 2014
“County Connections: Researching Your Family History in County Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.”
Gordon Belt, Director of Public Services at TSLA

Saturday, October 25, 2014
“Creating Order in the Midst of Chaos:  Union Provost Marshal Records”
Darla Brock, Manuscript Archivist at TSLA

September 20, 2014
Tennessee Ancestry Library Event (TALE), a full day of genealogy classes at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown hotel.

 August 23, 2014
“Supreme Court Records”
Chuck Sherrill, TN State Librarian & Archivist

June 21, 2014
 Rare Copy of the Declaration of Independence To Be Shown in Nashville

 June 21, 2014
Allen Forkum, Publisher & Editor of “The Nashville Retrospect” on his use of the TSLA collection as basis of all his articles published in his paper


 February 22, 2014
Introductory video from John F. Baker, Jr.'s presentation
Beginning with Oral Histories, Finding Records and Compiling Stories: Building a Family Genealogy & History
 Running time:  5:18




President's Day 2014 Spotlight:
 George Washington's Mt. Vernon Account Book, 1776-1785



 TSLA's Union Provost Marshal Database now Online

 Details about life in Tennessee during the Civil War are emerging through a new project of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Archivists and volunteers at TSLA have created an online database of records from provost marshals, who served as military police for the Union Army during the war.

 The TSLA Union Provost Marshal Database will be of great benefit to genealogists, historians, and others who can learn fascinating details about what people’s lives were like during the Civil War. These records provide valuable information related to many Tennesseans - not only soldiers but also ordinary men and women caught in the turmoil of war. They include correspondence, oaths of allegiance, orders, passes, transportation permits, lists of prisoners, paroles, provost court papers, and claims for compensation for property used or destroyed by military forces.

These War Department records dating from 1861 to 1867 were originally microfilmed by the National Archives and Records Administration. Since 2011, TSLA staff members, with the help of volunteers Cinamon Collins and Shirley Wilson, have been scanning documents that relate to Tennesseans during the war and entering those documents into the database with the goal of creating a fully searchable online database for the Tennessee portion of these records. Those documents are now available online at http://www.tnsos.net/TSLA/provost/index.php.



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