Genealogy: Tennessee, Library and society resource list

Tennessee, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Tennessee Genealogical Society:
  2. Tennessee Historical Society:
  3. Tennessee State Library and Archives:

University Archives and Collections (18)

  1. East Tennessee State University:
  2. Fisk University:
  3. Lambuth University:
  4. Lincoln Memorial University:
  5. Lipscomb University
  6. Tennessee Technological University Library. Regional History:
  7. Tennessee Technological University Library. University Archives:
  8. University of Memphis:
  9. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga:
  10. University of Tennessee, Knoxville:
  11. University of Tennessee, Martin:
  12. University of Tennessee, Memphis. Health Sciences Historical Collections:
  13. University of the South:
  14. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Archives:
  15. Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Historical Collection:
  16. Vanderbilt University. Divinity Library:
  17. Vanderbilt University. Special Collections:
  18. Vanderbilt University. Television News Archive:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (5)

  1. Memphis–Memphis-Shelby County Public Library. Archives:
  2. Memphis–Memphis-Shelby County Public Library. Memphis and Shelby County Room:
  3. Nashville–Metropolitan Archives of Nashville and Davidson County:
  4. Nashville–Nashville Public Library:
  5. Franklin–Williamson County Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (6)

  1. Archives of the City of Kingsport:
  2. Disciples of Christ Historical Society:
  3. Dixon Pentecostal Research Center:
  4. Lawrence County (Tennessee) Archives:
  5. Lincoln Memorial University:
  6. Sumner County Archives:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. TEL – Tennessee Electronic Library:

This site provides Tennessee residents with access to a number of electronic databases.

Digital Library Collections (5)

  1. Tennessee Heritage Online:
  2. TENN-SHARE, Tennessee Electronic Library:
  3. University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University Libraries, Digital Library Center:
  4. University of Tennessee at Martin, Andy Holt Virtual Library:
  5. University of Tennessee-Martin Andy Holt Virtual Library:   –