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Guide to Manuscript Materials on Microfilm

Search MSS Guide  |  Foreword | Using the Online Guide | Abbreviations
COLLECTION GUIDES

001-099 | 100-199 | 200-299 | 300-399 | 400-499
500-599 | 600-699 | 700-799 | 800-899 | 900-999
1000-1099 | 1100-1199 | 1200-1299 | 1300-1399 | 1400-1499
1500-1599 | 1600-1699 | 1700-1799 | 1800-1899 | 1900-1999 | 2000-2099


Original Materials:  Part A | Part B


 Search MSS Guide

You can search the TSLA Manuscript Guide by using the search box in the banner at the top of the page.  Enter the word "Manuscripts" (without quotation marks) in the box to the left of the search button, along with the name(s) or word(s) you wish to search. 


FOREWORD

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is pleased to present this latest edition of the Guide To Manuscript Materials in the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Guide contains entries for the many new items added to the collections since 1983. This new electronic version will be updated regularly to reflect new acquisitions.  Since the Tennessee Historical Society (THS) houses its book and manuscript collections here, the Guide reflects items owned by the Society as well.

The TSLA receives donations of family, church and institutional records on a regular basis. Sometimes individuals and organizations bring records here to be microfilmed, retaining the original materials. TSLA also purchases microfilmed collections from other repositories, notable among them the National Archives, the Library of Congress and universities all over the country.

The Guide contains descriptions of an extraordinary variety of church, school, business, organizational, military, diplomatic, personal and photographic collections, ranging in size from one or two volumes to several thousand items. By no means is this a complete listing of manuscript and/or microfilmed material at TSLA. Many Manuscript Collections have yet to be microfilmed, and other collections, such as Tennessee Newspapers, Archives (Record Group) Collections, Governor's Papers, vital records, military service records, Tennessee county records (Index to County Microfilm Reels), and census records (Statewide Census Records on Microfilm) are not included in this Guide.

Unrestricted microfilm collections designated "TSLA" or "THS" are available for interlibrary loan and for purchase. Paper copies can be made of individual items in collections unless restrictions apply.

The staff of TSLA offer the new Guide in the hope that it will increase access to the collected records of two hundred years of state and local history.

Staff members who have helped produce the Guide: Darla Brock,  Kitty Durham,  Susan Gordon,  Marylin Hughes,  Tom Kanon,  Ronald Lee,  Wayne Moore,  Julia Rather,  Fran Schell,  and Laine Sutherland. As of July 2012, processing staff of the Archival Technical Services section and the Archives Development Program are responsible for these entries.


USING THE ONLINE GUIDE TO MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS IN THE TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

A number of the microfilmed manuscripts and original materials described in the Guide have links to finding aids for the collection.  The finding aids are in PDF format, and you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to view the files.  This program is free, and can be downloaded from the Adobe web site.  Some of the listed materials have links to the entry in the TSLA online catalog

Unrestricted microfilm collections designated "TSLA" or "THS" are available for interlibrary loan and for purchase. Requests for Interlibrary Loan must come from libraries or archives agencies. Up to five reels can be sent on interlibrary loan at a time. Requesting libraries should use the Mf. number to request the item and should specify its title. Materials not designated "TSLA" or "THS" are items for which TSLA holds no negatives. Items not designated "TSLA" or "THS" will not be sent on interlibrary loan and cannot be reproduced in microform.

TSLA and THS microfilm can be reproduced for $20.00 per reel (16 mm) or $25.00 per reel (35 mm). Users should contact the Preservation Services section of TSLA (615-741-2997) for accurate price quotes and instructions for ordering microfilms.

Paper copies can be made of individual items in collections unless restrictions apply. Prices vary according to length/size of document. E-mail TSLA for more information. If an entry concludes with the phrase "register available," this means that the register of the collection (a more detailed description than the Guide entry) is included in the microfilmed version, always on the first reel. Reading the register can help users determine box and folder numbers of interest to them, pinpointing relevant materials so that the whole collection need not be perused. TSLA will respond to e-mail requests promptly; response time may vary, depending on the amount of research required to answer your question and the unique nature of your request. If you need immediate assistance you may call the reference desk at (615) 741-2764 or visit us in person.

Please note: Archival materials are available for retrieval between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you know you will need materials between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, please call ahead to the Public Services section at 615-741-2764 or e-mail TSLA. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Small collections do not have registers. Usually the materials in small collections have been grouped so that like items are together, or there is a straight chronological arrangement of the material.

Entries include the following information:

  • Microfilm number (if microfilmed)
  • Title
  • Dates covered by the collection (not necessarily the dates of the documents themselves; for example, extremely early information on a family in a genealogical collection may have been compiled at a later time)
  • Number of items and/or volumes, or sometimes cubic or linear feet of space a collection occupies;  or reels if on microfilm
  • Organization responsible (usually the organization from which the items / microfilm were acquired, or if it is not TSLA or THS material)
  • Any restrictions on the collection
  • Description of the collection; cross references when appropriate; availability of register

The TSLA does not own literary rights or copyright on any item or collection in its holdings. It is the responsibility of the individual user to ascertain copyright restrictions, obtain permissions, and prepare credit statements. Some collections have specific restrictions which are noted in the Guide entry.

Abbreviations used in the entries follow this Foreword.

Users are encouraged to contact TSLA with comments and suggestions about the Guide.


ABBREVIATIONS

AJA

American Jewish Archives
Cincinnati, Ohio

AP

Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, Tennessee

ARC

Amistad Research Center
Dillard University
New Orleans, Louisiana

BSHC

Beersheba Springs Historical Society
Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

CHBL

Chattanooga/Hamilton County Bicentennial Library
Chattanooga, Tennessee

CLDS

Genealogical Society
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
Salt Lake City, Utah

CMCHM

Clarksville/Montgomery County Historical Museum
Clarksville, Tennessee
 
CSA

Confederate States Army

DU

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

GDAH

Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, Georgia

GSU

Genealogical Society of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

HL

Huntington Library
San Mareno, California

KHS

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, Kentucky

LC

Library of Congress
Washington, D. C.

LPL

Lavergne Public Library
Lavergne, Tennessee

MDA

Mississippi Department of Archives
Jackson, Mississippi

ML

Memphis Public Library
Memphis, Tennessee

NA

National Archives
Washington, D. C.

NCAH

North Carolina Department of Archives and History
Raleigh, North Carolina

NYHS

New York Historical Society
New York, New York

PHF

Presbyterian Historical Foundation
Montreat, North Carolina

PHMC

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

PHS

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

RU

Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

SBC

Southern Baptist Convention
Nashville, Tennessee

SCDAH

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Columbia, South Carolina

SCHS

Summit County Historical Society
Akron, Ohio

SML

Sanford Memorial Library
Sanford, Florida

SR

Scholarly Resources
Wilmington, Delaware

THS

Tennessee Historical Society
Nashville, Tennessee

TSLA

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, Tennessee

TCU

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas

UCLA

University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

UDC

United Daughters of the Confederacy

UM

University Microfilms, Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

UNC

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

UPA

University Publications of America
Ann Arbor, Michigan

US

University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee

UTX

University of Texas
Austin, Texas

UV

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

VUL

Vanderbilt University Library
Nashville, Tennessee

WHS

Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, Wisconsin



COLLECTION GUIDES

001-099 | 100-199 | 200-299 | 300-399 | 400-499

500-599 | 600-699 | 700-799 | 800-899 | 900-999

1000-1099 | 1100-1199 | 1200-1299 | 1300-1399 | 1400-1499

1500-1599 | 1600-1699 | 1700-1799 | 1800-1899 | 1900-1999


ORIGINAL MATERIALS:  Part A | Part B

 

Updated February 27, 2013